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WEST MARINE Composite Fiber Pro Kayak Paddle, 230cm

Model # 5320072Mfg # 6852032

$99.99

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Product Description

Strong and smooth strokes for easy control

This super lightweight fiberglass paddle is stronger and lighter than aluminum paddles. It features asymmetric glass-reinforced nylon blades, push-button feather settings and cold weather grip.

  • Material: Fiberglass shaft, glass reinforced nylon blades
  • Length: 230cm (7' 6 1/2")
  • Blade Width x Length: 7" x 17"
  • Handle Style: Coldwater grip with blade indicator and versatile feather settings
  • Warranty: One year

Choosing paddle length
When considering paddle length, a good rule to follow is to choose a paddle that's 30cm or roughly a foot taller than you when holding it upright. Also, make sure to take into account the width of your kayak in addition to your height. The greater the kayak width, the more paddle length is needed to reach the water. If you have a sit-on-top kayak and your seat is raised six or more inches above the base, add about three inches to your paddle length.

 

Specs

Composite Fiber Pro Kayak Paddle, 230cm

Best Use Kayak Paddles
Material Glass-Reinforced Nylon Blade
Fiberglass Shaft
Grip/Handle Type Coldwater Grip with Blade Indicator and Versatile Feather Settings
Color Blue
Warranty Details One Year
Length 90.5"
Dimensions 7" x 17"

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West Marine Composite Fiber Pro Kayak Paddle, 230cm
 
3.9

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable shaft (7)
  • Minimizes fatigue (7)
  • Good control (5)
  • Adjustable (4)

Cons

  • Flimsy (3)

Best Uses

  • Day trip (6)
  • Touring (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pro 340 WM Composite Paddle

A great composite paddle for the money. Composite paddles are fantastic for minimizing fatigue, letting you last longer trips. The down side to composite is that they can be more brittle. I tend...Read complete review

A great composite paddle for the money. Composite paddles are fantastic for minimizing fatigue, letting you last longer trips. The down side to composite is that they can be more brittle. I tend to be a paddler and also tend to use the paddle as a boat hook at times of literally "shoving off". Not a good idea with these composite paddles. I mean, they aren't even designed for it, so I could see breaking easily there. I've personally not had any issues with breakage or even fear of, just wanted to point the characteristic of composite. I will still buy composite!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

not that great

I have owned 3 of these and broken 2 , the last time when my wife and I got caught too far off shore on St. John, paddling our Advanced Elements Straight Edge...Read complete review

I have owned 3 of these and broken 2 , the last time when my wife and I got caught too far off shore on St. John, paddling our Advanced Elements Straight Edge II. We were in a stiff wind, and were forced to "abandon ship" at a remote beach where the wind blew us to because 1 paddle wouldn't allow us to make headway into the wind. I plan to buy 2 new paddles, looking for the most durable packable paddles I can find.

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5.0

Good paddle

By Charlie

from Eastern NC

About Me Beginner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable Shaft
  • Good Control

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about West Marine Composite Fiber Pro Kayak Paddle, 230cm:

      Works great

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      1.0

      Broke after 2 months

      By FreeFlyFreak

      from Capitola

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable Shaft

      Cons

      • Flimsy

      Best Uses

        Comments about West Marine Composite Fiber Pro Kayak Paddle, 230cm:

        Wish I had read these reviews before buying this paddle.
        Same experience as others, this paddle broke very easily. The paddle end snapped off

        The plus side was West Marine exchanged it for a different one plus a West Marine gift card for the difference in price.

        Great Company, but the paddle is very brittle, go with a different type.

         
        4.0

        good paddle

        By turtleman

        from port salerno fl

        About Me Advanced

        Pros

        • Good Control
        • Minimizes Fatigue

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Advanced Paddling Techniques
          • Day Trips
          • River Running
          • Touring

          Comments about West Marine Composite Fiber Pro Kayak Paddle, 230cm:

          i gave it a 4 because the botton corrodes in salt water use, i keep it feathered so i dont care its stuck but some may have problems with that, otherwise i love it, have used it on many tips

           
          4.0

          good paddle for lake use

          By bobg

          from Smith mountain lake VA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adj
          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable Shaft
          • Minimizes Fatigue

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Day Trips
            • Touring

            Comments about West Marine Composite Fiber Pro Kayak Paddle, 230cm:

            wife and i use this paddle on an inland lake and it is fine for that.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Pro 340 WM Composite Paddle

            By Becla Bracha

            from Oriental, NC

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable Shaft
            • Good Control
            • Minimizes Fatigue

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Day Trips
              • Touring

              Comments about West Marine Composite Fiber Pro Kayak Paddle, 230cm:

              A great composite paddle for the money. Composite paddles are fantastic for minimizing fatigue, letting you last longer trips. The down side to composite is that they can be more brittle. I tend to be a paddler and also tend to use the paddle as a boat hook at times of literally "shoving off". Not a good idea with these composite paddles. I mean, they aren't even designed for it, so I could see breaking easily there. I've personally not had any issues with breakage or even fear of, just wanted to point the characteristic of composite. I will still buy composite!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great lighweight paddle

              By Verite

              from Colorado Springs

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Comfortable Shaft
              • Good Control
              • Lightweight
              • Minimizes Fatigue

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Day Trips

                Comments about West Marine Composite Fiber Pro Kayak Paddle, 230cm:

                I own four of these paddles (one for each kayak) and they always outperform my expectations. Lightweight, easy to handle, low fatigue and minimal drip. They are a great value if you paddle for extended periods.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Strong light durable

                By JD

                from Mantaloking, NJ

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • Minimizes Fatigue

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about West Marine Composite Fiber Pro Kayak Paddle, 230cm:

                    I have this paddle and an aluminum shaft paddle and you can truly feel the difference in how quickly you get tired when using both This paddle is strong light and durable, Ive had it for nearly five years and go out at least once a week during the warmer months and this paddle still hasn't failed me. Highly recommended for all kayakers out there

                     
                    5.0

                    Superior Paddle

                    By Fred

                    from Ocala, Fl

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Shaft
                    • Good Control
                    • Minimizes Fatigue

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Day Trips

                      Comments about West Marine Composite Fiber Pro Kayak Paddle, 230cm:

                      A good paddle makes all the difference at the end of the day. For me, this paddlewas superior to more expensive ones I found at some "Outdoor/Sporting Goods" Stores

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      not that great

                      By Bubba

                      from Eden Prairie, MN

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Shaft

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy

                      Best Uses

                      • Day Trips

                      Comments about West Marine Composite Fiber Pro Kayak Paddle, 230cm:

                      I have owned 3 of these and broken 2 , the last time when my wife and I got caught too far off shore on St. John, paddling our Advanced Elements Straight Edge II. We were in a stiff wind, and were forced to "abandon ship" at a remote beach where the wind blew us to because 1 paddle wouldn't allow us to make headway into the wind. I plan to buy 2 new paddles, looking for the most durable packable paddles I can find.

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Light Use Only

                      By paddlesnapper

                      from Vancouver, Canada

                      About Me Advanced

                      Pros

                      • Minimizes Fatigue

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about West Marine Composite Fiber Pro Kayak Paddle, 230cm:

                        West Marine was great on refunding cost of broken Pro 340s

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