For most paddlers, the Standard Anglesey Stick will work perfectly well and comes in 3 sizes (Small, Medium, Large)
The easiest way to check which length of paddle you will need is to reach your hand up as high as possible, and then hook your fingers over, as if holding the end of the paddle
This is the ideal length of paddle for your stature and this will usually match one of the Standard Anglesey Sticks
The loom on our Standard Anglesey Stick has a 'rounded rectangular' rather than 'oval' cross-section. We find this more comfortable for the thumbs, and most kayakers appreciate the positive 'indexing'
If you are not sure which paddle is right for you, please feel free to contact us for advice
Medium Anglesey Stick
The Medium Anglesey Stick (220cms) is for the average height paddler. You will probably have been using one of the many composite touring paddles on the market (e.g. Lendal Nordkapp, Lendal Kinetic), measuring 215-220cms.
Small Anglesey Stick
The Small Anglesey Stick (215cms) is a shorter paddle with thinner, narrower loom and a narrower blade. This is for a smaller person, possibly in a smaller boat.
Large Anglesey Stick
The Large Anglesey Stick (225cms) is a long paddle with wider, thicker loom. This is for a larger person, possibly in a larger volume boat.
We think that for most paddlers a Standard Anglesey Stick is the best starting point when buying one of our paddles. However, if you would prefer to order a bespoke Anglesey Stick, you may like to consider the following points
Overall length (typical range is 210-225cms): the overall length of a paddle can be calculated by measuring as high as the paddler can reach with fingers hooked over the end of the paddle. If your torso to leg ratio is non-standard, you may want to measure your full arm span plus the distance from elbow to wrist as an alternative calculation
Loom length (typical range is 45-56cms): the loom length should be equivalent to the width of your shoulders, or the span of your grip measured with elbows against the ribs and forearms straight out. This is usually slightly narrower than the grip you may be accustomed to on a standard paddle
Loom thickness (typical range is 2.5-3.8cms): the loom is oval in cross-section, and should allow you to touch forefinger to thumb around the smaller dimension
Blade width (typical range is 7.5-10cms): you should be able to comfortably hold the width of the blade, between the web of the thumb and the second joint of the forefinger, in order to use the whole length of the paddle in extended manoeuvres. Most traditional blades were 7.5cms or less but modern paddlers often prefer a slightly wider blade. However, unless you have very large hands, a blade width of over 10cms would not be considered a Greenland style (we may still be able to make it for you, though)
Take a look at the photos on the right, which show how to measure up for a bespoke paddle
Please note, if you decide to purchase a bespoke paddle, we cannot provide a refund once the measurements have been agreed and work has begun (this does not however affect your statutory rights in terms of workmanship)
If you would like to know more about the Anglesey Stick or you would like to check something before ordering, please feel free to email or phone us