The Sting Ray Carbon has mid-sized blades (91 sq. inches) made of abX resin reinforced with carbon fibers. Couple that with its all-carbon shaft, and this paddle weighs in at just 28.75 ounces, the lightest flat water injection molded kayak paddle available under $200. This gives the Sting Ray Carbon a low swing weight and makes for a more comfortable journey.
The Sting Ray Carbon offers the Posi-Lok® ferrule system which clicks into position firmly and securely. The Posi-Lok® features strong, corrosion-free composite construction, convenient dual-button release, and infinite feathering angles. Licensed Ferrule US Patent No. 6,881,111.
The Sting Ray Carbon is available in lengths from 210cm to 250cm in increments of 10cm. This 2-piece paddle is also available with a smaller diameter shaft.
When determining paddle length, the kayak width is the limiting factor for recreational kayaking. The sizing chart below should ensure you aren't hitting your knuckles on the hull as you paddle. For sleeker touring/sea kayaks ones paddling style and physical size plays more heavily.
|Kayak Width||Under 23"||24" to 28"||29"-33"||34"+|
|Paddler Height||Recommended Paddle Length|
|Under 5'5"||210 cm||220 cm||230 cm||240 cm|
|5'5" - 5'11"||220 cm||230 cm||240 cm||250 cm|
|6'+||220 cm||230 cm||250 cm||260 cm|
An easy way to measure in the field is to hold a paddle horizontally in your hands with your elbows slightly inside a 90 degree angle (most paddles are ovalized in the area they should be gripped). Your hands should be about two-thirds of the way between the center of the shaft and the shoulder of the blade. Again, always take stroke angle and boat width into consideration, and demo the paddle whenever possible.
When looking to choose a paddle for kayak fishing, your boat's width will be the most important factor. Kayak fishing boats are often wider than typical kayaks and require a longer paddle. After measuring the width of your kayak, follow the chart above for a suggested paddle length.