The Accent Air, at 24.5 oz, is the lightest injection molded paddle in the world. The Air is made with a high strength-to-weight ratio carbon shaft and a proprietary resin material in the blades. The advanced blade design incorporates the perfect amount of dihedral angle promoting balance and efficiency in the water.
Air Specs and Features
- Material Description: Carbon shaft and a proprietary resin material in blade
Paddle is light, ergonomic,…
Paddle is light, ergonomic, and is comfortable to use. Blade shape is good. The down edge of the blade has a slight bulge that collects water so the paddle is drippy--drippier than several cheaper paddles I've used previously. The kingpin connection is utterly worthless. The connection failed on the second trip. I spent an hour stuck on a mud flat in November hunting the missing half of the paddle. Now I'm aware of this serious shortcoming, I work around it, but I would never buy this product again with this connection. It simply doesn't hold the paddle together. If I didn't need the option to feather for wind, I'd epoxy it together permanently as a single-piece paddle. A simple 3-position button connection would be better. I've continued to use the paddle and have accepted that I must constantly be aware and adjust for the fact that it slips apart. I paddle weekly for short trips in fairly demanding inshore marine, intertidal = conditions and this paddle is a poor choice for this activity,
I recently purchased the Air…
For almost effortless…
The strong all-polymer blade (which I prefer, for strength, to foam core blades) has a complex double dihedral asymmetrical design, but its area is smaller than larger high-angle blades. The "Air" supports a quicker "beat" and thus feels very much like a Greenland paddle but with greater thrust. Against a 25-knot steady wind and whitecaps, I compared the new "Air" against my favourite high-angle 34-ounce carbon fibre paddle (964 grams) that I habitually use out at sea. After nearly an hour of battling the elements, I was grateful for the lightness and efficiency of the "Air," which saved me over a hundred pounds of effort.
As a touring paddle, the Accent "Air" sets a new standard for its almost unnoticeable swing weight, smooth action in the water, and instant feathering options, thanks to its Kingpin system. In addition to its other state-of-the-art features, its attractive list price justifies a "10" rating.