The Akiak is on of the world’s most popular Greenland style carbon fiber paddle. Combining proven Inuit ingenuity and advanced carbon fiber technology, the Akiak is a versatile paddle for all conditions. Weighing in at only 800 grams and sporting a perfectly balanced hydrodynamic shape, it allows kayakers to explore new waters further with ease.
Greenland style paddle blades make contact with the water covering roughly the same surface area as Euro-blades, but the even distribution results in a smoother stroke and more control in the water. The narrow blade also creates less resistance in the air, allowing paddlers to explore further with less physical strain.
Original ProTek Tip
Gearlab’s signature ProTek tip design bolsters the ends of the paddle with an easily replaceable tip made from a durable polyamide material. This provides confidence in rocky or shallow waters, and the option to customize a paddle with colored tips.
Shouldered Loom Option
The Akiak is available in a shouldered or shoulderless version. Some kayakers prefer the ledge between the loom and blade to ensure optimal hand placement and enhance leverage, fostering a consistent stroke. Other paddlers prefer a shoulderless design because it allows for more flexibility in hand positioning for various strokes.
The Akiak is available in three vibrant colors to match your kayak, gear or mood.
– Diamond Joint. Gearlab’s innovative spring joint design snaps securely together to ensure a flush, firm connection between the blades. The carbon fiber components will not warp or rust when exposed to any water conditions.
– Titanium. Aerospace grade Titanium screws are used in all Gearlab paddles, ensuring that even the smallest element of a Gearlab paddle remain strong and rustproof.
– Two Piece
All Gearlab paddles feature a two-piece design that separates quickly for convenient transportation and storage on the kayak deck. The low-profile carbon fiber button release creates a flush joint and sleek paddle shaft.
Available in two styles: Smooth and Shoulder
Length 210 220 230
Loom Length 49 51 57
Blade Width 8.4
Weight (Black Paddle) 880, 910, 930
Weight (Colored Paddle) 920, 950, 970,
Material Carbon Fiber