ve wisp glass blade straight glass shaft
VE’s Wisp Glass Blade Straight Glass Shaft is designed specifically for paddlers with smaller hands and a slighter build. The Wisp is an ideal performance paddle for smaller paddlers and groms.
Whitewater focused, the Wisp shares a similar outline to the VE Paddles Creeker with a shorter length and slightly more pronounced catch. Its overall blade area has been reduced to make it more manageable and user friendly.
Supplied as standard with a ground glass shaft the Wisp model uses a 28 mm diameter shaft suitable for smaller hands and is only available on a glass shaft. Glass shafts are slightly heavier than carbon fibre versions and also less stiff so can be kinder on joints etc. This paddle is only available on a glass shaft due to the diameter.
Weight: 900 g (185 cms)
Shaft Diameter: Ø 28 mm
Length Range: 175 cms to 205 cms in 10 cm increments
Feather Angle: Right 30° o
Blade Surface Area: 616 cm²
Blade Length x Width: 455 mm x 182 mm
Colours: Red & Yellow Blades
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!
Using VE core-less technology, VE’s glass blades have 30% more glass fibre in their construction and are still lighter than competitors. This additional glass not only makes VE glass blades a lot stronger and also a lot more durable.
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.
Every set of VE Paddles is made in Britain, by hand. Care is taken at each step so you can rely on VE as your connection to the water. VE paddles are made using pre-preg carbon and fibreglass materials and compression moulded construction techniques. Blades are fitted onto proprietary carbon or glass shafts; in straight, crank and split versions. All VE Paddles are assembled to a strict process, to ensure a quality finished product.
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.
having trouble choosing?
Check out our “How to Choose a Kayak Paddle” post for some helpful tips on picking the right paddle for you. It will help you with size and style and give you info on the different materials.
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