NOTE: The Eagle Ray models are discontinued in 2022
Our Ray family of kayak paddles are super popular, and for good reason. Here we compare the Eagle Ray series with the Sting Ray series…
How the Eagle Ray and Sting Ray are Different
The big difference between the Eagle Ray and Sting Ray is the length of the blades. Both are low-angle paddles designed for long days on the water and multi-day excursions.
Both have blades that are 6.25 inches wide. The Sting Ray’s blades are 18 inches long while the Eagle Ray’s are 20 inches long. That two extra inches on both blades gives you an extra grab on the water for more power, especially if your kayak is weighed down with gear.
Those extra two inches adds a couples ounces of weight to the Eagle Ray. There’s slightly less difference between the carbon models than the hybrid.
If you see yourself doing a lot of trips with gear, consider the Eagle Ray. If you’re more likely to spend your days in recreational touring and not multi-day tripping, the Sting Ray will be perfect.
The only other difference between the two is the range of styles offered. The Eagle Ray is available in a carbon model or a hybrid model (carbon/fiberglass combo). The Sting Ray is available in carbon and hybrid, too, and also fiberglass and aluminum.
Since the Sting Ray is our most popular kayak paddle, we offer it in several different materials and price point options.
How the Eagle Ray and Sting Ray are Identical
Both the Eagle Ray and Sting Ray are available with either a snap-button ferrule or Posi-Lok™ ferrule (the part that connects the two halves of the paddle together).
Read: Aqua-Bound’s Posi-Lok™ vs. Snap-Button Ferrule Systems for more on that.
Both the Eagle Ray and Sting Ray carbon and hybrid models are available in either 2-piece or 4-piece. A 4-piece paddle is ideal to bring along on your travels. It can fit in your checked luggage, a hiking backpack or beneath your car seat.
The prices are the same between the two. For example, the Eagle Ray Carbon 2-piece Posi-Lok™ and the Sting Ray Carbon 2-piece Posi-Lok™ are both $199.95.
Both the Eagle Ray and Sting Ray are offered in a hybrid model at the same price point (photo courtesy of Sharon Brodin)
The shafts are identical. The Eagle Ray Carbon uses the same 100% carbon shaft as the Sting Ray Carbon. That same shaft is used on the Eagle Ray Hybrid and Sting Ray Hybrid, too.
Got more questions? Get in touch with our Wisconsin-based Customer Service team help you choose your new paddle today: 715-755-3405 • [email protected]
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