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2022 Paddling
Buyer's Guide

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2022 Paddling
Buyer's Guide

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The design and production of Gearlab’s top-quality outdoor adventure gear has been inspired by Taiwan’s incredible ocean-mountain-urban landscape trifecta. Gearlab’s headquarter is set in the vibrant urban setting of Taipei, less than an hour drive from rushing rivers, lush vegetation, craggy cliffs, an impressive set of national parks. A subtropical island in the Pacific Ocean, Taiwan also boasts miles of magnificent ocean shoreline.

Overview

The Akiak is the first modern shoulderless Greenland paddle with exchangeable tips. Inspired by the Inuit tradition of strengthening paddle tips with bone, walrus ivory, and harder wood, Akiak integrates durable polyamide tips with a carbon fiber paddle. The tip unites smoothly with the paddle to form a seamless paddle stroke.
Greenland style paddle blades make contact with the water covering roughly the same surface area as Euro-blades, but the even distribution results in a smoother stroke and more control in the water. The narrow blade also creates less resistance in the air, allowing paddlers to explore further with less physical strain. Gearlab’s signature ProTek tip design bolsters the ends of the paddle with an easily replaceable tip made from a durable polyamide material. This provides confidence in rocky or shallow waters, and the option to customize a paddle with colored tips.
MSRP
$368 USD

Highlights

  • Exchangeable paddle tips - ProTek Tips
  • Two vibrant colors
  • Two-piece convenience and a streamlined, one-piece paddling experience

Available Colours

  • Red
  • Blue

The design and production of Gearlab’s top-quality outdoor adventure gear has been inspired by Taiwan’s incredible ocean-mountain-urban landscape trifecta. Gearlab’s headquarter is set in the vibrant urban setting of Taipei, less than an hour drive from rushing rivers, lush vegetation, craggy cliffs, an impressive set of national parks. A subtropical island in the Pacific Ocean, Taiwan also boasts miles of magnificent ocean shoreline.

Features & Specifications

Overview
  • Model Year: 2022
  • Category: Kayak Paddles
  • Best Used For: Recreation, Expedition, Sea Kayaking & Touring, River Play
Specifications
  • Weight: 32 oz / 910 g
  • Fixed Lengths: 210cm-230cm
  • 210cm
  • 220cm
  • 230cm
Features
  • Blade Style: Greenland
  • Blade Material: Carbon Composite
  • Shaft Type: Fixed Length
  • Shaft Material: Carbon Composite
  • Number of Pieces: 2

What Users Are Saying

The shaft is slightly thicker than usual, so I could grip it loosely. This improved comfort, and I imagine it would noticeably reduce wear and tear on arms and hands during long paddles. Think of it as a great excuse to spend more time on the open water. Casual paddlers will certainly appreciate it.

- Ben Fox
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