Rated 5 out of
La Creme dela Creme of PaddlesI've only had it 2 weeks, used it three times and have to say, I am not disappointed! The weight is unbelievable. The Cyprus has a large face, and while I'm not truly a "high brace" paddler, but I like the versatility and strength it provides. I use this on open water, Lake Michigan, sometimes calm, sometimes higher surf conditions and so far it exceeds my expectations. I used my REI credit card points and 20% off coupon to buy it so it was a real treat, otherwise not sure I would have paid $400, but if you paddle often it's worth the investment. Easy on your shoulders, arms and a powerful paddle.
Date published: 2016-06-29
Rated 5 out of
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My Favorite PaddleAs a professional sea kayaking instructor for the past 20 years, I've tried tons of different paddles. Hands down my favorite is the Cyprus. Over the past six years or so, it's been my go-to paddle for all but the roughest surf and rock garden conditions (when I instead grab my burly, Werner Stikine).
As someone who puts in literally hundreds of thousands of strokes each year, a premium paddle is well worth its weight in ibuprophen! I find the light weight of the Cyprus is easy on my aging joints, while the high-performance blade shape--with its foam-core "flotation"--is excellent for everything from touring to surfing to smoothly linking strokes to rolling.
For me and the majority of my students, the "mid-size" high-angle blade style is a perfect compromise of power and versatility. While larger blades do provide a bit more support for bracing and rolling, they also take more muscle for simply paddling; thinner "touring" blades are easy on the arms for churning out the miles, but lack power and performance for maneuvering and bracing. The mid-size Cyprus nails the Goldilocks Zone of "Just Right" for just about everything I do.
Care and Durability: I don't baby my gear (tools, not jewels) but do take modest precautions or switch to a beefier blade when paddling around rocks or when the surf starts to reach double overhead (to a seated kayaker ;-) I've gotten years of mostly trouble-free use from my Cyprus. It is important to regularly rinse the adjustable ferrule in fresh water and lubricate it to keep the button from getting sticky, especially if you paddle primarily in salt water as I do. If the button gets gritty, I shove the nozzle of a garden hose into the end and blast the grit out, then let it dry and spritz a little 303 into the mechanism a couple times a year. This seems to keep it happy.
Date published: 2016-08-09
Rated 5 out of
Versatile and tougher than they sayI got this through a local outfitter not quite 2 years ago. REI does not offer narrow shaft and shorter lengths which I can't understand because I see as many women paddlers as men and some are as short as I am. Some have told me that carbon paddles tend to be brittle, but this paddle has been through a lot and has received a lot of punishment and clashes with rocks, trunks and other objects I failed to avoid. Since getting the paddle I've paddled Gulf Bays, narrow Florida rivers, some with sharp turns, fast running rivers in Alberta and Wisconsin, class I and II rapids, shallow gravelly fast moving rivers, lakes with swells and waves -- the paddle has come through for me. Paddled upper Missouri river for 35 miles in one day and didn't suffer from paddle fatigue -- no shoulder, torso aches. The downside may be that carbon paddles conduct electricity and may be more hazardous in open water during a lightening storm. That said, I should carry a non carbon spare paddle, lightening storms being common in Florida. Have other shorter paddles for river running, but I much prefer this one. Werner has a shorter wide river paddle in a narrow shaft, but I would have to special order it from Werner directly and didn't have the cash, so I purchased a cheaper river paddle for my river kayak. I am not an advanced kayaker, but neither am I a casual/recreation --paddle on average more than once a week, 8-10 miles per paddle on average. And yes, I'd like to have that special order Werner river paddle one day.
Date published: 2012-10-09
Rated 5 out of
best paddleI was using just a regular recreation paddle for kayaking and then my friend let me borrow her Cyprus for a few days and I fell in love with it. The size and lightness were perfect and the way it feels while paddling long distances. I just recently bought my own and couldn't be happier. Great product Great paddle.