AINSWORTH shaft technology

Ainsworth takes pride in creating the strongest, lightest and most durable canoe and kayak paddles on the market. Since the first foam core glass fibre blades produced by Ainsworth in the early 70’s the company has continued to push the boundaries of composite technology.
Please take a look at our different constructions of shafts below.

Shaft Technology

 
Ainsworth manufacture Two types of shafts all of which compliment our blade range.

Straight Titanium Enriched Alloy Shaft
Corrosion resistant alloy specially selected for paddling use.
 
Straight Carbon Shaft                        
Made with Ainsworth filament wound technology - significantly lighter than other shafts on the market. This shaft comes Our standard grip which is a shrink PVC coating, and all paddles include an index on the control side to give positive blade positioning - especially helpful when setting up for a roll.

 
Split Shaft Technology     
 
Ainsworth manufacture our own unique type of split shaft, we offer a split shaft for both our Alloy shaft and our Carbon Shaft.
   
Two Part Split Connector

         
Split Connector Side View                                             Split Connector Top View

The two part split shaft is available only in the touring range (Sea and Ocean Paddles) with either the alloy or carbon straight shaft, the split connector allows the paddle to become multi–angle 0 - 90 Deg Right and Left Haned and telescopic (10cm) from 215cm - 225cm camlock fitting. 


SUP Split Carbon Shaft 

 
 
SUP Two Part Adjustable Split Carbon Shaft   
The SUP two part adjustable split shaft is available only in the SUP range and only with a straight carbon shaft, the carbon option comes with a telescopic adjustable range (76 – 86 inches) camlock fitting. 

SUP Three Part Adjustable Split Carbon Shaft 
Like the SUP two part adjustable split shaft the three part is available only in the SUP range and only with a straight shaft, the carbon option comes with a telescopic adjustable range (76 – 86 inches) camlock fitting. With another join at the blade end to make it much more compact when travelling, this joint is a locating spigot only not adjustable in length.

(Please note that all of our split shaft sections require regular maintenance and cleaning due to the nature of sea kayaking and the salt water environment. It is recommended that all split sections are washed with fresh water after each trip to avoid corrosion and paddle seizing)

If you have any questions regarding our technology please contact us at sales@ainsworthpaddles.co.uk.