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Gearlab Akiak Greenland Kayak Paddle

Gearlab Akiak Greenland Kayak Paddle


The Akiak is the first modern Greenland paddle with exchangeable tips. Inspired by the Inuit tradition of strengthening paddle tips with bone, walrus ivory, and harder wood, Akiak integrates durable polyamide tips with a kevlar paddle. The tip unites smoothly with the paddle to form a seamless paddle stroke.

  • Exchangeable paddle tips are available in flat or round shapes. See the “Paddle Tip” page under ACCESSORIES for additional information.
  • Sharp paddle blade edges provide crisp and precise paddling
  • A wider loom accommodates modern kayaks
  • The shoulderless design promotes smooth sliding strokes
  • GEARLAB's exclusive ratio of kevlar blend with carbon fiber provides ideal rigidity and flex
  • The 2-piece design breaks down quickly for easy transportation and storage
  • The remarkably light paddle weight reduces fatigue on long paddling excursions
  • Kevlar blades create a slim profile that enters and exits the water quietly while adding buoyancy for a light stroke
  • A low-profile button release creates a sleek paddle shaft
  • The carbon fiber button never rusts
  • The high-quality, continuous-weave carbon fiber shaft delivers a superior strength-to-weight ratio
  • The symmetrical blade shape reduces torque. This allows the paddler to maintain a looser grip and pull the paddle smoothly through the water

GEARLAB offers the Akiak paddle in both Carbon fiber and Kevlar options. Both versions offer superior strength and performance on the water.

  • Carbon fiber paddles are strong, stiff and light. They offer the greatest power in the water because of their stiffness and are excellent for all-day excursions because of their light weight. Carbon is slightly more brittle upon impact, but endures constant UV and water exposure the best.
  • Kevlar paddles are stronger on impact than carbon models and offer more flexibility with each stroke. Kevlar sustains impact best, but is more sensitive to UV light over time than other materials.
Specs of Akiak
Length (cm/inch)
205/80.5 210/82.5 215/84.5 220/86.5 225/88.5
Loom length (cm/inch)
48/18.9 49/19.3 50/19.7 51/20 52/20.5
Blade width (cm/inch)
Weight (g/oz)
820 (215cm) ± 30g / 28.9 (84.5inch) ± 1.05oz
kevlar with carbon fiber composite
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  • Performance Paddles are equipped with extra set of Paddle Tips.

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