Recreational meets touring. Bending Branches Sunrise Glass’s fiberglass shaft not only cuts back on the weight, but the added flexibility means that after a long day of paddling, you won’t have the same sore muscles that can come from a stiffer shaft.
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.
The same technical prowess of Bending Branches Slice Glass Snap-Button, the Slice Glass Plus gives you incredible performance and high strength blades, with a 15cm adjustable ferrule and infinite angles to choose from, you can adjust on the go depending on wind and water conditions.
Bending Branches Slice Hybrid balances the lightness of carbon fiber against the strength of the epX-polymer blades of the Slice series. The result is a durable and affordable touring paddle which you can use on long days in all sorts of conditions without tiring yourself out.
Werner Skagit is a great value option for those on a budget, but who still want a high quality, low angle touring paddle. The fiberglass reinforced, nylon blades give you a light swing and recovery, but are durable and wear resistant. These blades are mid-sized and have been designed utilising Werner’s top end blade technology.
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.
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.
For those who want the high angle option of a high level recreational paddle, Werner Tybee might be a preferred option to the Skagit. This is arguably a better option for a beginner paddle, but is also extremely popular as a spare expedition paddle, especially when there’s a chance to put away your expensive low angle paddles and play in some coastal breaks.
The Impression is Bending Branches’ only all-wood paddle, but it isn’t quite all-wooden. The snap button ferrule in the center is a composite design to prevent corrosion or seizing up. This ferrule allows you to choose between 0 degrees, or 60 degrees either right, or left handed. Beyond that, this wooden paddle has all the natural flexibility you would expect which helps to prevent injuries and straining when you’re on the water.
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