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Pelican Poseidon Review

Affordable, functional and suitable for the casual kayaker who is not looking for a high-performance paddle
Pelican Poseidon
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Price:  $50 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Easy on the wallet, functional, indexed shaft
Cons:  Aluminum shaft transfers heat/cold, flexible blades, wobble in connection point
Manufacturer:   Pelican
By Sara James ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 19, 2021
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  • Performance - 40% 3
  • Ease of adjustment - 20% 5
  • Locking Mechanism Security - 15% 4
  • Weight - 15% 5
  • Durability - 10% 6

Our Verdict

If you are looking to get out on the water for a casual paddle and are reluctant to spend much money, this may be the paddle for you. Vibrant, functional, and very affordable, the Pelican Poseidon is a good choice for the occasional kayaker. The pre-curved polypropylene blades are prone to flexing, resulting in a less efficient paddle stroke. Those that are busy enjoying the scenery or scouting for fish, may not be bothered by this. If you are wanting to hone in your paddle strokes and crush long distances efficiently, consider a paddle made of higher quality materials.

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Pros Easy on the wallet, functional, indexed shaftVery sturdy and durable locking mechanism, smooth blade performance, easy to adjust, lightweightExceptional value, quality blade design, fiberglass reinforced nylon bladesAffordable, durable blade constructionVery economical, durable blade construction
Cons Aluminum shaft transfers heat/cold, flexible blades, wobble in connection pointIn the more expensive rangeHeavier than some models, locking mechanism prone to wobbleHeavy aluminum shaft, play in locking mechanismHeavy, locking mechanism wobbly, foam grips prone to slipping
Bottom Line Affordable, functional and suitable for the casual kayaker who is not looking for a high-performance paddleThis paddle consistently was a top performer across all metrics and it was not hard to select this paddle as a winnerThis well-designed paddle delivers outstanding value without sacrificing on performance or durabilityThis is an affordable entry-level paddle that can get you and your family out on the waterA budget paddle for those who want to get on the water but are not concerned about performance
Rating Categories Pelican Poseidon Aqua-Bound Sting Ra... Werner Baja Bending Branches Wh... SeaSense X-Treme II
Performance (40%)
3.0
8.0
6.0
3.0
2.0
Ease Of Adjustment (20%)
5.0
9.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
Locking Mechanism Security (15%)
4.0
10.0
5.0
6.0
4.0
Weight (15%)
5.0
8.0
5.0
5.0
4.0
Durability (10%)
6.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Pelican Poseidon Aqua-Bound Sting Ra... Werner Baja Bending Branches Wh... SeaSense X-Treme II
Measured Weight 1110 g 850 g 1070 g 1050 g 1190 g
Shaft Material Aluminum Carbon Fiberglass Aluminum Aluminum
Shaft Shape Round, Oval Round Round Round, Oval Round
Blade Material Plastic/fiberglass abX Carbon reinforced nylon Fiberglass reinforced nylon Polypropylene Fiberglass filled nylon blade
Blade Shape Asymetrical Dihedral, asymmetrical Dihedral, asymmetrical Dihedral, asymmetrical Asymetrical
Adjustment Style Push Button Posi-Lok® ferrule system Push Button Push button w/ basic ferrule Push button
Blade Offset Settings L60 0 R 60 0, 15, 30, 45, 60 L and R L45 0 R 45 L45 0 R 45 L45 0 R 45
Length Options 230 cm 210, 220, 230, 240, 250 cm 220 cm, 230 cm, 240 cm 220, 230, 240 cm 243 cm
Style Low-Angle Low-Angle Low-Angle Low-Angle Low-Angle

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Pelican Poseidon is about as inexpensive as they come, while still being suitable for use on the water. Due to its conductive properties, the aluminum shaft is more susceptible to temperature extremes, and it is likely you will want gloves if using this paddle on a cold day. Although advertised as a two-piece paddle, the paddle's shaft appears to be constructed from multiple shorter tubes that are pre-joined together. This design approach results in sharp edges where the tubes are joined which some paddlers found this to be uncomfortable on their hands. In addition, the pre-curved polypropylene blades are prone to flutter when put under duress, however, this is not likely to be of concern to the casual kayaker.

Performance Comparison


The Poseidon is a functional paddle but its performance won't be...
The Poseidon is a functional paddle but its performance won't be winning any awards, or you any races.
Photo: Sara James

Performance


The Poseidon paddle is functional and will enable you to travel from A to B with little concern, as long as there are no significant currents at play. This paddle is suitable for casual kayakers embarking on trips of less than two hours. When put under pressure (i.e in strong currents), you will notice that the polypropylene blades are prone to flex and flutter, reducing the effectiveness of your power strokes. This may not concern the recreational kayaker, however, if you are looking for a performance paddle, consider something with a more sturdy blade construction.

The edges produced by the seam lines on the aluminum shaft were...
The edges produced by the seam lines on the aluminum shaft were found to be bothersome to some testers.
Photo: Sara James

Due to its conductive nature, the aluminum shaft transfers heat and cold more readily than its rivals made of fiberglass or carbon fiber. When hot, a simple dunk in the water will usually be enough to address this issue, however on particularly cold days testers wished they had gloves on in order to make holding this paddle more comfortable. Another concern that we have with the shaft is the seam lines. Pelican uses multiple small tubes joined together to produce their shaft, this results in an 'edge' between each piece which some tester reported being uncomfortable on their hands, particularly during longer journeys.

A slight flutter can be felt in the blade when the paddle is put...
A slight flutter can be felt in the blade when the paddle is put under pressure.
Photo: Sara James

The polypropylene paddles are supposedly reinforced with fiberglass however testers felt that this blend was not up to the standard of other paddle blades made of the same materials. When put under pressure the blades were prone to bend, resulting in a less powerful stroke. Casual kayakers may not notice the difference until they pick up a paddle made of superior materials.

Ease of Adjustment


The snap button locking mechanism system utilized on this paddle is straightforward to use. By pushing on the metallic button and twisting the two pieces on either side, users are able to disengage the locking mechanism and adjust the feather of the paddle or disconnect the two pieces for travel.

The snap button system is relatively easy to use when the paddle is...
The snap button system is relatively easy to use when the paddle is new and your hands are not cold.
Photo: Sara James

This paddle can be set at a 0 or 65-degree offset. Unlike some paddles tested the length of this paddle cannot be adjusted, however, it is available in two different lengths.

Locking Mechanism Security


As with all the snap button locking systems tested, testers noticed some play between the two pieces of the paddle, even when the snap button is still engaged. Although this won’t prevent you from going kayaking, it does reduce the performance of the paddle.

Weight


The Poseidon paddle feels heavier to use than most paddles tested, predominately due to the aluminum shaft. Other paddles may weigh the same amount overall, however, by distributing the weight differently (i.e lighter shaft, heavier blades) they are able to deliver a better swing weight that feels lighter when in use.

With impact-resistant blades, you don't have to worry about hitting...
With impact-resistant blades, you don't have to worry about hitting your paddles on rocks.
Photo: Sara James

Durability


This was one metric that this paddle performed relatively well in. The plastic blades on this paddle faired well on our gravel text and although they were noticed to flex when put under pressure, no overall damage was observed. The durable blades are also able to withstand significant blunt force trauma so you don’t have to worry about them when kayaking in rocky environments, nor when transporting them in the back for your vehicle.

Value


Relative to other paddles on the market, this is a real steal. Costing less than half of most of the paddles available, the Poisden will get you floating on the water without sinking your bank balance.

One unique feature of the Posideon is the notches cut into the...
One unique feature of the Posideon is the notches cut into the bottom of the blades. This is designed to reduce the amount of water that trickles down your paddle.
Photo: Sara James

Conclusion


For those looking for the most affordable paddle possible, you may have just found your match. Functional, affordable, and available in a range of colors, the Pelican Poseidon is a bargain hunter's dream. If you expect kayaking to be your new favorite hobby, it may be worth investing a bit more in order to get a higher-performing product.

Sara James