|Aqua Bound Manta Ray 2-Piece Carbon Paddle Straight Shaft||$179.95|
|Aqua Bound Manta Ray 2-Piece Paddle Straight Shaft||$109.95|
|Aqua Bound Swell 2-Piece Carbon Paddle Straight Shaft||$374.95|
|Aqua Bound Manta Ray Posi-Lok 2-Piece Carbon Paddle Straight Shaft||$189.95|
Nice Carbon fiber paddle, lightweight, strong, decent blade shape. AquaBound has been revamping their product line over the years and the longer shaped touring blades are now in the $250 price range. This paddle has a somewhat shorter blade style and falls along the upscale rec/touring part of the spectrum. It's a good paddle, and the oval shaped grip area is a newer feature that works well. Overall I wouldn't pay more than $150 for this paddle (6/12) but if you find it at that price it's a good buy.
My paddling speed for the same effort expended is 5% faster with the Sting Ray all carbon paddle. I've been paddling the same 5 mile route on a lake 3 times a week for 5 years and without exerting any extra effort I cut my best time by 5%. This paddle for $144 (after a 20% sales promotion discount) is light, comfortable, and sturdy.
Your service is great. I received the paddle in perfect condition and just when you said it would arrive. I have really enjoyed the light weight as I can paddle all day without fatigue. It comes apart really easily and then is just as easy to re-assemble. I think your company is terrific and I've referred you to many of my friends.
I normally paddle with a fiberglass shaft but was loaned this paddle once and gave it a try. A few ounces lighter than the fiberglass and performed very well. If you do a lot of paddling it might be worth your money to step up to this paddle.
Great paddle, after breaking my Hobie paddle, I bought this one from Backcountry. It came quickly. It's strong and light, it comes apart easily and I would get it again in a flash. Paddling really is easier with a light strong paddle.