The Papio has quickly become our most popular blade for both the OC1 and OC6. We wanted to create a lightweight blade with a substantial bite and clean release, so we shortened the overall length and kicked out the width to provide a clean, strong catch throughout the power phase. The Papio is the perfect balance between weight, strength, and performance.
The blade is constructed of a combination of lightweight woods such as Balsa, Cedar, Basswood, and White Pine. We use a vertical shaft for unparalleled strength. Carbon fiber and fiberglass mesh add strength and protection to the blade. Our special edging adds protection and longevity to the paddle's edge without chipping or cracking. Our "D" grip handle adds comfort as well as an ergonomic advantage throughout the stroke. Our dihedral adds strength and stability throughout the entire power phase. The Papio comes in both straight and double-bend shafts. You can color coordinate both the edging and Kai Ko'o sticker to your liking.