Q -How do I pick the blade size, and know that it is right for me?
A -Selecting the proper blade size is important to ensure that your paddling experience is most enjoyable. For your regular weekend cruiser we recommend blade size per our sizing chart. For the race paddler it is a matter of preference and some guys prefer the smaller blade as this will allow them to have a rapid cadence (high turnover rate, similar to the lighter gears on your bicycle) as this will make it the easiest to handle, and stroking it through the water with the least amount of strain on your shoulders. This will allow you to go the distance and many top racers use the smaller and medium size blade. Going downwind a lot and you being Dave Kalama strong you will love our 110 sq sized blade.
Q -What is the difference between the Elite racer and the Kanaha?
A -The Elite racer has a PP shaft (pre-preg) with a SSI of 41, and the blade has a proprietary layup which makes it lighter then the standard Kanaha blade. The design of the blade remains the same however the overall paddle is in general xx ounces, xx lbs lighter making it the preferred racing paddle.
Q -How do I pick the right length for my paddle?
A -We have a sizing chart to which we refer most all our customers. We recommend 9" over your height for a regular weekend cruiser, and 10" - 12" for your more serious racer. As the sport is evolving we have seen different factors like arm reach, board thickness become factors also. Talk to your local shop for professional advise, and they may be able to loan you a paddle to ensure you get the proper fit.
Q -How do I figure out what the proper feather angle is for my kayak paddle?
A -Feather angle is personal preforence. Ideal feather angle in wing paddles is about 75-80 degrees however surfski and ocean kayakers may prefer a shallower angle of 50-60 degrees for less strain on the wrist. We recommend a 75 degree feather angle for sprint kayaking while about a 70 degree feather for downwind type conditions.
Q -Can I refinish my wood shaft on my outrigger paddle?
A -Yes you can. It is a common question as the shaft on the outrigger paddle is subjected to a lot of abuse. You never want the bare wood to show as this could allow for water to be absorbed reducing the overall life of the paddle. You can do it yourself by sanding the shaft using 120 grid sandpaper first, followed by 220 grid. After this you can use Clear acrylic Wood Finish and apply evenly. Make sure you wipe away any dust or dirt prior to applying the varnish.
Q -My paddle broke, what do I do?
A -If your paddle broke we request you to either return this to us directly for warranty review / repair or talk to your local shop where you purchased your paddle. We stand 100% behind our product and in the rare case of a product failure due to a manufacturing defect, we will replace or repair your paddle Free Of Charge. If we determine that the paddle has been abused and the failure is due to extreme wear and tear we will contact you and let you know what the charges will be to repair, and or replace your product.
Use the online Service Request Form ( http://www.quickbladepaddles.com/warranty/form.php )
To start the repair or replacement service. Simply fill out the form and follow the instructions
Q -What is the difference between the Kanaha Elite Race and the Magic?
A -The Magic paddle is identical to the Elite Race with the difference of the blade surface.
Q -What is the special feature on the QB Magic paddle?
A -The QB Magic paddle has dimples on the backside of the blade similar to a golf ball. This has proven to be most effective for very strong powerful paddles that can drive it with force.
Q -What is SSI?
Q -How do I determine what SSI shaft I should use?
A -General rule is that the bigger you are, in both weight and height the higher SSI type shaft we recommend. Please refer to our index.
Q -It appears that I have water in my paddle, what do I do?
A -Paddles are made to be 100% sealed making them waterproof to most all normal wear conditions. In the rare occasion that you have contracted water within your paddle please follow the following steps:
Q -What is the proper procedure to cut a paddle to size and glue on the handle?
A -QB has developed a detailed set of instructions which is available here.
Q -What is the best grip for me?
A -QB has developed a series of different grips and the P40 which is the EVA wrapped handle has quickly become the most popular handle. This grip will provide the most comfort and support while paddling.
Q -What is the difference between the P40 and P50 grip?
A -The P50 is molded of all carbon fiber and it fits comfortable in the palm of your hand. Its design enables fingers to wrap effortlessly around the handle for the most powerful stroke. The P40 has the exact same design as the p50 yet it has a thin layer of EVA foam for additional support while paddling.
Q -What is the weight for the sweeper?
A -The weight for the full length sweeper 89" (86" + 3" B50 grip), at this length the weight is 29 oz. (1.8Lbs). At a 78" length the Sweeper is ~28 oz.
Q -You have the lightest and strongest paddle; why are some models heavier?
A -QB's claim to fame is the Elite racer paddles which is the lightest strongest paddle on the market. This paddle weighs just 16 ounces at a 78" length. QB offers an all carbon Kanaha paddle that is just 19 ounces while the fiberglass Kanaha blade with carbon shaft is ~20 ounces. The same fiberglass Kanaha blade with fiberglass shaft is 24 ounces.
Q -What's the difference between adjustable and 2 piece in the configuration options?
A -The adjustable paddle has an extendable handle and is adjustable to share with friends and family. The standard adjustable is 76"-84", the paddle blade with shaft is 73", while the adjustable handle assembly is 18".
The 2 piece paddle is a "travel paddle" that is a fixed length to your spec with a 45 degree cut near the middle of the paddle and has an internal ferule connector that allows the paddle to be taken apart easily for more compact storage and travel. The 2 piece paddle will have two equal length parts when unassembled that will be ~ 3" longer than half your paddle overall length, for example an 80" paddle will have 2 pieces that are 43" in length when unassembled.