Paddle Sizing Guide

Proper sizing of your paddle is extremely important and will certainly effect how it performs. There are a lot of variables involved. The main thing to remember is the entire blade should be immersed in the water when a stroke is taken. The critical measurement is not the overall length of the paddle, but that of the shaft. To find the proper shaft length simply sit in your canoe and measure from your chin to the surface of the water. This is the shaft length. Add to this the length of the blade and you have your overall paddle length. If you do not have access to a canoe and water, review the chart below, it will get you headed in the right direction. (NOTE: this chart is giving you overall paddle length.)

   Torso size *       Straight shaft   
   (16-18" blade)   
   Beavertail style   
   (24-26" blade)   
   Bent shaft   
20" or less 42" 48" 48"
22" 48" 54" 48"
24" 51" 57" 48"
26" 51" 57" 48"
28" 54" 60" 48"
30" 57" 63" 50"
32" 57" 63" 52"
34" 63" 63" 54"
36" 63" 66" 56"

*To determine torso size, sit on a hard surface with eyes forward, back straight: measure from surface to tip of nose. Chart lists approx. size.

Kayak Paddle Sizing Guide

Proper sizing of your paddle is extremely important and will certainly effect how it performs. There are a lot of variables involved. The main thing to remember is the entire blade should be immersed in the water when a stroke is taken. The critical measurement is not the overall length of the paddle, but that of the shaft. The chart below should get you headed in the right direction. (NOTE: this chart is giving you overall paddle length.)

   Torso size*       Boat beam       18" - 20" blade       24" - 26" blade   
26" 23" - 27" 210 cm 200 cm
28" 23" - 27" 220 cm 210 cm
30" 23" - 27" 230 cm 220 cm
32" 23" - 27" 240 cm 230 cm
34" 23" - 27" 250 cm 240 cm
36" 23" - 27" 260 cm 250 cm

*To determine torso size, sit on a hard surface with eyes forward, back straight: measure from surface to tip of nose. Chart lists approx. size.

Turtle

Ask Hemlock Pete

Have a question? I'm happy to answer it - just email me at hpcanoes@gmail.com

Visit my paddling blog
for more information on
canoeing and kayaking.


hpcanoes@gmail.com
603.667.5112



Hemlock Pete's Canoes and Kayaks ~ 149 Richardson Road, Orange, VT 05641 ~ 603.667.5112


© 2000- Hemlock Pete's Canoes and Kayaks. Unauthorized distribution or rebroduction prohibited.
All other copyrights and trademarks are property of their respective companies.

Website by LeapfrogProgramming.com