Aqua-Bound's Updated Performance Paddles | Adventure Kayak Magazine | Rapid Media
New Aqua-Bound Paddles at Paddlesports Retailer 2018 Rapid Media Staff

Now featuring bent shaft designs and four-piece breakdown option

Listen up, discerning kayakers. 

At Paddlesports Retailer 2018's On-The-Water Demo Day in Oklahoma City, Paddling Magazine caught up Andrew Stern of Aqua-Bound to get a first look at the updated Whiskey and Tango paddles. These gorgeous performance kayak blades are now available in bent shaft options and also in a four-piece breakdown option. 

The bent shaft feature on these blades offers an ultra-comfortable wrist position, which allows for a more natural stroke, according to Stern. This is perfect for touring and promises maximum results with minimum effort. It's also sure to reduce strain on the upper body. The sleek, compression-molded blades are offered in fiberglass and carbon, and both offer efficient performance. The Whiskey blade is designed for high-angle paddlers who want to get the most out of every stroke. The Tango blade is shaped to deliver maximum, low-angle results with minimal effort. Both are featherlight. 

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In fact, the series represent the lightest bent shaft kayak paddles on the market, according to Stern. “The fiberglass models are 1.5 ounces lighter than our competition, and the carbon paddles are three ounces lighter," he says. The full carbon model is 25 ounces. The laminated fiberglass blade weighs in at 28 ounces.

New for 2019, Whiskey fiberglass and carbon models are also available in four-piece breakdown version, perfect for the globetrotting paddler wanting hassle-free travel and supreme packability. The 100-percent carbon Posi-Lok ferrule offers infinite feathering angles and adjustability. 

While Whiskey and Tango have many fans both young and old, these high-end blades have become particular favorites amongst the Boomer crowd, who are looking for a more comfortable and lighter blades, says Stern. 


The fiberglass blades available in three eye-catching styles—sunwave, fuego and agua patterns. Paddles available in five-inch increments.
Tango Carbon bent shaft: $474
Tango Fiberglass bent shaft: $399
Whiskey Carbon 4pc: $449
Whiskey Fiberglass 4pc: $339
Whiskey Fiberglass bent shaft: $399


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