Updated August 22, 2019 by Karen Bennett

The 6 Best Telescoping Paddles

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Telescoping paddles are perfect for kayaking and canoeing, or for use on a jet ski or in a yacht tender, as they conveniently adjust to various lengths with a simple twist. They come in compact and lightweight designs that are comfortable to hold and won’t take up a lot of storage space. Here you’ll find a selection of single- and double-bladed models for every skill level and budget. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best telescoping paddle on Amazon.

6. Kwik Tek Airhead

5. Davis Instruments 4372

4. Redneck Convent 42-Inch

3. Bending Branches Angler Pro Plus

2. Attwood 11828

1. SeaSense Black

Special Honors

West Marine Telescoping Paddle This sturdy selection can extend from 20-1/2 to 48 inches, and it stows compactly at its shortest length. Its aluminum shaft measures 1-1/8 inches in diameter, so it’ll fit comfortably in your hands. Its knob handle also helps to provide a firm grip. You don’t have to worry much about dropping it, since it conveniently floats in the water. You can purchase it with confidence, thanks to its one-year manufacturer warranty. westmarine.com

Editor's Notes

August 21, 2019:

Unlike non-extendable paddles, telescoping paddles come in handy for easy storage on your watercraft, since they collapse to a conveniently small size. They’re also useful to have on hand when the users in your group are of varying heights. Our selection offers ones that extend anywhere from 42 to 72 inches, and in a range of colors, so you’re sure to find one that suits you well.

Joining the list today is the SeaSense Telescoping, which extends up six feet in length and locks in securely at whatever size you’ve chosen. Like many others, one end features a hook that comes in handy when you’re docking, pulling things toward you, or releasing lures from branches. The blade also features a handle of its own that makes it easy to hold during any of these pursuits. This hassle-free choice extends and retracts smoothly and is equipped with a one-year warranty.

Also coming on board is the Redneck Convent 42-Inch, which also is simple to collapse when you’re done using it, with a quick, clockwise turn of its handle. It’s made from durable aluminum and plastic, which will reliably help you navigate through any type of waters. It’ll hold up for the long haul, since it’s resistant to corrosion, and provides excellent quality for the price.

A third addition is the Bending Branches Angler Pro Plus, which is handmade in Osceola, Wisconsin, and has been the six-time recipient of the Kayak Fishing “Paddle of the Year” award. Featuring a multi-laminate fiberglass blade and a 100% carbon shaft, it’s lighter than much of the competition (which you’ll appreciate on all-day fishing trips). It even has a 40-inch ruler on its shaft, so you can quickly measure anything you catch. You can choose a bright yellow and green pattern for high visibility, or two attractive prints featuring blue, green, and black.

Leaving the selection in today’s update are the Yamaha MAR-DLXPA-DL-42 and the Aqua-Bound Spindrift Plus, due to issues with availability. Also departing is the Bending Branches Angler Classic, since the three-hole snap-button design doesn’t lend itself properly to this category.


Karen Bennett
Last updated on August 22, 2019 by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s.degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.


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