Comparing the Sting Ray vs. Manta Ray Kayak Paddles

sting ray vs. manta ray aquabound kayak paddles

Aqua-Bound’s Ray series of kayak paddles has been our best-selling line for many years now. There are several options within this series, so here we compare the Sting Ray to the Manta Ray so you know which is right for you.

Let’s start with their common features:

How our Ray Series Kayak Paddle are the Same

EACH MODEL IS OFFERED IN HYBRID OR CARBON. The Manta Ray and Sting Ray lines both include a hybrid model (carbon shaft with abXII fiberglass-reinforced nylon blades) and a 100% carbon model.

THEY’RE ALSO AVAILABLE IN FIBERGLASS AND ALUMINUM. These are great options for people who may only kayak once or twice a year or just want a set of paddles to keep at the cabin for playing around. Our fiberglass models are popular with outfitters. They’re a tremendous value that combines quality and durability with price point.

THE BLADE COLOR SHOWS THE MODEL. With all these models, if it has black blades, it’s the carbon model. White blades? The hybrid. Yellow blades? Either fiberglass or aluminum model.

THEY’RE BOTH OFFERED IN EITHER SNAP-BUTTON OR POSI-LOK FERRULE SYSTEM. The snap-button is your basic ferrule system with 3 holes and a snap. It allows you a couple feathering angles for windy days. The Posi-Lok ferrule system gives you more feathering options and is a super easy-to-use, secure and rust-free system.

aquabound's manta ray hybrid kayak paddleAqua-Bound’s Manta Ray Hybrid (photo courtesy of @thetravelingnaturalist)

Read more about our Posi-Lok ferrule system.
Read more about paddle feathering.

EACH MODEL IS OFFERED IN EITHER 2-PIECE OR 4-PIECE. 2-piece paddles are standard. If you want to be able to pack your paddle in a backpack or duffle bag for traveling, consider a 4-piece model.

THEY’RE ALL PRICED THE SAME. For example, the Sting Ray Carbon 2-piece Posi-Lok is the same price as the Manta Ray Carbon 2-piece Posi-Lok.

How our Ray Series Kayak Paddles are Different

The difference between these three Ray series models is the size and shape of the blades:

THE MANTA RAYS ARE HIGH-ANGLE PADDLES. The blades are a wide and beefy 105 square inches. They’re designed for aggressive paddlers, for speed and for carrying a loaded boat.

See all our Manta Ray kayak paddles.

THE STING RAYS ARE LOW-ANGLE PADDLES. The blades are the same length as the Manta Ray’s, but slimmer. They’re super for recreational paddling and day trips. The smaller blades mean less fatigue over time. The Sting Ray is our most popular flatwater kayak paddle.

See all our Sting Ray kayak paddles.

aquabound's sting ray hybrid kayak paddle
Aqua-Bound’s Sting Ray Hybrid kayak paddle (photo courtesy of Sharon Brodin)

So choosing your paddle is mostly about the style of paddling you plan to do.

Do you have more questions our friendly Customer Service Team can help with? Contact them today: 715-755-3405 • [email protected]

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