The Accent Air, at 24 oz, is the lightest injection molded paddles 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.
Carbon shaft and a proprietary resin material in blade
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.