(photo courtesy of @chapa_texasranger)
The benefit of a high-visibility kayak paddle is just what the name implies—it helps make you, the kayaker, highly visible to others.
Accidents on the water aren’t common, but they do happen. The best way to avoid being hit by a bigger, faster boat is to be easily seen. Bright colors are the answer to high visibility on lakes, rivers and oceans. This is especially important in weather that produces low visibility conditions like rain and fog.
Visibility is also of supreme importance if you’re ever in the unfortunate position of needing to be rescued while on the water. The last thing you want is for a rescue team to be unable to find you because you blend in with your natural surroundings.
Your kayak, PFD and clothing can all contribute to high visibility, as can your kayak paddle blades.
Bending Branches makes a number of kayak paddles with high-visibility blades:
High-Visibility Kayak Paddles for Recreational Kayaking
Four of our recreational kayak paddles come in high-viz colors:
Slice Hybrid has a 100% carbon shaft that shaves 5 ounces off the total weight making a very light paddle. It’s epX engineered polymer fiberglass-reinforced high-angle blades come in bright orange. The Slice Hybrid is available in both snap-button ferrule or our Plus Telescoping adjustable-length ferrule. It sells for $129.95 and $149.95.
Slice Glass is identical to the Slice Hybrid except its shaft is fiberglass. Same high-angle blade shape, same high-viz orange color, same ferrule options—snap-button or Plus Telescoping adjustable-length. This Slice Glass is $109.95 and $129.95.
Sunrise Glass kayak paddle (photo courtesy of @mackinackayak)
Sunrise Glass pairs a lightweight fiberglass shaft with polypropylene blades that are available in either lemon yellow or lime green. It’s a great all-purpose paddle, suitable for all types of kayaking. It has a tight-fitting snap-button ferrule system for feathering angles of 0º or 60º and sells for $99.95.
Bounce is a great all-around kayak paddle for the casual paddler. It has an e-coated aluminum shaft with bright yellow polypropylene blades. It’s snap-button ferrule can feather to 0º or 60º. It sells for $79.95.
High-Visibility Kayak Paddles for Kayak Fishing
Angler Pro in Glowtek could be considered high-viz. This is our top-of-the-line kayak fishing paddle, available in either snap-button or Plus Telescoping adjustable-length ferrules. The 100% carbon shaft makes it feather-light and the Glowtek color pattern in the compression-molded fiberglass blades make it truly eye-popping. $299.95 and $324.95.
Angler Classic is the best selling kayak fishing paddle on the market. It features a fiberglass shaft with epX engineered polymer fiberglass-reinforced high-angle blades. If you want the high-viz version, choose orange over sage green. It’s available in both snap-button and Plus Telescoping ferrule for $139.95 and $164.95.
Angler Scout is an affordable yet still durable and high-performance paddle. It has the same epX engineered polymer fiberglass-reinforced high-angle blades (choose orange for high-visibility), this time with an aluminum shaft. It’s priced at $99.95.
Angler Pro in Glowtek (photo courtesy of bradhicksfishing)
Here are a couple other articles with great advice on why high visibility is important for kayakers and what colors are the best for hi-viz:
Be safe out there!
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