A Word On Cost:

  • Any kayak paddle: $650 = $325 Deposit
  • Any single bladed paddle $350 (except for SUP $400) = Either $175 or $200 Deposit
  • Striding paddles cost $750 = $375 deposit

NOTE: Shipping and Veneers are billed for final payment along with the remaining 50%. Paddle construction takes 5-8 weeks to complete from the time I receive your  deposit.

A Word On My Style

Please note~  the vast majority of the kayak paddles I make are “Trik Style” – centered on the shaft like a canoe paddle.  I prefer not to make curved powerface paddles because the curve makes them inherently weaker and heavier.  I will if you really want me to~ but there is another Keith Backlund apprentice named Kenny Kiley of Blunt Family Paddles and he makes curve powerface paddles- as well as bent shafts. I don’t build bent shafts.

Click here for a detailed article about “Trik Style”.

Ordering your custom RivrStyk takes four steps:

Decide Your Paddle Shape... here is how
Choose a blade design~ This choice is based on what you will use the paddle for- racing, big water cruising, squirt boating, freestyle, creeking etc..  You  can find your choices here: How to customize. Also decide what length would work best for your needs.   This is most often based on your experience with other paddles.

Many people buying one of my paddles for their first time will also be using trik style blades for the first time and also notice that my blade shapes tend to be minimalistic.  The trik style blades are not only lighter and stronger than curved powerface paddles- they also provide a smoother feel and strong last bit of your stroke.  If you are concerned about downsizing too much you can choose a blade shape which is close to what you currently use.  My WW 7.5 blade shape is closely configured to common synthetic offerings.

I’m available any time for consulting before 9 pm EST. 1-304-329-3310

Decide on the Particulars... here is how
  • Decide how heavy duty you want to go-  this determines the robustness of the  paddle and also the swing weight.  Keep in mind that a good wood paddle is already stronger than most synthetic sticks right off the bat- especially for tip wear. If you ask for ‘heavy duty’-  that also entails a heavier blade and swing weight.  Generally heavy duty wood blades are only needed for places where there’s a high amount of rock contact-  like bony creeking or raft guiding in Colorado or New York. You  can also decide on light or dark veneers- or even specific veneers for  the tips.
  • If you want a super beautiful paddle consider a Decorative Veneer  from Taiki Sugawara ($50).
  • Decide if you would like light or dark colored wood. Single blade paddles can have different wood for the T-Grip.
  • Also consider if you’d like me to include a  special saying, your name and phone number inscribed under the fiberglass on the blade (no extra charge). 
  • For custom grip sizing and Veneers, snail mail me a tracing of your hand and/or a sketch or printout of your veneer idea.
  • Ultimately you can be as specific as you want!
Don't Forget to Send a Deposit... here is how
To get your paddle started you need to Fill out the form below and send a 50% deposit.
You can mail me a check at: Jim Snyder, 3567 N. Preston Hwy., Albright, WV 26519
or use the button below- you must enter the amount of your payment when you are taken to paypal:
  • Any kayak paddle: $650 = $325 Deposit
  • Any single bladed paddle $350 (except for SUP $400) = Either $175 or $200 Deposit
  • Striding paddles cost $750 = $375 deposit
About a week before your paddle is done I will contact you and you can send the balance due and shipping charges.
SHIPPING COSTS (US Priority): West of the Mississippi: Kayak paddle $40/Canoe/raft paddle $35 East of the Mississippi: Kayak paddle $35/Canoe/raft paddle $30
Shipping to the UK or Japan costs $75.
Please Note! If you have a specific ‘must have’ due date- be sure to let me know.They take at least 5 weeks and sometimes up to 10 if I am really busy.
If You have Special needs or requests, you can fill out the form below before paying and/or we can discuss pricing over the phone: 304-329-3310 anytime before 9 in the evening.
Fill Out the Online Order Form

If you prefer to download and print the form to mail to me: Downlaod RivrStyx Order Form.

You may fill out this form to get the process started. Please note that a deposit is required to begin your paddle. See above for information.

 

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