Packrafting paddles have a unique set of requirements. Heading deep into the backcountry demands gear that is robust and reliable, but light-weight and compactable. The Paua 4-Split is a premium, all carbon fibre, white water paddle made here in New Zealand by GKO and tested on our own rivers and lakes by the country’s top adventure racers.
The Paua 4-Split was initially developed for our own needs; long hikes into the hills and packrafting back out. With the surge of interest in these multi-disciplinary adventures and the frequent inclusion of packrafting into competitive adventure races, we decided to reproduce our design for the wider community. The final design made its debut at Godzone Fiordland and received positive reviews.
After use, disassemble the paddle into 4 pieces, rinse in clean, fresh water and allow it to dry. Ensure connection surfaces and pins are free of debris. If necessary, it is possible to remove the pins by pushing them the long way through the shaft. Store paddle disassembled if possible, or at least until it is completely dry. When using in a new area be sure to check, clean and dry to prevent the spread of marine pests.
While built to be robust and strong, this paddle has not been tested in whitewater kayaking situations. It is not specifically intended for use in high level whitewater kayaking. Carbon fibre does have limitations. The Paua 4-Split is tough, but not indestructible.
When packrafting and kayaking, always have safety in mind. Plan trips in consideration of the ability of the party, weather and other risks. Always use appropriate safety equipment. Invest in a safety and skills course before undertaking river trips. Packrafting often takes place in wilderness environments, so always take spares or a repair kit if far away from help.
Paddle Problems and Feedback.
GKO stands by its products. If you are not satisfied with the performance or workmanship of your Paua 4-Split, or have feedback to share, please get in touch with Gene through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why not have an adjustable length like some other brands?
This would also add to the length of the paddle when disassembled and also increase cost. Based on the current feedback, we've chosen to go with a non-adjustable length. With your future feedback, this decision can be revisited.
Why not have an adjustable rotation offset like some other brands?
This would slightly increase the complexity, weight and rigidity of the shaft. Based on the current feedback, we've chosen to go with a non-adjustable rotation offset. With your future feedback, this decision can be revisited.