ve creeker aircore carbon blade crank carbon shaft
The VE Creeker Aircore Carbon Blade Crank Carbon Shaft whitewater kayak paddle blade is designed to be a great all-round paddle that is smooth and well balanced.
Made from 100% carbon fibre which is pre-impregnated with toughened epoxy resin.
The blades are manufactured at a very high pressure to produce an extremely solid hardwearing edge.
The carbon shaft provides extra strength and power favoured by many top freestyle and creek boat paddlers.
Supplied with an oval shaft in the area of the handgrip.
Weight at 190cm: 917g [+/- 3%]
Area: 740 cm²
Overall length: 485 mm
Overall width: 217 mm
This is a one piece paddle.
VE Paddles crank shafts have a specially designed grip geometry allowing the shaft to fit securely in the hand – reducing the need to grip too tightly.
Combined with neutral wrist alignment this reduces the risk of paddlers developing repetitive strain injuries (such as tendonitis) and helps paddlers with such injuries to rehabilitate and get back on the water.
VE’s Aircore carbon blades give you the stiffness and buoyancy of a foam-core blade with the reliability of laminate edges for a longer-lasting, higher performance paddle.
No Foam Core
VE have developed the spine geometries of their paddles and combined with their manufacturing process that means they can use a hollow spine instead of a foam core, resulting in more reinforcing fibres in the blade and also less weight.
Due to the weight saved by this process, VE blades typically have 30% more reinforcing fibres than their competitors and they can still produce a lighter, stronger paddle.
By having a hollow core, the extra reinforcing material VE use prevents the puncturing problems that are common with foam-cored paddles.
VE have designed their paddles with structural analysis software and they have been tested and approved by some of the world’s best paddlers with outstanding feedback – VE are building super-strong blades which flex in the right places and feel great on the water.
VE Aircore carbon blades have a tapered spine which has been optimised to give an exceptionally strong blade whilst keeping the cross-sectional profile to a minimum. This gives a blade which slices through the water with ease and a geometry that looks amazing.
At VE, they’re very picky about materials.
They only use the highest quality woven and unidirectional high-strength carbon and glass fibres which come pre-impregnated with top-quality toughened epoxy resin.
Using prepreg materials is different to most other manufacturers who use a liquid epoxy resin with dry fabrics.
VE paddle’s resin is a blend of thermosetting epoxy with a thermoplastic additive which, in simple terms, means it’s tougher and more damage tolerant than a conventional liquid epoxy.
Using a prepreg-based manufacturing method VE achieve a greater scratch resistant surface finish with no gel coat or lacquer which add weight instead of strength.
VE can also rely on their materials’ consistency, because they’ve got exact and accurate control over the fibre-to-resin ratio and where they lay the fibres. More science equals more strength and toughness!
The VE logos are moulded into the blades, not post applied stickers or prints. This ensures that even after years of abuse they will still be intact.
Unlike most other manufacturers, VE carbon blades are made from 100% carbon fibre, not just a carbon layer on the outside hiding the glass on the inside.
more about the brand
Founded in Nottingham, England, in 2008, VE stands for Vertical Element; reflecting the mission set by founder Dr. Stuart Morris to make paddles to meet the needs of elite paddlers.
VE Paddles with innovative Aircore technology, are handmade in Britain from the very best materials – toughened prepreg composites – to produce stronger, more damage tolerant blades; loved by owners the world over.
VE have spent over a decade researching and developing paddle design, with input from some of Britain’s finest paddlers.
You can check out their full range and some great info about all things paddle at vepaddles.com.
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