Alpacka is selling a new paddle. Check it out:
For five years Alpacka Raft has been trying to get a someone to build us a paddle that was specifically designed for packrafting. Last season Sawyer paddles agreed to give it a try. The results were spectacular so we are adding it to our paddle line.
This paddle is the perfect paddle for packrafting. It is extremely durable, weighs only 28 oz, 4 oz lighter than our next heaviest paddle, and is adjustable in length and feathering from 205cm to 230cm. It breaks down into 4 pieces with a fifth core piece for the adjustment. The blade is a laminated Western Red Cedar and they are reinforced with fiberglass, carbon and have Sawyer’s ToughEdge (a Dynel edge protection). This makes for a very light weight yet tough paddle. The adjust-ability allows you to keep your paddle short for whitewater yet still have the ability to lengthen the paddle for those long flatwater pulls.
Bottom line: This paddle equals the splat in strength yet it is 4 oz lighter and has 25 cm of length adjustment available. And it is a beautiful to look at! What more could a packrafter want? This paddle costs a bit more than our Aquabound line but it is still less expensive than any of the other high-end paddles. Everyone that used this paddle last year wanted one.
All of our paddles are good choices. However, if you want the ultimate paddle for a packraft we feel this is about as close as you can get.