Celtic paddles are MIKCo's paddle of choice.
Celtic paddles are available in a wide range of blade sizes, shapes, and shaft options. At Maine Island Kayak, we prefer paddles in the 200-215cm length range; shorter paddles allow for easier control. MIKCo builds custom 4-piece, pro-carbon paddles with plastic Leverlok center joins and Paddlock joins at the ends. Celtic paddles are designed with reflective graphics. Celtic paddles are the original Lendal paddles, not to be confused with Lendal, NA. MIKCo also has a few one-piece and crank shafts in stock. Ask us about how the various blade shapes can enhance your personal paddling style.
Celtic Carbon Blades and Shafts
Celtic carbon blades are made from 16 layers of material pressed together, resulting in a strong, thin blade. Carbon composite shafts are suitable for advanced sea conditions.
Celtic's multi-piece paddles use the Leverlok and Paddlok ™ systems.
The Leverlok center join allows for length and infinite feather adjustment. The new plastic Leverlok mechanism is larger, making it easier to grasp and adjust on the fly. The material is less susceptible to corrosion.
The Celtic Leverlok system allows quick and easy adjustment to paddle length and feather.
The Paddlok ™ system allows you to mix and match blades to your shaft, and allows the paddle to be easily broken down for transportation. The Paddlok system uses the Paddlok button which works like a miniature jack; when the key is tightened, the male portion of the joint expands forming a rock solid join. Only gentle pressure is required to lock your paddle blades to the shaft. After use in salt water, we recommend flushing the buttons and spigots with fresh water to prevent salt crystal accumulation.
The Celtic Paddlok system forms a rock solid join, and allows the paddle to be easily broken down for transport.
Celtic Kinetik Touring Blades
One of our go-to blades, the Celtic Kinetic Touring blade performs well in a wide variety of conditions. The design has its origins in whitewater paddling; the leading edge "bites" and holds the water better. The pressed blades slice cleanly into the water. This maximizes the catch of each stroke, translating into more pulling power per stroke.
Kinetik Touring blades are available in the following lengths:
- The Kinetik 600 has the smallest surface area of the Kinetik range. The blade enables the paddler to increase their stroke rate while maintaining efficiency. This blade is ideally suited to the smaller paddler.
- The Kinetik 650 is the mid-range blade that suits medium size paddlers. It is extremely efficient and delivers much more power than its modest size would suggest.
- The Kinetik 700 is the original Kinetik sized blade, ideally suited to experienced sea kayakers. The down-tilted geometry produces great initial power, which aids maneuvering in rock gardens. A blade with outstanding acceleration, it excels in the surf and strong currents.
- The Kinetik 750 is the largest Kinetik blade, best for strong paddlers. A versatile blade, the 750 is suitable for touring, surfing and marathon racing, and offers maximum power and efficiency.
"The blade just slices into the water - with no effort at all." Jon G.
Celtic Archipelago and Nordkapp Blades
Archipelago and Nordkapp blades are lower-angle school. They are shaped slightly differently than the Kinetik Touring blades, making them comfortable to paddle over long distances while touring.
Photo shows the Kinetik Touring 650 and the Archipelago blades.
The Archipelago is a lower-angle touring blade.
The Nordkapp is slightly larger than the Archipelago.
Celtic Reef Blade
The Reef is a large, beefy 750 cm blade designed specifically for Surf conditions. This blade design was formerly called the Lendal Mystik. It was originally designed specifically for competition surfing by six-time World Medalist, Masters World Surf Champion, Neil Baxter. The thin profile slices through the water with minimal drag, while the full-sized face provides the power needed for breaking out through the surf and for accelerating a boat onto a wave. The bottom edge features a rounded outside corner. This provides a smooth between rudder and brace for unprecedented control on the face of a big wave.
Celtic Kinetic Touring 750 and Reef blades
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