Aqua-Bound Paddles in 2022: the Ultimate Guide and Reviews

Here, we take a look at Aqua-Bound’s complete kayak and canoe paddle range in 2022. Make sure to click through to detailed reviews of most paddles. Enjoy!

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Aqua-Bound Sharkie

Aqua-Bound Sharkie

Blade size: 90 sq. in. / 581 sq. cm
Blade dimensions: 5.75 x 19 in. / 15 x 48 cm
Blade material: fiberglass reinforced nylon
Shaft material: fiberglass
Lengths: 190 cm / 200 cm / 210 cm
Weight: 33 oz. / 936 g

The lightweight performance paddle ergonomically designed to fit into kids’ hands. Aqua-Bound Sharkie is designed to balance ease of use and robustness. This is a paddle you can keep using from one youngster to another, and who knows, perhaps even grandchildren might benefit from it in the future.

Long, narrow blades make it easy for youth paddlers to reach the water and maintain a comfortable pace over a long day on the water. An ovaline, fiberglass shaft is durable, lightweight and made for smaller hands to wrap around comfortably.

The Sharkie is designed for young paddlers taking to the water for the first time, or young rippers looking to enhance their paddling performance. Buy it once, keep it for a family.


Aqua-Bound Edge

Aqua-Bound Edge

Blade size: 129 sq. in. / 832 sq. cm
Blade dimensions: 8 x 19 in. / 20 x 48 cm
Blade material: abX Carbon reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Carbon
Lengths: 50 in. / 52 in. / 54 in. / 56 in. / 58 in. / 60 in
Weight: 26.5 oz. / 751 g

With rugged durability and lightweight carbon, Aqua-Bound Edge is designed for white water canoeists and C1 paddlers who require power and drive in every stroke.

The carbon shaft is ovalised for ergonomic grip, while the comfortable T-grip at the top of the paddle gives the Edge a solid feel to it. The carbon shaft, coupled with the carbon reinforced blade, stiffens the paddle as it pulls through the water. This gives the paddle a responsiveness and power cycle essential to turning and powering a canoe quickly in a high pressure, white water environment.

Where power matters, every increment counts. Aqua Bound have added a slight curve to the Edge’s blade, giving it a scoop-like quality that increases the power phase of the stroke. This, in turn, limits the correction phase and increases stroke rate on the water.

The Edge is available in one piece or in a solid two, or three piece design. These split paddle designs are great for paddlers on the move, or those who take pack-raft style canoes on multi-sport adventures.


Aqua-Bound Spark 85

Aqua-Bound Spark 85

Blade size: 85 sq. in. / 548 sq. cm
Blade dimensions:
 7.5 x 14.5 in. / 19 x 37 cm
Blade material: 
epX Engineered polymer, fiberglass reinforced
Shaft material: 
Aluminium, 10° bend
Lengths: 
70 – 80 in. / 76 – 86 in.
Weight: 
28.5 oz. / 808 g

A stand up paddle built to endure a lifetime of use. Aqua-Bound Spark 85 is designed as a robust beginner paddle. It’s two piece design means it’s also suitable for storing at your summer cabin so there’s always a paddle to hand when you get there.

The Spark is designed to endure hardships on the water, with an aluminium shaft and hardy, fiberglass reinforced blades. Whether handled by larger framed powerful paddlers, or youngsters playing around on their paddleboard, the Spark is built to take everything you can throw at it.

The two piece design not only makes it easier to transport the Spark, but also gives you ten inches of handle adjustment. Being suited to paddlers of various heights, the Spark lends itself to families, or friends who share a board. Using one paddle for multiple people saves you both space and money.

The shape and size of the blade makes it suited for a higher cadence of paddle stroke, while limiting fatigue on longer days. Younger paddlers will benefit from the size and shape too, finding it easier to wield the paddle than a larger alternative.


Aqua-Bound Sting Ray

Aqua-Bound Sting Ray

Blade size: 91 sq. in. / 587 sq. cm.
Blade dimensions: 6.25 x 18 in. / 16 x 46 cm

Aluminum

Lengths: 210 cm / 220 cm / 230 cm / 240 cm
Weight: 36.25 oz. / 1028 g
Ferrule Options: 0° & 60° left-handed or right-handed
Blade material: fiberglass reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Aluminium

Fiberglass

Lengths: 210 cm / 220 cm / 230 cm / 240 cm
Weight: 36.25 oz. / 1028 g
Ferrule Options: 0° & 60° left-handed or right-handed
Blade material: fiberglass reinforced nylon
Shaft material: fiberglass

Hybrid snap-button

Lengths: 210 cm / 220 cm / 230 cm / 240 cm / 250 cm
Weight: 30.5 oz. / 865 g
Ferrule Options: 0° & 60° left-handed or right-handed
Blade material: fiberglass reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Carbon

Hybrid posi-lok

Lengths: 210 cm / 220 cm / 230 cm / 240 cm / 250 cm
Weight: 30.5 oz. / 865 g
Ferrule Options: Infinite
Blade material: fiberglass reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Carbon

Carbon snap-button

Lengths: 210 cm / 220 cm / 230 cm / 240 cm / 250 cm
Weight: 28.75 oz. / 815 g
Ferrule Options: 0° & 60° left-handed or right-handed
Blade material: Carbon reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Carbon

Carbon posi-lok

Lengths: 210 cm / 220 cm / 230 cm / 240 cm / 250 cm
Weight: 28.75 oz. / 815 g
Ferrule Options: Infinite
Blade material: Carbon reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Carbon

The Sting Ray is Aqua Bound’s most popular paddle and not without good reason. This is a more recognisable, mid size blade than the enormous length of the Eagle Ray. As far as recreational paddles go, the Sting Ray is a lightweight and reasonably powerful option, suitable for all sizes and abilities of kayakers.


Aqua-Bound Eagle Ray

Aqua-Bound Eagle Ray

Blade size: 98 sq. in. / 632 sq. cm
Blade dimensions:
 6.25 x 20 in. / 16 x 51 cm

Hybrid snap-button

Lengths: 210 cm / 220 cm / 230 cm / 240 cm / 250 cm
Weight: 32.5 oz. / 921 g
Ferrule Options: 0° & 60° left-handed or right-handed
Blade material: fiberglass reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Carbon

Hybrid posi-lok

Lengths: 210 cm / 220 cm / 230 cm / 240 cm / 250 cm
Weight: 32.5 oz. / 921 g
Ferrule Options: Infinite
Blade material: fiberglass reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Carbon

Carbon snap-button

Lengths: 210 cm / 220 cm / 230 cm / 240 cm / 250 cm
Weight: 30.25 oz. / 858 g
Ferrule Options: 0° & 60° left-handed or right-handed
Blade material: Carbon reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Carbon

Carbon posi-lok

Lengths: 210 cm / 220 cm / 230 cm / 240 cm / 250 cm
Weight: 30.25 oz. / 858 g
Ferrule Options: Infinite
Blade material: Carbon reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Carbon

The first thing you notice with the Eagle Ray is just how long the blades are. They’re a full two inches longer than any of Aqua Bound’s other blades. This might seem excessive initially, but you’ll soon notice that they grab the water totally different to any other low angle blade. In fact, the power they produce can give you similar direct drive to most high angle paddles.


Aqua-Bound Freedom 85

Bound Freedom 85

Blade size: 85 sq. in. / 548 cm
Blade dimensions:
 7.5 x 14.5 in. / 19 x 37 cm
Blade material: 
epX Engineered polymer, fiberglass reinforced
Shaft material: 
Carbon with 10° blend
Lengths: 
64 – 74 in. / 70 – 80 in. / 76 – 86 in
Weight: 
23.5 oz. / 666g

Aqua-Bound Freedom 85 is remarkably similar to the Lyric. This is a SUP paddle for cruising on your local lake or for recreational days out on gentle rivers. This light and responsive paddle is suitable for beginner and intermediate paddlers.


Aqua-Bound Lyric

Aqua-Bound Lyric

Blade size: 85 sq. in. / 548 sq. cm
Blade dimensions:
 7.5 x 14.5 in. / 19 x 37 cm
Blade material: 
 epX Engineered polymer, fiberglass reinforced
Shaft material: 
 Carbon with 10° blend
Lengths: 
64 – 74 in. / 70 – 80 in. / 76 – 86 in
Weight: 
23.5 oz. / 666g

Aqua-Bound Lyric is a high performance, portable SUP paddle for paddle boarders who are regularly on the move. The fiberglass reinforced blade is stiffened by the spine of the paddle. This stiffness gives you a powerful paddle stroke without any flutter, so you don’t waste any of the power you generate.


Aqua-Bound Manta Ray

Aqua-Bound Manta Ray

Blade size: 105 sq. in. / 677 sq. cm
Blade dimensions:
  7.25 x 18 in. / 18 x 46 cm
Lengths: 
210 cm / 220 cm / 230 cm / 240 cm /250 cm

Aluminum

Weight: 37.75 oz. / 1070 g
Ferrule Options: 0° & 60° left-handed or right-handed
Blade material: fiberglass reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Aluminum

Fiberglass

Weight: 35.25 oz. / 999 g
Ferrule Options: 0° & 60° left-handed or right-handed
Blade material: fiberglass reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Fiberglass

Hybrid snap-button

Weight: 31.75 oz. / 900 g
Ferrule Options: 0° & 60° left-handed or right-handed
Blade material: fiberglass reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Carbon

Hybrid posi-lok

Weight: 31.75 oz. / 900 g
Ferrule Options: Infinite
Blade material: fiberglass reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Carbon

Carbon snap-button

Weight: 29.5 oz. / 836 g
Ferrule Options: 0° & 60° left-handed or right-handed
Blade material: Carbon reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Carbon

Carbon posi-lok

Weight: 29.5 oz. / 836 g
Ferrule Options: Infinite
Blade material: Carbon reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Carbon

The Manta Ray is Aqua Bound’s entry level high angle paddle. The hybrid blades of fiberglass reinforced nylon, or carbon reinforced nylon on the higher end models, produce a huge amount of power. This is thanks in part to the size, but also the stiffness and balance that comes from the design.


Aqua-Bound Shred

Aqua-Bound Shred

Blade size: 117 sq. in. / 755 sq. cm.
Blade dimensions: 7.75 x 18 in. / 20 x 46 cm

Fiberglass

Lengths: 192 cm / 194 cm / 196 cm / 198 cm / 200 cm
Weight: 38.5 oz. / 1091 g
Ferrule Options: 0°, 15°, 30°, 45°, 60°, right-handed or left-handed
Blade material: fiberglass reinforced nylon
Shaft material: fiberglass

Hybrid

Lengths: 192 cm / 194 cm / 196 cm / 198 cm / 200 cm
Weight: 36.5 oz. / 1035 g
Ferrule Options: 0°, 15°, 30°, 45°, 60°, right-handed or left-handed
Blade material: fiberglass reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Carbon

Carbon

Lengths: 192 cm / 194 cm / 196 cm / 198 cm / 200 cm
Weight: 34.5 oz. / 978 g
Ferrule Options: 0°, 15°, 30°, 45°, 60°, right-handed or left-handed
Blade material: Carbon reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Carbon

Apart

Lengths: 210 cm / 220 cm / 230 cm / 240 cm
Weight: 40 oz. / 1134 g (kayak paddle). 26 oz. / 737 g (each canoe paddle). 50 oz / 1417 g (whole system).
Blade material: Carbon reinforced nylon
Shaft material: Carbon

Whether you’re starting out in white water, or looking to hone your skills on the river, Aqua-Bound Shred range has a paddle for you. The whole range is designed around solid nylon blades, with either fiberglass or carbon reinforcement. This robustness gives you a paddle which endures even the most abusive river runs.


Aqua-Bound Challenge 85

Aqua-Bound Challenge 85

Blade size: 85 sq. in. / 548 sq. cm.
Blade dimensions: 
7.5 x 14.5 in. / 19 x 37 cm
Blade material: 
epX Engineered polymer, carbon reinforced
Shaft material: 
Carbon with 10° blend
Lengths: 
64 – 74 in. / 70 – 80 in. / 76 – 86 in.
Weight: 
21 oz. / 595 g

When recreational paddling reaches its apex, you need the power and efficiency of the stiffest blade available. Aqua-Bound Challenge 85 is an enhanced version of the Freedom 85. Rather than being reinforced with fiberglass, the blade of the Challenge 85 is carbon reinforced. This extra stiffness and lighter weight give you direct power and easy increased stroke rate.


Aqua-Bound Malta

Aqua-Bound Malta

Blade size: 87 sq. in. / 561 sq. cm
Blade dimensions: 7.125 x 18.25 in. / 18 x 46 cm

Fiberglass

Lengths: 70 in. / 72 in. / 74 in. / 76 in. / 78 in. / 80 in. / 82 in. / 84 in. / 86 in.
Weight: 18.5 oz. / 524 g
Blade material: Compression molded fiberglass
Shaft material: Carbon with 10° blend

Carbon

Lengths: 70 in. / 72 in. / 74 in. / 76 in. / 78 in. / 80 in. / 82 in. / 84 in. / 86 in.
Weight: 16.5 oz. / 468 g
Blade material: Compression molded carbon
Shaft material: Carbon with 10° blend

The Malta is the Aqua Bound’s top end paddle boarding paddle. Extremely lightweight and available with either fiberglass or carbon reinforced blades. These both stiffen the paddle significantly, while reducing weight to give you an easier swing and recovery.


Aqua-Bound Whiskey

Aqua-Bound Whiskey

Blade size: 95 sq. in. / 613 sq. cm.
Blade dimensions: 7.8 x 16 in. / 20 x 41 cm

Fiberglass

Lengths: 200 cm / 205 cm / 210 cm / 215 cm / 220 cm / 225 cm / 230 cm / 235 cm / 240 cm
Weight: 26 oz. / 737 g
Ferrule Options: Infinite
Blade material: Compression molded fiberglass
Shaft material: Carbon

Carbon

Lengths: 200 cm / 205 cm / 210 cm / 215 cm / 220 cm / 225 cm / 230 cm / 235 cm / 240 cm
Weight: 23 oz. / 652 g
Ferrule Options: Infinite
Blade material: Compression molded carbon
Shaft material: Carbon

Fiberglass bent shaft

Lengths: 200 cm / 205 cm / 210 cm / 215 cm / 220 cm / 225 cm / 230 cm / 235 cm / 240 cm
Weight: 28.5 oz. / 808 g
Ferrule Options: Infinite
Blade material: Compression molded fiberglass
Shaft material: Carbon

Carbon bent shaft

Lengths: 200 cm / 205 cm / 210 cm / 215 cm / 220 cm / 225 cm / 230 cm / 235 cm / 240 cm
Weight: 25.5 oz. / 723 g
Ferrule Options: Infinite
Blade material: Compression molded carbon
Shaft material: Carbon

The Whiskey is the high angled, high performance paddle from Aqua Bound. These high angle blades produce enormous amounts of power when you really need it and are designed to plant and pull without any flutter. Similar to the powerful Manta Ray, the high angle blades of the Whiskey are capable of producing a huge amount of direct drive in pressing situations.


Aqua-Bound Tango

Aqua-Bound Tango

Blade size: 96 sq. in. / 619 sq. cm
Blade dimensions: 6.6 x 17.9 in. / 17 x 45 cm

Fiberglass

Lengths: 210 cm / 215 cm / 220 cm / 225 cm / 230 cm / 235 cm / 240 cm / 245 cm / 250 cm
Weight: 26 oz. / 737 g
Ferrule Options: Infinite
Blade material: Compression molded fiberglass
Shaft material: Carbon

Carbon

Lengths: 210 cm / 215 cm / 220 cm / 225 cm / 230 cm / 235 cm / 240 cm / 245 cm / 250 cm
Weight: 23 oz. / 652 g
Ferrule Options: Infinite
Blade material: Compression molded carbon
Shaft material: Carbon

Fiberglass bent shaft

Lengths: 210 cm / 215 cm / 220 cm / 225 cm / 230 cm / 235 cm / 240 cm / 245 cm / 250 cm
Weight: 28.5 oz. / 808 g
Ferrule Options: Infinite
Blade material: Compression molded fiberglass
Shaft material: Carbon

Carbon bent shaft

Lengths: 210 cm / 215 cm / 220 cm / 225 cm / 230 cm / 235 cm / 240 cm / 245 cm / 250 cm
Weight: 25.5 oz. / 723 g
Ferrule Options: Infinite
Blade material: Compression molded carbon
Shaft material: Carbon

The Tango is Aqua Bound’s high performance, low angle paddle. These blades are a relaxed touring option, which provide a dynamic blend of cruising power and control. While these are suited to any level of paddler, they are designed for long touring days and sea kayaking, where the lightweight design will keep you paddling all day long.


Moose started his paddling life on the ponds and rivers in the south east of England. He has slowly worked his way north and has spent the last few years working his way through all things Scottish. As well as being a very experienced and knowledgeable coach and guide across Scotland and the rest of the UK, he spent a summer in Norway and a month in Nepal; apparently they weren’t bad.

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