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Kalleq Description

Kalleq - Gearlab's flagship paddle, Inuit name meaning Lightning. It is the lightest and strongest paddle in our line thanks to its seamless carbon fiber construction. Kalleq incorporates the best-available technology and latest design, offering the ultimate touring paddle experience.

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Additional Attributes

  • Slice With The Sharpest - Meticulously engineered, the thinnest part is merely 1.1 mm. Results in smooth and silent slices through water, in perfect serenity.
  • Light & Strong - 220cm blade with 750 grams of seamless carbon fiber construction. No reinforcements, no joints, no nonsense.
  • Original ProTek Tip - Gearlab's signature ProTek tip design offers worry-free rock dings, multiple tip colors, and loom extensions options. This easy user replaceable parts provides convenience and peace of mind.
  • Ripstop Weave - Exclusive carbon fiber ripstop weave adds unique visual texture and depth only on the Kalleq.
  • Diamond Joint - Patent pending full carbon fiber spring joint design snaps firmly and securely at your fingertip. No protrusions, no tools required. Most importantly, no wiggle room.
  • Titanium - Only aerospace grade Titanium screws are used in Gearlab paddles. Sea water tested and rust proof. No details overlooked.
  • 2 Piece - All Gearlab paddles are 2 piece snap design. They are easy to travel with and makes a great backup on the deck too.

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Superb finish and…

Submitted by: paddler893089 on 10/28/2020
Superb finish and craftmanship in every single detail. The best greenland paddle by far!

This paddle for my Rebel…

Submitted by: Davey on 10/23/2020
This paddle for my Rebel Ilaga is like a custom fit glove for my hand

Purchased my first Kalleq…

Submitted by: rwgebs on 10/15/2020
Purchased my first Kalleq some time ago. At 220cm it was perfect for my narrow kayaks but a bit short for my wider solo canoe. The new 230cm Kalleq earns the same review I previously posted for the 220cm Kalleq. "The fusion of technology, artistry and functionality. Very simply, it doesn't get any better than the Kalleq."

Completely differnt paddling…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/9/2020
Completely differnt paddling feel compared to Europaddle, but I love it - so fast, so easy so light!

Paddle came earlier than…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/29/2020
Paddle came earlier than expected! Light, smooth, cuts through the water silently. Takes a slightly different cant than other Greenland paddles, but once you get it (it doesn’t take more than a few strokes), it’s smooth and effortless.

Well worth the money and a…

Submitted by: paddler879681 on 9/23/2020
Well worth the money and a dream to use

After paddling with my wing…

Submitted by: paddler879611 on 9/23/2020
After paddling with my wing and euro blade quite some times, I decide to try a greenland paddle. Luckily, before purchasing, I had a chance to have my hands on Kalleq at the dealer store. My Kalleq 210 cm. (Blitz edition) is such a work of craftsmanship, in particular the Blitz pattern looks really modern and flashy. It feels very solid, light and comfortable in my hands. However, it seems somewhat difficult to press on the paddle clip to take the paddle apart. Besides, while the paddle construction and joint is very well-built, I can hear some friction noises when softly twist the shaft (so I may need to contact the Gearlab customer service to see whether this is normal). All in all, Kalleq is an excellent greenland paddle that worth your money. Can't wait to paddle with it.

My new Kalleq paddle arrived…

Submitted by: paddler878841 on 9/22/2020
My new Kalleq paddle arrived today, and it's gorgeous. Beautifully made, great fit and finish. I have borrowed this paddle model in the past (it is a truly wonderful paddle) and have been waiting with great anticipation for my own paddle to arrive, at my dealer (Kayakers Go Coastal, Inc., in Tacoma, WA). I'll take it out for a spin tomorrow. Can't wait!

Length 190cm Excellent…

Submitted by: paddlincwolfe on 9/15/2020
Length 190cm Excellent build quality. Solid fitting 2 piece nesting. Sharp refined angles. Pragmatic design with replacement tips. Shoulderless design which is new to me, takes a bit of getting use to but I am starting to like it. Loom slightly larger diameter than I make for myself. That obviously is personal preference. Entry into water is quiet. Balance is excellent. Build quality top notch. A bit heavier than my red cedar paddle but the utility of of a carbon fiber two piece paddle for both air travel or for storing on deck as second paddle is fantastic. I would highly recommend.

A beautifully design enhanced…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/14/2020
A beautifully design enhanced well crafted piece of ancient time tested functionality.

This paddle is super super…

Submitted by: JkayakJ on 9/11/2020
This paddle is super super amazing. Light, easy to paddle, thin, suuuuuper quiet on the water. and has all the specs to tour for 1000s of miles without strain, enough bite to handle any sea state, roll like a pro with this paddle. My only tip is be careful with the awesome idea of replaceable tips. I did an impromtu roll and accidentally grabbed the tip on my roll and it didn't feel strong enough to grab and bite the water with.

The fusion of technology,…

Submitted by: rwgebs on 9/9/2020
The fusion of technology, artistry and functionality. Very simply, it doesn't get any better than the Kalleq.

Stunning. In 15+ years of sea…

Submitted by: paddler867533 on 9/2/2020

Stunning. In 15+ years of sea kayaking I have only used half a dozen paddles regularly, and played with a half dozen more, so I'm not an expert - but this is easily my favorite paddle ever. Most of my miles have been with either a carbon Werner Corryvreckan (an excellent choice for stronger paddlers, especially in conditions) or my trusty old cedar Greenland made for me by Tuktu Paddles (who I can't recommend highly enough if you're looking for a custom-made wood stick). But I wanted two Greenlands and I wanted both to fit on the deck, so I bought a carbon ferrule from Gearlab, sawed the Tuktu in half and reduced it to 210 cm, and have switched to the lighter, stronger, thinner 220cm Kalleq as my main paddle. It's so beautiful and such a pleasure to hold - a working work of art. It weighs 720 grams: when I hand it to people they go "Woah!" I was concerned about the more slippery surface, but quickly adjusted. I was also concerned about the no-shoulder design, but it took about 10 strokes to know I could always "feel" the subtle flare where the ferrule becomes the main blade. As for performance, it's like finding an extra gear on a bike. Silky. Precise. Zero flutter - and the join is so perfect that even in sprint mode it feels like a single piece of carbon. My congratulations to the Gearlab team on an awe-inspiring piece of craftsmanship.


A paddle that feels very well…

Submitted by: paddler866119 on 9/1/2020
A paddle that feels very well made. The joint is very firm and the finish is really smooth. Even with the really thin edges of the blade, the paddle feels comfortable to hold when using it in various technics. Maybe not the lightest carbon paddle but it feels sturdy enough to manage some beating. Really smooth in the water with good power and acceleration. After using a wood paddle the stiffness felt a bit strange but after a couple of hours I really enjoy the paddle and now appreciate the stiffness.

Great paddle! Smooth entry…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/1/2020
Great paddle! Smooth entry and provides a greater pull compared to previous models. Although the price is on the high side, this could very well be the only greenland paddle you ever need.

So light & so well balanced.…

Submitted by: paddler831579 on 9/1/2020
So light & so well balanced. My 2nd Gearlab paddle. Love them. Amazing how strong this thin blade is.

I am began kayaking after our…

Submitted by: paddler865439 on 8/31/2020
I am began kayaking after our friends took us out to kayak in Sitka Sound in Alaska. After that, my wife and I were hooked on both Sitka and kayaking. Since then we have tried quite a few kayaks and paddles. My wife surprised me last year with a greenland paddle she made from red cedar and this year she surprised me with a Gearlab Kalleq paddle. I enjoy both gifts but the Gearlab works best for me because as an older guy (75), the lightness and the ease of extending the paddle makes a difference. The paddle is so thin and light making it much easier for me to stay in the water longer on our paddles. Since it comes apart into 2 pieces, it will be much easier to take with us on our next trip to Sitka. Thanks for the gift, honey!

This is my first Greenland…

Submitted by: fredgoodman on 8/28/2020
This is my first Greenland paddle. I found it easy to adjust to using it. It's beautiful, very light, and easy to handle. One can get as much power in the stroke as one needs, but one can also paddle without strain. Possible difficulties: the flat black finish is beautiful, but I can imagine it making it impossible to find the paddle if you ever get separated from it. The edge is very thin; I don't have enough experience to know how much this improves performance, but possibly it makes the paddle less robust. So it's at least possible that the somewhat cheaper Akiak model in a bright color would actually be the better choice.

This is an amazing paddle! a…

Submitted by: paddler864454 on 8/28/2020

This is an amazing paddle!

a pleasure to use and worth every penny i spent on it.

Great Job with design compliments to Gearlab staff.


It fits your hand perfectly…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 8/25/2020

It fits your hand perfectly and is beautiful!


This is my 2nd Gearlab…

Submitted by: paddler858547 on 8/21/2020
This is my 2nd Gearlab paddle. Oyashio is good but Kalleq feel even better. So light and the entry into the water is so smooth feel like a butter knife

My first Greenland paddle.…

Submitted by: THORPIN on 8/19/2020
My first Greenland paddle. Much nicer then others I have tried. Slices through the water very smoothly and quietly. Very, very light and comfortable. Easy to index and the Bliz colour scheme is great too!

Amazing quality! Kind of…

Submitted by: Padman on 8/14/2020
Amazing quality! Kind of artwork, it's a pleasure!

A very nice paddle with which…

Submitted by: xpert1509 on 8/12/2020

A very nice paddle with which you can generate good propulsion.

The paddle is well made and makes a very good impression.


Going from a Europaddle to…

Submitted by: TheDemon on 8/7/2020
Going from a Europaddle to the Gearlab Kalleq was like a whole new world opening to me! It's quiet, light, easy on my shoulder and sharp as a knife :-) and so easy to get used to, that I can never go back to a Europaddle again. The fact that it looks damn good too is not a disadvantage. I'm considering buying one more as my spare paddle on sea cruises.

I bought a Kalleq 5 months…

Submitted by: ccoffman on 8/3/2020
I bought a Kalleq 5 months ago. It is my favorite paddle. Very well balanced and smooth in the water. You can easily vary the stroke intensity from easy on the joints to aggressive. It is now my wife’s favorite paddle. I may have to purchase a second one.

It is light and smooth. I…

Submitted by: paddler841435 on 8/2/2020
It is light and smooth. I love this paddle.

It is everything I had hoped…

Submitted by: paddler837363 on 7/31/2020
It is everything I had hoped for. It looks great and is very light. Has a nice non slippery finish. Entry is very quiet. I just received it and only paddled one time and did not have my GPS but felt like it is almost as fast as my wing paddle.

This is my third Gearlab…

Submitted by: paddler840402 on 7/31/2020
This is my third Gearlab paddle. I have another Kalleq and a Akiaq. The Kalleq is my favorite over the Akiaq because the Kalleq is lighter. The Kalleq is lightweight and strong. I paddle 2-3 times per week. 6-15 miles is my normal paddle. I also do a lot of maneuvers and rolling. The Kalleq is perfect for all of the above.

I have been paddling the…

Submitted by: paddler546804 on 7/25/2020
I have been paddling the Gearlab 230 cmKalleq paddle over the last 12 months 600+ miles and it has been sublime. The shape and flex are very comfortable letting me maintain a 4mph average over my typical 10-22 mile paddles on Lake Tahoe. On the lake or off the NorCal coast it has been my only choice leaving my euro paddles for somebody else to use.

I purchased the other one…

Submitted by: paddler582984 on 7/24/2020
I purchased the other one ...pretty nice paddle....

It is a very good looking…

Submitted by: paddler819648 on 7/10/2020
It is a very good looking black paddle with two red stripes. There is carbon fiber pattern. The paddle i am reviewing is very light compared to a wooden paddle. The paddle comes apart in two pieces. I️ have not used the paddle yet but i am certain that this will perform quite well.

This is by far the best…

Submitted by: DenFarligeHjort on 7/9/2020
This is by far the best paddel i have ever used. it slides through the water and it is easy to Roll with.

I was excited to finally get…

Submitted by: 2bmerlinking on 7/1/2020
I was excited to finally get my Kalleq but I have issues with it and I haven't even been in the water yet. The store only had 220's in stock so I "played" with one of those at the store and it went together fine and came apart OK; hard but I could get it apart. So the store owner ordered a 210 for me. The only way it will go all the way together is if it is tapped on the floor (the store owner had to do that as well while with the 220 I had previously looked at could be pushed together). I cannot get it apart. The store owner could with difficulty. The button pushes easily when it is apart but once it is together, it seems the button binds against the sides of the hole. I can use a flat blade screwdriver with a cloth over it to get the button to push and once it does, I can push it rest of the way with my finger. But then, I can't pull it apart. There is no wiggling between the two pieces which is great, but I need to be able to get it apart. I bought this particular paddle as I have problems with my hands and cannot put my thumbs around the shaft so I needed a round shaft and no shoulders on the blades and this paddle has a longer shaft than others in the Gearlab line. I really would love to give this paddle 5 stars and I'm sure I'm going to love using it, but until I can get it apart, I can't give it 5 starts. The construction looks superb, the finish is smooth. The store owner had a second 210 and it behaved the same way.

Well done - amazing quality.…

Submitted by: paddler803009 on 6/19/2020
Well done - amazing quality. Maximum grip!

I ordered this paddle last…

Submitted by: andykeck on 6/16/2020
I ordered this paddle last week and got it yesterday. Fast service even in these strange COVID times. I'll save an in-depth review for later, once I've had more experience, but for now here are my first impressions. The packaging: the box the paddle came in is quite robust. I think it's safe to say that if you order directly from Gearlab, the odds of any shipping damage happening are quite small. In the box: the paddle came with an extra set of tips in a contrasting red color (the ones on the paddle are black) along with the tool to change the tips and a spare set screw, just in case. There was also a small envelope with what I assumed was branded soap (strange, right?) but turned out to be a bar of wax for lubing the joining section of the shaft. Last but not least were some nice stickers. Can't argue with any of that. The paddle: what a nice piece of design and construction. I cannot find a flaw. The connected joint is absolutely without any rotational or axial slop. The paddle is light and feels great in the hands. I had some concerns that the thinnest part of the blade might feel sharp in the hand when gripping there doing an extended sweep or roll, but no, even though much thinner than a wooden paddle, it's nicely smooth and rounded. The loom and the transition to the blade feels great in the hand. Excited to get out on the water and come back with more detail!

Pricey, but so are any of the…

Submitted by: Fostyrob on 6/15/2020
Pricey, but so are any of the top end euro blades and with a few exceptions you get exactly what you pay for. The paddle is a work of art. So thin and light but impeccably strong. It slices the water and paddles without effort but provides fantastic support and power when needed. First outing was on a spring ebbing tide with 28kmph wind coming from the opposite direction. Water was decidedly bouncy but after a few minutes of getting to grips with the new paddle it felt secure and natural. I have used greenland paddles before but all have been chunky homemade jobs which whilst totally functional have never offered the same feeling of total security. Well done gearlab!

I ordered the paddle last…

Submitted by: paddler795907 on 6/10/2020
I ordered the paddle last week and it was already delivered at my door in the Netherlands two days ago. I couldn't wait to try it out. This is a real all-round paddle and I already know I'm going to use it for everything. Incredibly light and quiet, and this makes it a very relaxed paddle for touring. But you can also use it on the surf, and the paddle is also great to roll!

I bought the Kalleq yesterday…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 6/3/2020

I bought the Kalleq yesterday after a short test. The Kalleq convinced me immediately, so little resistance in the water, so easy. The processing is fantastic, almost, just too good to paddle.


The paddle arrived in the Uk…

Submitted by: paddler788412 on 6/1/2020
The paddle arrived in the Uk just 3 working days after ordering. Considering all the issues around Covid this is extraordinary. You could tell the care that had been taken in the packaging and presentation. And so far the paddle feels great. Thanks Gearlab.

Fantastic paddle, the…

Submitted by: nexxuz on 5/28/2020
Fantastic paddle, the buildquality is excelent.

I was going to make my own…

Submitted by: phiba on 5/21/2020

I was going to make my own Greenland paddle until I started looking for a suitable piece of clear quarter-sawn Western Red Cedar. Closest I could find was a 2x6 board at $12/BF, so an 8-ft piece was going to cost about $100. Add to that several hundred dollars for a decent set of planes, files, sandpaper, and varnish, plus many hours of labor, and then still the possibility of ending up with a with a misshaped hiking stick, makes the cost of the Kalleq a bargain. This paddle is beautiful to look at and to hold, feeling smooth, lightweight, stiff, and well-balanced in the hand. The ferrule joint is very high-precision. Customer service from Gearlab was excellent, helping me decide on the best length for my paddling style. I settled on 220cm, which was ideal by some measuring methods and just on the short side of others. Their stocking US dealer, Offshore Marine, shipped it with lightening-fast speed. I can't wait to get it wet.



Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/17/2020

This is the best Greenland…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/17/2020
This is the best Greenland paddle I have ever used! Very easy to control, good contact to water and light weight. I have used earlier several paddles but this was pure joy!

Excellent product ! High…

Submitted by: SlyBomb on 5/12/2020
Excellent product ! High quality !

The response from Gearlab was…

Submitted by: Blackpearl on 5/12/2020
The response from Gearlab was really exceptional; 8 days from order to first paddle with my Kalleq! I’ve paddled Greenland style exclusively for 6 years and mixed it up prior to that. Until now, I’ve always had a “shouldered” stix so I was a bit nervous investing in the Kalleq. The transition took two paddle outings but now I feel very comfortable with it; a band of tape on the shaft to index my grip solved this issue. The paddling experience was another story. The Kalleq blade has more surface area than my other stixs so more support for bracing and a faster ride. The thinner profile allows for very precise placement for manoeuvring strokes. The water here is still a bit too cold for a full-on rolling session but my one (very quick) trial roll was effortless. Can’t wait for more! In all, a great experience to date. I can hardly wait for my 15 day coastal trip late in the summer to see how it performs with extended paddling. Very highly recommended!

just got my Kalleq and love,…

Submitted by: paddler573545 on 5/9/2020
just got my Kalleq and love, love, love it!!! ... smooth and powerful ... easy on my shoulders and wrists ... can't say enough good about paddlers's paddle!!!

light, sturdy, and effortless…

Submitted by: paddler772155 on 5/6/2020
light, sturdy, and effortless in the water

Purchased this new Greenland…

Submitted by: paddler563277 on 5/4/2020
Purchased this new Greenland Paddle from GearLab. I have always Paddled with a high end paddle, so was trepidatious about using a Greenland. It was a fantastic first paddle; easy to get used to, and most importantly, it was easy on my old, dilapidated Shoulders. Headed out again today with it; cannot wait.

After six long months of…

Submitted by: paddler770254 on 5/3/2020
After six long months of waiting for winter to be over so I could get in the water I finally got to take this paddle on it’s maiden voyage. It meets every expectation. During a 5 day kayaking expedition last year I was struggling with my euro paddle untill a fellow paddler loaned me his spare (SPARE!) gearlab paddle. I almost didn’t give it back. Now finally having one of my own I will never use a euro blade paddle again. I have used this paddle to surf with no issues and I absolutely love the power you feel with it. No flutter at all. Ten stars!

I cannot say enough about…

Submitted by: paddler563277 on 5/3/2020
I cannot say enough about this Paddle; I am an older Paddle Fart, with bad Shoulders; on my first long outing of the 2020 Season, I used my new Gearlab Kalleq; had an excellent long Paddle; but more importantly, for the first time in Years, the old shoulders did not hurt during the Paddle, nor ache afterwards. I am sold; Give this Paddle a 10 out of 5; EXCELLENT !!

I tried the Kalleq at a…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/28/2020
I tried the Kalleq at a Greenland skills clinic where a rep had the full line of Gearlab paddles available for demo. I'd struggled with the Greenland paddle stroke using a wooden paddle; but the technique really came together for me with the Kalleq. It feels great on the hands and is a delight to paddle.

Well constructed; excellent…

Submitted by: paddler563277 on 4/28/2020
Well constructed; excellent quality; highly recommend this Paddle. i like the fact that You can replace the tips, should they become damaged.

I had been paddling with a…

Submitted by: paddler760517 on 4/21/2020
I had been paddling with a custom-made wooden Greenland paddle for 4 years when I first tried the Kalleq, one of them as a professional touring guide. I first tried the Kalleq on a day-long advanced sea kayaking lesson. It was a loan from a store and I wasn't necessarily planning on buying it right away, but it never got back to the store... I had my doubts: I was used to a shouldered paddle, the weight was not that much lower than my wooden stick, and the total surface of the blades was more than I'm used to. Not being particularly strong and being prone to injuries, I was afraid the paddle would be harder on the joints. I was blown away by the feel of the paddle in the water, particularly the catch. It was so much better than what I was used to. After just 2 hours with it, every technique just felt easier, which was a great confidence booster. It was especially true of braces, draws and rolls. With proper greenland technique, there is a lot of power in the blade, and I did have to adjust my rhythm: the additional surface added resistance on each stroke, and I had to remind myself to paddle slower. Now used to that new rhythm, I don't feel it is harder on the joint compared to my wooden paddle, or that I tire more rapidly on longer expeditions. It is expensive, but worth every penny. If it was broken, I'd certainly get another.

En fantastik pagaj der ligger…

Submitted by: paddler757719 on 4/13/2020
En fantastik pagaj der ligger som støbt i hånden. Lækker at røre ved. Og så har den et godt glid i vandet

After looking at various wood…

Submitted by: KayakerBee on 4/2/2020
After looking at various wood two piece GL paddles, I had concerns about their strength where the joint is attached to the wood. The joints themselves have been time-tested, but bonding the synthetic onto wood? I wasn't sold. But I needed a two piece for a spare so some sort of synthetic was the only option. As fate would have it, a Kalleq was on the silent auction table at the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium so I figured I could take care of two things at once - a spare paddle and contribute to funding GGSKS. I've paddled with the Kalleq over the last few months and it's pretty much got the same two issues that keep me loving any of Gearlab's other models. The loom is too small in diameter for me and the paddle is too slick. I use a very light grip and my hands were cramped from holding it tightly enough to keep it from twisting. That said, Gearlab's motto of 'Slice the Water' is no lie! The catch with this paddle is incredible, smooth as a hot knife through butter. Astonishingly thin and light, it slices in and gets you moving with incredible power. I still think my wood stick provides more buoyancy on braces and sculls but it could be I'm not trusting the Kalleq completely yet due to the tendency for the stick to slip in my hand. It 'pops' out of the water behind you almost as well as a wood GL. I've cut thin neoprene self-stick pads, curved to fit the loom and first part of the blade for extra traction and to increase the loom's diameter. That seems to have helped in both areas. I'll need to paddle a few more times with it to be sure. The paddle will definitely be on the front deck for my 2021 Lake Superior circumnavigation as I think it's a fine choice for a spare and would certainly rise to hard use should the need arise. Who knows, as we get better acquainted the Kalleq could become my primary.

Recently picked up a GearLab…

Submitted by: paddler753188 on 4/2/2020
Recently picked up a GearLab Kalleq paddle. This two piece carbon fiber Greenland style paddle is super light and has a nice locking ferrule that does not allow for any play between the two pieces. The paddle is well balanced and just slices through the water with almost no effort. It's a keeper for sure.

I have been paddling…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 3/23/2020
I have been paddling Greenland paddles for 9 years. The Kalleq is not perfect, but as close as you can get. Much like a Porsche might not be the best choice for off-roading. It has a clean entry, a smooth easy pull with a low swing weight. Easy on "old" shoulders, definitely an all day paddle. My wife is transitioning from a Euro paddle to a Greenland paddle. After paddling with other sticks, she paddled with the Kalleq and now when we paddle together, she uses the Kalleq. I am forced to use one of the other sticks. Maybe time for another Kalleq. Like with all of the Gearlab products Chung Shih has once again produced a winner. Bravo!

The Kalleq is my third…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 3/18/2020
The Kalleq is my third greenland paddle from Gearlab, a hitec version of more than 4000 years of paddle experience, a piece of perfection.

I ordered this product from…

Submitted by: mikeyre90715 on 3/16/2020
I ordered this product from Southern California on a Tuesday evening, had confirmation of my order by Wednesday, and delivery from Taiwan by Friday -- of the same week! The quality is superb. I can't wait to get it in the water and try it out.

The Kalleq is so smooth it's…

Submitted by: francisgan on 3/5/2020

The Kalleq is so smooth it's in a class of it's on amongst all the carbon fiber Greenland paddles I've demoed over the last couple of years. The fact that it's lighter than the Akiak is the first thing you notice before even getting on the water. The Kalleq works very well in a high angle outward stroke and very forgiving. Water entry at all angles is also quieter and smoother. It ergonomically falls to hand much better and takes more effort to overpower.

For smaller hands, the slightly wider blade than the Akiak may make it a challenge to grip for a sculling brace but that wasn't a problem for me (barely).

In any case, I was so impressed with the Kalleq, I got a second one - one for my east coast boat and one for the west coast boat - seeing as the TSA does not allow kayak paddles carried-on planes.

My wife tried it after using the Akiak and instantly preferred the Kalleq - looks like a 3rd Kalleq may be on the horizon


Almost a religious act to…

Submitted by: paddler582023 on 2/7/2020

Almost a religious act to unpack it. Marvellous build quality. The sticker "Slice The Water" could not be more relevant.


Super light weight and slices…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 2/6/2020

Super light weight and slices through the water effortlessly!


It has become my "go-to"…

Submitted by: Rolf on 1/29/2020

It has become my "go-to" paddle for touring. It is efficient and easy on my shoulders and only slightly slower than my wing or high angle paddles. I used it on river trips. I have yet to try it in the surf or rough water conditions.


I was going to write a big…

Submitted by: pdemanczuk on 1/28/2020

I was going to write a big long review then saw everything here. Suffice it to say I couldn't agree more. Just turned 70 with shoulders abused since 1959 when I first paddled out on a Malibu chip at Manhattan Beach. Been stroking a carbon Werner Shuna and would have gone for an even more aggressive Euro blade but for the shoulders. Turned to the Gearlab Greenland to maximize my years on the water and have given up nothing in the way of acceleration, cruising speed or maneuverability. I absolutely love the minimalist look and feel of the paddle and that I am holding the modern day version of the original Inuit artifact. Carbon for wood and plastic inter-changeable tips for whale bone. After first 4 hour session hands and wrists never felt better. And I can easily continue with my high angle style.


What an amazing piece of…

Submitted by: paddler186719 on 1/24/2020

What an amazing piece of equipment! Super light, strong and powerful in the stroke. Easier to roll than my euro-paddles as well. From my experience to date you can do no better. To bad it took me 20 years and six paddles to find Gearlab!


I had a wooden Greenland…

Submitted by: paddler579452 on 1/20/2020

I had a wooden Greenland paddle which I liked but lost. I researched paddle types because I have been having problems with bursitis in the left shoulder. This worsened when I lost my paddle and used a standard European paddle. I bought the Kalleq in hope that it would put less strain on my shoulder, which it has. It feels quite light and with less water resistance per stroke is very pleasant to paddle with. It is not offset so I don't have to move my wrists. I have no problem keeping up with the other paddlers in the three groups I paddle with. The paddle also stores easily as the two halves fit together and can be separated, which would be great for transport, say on aeroplane journey. it's very smooth and pleasant to handle. I was concerned that I wouldn't like the 'feel' as much as my wooden paddle but I think I actually prefer it


I have a laminated wood…

Submitted by: Isao-Yoshimura on 1/13/2020

I have a laminated wood greenland paddle. I like its feel and flexibility. One problem is that I prefer long paddle compared to my height, and a long paddle tends to be heavy. Now I bought Kalleq. Even though it has a length of 230 cm, it's very light. Also, as other people say, it quite smoothly enters and exits the water. I believe that this paddle would make my long distance touring more fun.


Just got my Kalleq paddle and…

Submitted by: Dirk-H on 12/30/2019

Just got my Kalleq paddle and I put the red reflective stickers on it. It now looks even better and it feels wonderful. After using their Akiak paddle for almost 5 years, I know they produce solid paddles that I can trust, even on longer expeditions. I never had any issues whit my red Akiak, so I am confident that the same will go for my new Kalleq. I put it on a scale and at 220 cm it weighs 750 gr, with the red stickers applied.


Outstanding, very light and…

Submitted by: paddler573854 on 12/30/2019

Outstanding, very light and strong as we paddle in the water


Well designed paddle.…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 12/30/2019

Well designed paddle. Beautiful made. Light and Strong ~ I just Love it!


I was an avid Euro blade…

Submitted by: paddler572950 on 12/18/2019

I was an avid Euro blade paddler and still love my Lendl Cadence paddle. But as soon as I saw the new Kalleq I was convinced that now was the time to switch to a Greenland paddle. I had tried a few on and off, but was never enticed until now. The Kalleq is so light and has such a nice feel in your hands and even more soothing as it glides through the water, with it's fine edges and slick clean shaft how could I not fall for it. Once falling, the rolling up was sweet too,


I just received my Gearlab…

Submitted by: paddler570375 on 12/4/2019

I just received my Gearlab Kalleq last night, what a beautiful paddle. Workmanship is excellent, I expected it to be nice, but it exceeds my expectations. Gearlab was great to deal with as well, very good customer service.


Wow! All of the above about…

Submitted by: paddler569714 on 12/2/2019

Wow! All of the above about this paddle and " it just feeeels alright!!!!"


I received my Kalleq paddle…

Submitted by: BenW on 11/25/2019

I received my Kalleq paddle and it amazing. The smooth basket weave carbon fiber is beautiful and it paddles like a dream. Cuts the water cleanly and has lots of power in the stroke. Great feel in the hands being that is does not have shoulders and is smooth. It is a work of art in both design and engineering. Can’t wait to paddle with it more!


Beautifully made and a joy to…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 11/25/2019

Beautifully made and a joy to handle.


After using the Akiak for a…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 11/11/2019

After using the Akiak for a while now, have upgraded to the new Kalleq. the lighter weight and feel is so much nicer...


I've used western red cedar…

Submitted by: paddler565435 on 11/11/2019

I've used western red cedar Greenland paddles for some years, and resisted carbon versions because of expense and aesthetics. That is, until I tried the Kalleq. It's so light and effortless, with a clean catch into the water. My shoulders were even happier with Kalleq than with my wood greenland paddles, which were in turn less effort than my Werner carbon paddles.


The workmanship on these…

Submitted by: paddler565046 on 11/11/2019

The workmanship on these paddles are terrific. Most of my paddling tends to be extended trips in the Puget Sound area and along the British Columbia coast, typically from 2 to 3 week at a time, covering between 100 to 200 km. At the end of a long day, I really appreciate how light the Kalleq is, I find that my body is not as tired with the Kalleq, as compared to my wooden paddles. The paddle handles well in the wind. This superb paddle!


I have spent a good deal of…

Submitted by: paddler564645 on 11/4/2019

I have spent a good deal of time paddling the Puget Sound in everything from glass calm water to 25 knot winds and 3-5 swells. This includes surf launches and landings. I wanted to replace my Werner Cypress as my main paddle. I much prefer my Gearlab Nukilik over it but at 220cm it's a big long for me with a high angle stroke and for surfing. My main paddle when cruising, has been my spare paddle in rough conditions. While looking at the Aukaneck, I came across the Kalleq.

The slightly wider blade, length at 210cm, and minimal weight, it's the perfect paddle. I've had a chance to paddle with it briefly and it outperforms the Werner hands down. The surface area of the blade made high angle strokes effortless, yet powerful. The knife-like edge entered the water on the catch clean. Bow and stern rudders were effortless. I love the smooth edge over the curved blades of the Euro paddle for advanced strokes. More control with less effort.


Wow. I like this paddle. Like…

Submitted by: giuntos on 10/28/2019

Wow. I like this paddle. Like others have said, this is a beautiful paddle. The layup pattern, fit and finish are all perfect. I tried the Akiak about a year ago when a friend loaned me his while we were instructing some High School kids here in SE Wisconsin. Since then this Gearlab has been on my radar. I opted for the Kalleq for the next level of performance and weight. I bought the 230 as I have a fairly wide kayak, use it in my solo canoe and occasionally from my SUP. This is a performer. It does everything I ask it to do.


Love this paddle. Feather…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/28/2019

Love this paddle. Feather light yet strong. Felt powerful strokes compared to European paddle. Great as a brace and to use to get in and out of kayak.


A beautiful looking paddle…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/21/2019

A beautiful looking paddle that feels and paddles even better than it looks. I have a couple of other Gearlab paddles in my kit but this is by far the best.


Light weight!

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/18/2019

Light weight!


Literally means lightning in…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/25/2019

Literally means lightning in the Inuit language. And it is no coincidence that the guys from Taipei, which are now a world reference for many kayakers who are keen on greenland paddles, have given it this name. Compared to the previous Akiak, it immediately demonstrates its qualities of lightness and rigidity, saving the kayaker precious energy and ensuring more efficient paddling. The blade is sharper and with a wider active area, and both the enter into water and the lift out of water are perfect without hint of cavitation or energy loss. In the roll, the lightness and the consequent buoyancy of the Kalleq favour positive sensations on the hands before the sweep phase and one never has the feeling that it escapes from the grip. The quality is also seen in the details. The texture formed by the carbon used for its construction is elegant in its matte black. The Gearlab logo and the stamped on name have also been improved and made aesthetically appealing and visible in relief maintaining the same colour as the paddle. The protective caps are similar to those of the other models and of course interchangeable. In short, a product that I am sure will be a hit and even bypass the successes of the previous models.


So I've been paddling with my…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 8/20/2019

So I've been paddling with my Greenland 210 cm carbon Kalleq for approximately 2 months now. I've paddle approximately 215 nautical miles in this short time with my paddle in all sea state conditions and it as always amazed me. The Kalleq is one fine paddle. At 210 it weighs in at approx. 725 grams, as light as a Greenland red cedar paddle and lighter then some laminated wooden paddles. It is so light but yet so strong and well built. I just love a paddle that doesn't flex and responds to the paddlers action strokes. It allows us to save some energy and to go further without any wasted strokes. Being 1.1 mm at the edges, on the widest section, the paddle slices the water like a hot knife. It's smooth entering and exiting the water and allows me to make some precise maneuvers that wasn't possible with any other carbon or wooden paddle I've tried. The blade responds so well to the paddlers actions it's unbelievable! I have progressed so much with all the different stokes and braces in this short time. I've also practice my Greenland rolls with it, it as some good buoyancy and is so much more technical then any other paddle I've roll with. Thanks to the innovation in the fabrication of the Kalleq. The two pcs paddle is tight at the joint and easy to take apart with it's flush push button, and so convenient for us sea kayakers for traveling and for the other one on are front deck. The new replaceable tips are awesome they come with only one screw and made of tough plastic that will last for many years under normal conditions. I have shared my paddle with friends for a few hours to full days paddle and everyone love it! I would recommend the Kalleq to all beginners, intermediate or advanced paddlers.

Canadian kayaker Adventurer


I've had the privilege of…

Submitted by: Alex-Martin on 6/17/2019

I've had the privilege of paddling Gearlab's new Kalleq (KQ) paddle since January. It's been an absolute thrill to push it to its limits over the past few months. I've taken it for a round in whitewater, used it for rock gardening, paddled a 60 kilometer day trip, and used it in the ice covered Lake Winnipeg. For me, nothing says good manufacturing as much as being able to be used in freezing cold temperatures, where things ice over once they're out of the water.

The KQ is a big step up from the other Gearlab paddles. It lends itself to more agile paddling, with a more powerful pull right from the get-go. In comparison to other Greenland paddles, I found it to work quite well for manevours in tight spaces. Altho the paddle has a noticeably larger surface area than some of the other Gearlab designs, I didn't have any pressing issues with shoulder or joint pains, even after both a long day and a cold day on the water. Likewise, the paddle clip didn't seem any worse for wear, even with ice build-up on all my gear. The paddle clip pops out nicely, which makes it easy to put together underwater from a stowed position, a handy trick on a heavily loaded sea kayak or one that doesn't lend itself particularly well to hand rolling. It has served me well as both a primary and spare paddle.

I did find the lack of shoulder on this paddle rather difficult to get used to. I quite enjoy having the shoulder there for a solid grip, and it took some getting used to. The red band around the middle helps for visual reference, but it was something I would have to get used to. For those who enjoy a shoulderless paddle, it's perfect. For those who like having the shoulder to separate loom from blade, it will take some getting used to.

I've been pleased with how little wear the paddle has shown. It's been in a number of tight spots, and inevitably touched up against more than a few barnacles. Still hasn't shown a scratch. It is certainly nice peace of mind to have the replaceable tips, yet, remarkably, I have yet to feel any need to replace any of the tips on my Gearlab paddles, even after hundreds of hours of use and thousands of kilometers. Durability is certianly a key point of their manufacturing, and the KQ is no different. Rugged durability for any conditions.

The slice of the KQ is very gratifying. Combined with the powerful pull of the paddle, you'll find any stroke you use will be efficiently performed. There's also enough power to do a proper high brace, which I've found is not always the case for all Greenland paddles. But, of course, not all paddles are created equal. This power is also what makes it incredibly easy to roll. Those getting interested in rolling with a Greenland stick will find the KQ easier than a smaller, skinnier stick (in my opinion, at least). However, that which makes it slicey and fun to roll could also be a hindrance. It does have a somewhat sharper edge to it, just something to watch out for for if you're using it in highly dynamic conditions.

The red bands on the paddle make it easy to spot in the water, but I added two white Gearlab decals for the added visibility. For another measure of added protection for your investment, I would highly suggest the Gearlab paddle bag. I've been travelling around with my KQ and feel perfectly safe with my paddles flying in their bags.

Of all the Gearlab paddles I've used, I would recommend the Kalleq above all others. It's high efficiency and powerful pull combined with its smooth slice and release make it a pleasure to paddle. Perfect for those looking for a powerful Greenland paddle.


First things, let me make the…

Submitted by: North-Aus on 3/26/2019

First things, let me make the disclosure. Gearlab supplied me with a Kalleq paddle prototype and revised version at no cost to me. Gearlab sort comments from some testers around the world and made some slight improvements to the original prototype based on feedback received. However I believe that I am able to judge this paddle independent of this but the facts are there.

As to a paddling background, my primary interest is in longer distance kayak trips on the ocean, including unsupported expeditions of up to a week. For nearly 10 years I paddled a number of euro blades, and my last euro blade prior to pursuing the greenland paddles was a 630 gram top of the line full carbon Werner. I am not a ‘greenland style’ paddler (though I fully appreciate, and am slowly leaning some, greenland style skills).

Firstly what to expect to view one of these paddles: • Full carbon, light weight. The construction is different to other Gearlab paddles in that with the Kalleq each half is made in one continuous piece of carbon. This improves strength and reduces weight. My Kalleq is slightly heavier than my previous full carbon Werner, however I feel the swing weight is less than the Werner. It is lighter than my other Gearlab paddle. Note I paddle both my euro and greenland paddles with a high angle stroke – more on this later. • Sharp edges. Gearlab have pushed up to the limits of how narrow the edges of a Greenland paddle can be without making them too sharp to hold the blade for extended paddle strokes. The sharper edges are to improve the bite and power of the paddle in use. • Wider blade. The Kalleq is slightly (about 4mm) wider than Gearlab’s current touring paddles – the Akiak and Nukilik. This seemingly small width increase is very significant in the look of the paddle and translates into more power potential on the water. • Improved plastic tip. Still replaceable, but shorter and only held with one screw. The plastic tip also butts up to a thin plastic bush on the paddle itself, which improves the fit. • Same proven ferrule. The paddle is a two piece with the same proven ferrule design as found on their other models. I haven’t heard anyone complain yet about these ferrules – they work well.

On the water I do find this paddle slightly more technical to use than the other greenland paddles. By that, I mean it took me slightly longer to get efficient with it and it required a little more attention to paddle placement on the catch. Having said that, the rewards are oodles of power – in fact more than I can utilise. This is a paddle for fast cruising on textured blue water all day long. It would be very well suited to the newer generation of fast touring sea kayaks - Epic 18X, Tiderace Pace, Rockpool Taran and their kin. If anyone was to try racing with Greenland paddles the Kalleq should be on their shortlist.

If you are paddling with the Kalleq (or many other Greenland paddles) and feel that you are lacking speed or power, be assured that the reason is the wrong technique. Study the canted stroke – if the paddle feels like the paddle has low resistance in the water you are not using it right. The standout feature of greenland paddles generally is their versatility. You can use them with different forward stroke techniques – high angle, ‘wing stroke’ style, low angle – but with all techniques if you don’t consciously utilise the canting you won’t get enough grip on the water. The technique does become subconscious soon enough.

I personally gravitate to a high-angle (very close to the gunnel and almost parallel to the centre line of the kayak other than a little ‘kick out’ at the end) stroke which may not be textbook but has proven to be solid enough. Indeed I have paddled a number of trips now with groups of other kayakers who are using everything from heavy plastic euros, premium Werner and Adventure Technology euros and various wing paddles. With the Kalleq there is no issue keeping (or exceeding) pace with any of them. I also have studied my cadence against these other paddlers and with the Kalleq my cadence is no faster than even a Werner Ikelos for the same speed. This includes times with strong paddlers in identical kayaks to myself.

In rougher water the Kalleq’s lightness translates to a buoyant feel on the water that is very reassuring. Greenland paddles generally speaking excel in rough blue water as they are so predictable at any angle. Unexpectedly I find the Kalleq easier to skull with than other greenland paddles and as is typical of a greenland paddle, rolling is very simple.

The reaction from others that have tried this paddle has been immediately positive. The quality of the paddle is apparent on a look-over, the composite manufacturing appears as good as the best alternatives, the sharpness of the edges is striking and it immediately feels secure in the water.

The Kalleq is going to be an interesting design to watch in the market. I believe that the forward efficiency of this style of paddle when used correctly is better than a euro even if perhaps not quite as good as a wing. However the greenland paddle is superior to all others in versatility for technical strokes, bracing and rolling. It will appeal to traditional greenland paddlers looking to move up to something with a bit more performance potential. But it may also attract a newer type of paddler to greenland paddling – that being strong paddlers looking to churn out long distances at high speeds with high efficiency.


Hi there, I used it for…

Submitted by: paddler496482 on 3/26/2019

Hi there, I used it for rolling and surfing last weekend. It was so nice gear, cuts water sharply and moves quickly. In other words, it would be convenient for rolling and surfing that requires such movement. I will need to try this on touring. This lightness may not cause fatigue easily. However, I found only one drawback of this nice gear. The sharpness is that it hurts the hand holding the blade. Anyway, I think all Greenland Paddle users should try this. And this is my very personal request, I would like this paddle to have some variation in "width" and "length". Traditional Greenland tools are sized according to the size of the user's body. I want to emphasize this way of thinking. Thanks.