Swift Touring Paddles are a distinctive blend of power and lightness in four distinct paddle designs. These paddles possess a radiant translucence in sunlight that is highly visible and exceptionally beautiful.
Swift blades are powerful but forgiving with quick acceleration, a flutter free stroke, and smooth follow through. Composite blades come in jewel tone translucent colors, stunning custom fabric inlays, and black graphite. Jewel tone and graphite blades are made standard with thin longitudinal holographic stripes for additional brilliance (optional without stripes).
ALL Swift paddles feature graphite shafts for added strength and stiffness! Swifts are available in one piece, two-piece or four piece, and the grip range has a slight oval shape for comfort and indexing. We use straight shafts only, which provide maximum versatility for all paddling conditions and styles.
Swifts are some of the lightest paddles on the market weighing in at 27 – 31 oz. depending on blade size and length. Blade weight is a mere 6.5 – 8oz. (depending on size) for an incredibly low swing weight!
Standard Lengths: 210 – 240cm in 5 cm increments
(Custom lengths available)
The Sea Swift is a full sized aggressive blade design that retains the versatility of conventional blades for bracing, sculling and rolling while offering sufficient power to be useful in the racing world. It is ideal as a big water paddle in surf and rough conditions for the more athletic paddler. It is also a favorite with recreational open water racers who want the broader range of performance not provided by Wing style paddles.
Blade Dimensions: 18″ x 7.25″
Surface Area: 110 sq. in.
The Mid Swift is our most popular blade size and an excellent choice for most touring kayakers. The Mid Swift delivers plenty of pull and control in rough water conditions, yet it is quite well behaved when the wind blasts against it. We find this to be the ideal paddle for extended paddling in varied and changeable conditions and the only paddle many kayakers will ever need.
Blade Dimensions: 18″ x 6.25″
Surface Area: 100 sq. in.
Have you noticed that many Aleut paddles are long and narrow? This is not due to material limitations, but because Eskimos often paddled in high wind conditions. The so dubbed Wind Swift combines Aleut features with some more modern European concepts to create a paddle that is excellent in high winds and still delivers a healthy amount of paddle power for all but the most demanding conditions. Another major advantage to this style of paddle is kindness to joints and muscles. If you do not paddle frequently or already have joint and muscle issues, you will love how you feel after a day of paddling with the Wind Swift.
Blade Dimensions: 18″ x 5″
Surface Area: 75 sq. in.
The Skookum is specifically customized to suit the paddler who prefers a high-angle performance paddle. It retains all the power and thrust and smooth follow through of the original Sea Swift only with a high angle of attack. Typically these paddles are preferred to be 5-10 CM shorter in length than a low angle blade.
“Swift did an excellent job combining the most important elements of a high angle paddle – control, power, and efficiency. I feel like they are setting the bar high for other paddle companies to shoot for.” Dan Arbuckle Headwaters Kayaks
Blade Dimensions: 17′ x 7.25″
Surface Area: 110 sq. in.