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Details

  • Rigid aluminum alloy shaft provides years of responsive performance; bright yellow grip area reduces slipping
  • Polypropylene blades provide excellent durability when pushing off rocks or barnacles
  • Dihedral curve and asymmetrical power face eliminate blade flutter
  • Feathering is adjustable to 0 or 60°, with left- or right-hand control
  • The Bending Branches Bounce kayak paddle helps keep your lap dry thanks to its heavy-duty rubber drip rings

Made in USA.

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Specs

Best Use Flatwater Kayaking
Shaft Construction Aluminum
Blade Construction Polypropylene
Paddle Style Low-angle
Shaft Shape Straight
Shaft Type 2-piece
Blade Shape Asymmetrical Dihedral
Blade Size 18 x 6.75 inches
Hand Control Right and Left
Feather Angle 0 / 60
Weight 2 lbs. 5 oz.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for beginners This was my first paddle and my second. I started with the 220 but found it too short so I went to the 230. I was looking at other paddles but you can't beat this one for the price. I am rough on things so I like that it is made of durable materials to take my abuse. It is a little heavey but not by much and I would probably not see a difference. The grips make it easy to use without gloves and gives a little more protection than a bare shaft plus has good grip even when wet. It is oval in the grip area also. I plan to use it on day trips, camping and recreational trips. After an hour and a half of paddling I am not wore out.
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but we've had issues... We purchased two of these paddles and took them (and our tandem kayak) on vacation. We should have tried them out before the vacation. But when we tried to assemble one of the paddles, the detent ball would not pop into the hole to secure the paddle together. We fought with it for about 10 minutes and finally got it to engage enough to use. We did this at two different lakes, fighting with the paddle each time. When we returned home, I called REI online and ordered another paddle. When it came into the store, I returned the defective paddle, and tried assembling the new paddle before I left the store. The replacement paddle had the same issue as the one previous paddle!!! An REI employee worked with the paddle for perhaps 20 minutes, extracting the spring mechanism from inside the tube, and bending it several times to get it to function properly. It is now workable, but still does not positively pop out into the hole like it's supposed to. So I caution you to check the "mating" of your paddle halves before leaving the store. The paddles work well in the water, and have a rubber grip to ease your hold on the paddle. But one of our rubber grips got a hole in it from friction with my ring. SO the durability of the grip is not particularly good.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great paddle, especially for the price I've used this for two years without any problems. It comes in two sections which makes it manageable for storage and transportation. The aluminum is lightweight and durable, the plastic blades work perfectly fine for pushing off rocky shores, and the grips are extremely comfortable. No gripes, and the price is great!
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellence! Great paddle for me, a beginner, and my teen kids. It's affordable, durable, easy to use, and it can break down for easy storage and travel!
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bending Branches paddle Nice, lightweight paddle, grips add function on windy days with lots of spray. Built well enough for the price point. Worked well for my 100# daughter paddling solo in a 70# Pamlico tandem in 20 mph winds!
Date published: 2016-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice paddle but rubber grips gives you blisters Nice sturdy paddle but the rubber grips gives you blisters. You'll need to wear gloves.
Date published: 2017-06-02
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I'm 6'4" in a 32" wide kayak. I will mostly be in small lakes and semi shallow creeks. I like this paddle but I think I need the 240CM size according to research. Is that size available in store by chance? Perhaps backorder at sale price?

Asked by: Zach Horwitz
As of June 2017, we are completely sold out of the 240 cm size and do not have any plans to restock it.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-05

Is the shaft oval or round at the grip?

Asked by: nearseattle
​The grip is an oval.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-22
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for beginners This was my first paddle and my second. I started with the 220 but found it too short so I went to the 230. I was looking at other paddles but you can't beat this one for the price. I am rough on things so I like that it is made of durable materials to take my abuse. It is a little heavey but not by much and I would probably not see a difference. The grips make it easy to use without gloves and gives a little more protection than a bare shaft plus has good grip even when wet. It is oval in the grip area also. I plan to use it on day trips, camping and recreational trips. After an hour and a half of paddling I am not wore out.
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but we've had issues... We purchased two of these paddles and took them (and our tandem kayak) on vacation. We should have tried them out before the vacation. But when we tried to assemble one of the paddles, the detent ball would not pop into the hole to secure the paddle together. We fought with it for about 10 minutes and finally got it to engage enough to use. We did this at two different lakes, fighting with the paddle each time. When we returned home, I called REI online and ordered another paddle. When it came into the store, I returned the defective paddle, and tried assembling the new paddle before I left the store. The replacement paddle had the same issue as the one previous paddle!!! An REI employee worked with the paddle for perhaps 20 minutes, extracting the spring mechanism from inside the tube, and bending it several times to get it to function properly. It is now workable, but still does not positively pop out into the hole like it's supposed to. So I caution you to check the "mating" of your paddle halves before leaving the store. The paddles work well in the water, and have a rubber grip to ease your hold on the paddle. But one of our rubber grips got a hole in it from friction with my ring. SO the durability of the grip is not particularly good.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great paddle, especially for the price I've used this for two years without any problems. It comes in two sections which makes it manageable for storage and transportation. The aluminum is lightweight and durable, the plastic blades work perfectly fine for pushing off rocky shores, and the grips are extremely comfortable. No gripes, and the price is great!
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellence! Great paddle for me, a beginner, and my teen kids. It's affordable, durable, easy to use, and it can break down for easy storage and travel!
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bending Branches paddle Nice, lightweight paddle, grips add function on windy days with lots of spray. Built well enough for the price point. Worked well for my 100# daughter paddling solo in a 70# Pamlico tandem in 20 mph winds!
Date published: 2016-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice paddle but rubber grips gives you blisters Nice sturdy paddle but the rubber grips gives you blisters. You'll need to wear gloves.
Date published: 2017-06-02
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Questions & Answers

I'm 6'4" in a 32" wide kayak. I will mostly be in small lakes and semi shallow creeks. I like this paddle but I think I need the 240CM size according to research. Is that size available in store by chance? Perhaps backorder at sale price?

Asked by: Zach Horwitz
As of June 2017, we are completely sold out of the 240 cm size and do not have any plans to restock it.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-05

Is the shaft oval or round at the grip?

Asked by: nearseattle
​The grip is an oval.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-22
  • y_2017, m_7, d_17, h_5CST
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