The Advanced Elements Ultralite Pack Paddle is an outstanding value option with a few tricks up its sleeve. What are they? This a rare four-piece paddle, which means that this is the most portable paddle on this list. For this reason, the Advanced Elements Ultralite is a great option for any backpackers or anyone with […]
What are they?
This a rare four-piece paddle, which means that this is the most portable paddle on this list. For this reason, the Advanced Elements Ultralite is a great option for any backpackers or anyone with an inflatable kayak (that link also has my all time favorite fishing kayak).
This paddle can also be used without the middle section in case you are in need of something super portable or the lightest kayak paddle possible. In this mode, it's 20 ounces and 169 centimeters. This is a cool addition that may turn out to be extremely useful depending on the buyer.
If portability is important to you, you’ll have a hard time finding a better option than this paddle.
To go with that portability, this paddle also comes in an extremely lightweight--23.6 ounces.
What’s it made of that keeps it so light?
Nothing special. This kayak paddle is made with an aluminum shaft and a plastic blades. We would’ve liked to have seen something a bit fancier, but we also understand that this may have reduced backpacking viability due to durability concerns.
In our tests we did notice that this paddle was a bit less responsive than the previous options on this list--plastic simply isn’t as firm as other materials.
This paddle accomplishes its low weight by offering only a single, quite short length option. We’d have liked to have seen a little bit longer option on this paddle for anyone particularly tall or that uses a wider kayak. The paddle is 224 cm long.
The blades are asymmetrical and dihedral, which should do a great job of preventing flutter.
Our last criticism of this paddle is that the ferrules don’t seem quite as functional as they could be. There are reports of these connections being both too tight to pull apart and too loose for comfort.
This product has a one-year warranty against manufacturer defects. You’ll need to prepay for postage if you need repairs and commercial or non-recreational use voids the warranty.