Pre Order: How To Choose Your Viper Outrigger Paddle

Pre-Order: How To Choose Your Viper Outrigger Paddle

Follow the Steps Below to Place Your Viper Va'a Outrigger Paddle Pre-Order


Viper Outrigger Paddles are some of the best paddles around, so why doesn't every one have them? Because they are made in Tahiti and hard to get in the US. To make it easier we routinely do Pre-Orders so our customers have the opportunity to get whatever they want from Viper (instead of just having what we hold in stock). We will hold a pre-order every time we place an order with them.


1. Choose The Type

You have 4 types of paddles to choose from -   Carbon (CRB), Natural  (NTR), Fusion  (FSN), and Steering. 

Viper CRB Series - All Carbon Outrigger Paddle 
Viper's carbon paddle is 100% carbon fiber. It is light, strong, and stiff. The stiffness allows all of the power to transfer from your stroke to the water without losing any energy. The CRB paddle is the ultimate weapon for speed.
Viper NTR Series - All Bamboo Outrigger Paddle
 The NTR Series has a bamboo shaft and bamboo blade. Still extremely light and durable, but with the added benefit of flex. This paddle is great for long distance races because the flexibility if more forgiving on your joints. This is also our recommendation for any paddler with joint issues in their shoulders.


Viper FSN Series - Hybrid Outrigger Paddle
 The Viper Fusion is the best all around paddle. It is just as light as the other paddles from Viper Va'a but it has moderate flexibility. Enough flex to be forgiving on your joints but enough stiffness to transfer most of your stroke's energy into the water. The flexibility of this paddle makes it great for sprint races and long distance alike.


Viper PPR Series - Steering Outrigger Paddle
 The Viper Steering Blade comes in your choice as an all carbon blade or as a hybrid with a bamboo shaft The ABS rail edging on the blade is made to absorb shocks protecting your paddle and the hull of the canoe. This blade will allow you to paddle with percision, power, and confidence.


2. Choose Your Blade Size

Viper offers 4 blade sizes - 9" x 18.5", 9.5" x 18.75", 9.75" x 19", and 10.25" x 19"

The blade size comes down to a few simple questions...

  1. How much water do I want to pull every stroke?
  2. What blade size is everyone else's in my canoe?
  3. Am I confident in my strength to weight ratio, endurance, and Fitness level?
  4. Do you want a quick snappy stroke vs. smooth and powerful stroke?

All of these questions are very closely connected and they all refer to blend in the canoe. If you have a canoe of 5 people paddling with a 8 inch paddle you probably don't want a 10 inch paddle because you will not be able to pull it through the water as quickly as they can. Of course if you are extremely fit then maybe you can keep your time and blend in the canoe while pulling more water than everyone else. The smaller the blade the faster your stroke can be in the water, the bigger the blade the more powerful your stroke can be in the water. With all of this info in mind you are ready to choose between the 4 blade sizes Viper offers.


3. Choose Your Blade Design

Viper offers 4 different blade designs for their carbon series, fusion series, and their steering blade. 









4. Choose Your Bend

Viper Offers 2 bends in all of their paddles except their steering blade. This is personal preference.


Straight Shaft

A straight shaft allows the transfer of your weight from the canoe to the water to move directly down the shaft of the paddle.

Double Bend

A double bend allows your bottom arm's wrist to hold the paddle in a more natural position so it is more comfortable. The double bend of the Viper is a gradual "S Bend" which gives the paddle a more effective transfer of your weight from the canoe to the water than traditional double bends.


Double Bends and Straight shafts have slightly different entries into the water, so again it is important to consider what the other people have in your canoe. 


4. Size

 Size of the blade is a personal preference. The chart below offers a good start. Some people go a little bit longer so they can spread their arms out to get more leverage, where some like a smaller blade to have their top arm in a position more underneath their body to get more body weight onto their blade. A general rule of thumb is that your blade should come up to the center of your chest. 

Your HeightRecommended Paddle Length
5’0”-5’2” 46”-47”
5’3”-5’5” 47”-49”
5’6”-5’8” 49”-51”
5’9”-5’11” 51”-52”
6’0”-6’2” 52”-53”
6’3”-6’5” 54”-56”


5. Place Your Pre-Order Now

Pre-Order Deadline: August 1, 2014

Estimated Order Ship Date: October 15, 2014


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Size Chart
Your Height Recommended Paddle Length
5’0”-5’2” 46”-47”
5’3”-5’5” 47”-49”
5’6”-5’8” 49”-51”
5’9”-5’11” 51”-52”
6’0”-6’2” 52”-53”
6’3”-6’5” 54”-56”