I've been reading a lot about paddles, and am confused now. When I held a paddle up vertically, and had my fingers curl over the top as instructed, it appears that a 190cm was the correct length for me. I am 5'2" tall. But when I see information or charts as to correct paddle length, they are also taking width of the boat into consideration. My kayak is 30" wide, and it seems I am finding recommendations for paddles of 230cm. Considerable difference. Do you have any info that might be helpful for me? My kayak is a Pelican Blitz. I'm also finding the disparity with my boyfriends situation. His vertical test came up with 210cm. He has a Lifetime Teton Angler kayak, also about 30" wide. We are fairly novice at this, and not sure which paddles to buy. Thanks for your help!
Hi @cinnia! Thanks for your question. We recommend using your height and width of the boat as the best starting place for sizing your paddle. Here's a great article on choosing the right paddle: How to Choose Kayak Paddles. So, according to this info I would recommend a 230cm paddle for you. And your boyfriend could certainly use this guide as well. Hope this helps! Happy paddling!
Thanks Bree.......this helps.......although I suppose we won't be needing them for a bit now, as I hear we go on lockdown starting Tuesday! Gives me plenty of time to do my research!
Hello @cinnia! @REI-BreeM gave you some great advice on choosing paddles. Once you have your new paddles, check out REI's guide on basic paddle strokes . Knowing how to use the paddle will let you paddle more efficiently and spend more quality time on the water. Enjoy!