Aqua-Bound’s Ray Series: Hybrid vs. Carbon Paddles

Many customers have asked us the difference between the Hybrid and Carbon models in our Ray series of kayak paddles. Here’s the low-down…

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Aqua-Bound's Ray series are some of the best mid-range kayak paddles on the market. The series includes the Manta Ray, Eagle Ray and Sting Ray paddles.

All three of these models in the series are available with white or black paddle blades.

What’s the difference?

We’re glad you asked!

Ray Series Hybrid Kayak Paddles

The white blade means the paddle is a hybrid—a blend of a 100% carbon shaft with  abXII fiberglass-reinforced nylon blades.

This gives you the comfort, toughness and feather-weight of a carbon shaft with an affordable nylon blade.

Here are the stats for each Ray series white-bladed paddle:

Sting Ray Hybrid: 30.5 ounces; $139.95-$159.95. Available in 2-piece or 4-piece and with snap-button or Posi-Lok ferrule. The Sting Ray features the smallest, sleekest blade which gives you great efficiency for low-angle paddling.

Eagle Ray Hybrid: 32.5 ounces; $139.95-$159.95. Available in 2-piece or 4-piece and with snap-button or Posi-Lok ferrule. The Eagle Ray’s blades are slightly larger, giving you more power with a low-angle paddle.

Manta Ray Hybrid: 31.75 ounces; $139.95-$159.95. Available in 2-piece or 4-piece and with snap-button or Posi-Lok ferrule. The Manta Ray is a high-angle paddle for high-energy paddlers and heavily-loaded boats.

 

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Ray Series Carbon Kayak Paddles

The black blade on the Ray series paddles means you’re getting a 100% carbon shaft with abX carbon-reinforced nylon blades.

These paddles are even lighter than those with the white blades. While a couple ounces may not seem like much, it makes a difference on an all-day or multi-day paddle trip.

Here are the stats for the black carbon-bladed paddles:

Sting Ray Carbon: 28.75 ounces; $189.95-$219.95. Available in 2-piece or 4-piece and with snap-button or Posi-Lok ferrule. The Sting Ray features the smallest, sleekest blade which gives you great efficiency for low-angle paddling.

Eagle Ray Carbon: 30.25 ounces; $189.95-$219.95. Available in 2-piece or 4-piece and with snap-button or Posi-Lok ferrule. The Eagle Ray’s blades are slightly larger, giving you more power with a low-angle paddle.

Manta Ray Carbon: 29.5 ounces; $189.95-$219.95. Available in 2-piece or 4-piece and with snap-button or Posi-Lok ferrule. The Manta Ray is a high-angle paddle for high-energy paddlers and heavily-loaded boats.

No matter which of these models you choose, you know you’ll get a quality, ultra-comfortable paddle with great performance that’ll last for years.

Do you have a question this article didn’t cover? Contact our Wisconsin-based Customer Service team today: 715-755-3405 • [email protected]

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