Straight Carbon Matrix & Carbon Kevlar
Our high-grade whitewater straight shafts come in three constructions; Carbon, Carbon Kevlar and a Carbon Matrix composite. The shafts are wrapped with a decorative twill pattern, including the Carbon Kevlar. They are finished to a high gloss glaze to match our blades, and all have comfortable built in index/hand grips. Any of these straight shafts are a good choice for most paddlers. They offer strong stable all round use for all abilities.
The Carbon Elite shaft is the lightest and stiffest. It gives a paddle that extra lightness, which makes it the only choice for Racing and Sea Touring paddlers. The Carbon Matrix shaft is also light, but it provides a little more flex. It is commonly used for all whitewater applications. The Carbon Kevlar shaft is a little more superior over the Carbon Matrix. It weighs approximately the same as the Matrix, but the Kevlar in the shaft absorbs shock waves much better than carbon or glass. This is why a shaft containing Kevlar generally provides more feel. Ultimately it is the best straight shaft to use for whitewater.
We offer two different diameter sized shafts for our touring paddles. The shaft is an important part of the paddle and can effect a paddler in many ways. Smaller hands holding a larger diameter shaft will have an insecure grip in which the paddler will consciously grip tighter. Evidently paddlers with larger hands usually subconsciously grip a smaller shaft too tightly. In both instances it will cause fatigue and possible forearm or wrist strain.
Except for children, our standard size shaft is used for all whitewater paddles. However, to increase the shaft diameter slightly, our Supergrips can help.