Cricket Designs
homecontact usabout ushow to order



canoe paddles
the northwoods
the honey island cruiser
gemini paddles
Loon
Paddle Sizing
sea touring kayak paddles
the arctic spoon
the mini spoon
the greenland
paddle sizing
whitewater paddles
solo canoe paddle
kayak paddle
LINKS
email


Cricket Designs
17530 W. Hwy 50
Salida, CO 81201
573-826-1484

Email Us



WHITEWATER KAYAK PADDLES

Whitewater Kayak PaddleNow and then I build a whitewater kayak paddle.  I've come to  agree with  Jimi  Snyder's philosophy on kayak paddles:  The symmetrical, non-curved power face similar in concept to an Inuit paddle is much better for the average paddler, particularly if you having any wrist or shoulder aches and pains, which many of us older paddlers have.  The non-curved smaller power face does not have the  hard catch  which puts a  heavy load on all your shoulders.   The whitewater paddles that I have built the past few years have all been of the small tulip shaped symmetrical blades in either a standard tulip or squirt cut-away configuration.

That standard blade size is about 91 sq inches and I can easily vary that up or down, several have been approximately 95 Sq inches, just by adding a 1/8” perimeter to the 91” size . The standard blade offset is 45 degrees.

Construction is to order; the shaft is normally a hollow core combination of pine and ash.  The blades can either be made from black willow or cedar.  The willow is tougher but the cedar lighter, it is your choice.  The standard blade edging is dynel with a 30 (3/8”) layer dynel tip.  Blade reinforcing can be either 2 oz fiberglass or 4 oz S-glass.  The S-glass is heavier and  more durable, but the fiberglass seems to be sufficient for most people.  I can also build it with a hollow core shaft that does not significantly change the strength or stiffness, however  it does provide about 2 oz weight reduction

Weights for a typical 194 length have been around 34 oz.

Price                Std      $350 +shipping of $25  HD  $375

I still have the patterns around for both a symmetrical 7-3/4”x17” spoon blade and asymmetric of similar size if that is what you are looking for.  I  built a 198 experimental paddle for a friend to find out if my newer construction techniques made a difference and it came out at 36 oz which is about 4-6 ounces lighter than my earlier ones, but still somewhat heavier than modern composite paddles.

Home | Contact Us | About Us | About Our Paddles | Ordering | Canoe Paddles | Northwoods | Loon | HoneyIsland | Specialty | Sea Touring | ArticSpoon | MiniSpoon | Greenland | Solo Canoe |Whitewater Kayak | Paddle Sizing | Specials | News

Copyright ©2000-2016 Cricket Designs. All rights reserved.