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USD$ 348.00

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The Akiak is the first modern 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.

  • Exchangeable paddle tips are available in flat or round shapes. See the “Paddle Tip” page under ACCESSORIES for additional information.
  • Sharp paddle blade edges provide crisp and precise paddling
  • A wider loom accommodates modern kayaks
  • The shoulderless design promotes smooth sliding strokes
  • The 2-piece design breaks down quickly for easy transportation and storage
  • The remarkably light paddle weight reduces fatigue on long paddling excursions
  • Carbon fiber blades create a slim profile that enters and exits the water quietly while adding buoyancy for a light stroke
  • A low-profile button release creates a sleek paddle shaft
  • The carbon fiber button never rusts
  • The high-quality, continuous-weave carbon fiber shaft delivers a superior strength-to-weight ratio
  • The symmetrical blade shape reduces torque. This allows the paddler to maintain a looser grip and pull the paddle smoothly through the water

 

GEARLAB offers the Akiak paddle in both Carbon fiber and Kevlar options. Both versions offer superior strength and performance on the water.

  • Carbon fiber paddles are strong, stiff and light. They offer the greatest power in the water because of their stiffness and are excellent for all-day excursions because of their light weight. Carbon is slightly more brittle upon impact, but endures constant UV and water exposure the best.
  • Kevlar paddles are stronger on impact than carbon models and offer more flexibility with each stroke. Kevlar sustains impact best, but is more sensitive to UV light over time than other materials.







 

 

Tips

GEARLAB paddle tips provide extra protection for the fine tips of the paddle.

  • Akiak paddles produced after February 2016 allow round and flat tips of any colour to be interchanged and installed on the paddle at a later date.

 

Diamond Joint (D-Joint)

As of mid-2016, all GEARLAB paddles are equipped with the patented GEARLAB Diamond joint (D-joint), which provides the sturdy feel of a one-piece paddle, and the transport and storage convenience of a two-piece paddle. The new D-joint is made out of titanium alloy to ensure the greatest strength and stiffness, while providing a light weight and corrosion resistance. The diamond joint shape provides a more secure connection inside the paddle when assembled because of its unique shape. This stabilizes the connection between the two paddle blades inside the loom beyond the round button clip that is located on the outside of the loom. In addition to preventing even minimal rotation shifting, the new joint is simpler to assemble if it is ever necessary to change the paddle clip located inside the loom.

 

Optional Accessory: Reflective Stickers

Reflective paddle stickers for the Akiak provide increased visibility and safety on the water. Available in orange, light gray and dark gray, the stickers are professionally applied at GEARLAB's factory and are designed to withstand constant water exposure.

Reflective paddle stickers may be bought at the time of paddle purchase for USD $9 on the following accessory page.

 
Specs of Akiak
 
 
Length (cm/inch)
 
205/80.5 210/82.5 215/84.5 220/86.5 225/88.5 230/90.5 235/92.5
 
Loom length (cm/inch)
 
48/18.9 49/19.3 50/19.7 51/20 52/20.5 57/22.4 62/24.4
 
Blade width (cm/inch)
 
8.4/3.3
 
Weight (g/oz)
 
820 (215cm) ± 30g / 28.9 (84.5inch) ± 1.05oz
 
Material
 
carbon fiber
 
Dimension figure
 
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  • Performance Paddles are equipped with extra set of Paddle Tips.

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