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Manta Ray Hybrid

by Aqua-Bound

The Manta Ray Hybrid is built for high-angle paddlers, bigger boats, and paddlers looking for more power. With its all-carbon shaft and large, abXII fiberglass-reinforced blades, the Manta Ray Hybrid has a low swing weight and provides both comfort and power at a great price point. The Manta Ray Hybrid has two ferrule options. In addition to a snug 3-hole snap-button ferrule (0° to 60°, L and R feathering angles), this paddle also offers the Posi-Lok® ferrule system which clicks into position firmly and securely. The Posi-Lok® features strong, corrosion-free composite construction, convenient dual-button release, and infinite feathering angles. 

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Bought a new kayak for the first time back in April and…

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Bought a new kayak for the first time back in April and thought I'd treat myself to a better than aluminum quality paddle.

Since I'm 6'1" and I bought a fairly wide kayak, a Wilderness Systems Pungo 140, I bought a 230cm Manta Ray Hybrid blade. What an improvement over the "includes a free paddle" style! I love the Posi-Lock system, having all those options in feathering gave me the chance to really try out almost every degree before I found just the right amount of feather for most circumstances for me (0 degree, straight as can be).

As I put more miles on the paddle and got used to it, I found out a couple of things. First, I don't need a 230cm paddle (not their fault). I find a high angle to be the most comfortable when just cruising along. Second, the hybrid blade has a fair amount of bend to it. As I paddled I could feel the tips fluttering in the water and robbing me of propulsion. I guess this means that I've outgrown it.

Currently I'm in the market for something MUCH stiffer. A friend let me check out his Ty Warp 215-225 cm full carbon paddle and while I wasn't a fan of the extra weight, I LOVED the lack of flutter while paddling.

At the moment I'm torn between a Werner Cyprus or an Eddyline Mid-Swift in Carbon. Guess I need to check the reviews.

I bought this paddle on sale because I had the kayak and…

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I bought this paddle on sale because I had the kayak and needed a mid grade paddle. It has worked out very well for me. Not super light, but not heavy. It breaks down to just the right size to fit in my hatchback, and doesn't seem to get stuck together with a little bit of sand in the lock. Decent product.

I received a 220 cm Manta Ray Posi-Lok Carbon fiber last Christmas…

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I received a 220 cm Manta Ray Posi-Lok Carbon fiber last Christmas. I've paddled approximately 30 miles with it ,mainly in a Dagger Alchemy 14L. Quality is very good, easy to adjust on the fly, light weight. Large blade really provides quick acceleration. It's a great value at its price point. The only complaint I have about the paddle is I don't get to use it as much as I would like, because everyone else in the family wants to use it.

Best paddle I have ever owned. Length 230cm, easy to adjust angle…

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Best paddle I have ever owned. Length 230cm, easy to adjust angle, comes apart and goes back together easily. No flutter when paddling hard. Have used paddle in a race where river was very shallow. Paddle handled being banged off hidden rocks with zero damage.

I've had this paddle for about 6 mos, and have paddled mainly…

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I've had this paddle for about 6 mos, and have paddled mainly in open water. Conditions have ranged from placid to 15-20 mph wind and 5-7' waves. It's the 220 cm, 4-pc carbon model.

This is a great, high-angle touring paddle for active paddlers or rough conditions. I switch between it and Accent Lenai (low angle) depending on conditions and for variety.

While not as light as a pure carbon paddle, the Manta is more durable and still very light. Other than a few minor blemishes, it looks and performs as new. The shaft and blade is stiff, and I can detect no significant flutter. My only minor gripe is that the shaft is just a bit wide for me, but that's understandable: I'm an average-size paddler, and this paddle is intended for somewhat larger paddlers.

Though I don't feather, the Posi-Lock ferrule system is precise, durable, simple, and entirely wiggle-free. Unlike many other ferrule systems, it's also very easy to clean and less susceptible get jammed.

I'll conclude by arguing this paddle perfectly illustrates the 85/50 rule: Generally, you can get a product 85% as good as the top of the line for about 50% less. At list price of about $200, Aquabound carbon/nylon paddles are about 85% as good as $400+ paddles. Unless you must have the lightest paddle, this is a great paddle at a great price.

After a lengthy search for my ideal kayak paddle, I was thrilled…

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After a lengthy search for my ideal kayak paddle, I was thrilled to recently pick up the Aqua-Bound Manta Ray with Posi-Lok ferrule system.(220cm/29.5oz.) Having the right paddle is more important than most paddlers realize. I've tried numerous paddles before choosing the Manta Ray and confirmed that for my personal paddling style, a very sturdy high-angle blade design was critical.

I was searching for the perfect blend of lightweight, efficient (flutter-free) design, and the durability that I require from a paddle that wouldn't cost a small fortune. (I tend to be a bit rough on my paddles) The Manta Ray not only offers an exceptional 104 square inch blade design, but it's ultra-light abX resin is tough stuff!

This flutter-free blade allows me to really churn out some speed and feathers beautifully thanks to the very clever Posi-Loc ferrule system. It adjusts from 0 to 60 degrees, left or right, instantly and easily.

What I really love about this paddle is ergonomically designed shaft. It feels so right in my hands, typical of the highest quality paddles I've used. It's not too small as with low end paddles, and not too large, so it can accommodate a wide range of paddlers. Hard to find a paddle this comfortable without spending nearly twice the price!

I paddle a 17' P&H sea kayak in big open water; Atlantic Ocean, large lakes, bays, and rivers, and seemingly always in high winds and chop. The Manta Ray not only gets me cruising at top speed with ease, but it provides the necessary power and control that's needed when conditions change on the open water. This paddle does it all; looks great, feels great, and won't hurt your budget.

I rate it a 9 out of 10 simply because the ferrule system is a bit large, and a different composition than the shaft, so I can't be sure how this will be perform in extreme weather (blazing hot summer sun/heat or freezing winter morning temps) I would prefer a smaller (diameter) ferrule if possible, and perhaps a slightly stiffer ferrule material. But with a 2-year warranty, and very reasonable price, I'm not terribly concerned.

I truly believe this is an exceptional value and a design that is well matched for most high-angle paddlers.

I bought my Manta Ray Hybrid at Canoecopia this March. I…

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I bought my Manta Ray Hybrid at Canoecopia this March. I had been using a lower price paddle of similar dimensions, and wanted to go lighter. Although the charts all recommended a 230 CM for my size and boat, I went with 220 as my old paddle is adjustable from 220 to 230, and with my high angle style I put all the blade well under water at the 220 setting.

The Manta Ray is 13 ounces lighter than the one it replaced, and takes hard strokes without a trace of flutter. I chose the hybrid for price and weight. An all-carbon version is only three ounces lighter and cost a lot more. Further, I tend to be hard on equipment, I push off from gravel with the paddle and lean rather hard on it when entering and exiting the boat. The reinforced ABX blades are claimed to be better suited for this than carbon. The large blades move the boat rapidly when side sculling, and give fast reversal when I need to back ferry away from a strainer.

All in all I am very satisfied with the paddle, and rate it a nine. I rarely rate anything ten, as almost anything can be improved.

The Manta Ray paddle is a great fit. I love the posi-lok…

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The Manta Ray paddle is a great fit. I love the posi-lok feature of this paddle. You can change the feathering with ease. There is no weight to this paddle at all. Would highly recommend.

This review is of the Posi-Lok Dual Button Ferrule version of the…

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This review is of the Posi-Lok Dual Button Ferrule version of the Manta Ray Carbon. I bought the 240cm version to propel my Jackson Cuda around the many swamps and bayous I fish. I have also used it on a few 22 mile races that I participate for fun. I describe myself as a high angle paddler and try to keep a good "windmill" rhythm when I am cruising. When fishing I often stand and use the paddle as a Push Pole against rocks, trees, oysters, and sand. I am impressed at how well this lightweight paddle has held up. What I like most is that it doesn't flutter like others I have tried. My friends tell me I paddle to hard. Whatever, this works for me. No problems with the Posi-Lok! This could be made better with some slots to grab line cut into the blades. For me, this is the best paddle for the price ($200).

I own the newer version of the Manta Ray and the old…

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I own the newer version of the Manta Ray and the old. The newer Twist-Lock is slipping... where the twist lock seats into the shaft... and the old version sticks (I sanded it lightly but it is brutal). Just to be clear there are carbon and metal versions.

Despite the problems with the locks/connections, I think this is the best value (for graphite) paddle available for a sit on top or sea kayak. The blade generates a ton of power, the shaft is stiff and very light weight

I've owned Werner, Mitchell, Bending Branches and Galasport paddles for both kayak and canoe