Stunning. It's so beautiful and such a pleasure to hold - a working work of art. When I hand it to people they go "Woah!" As for performance, it's like finding an extra gear on a bike. Silky. Precise. Zero flutter - and the joint is so perfect that even in sprint mode it feels like a single piece of carbon...
The Akiak was my first purchase of a carbon manufactured paddle. Previously, I used self-made wooden ones. I've paddled for 10 years mainly with a euro-style. On the water it's lightness and stiffness is amazing. The replaceable tips are a great idea. Over all great design...
It may look small, but the inside is larger than it looks and holds everything I need for the day - rain hat, spare gloves ..etc. .. The side lashing straps work well for bilge pump, paddle float etc. The low profile means it doesn't add much wind resistance like some of the big bags...
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