“I did over 750km on the water using the H20 crystal paddle last year alone and found this paddle to be one of the best I have ever used. It is light, sturdy in all water conditions, responsive, and has a great feel. On long treks it performs at its best as it is not tiring and pulls effortlessly through the water. The ergonomic design of the shaft (on the bent version) is great for letting you know the paddle position when bracing. All in all a super paddle for all skill level kayakers.”
- Just Liquid Sports Crystal-X Review
April 14, 2010
“I have enjoyed my H2O Performance Kayak Paddles since 2009.
The paddles are lightweight and durable. The ergo bent carbon shaft helps me get maximum speed out of my Kayak.
The Feather lock adjustable centre joint is a brilliant idea. Easy to put the two shafts together and separate them. I also believe that the brilliant colours of the blades increases visibility. Consequently reducing the probability of a collision with a powerboat.”
The Early Summer 2010 issue of Adventure Kayak features a review of our new Crystal-X paddle. You can read the review and the full digital issue at www.AdventureKayakmag.com
I was fortunate to be able to test and regularly use the H2O paddle during this past summer. My wife and I loved how light they are, and are terribly impressed with the appearance as well. All of what little weight there is; is centered on the centre mechanism which you don't even notice when you are paddling. From the first paddle, we felt that we had a lot more power with it, and verified this a couple of times by switching back to our old paddles in mid-journey. Being a completely new design to us, there are some things that felt a little unusual at the beginning.
Handle design - we are used to straight paddles, so it felt a bit unusual at first to have the curved handle. But after only a couple of minutes it was more comfortable than the straight paddle. Depending on water conditions you can offset your hands from centre, and each position feels very comfortable.
Change of paddle stroke - We are used to having one hand as an "anchor" and twisting the paddle in the other hand, and that was a bit of a difficult habit to break. My wife seemed to find a comfortable setting right away, while I experimented quite a bit. Once I got a bit more comfortable, I was very impressed with power stroking, including my ability to use my body more in the stroke. When I paddled more leisurely, it just felt very comfortable and effortless.
Blade design – The blade design of this paddle allows for comfort and power. We had the opportunity to do long leisurely paddles as well as river paddles, and were always very impressed. Our old paddles have a number of “imperfections” from bumping into things, but these maintain their condition throughout
Paddle length – I have been using a shorter H2O paddle than my old one. After using it all summer, this is not an issue….probably just a personal preference
This is an outstanding paddle. I have had the opportunity to allow a number of friends and neighbours to try it out, and the consensus is generally “where can I get one of those?”.
~ Kevin Jaques