Swift Touring Paddles are a distinctive blend of power and lightness in three 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 three jewel tone translucent colors and stunning custom fabric inlays. Graphite blades are black fiber with thin longitudinal holographic 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: 220,225,230,240cm (Custom lengths available)
Swift Paddles & Blades
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: 19′ 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.
Swift 2011 Pricing
Swift Construction & Design
Swift paddles represent the ultimate in simplicity, light weight and durability achieved through a combination of technologies developed over 36 years.
Swift paddle blades are constructed from multiple layers of aircraft glass and other specialized fibers. The complex laminate is vacuum bagged using high strength resins and heat to produce a blade that is stiff, strong and yet very lightweight. Combined with an ovaled graphite shaft and the Feather Lock Adjustable Ferrule System, the asymmetrical blade moves smoothly through the water with each powerful but efficient stroke.
The Swift blade features a cambered design which gradually transitions to a dihedral with deeper insertion into the water. This configuration provides more power throughout your stroke without the edge instability that occurs with a fully cambered blade. The camber provides the bite, while the dihedral smooths the sweeps and sculling moves. The longitudinal curvature of the blade actually increases towards the tip of the blade providing more power at the entry into the water and a smoother exit.
Fiberglass paddles are available in three beautiful translucent jewel tones: Amber Gold, Ruby Red and Cobalt Blue. These unique colors are radiant in sunlight and have brilliant visibility on the water. For an additional cost you can customize your paddle with our fabric inlaid blades. Like our standard blades, the fabric inlays are translucent and are quite striking when the sun shines through them. There are a variety of styles and colors to choose from. Each style is a limited edition. Graphite paddles are stealth black.
*Eddyline donates $15 to Save the Manatee Club for every Manatee Fabric Paddle sold.
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Swift Feather Lock System
Feather Lock Adjustable Ferrule System
Our new Feather Lock Ferrule System allows precise feathering changes in 15 degree increments: 0°, 45°, 60°, and 75° angles are highlighted for you on both the right and left sides.
The Feather Lock collar is low profile and its protected, external configuration makes for easy cleaning and reduces the possibility of jamming.
When closed there is NO play in the joint and no doubt about the angle you have chosen.
Changing degrees is a simple procedure:
Depress the button and open the joint a bit.
Rotate the shaft to your desired position.
While still holding the button down, push or snap the joint together to lock it.
You will like the elegant simplicity. No knurled locking rings, no tools, no levers.
Swift Weight Charts
* Weights are based on standard translucent blade
* Fabric inlaid paddle - add 2 oz.
* Graphite paddles - subtract 2 oz.
Stock Lengths: 220, 225, 230, and 240
Custom lengths can be built to your order
Swift Care & Repair
Like kayaks, paddles don’t require much maintenance. Nevertheless, some minimal care will eliminate problems down the road. The ferrule on a two-piece paddle is vulnerable to wear or jamming from sand, salt, mud or grit. Once the joint becomes loose, the movement within further accelerates wear. A simple rinse or dip in clean water prior to putting the paddle together, and after taking it apart is the proverbial “ounce of prevention”.
If the joint has become loose, a light tape wrap when paddling will prevent further wear (see joint repair below.) If your paddling style causes abrasion on any part of the paddle shaft, we recommend a light wrap of vinyl tape in that area for protection. Inspect the shaft occasionally for signs of damage.
Blade tips are very strong and designed to withstand pushing off of beaches etc. However, the blade edges are vulnerable to impact and abrasion. Be cautious in shallow rocky water and try to avoid “chopping wood” with your paddle. If blade edges do get dinged, repair can be accomplished with epoxy or fiberglass resin. Some folks tape the blade edges with vinyl tape to protect them. Also light sanding will remove the smaller dings and will not affect your paddles performance.
The breakdown joint of a two piece paddle is a dramatically precise piece of work. Only a few thousands of an inch in dimension can make the difference between too loose and too tight. There are several factors that can cause changes in the fit. Fine deposits of salt, silt, chemical buildup from pollutants in the water, even temperature changes can affect the fit.
We recommend sanding the ferrule using 600 grit sand paper and water. Rotate the male ferrule in your hand while cupping it with sandpaper. Sand a little, clean it and try the fit until you have what you like. Then some auto wax or Armorall will keep it sliding smoothly.
If a ferrule has become so loose that it wobbles when paddling, it can be repaired by dipping the male end in a varnish or lacquer. (Polyurethane works well) Several dips may be necessary. Wet sand the ferrule lightly with 400 grit paper to remove tackiness or if the coating is a bit too thick and now the fit is too tight. By coating and wet sanding, you can fine tune the fit to your personal preference.
We swapped paddles on a trip. The Swift was the best,
hands down. Light weight.
Look great. feels great.