Magic Plus Kayak Paddle

by  Carlisle

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Magic Plus Kayak Paddle Reviews

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Have been using this paddle…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/26/2022

Have been using this paddle for years. Dependable and comfortable. Not an ultralight, but can paddle all day without it feeling heavy. Great starter to intermediate paddle.


It has all the features…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 12/16/2019

It has all the features inbuilt that you might be looking for till now.It is extremely lightweight and durable. This will help you glide the water easily without any weight.The asymmetrical, slightly spooned blade shape combined produces extra smooth and powerful strokes without much effort. 


I wanted a paddle that was…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/30/2018

I wanted a paddle that was comparable to the Ascent Paddle I had been using, without paying $200. The Carlisle (made by Old Town) Magic Plus was just what I was looking for. It paddles just as good as my more expense unit. This makes for a great back up or primary paddle.


This is a great lightweight,…

Submitted by: schwarkie on 7/9/2015
This is a great lightweight, comfortable and affordable paddle.It is easily adjusted and is very sturdy. I use it as my loaner paddle when family and company share my kayaks. Because it is so sturdy it is my go to paddle when I am paddling in rivers with hidden stones and logs.

Bought this paddle with our…

Submitted by: LGSII on 7/1/2015
Bought this paddle with our kayak. It has the same color scheme as the Old Town Camden. I have used a few of the cheaper paddles and the Magic Plus is a lot nicer. If you are considering this paddle over a lesser expensive one I would suggest you get this one... you won't regret it.

My main boat is a Perception…

Submitted by: phlaw23 on 7/1/2015
My main boat is a Perception Monterey 14' and I mainly use it on rivers and lakes for casual use. I have tried numerous paddles and never found one I really liked until I tried the Carlisle Magic Plus Kayak Paddle. This is the first paddle I have used that does not give me wrist pain, even after 5-6 hours of use.

The paddle is very light compared to others I have used and it controls my boat very well. It is constructed nicely and has 3 settings for different styles of paddling. The price on it is very good, I have seen it on sale for as low as $79 so it is affordable for even the most casual paddlers. I have already recommended this paddle to many friends and the ones who have purchased it have been equally pleased.

This is a fiberglass paddle, and I did test one carbon fiber paddle also, but I actually preferred this one. I would easily give this 5 Stars and recommend to anyone looking for either a low priced entry level paddle, or a great backup paddle.


I use the Magic Plus 230 cm…

Submitted by: rcawson on 6/30/2015
I use the Magic Plus 230 cm paddle with an Elie Sound 120 kayak. The paddle performs beautifully on the water. It is very comfortable and not demanding after two hours non stop paddling workouts. I find it comfortable and the water capture per stroke maintains a very nice boat speed with a comfortable paddle pace with lots of room to pick it up. I would highly recommend this paddle.

Upgrading from a cheap paddle…

Submitted by: paddler235893 on 8/28/2014
Upgrading from a cheap paddle to the Magic Plus was a definite "plus". It's light weight, floats, the red color of my matches my Heron 9 Angler camo perfectly. The blades are well made and I've been using the paddle for 6 months so far and no wear, no cracks, dents etc....great paddle to own

When I bought my Old Town…

Submitted by: BVJimmy1969 on 7/30/2014
When I bought my Old Town Vapor my buddy was with me and advised me to not be cheap and pick up the Magic Plus 230 cm and he was not wrong. Everyone that I kayak with that owns a cheaper paddle complains about being sore after a long trip, but the Magic Plus leaves me no complaining.

It is lightweight, adjustable and an ease to use for hours on end. The only drawback that was mentioned to me by my neighbor is that it is a bit thicker than a standard paddle and it didn't fit his hand quite right.


First of all I am a 125-130…

Submitted by: paddler235533 on 5/9/2014
First of all I am a 125-130 lbs, Disabled O.I.F. Veteran, specifically with a right shoulder injury from shrapnel. When I first started Kayaking in 2005 I always borrowed my brothers kayaks and gear. He is much more of a occasional kayaker then I am. So only has 10 & 12' rec kayaks with 230cm Aluminum shaft paddles with small blades. Then a couple years ago I bought my first Kayak (a 10' rec kayak) with a similar paddle. And because I'm stubborn, independent girl and my Mother and Brother said I couldn't. I made my first trip a 15 mile solo trip down the Flat River near where I live in Michigan. By the end of the trip no amount of my pain killer could ease the suffering that my cheap Aluminum paddle caused me.

So the very next day I bought a Carlisle Magic 220cm paddle. And it was night and day. The rest of my first year I was going on 20 plus mile solo trips with much less effort and pain because of the lighter weight and semi flexible shaft of the Carlisle Magic. This year as soon as we hit some 50 degree days I had my kayak back in the water. But because the lack of availability of someone to drop off my car down river I found myself Paddling up river several miles in flooded fast moving rivers for several miles and running them back down in a quarter of the time it took me to paddle up them… and of course once again the extreme pain was back.

So I recently bought a Carlisle Magic Plus and found it to be just a little bit lighter but much more flexible then my Carlisle Magic. Once again Carlisles products has helped me accomplish more then my family ever expected me too and has made it so much easier on my shoulder. As a disabled veteran and a female… I'm told I can't do a good many of things but with the Carlisle Magic Plus it's helped me prove them wrong. I can't say enough good things about their products. And in the next month I am purchasing a Liquidlogic Stinger XP and plan on running it through everything from fast paced rivers, the great lakes and white water as well. And even though the white water may require me to get a new paddle that is more suited for it…. for everything else I will stick with my trusted, tried and true Carlisle Magic and Magic Plus Paddles. You can't get a better paddle for such an affordable price.


I have a 220cm Magic Plus. It…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/26/2012
I have a 220cm Magic Plus. It has one of the best blade shapes and the worst ferrule. The shaft cannot handle the power generated by the blades and slowly works loose at the joint. It only took 3 trips on less than 3 miles each for this to develop

I'll start out by saying that…

Submitted by: kayakphotos on 9/6/2011
I'll start out by saying that this is a nice paddle for the price. It is light weight compared to aluminum paddles and still feels sturdy. The blade design is curved which seems to help paddle faster on flat water, but I think a straight blade would be better in whitewater.

The paddle is a two piece and gives the option of rotating 45 degrees forward or back. This is somewhat limiting compared to higher in paddles that allow you to feather the blade at any angle you wish. There is also a little bit of play where the ends meet (paddle rotates a little bit when locked in) since the connection is not locked in super tight. This hasn't been an issue in real world use though.

All things considered, this is a nice paddle for the price. It is a great option for your average rec paddler and should last for years. There are better paddles out there with tighter tolerances and fancier designs but you will have to pay a considerable amount for it.


I've used this paddle for 4…

Submitted by: paddler233772 on 8/20/2010
I've used this paddle for 4 years now, probably 150 hrs of paddling; all flat water. I've only owned one other paddle, a Carlisle aluminum shaft. I'm a vigorous paddler, and there's never been a problem. It has a wrapped fiberglass shaft with glass-filled polyprop. blades. Carlisle's website says this is lighter than their Day Tripper but I have both and this feels slightly heavier. I think it's stronger than the aluminum D/T, and the fiberglass shaft flexes, giving a stronger stroke. I also like the color (red/yellow blades). For the money (I think I paid $60 as it was a leftover) it's a great product, so I recommend this paddle. Put some Yakgrips on it, and your hands will thank you.