Accent Transformer Paddle E-mail
Written by Tony Hart   
Friday, 08 March 2013 20:07

DSCF0141 The Accent Paddles Transformer is, to say the least, a multi-function paddle. It can be easily converted from a traditional kayak paddle to a SUP paddle, a push pole, or stake out pole. It pretty much encompasses solutions to anything that can be thrown out at a kayak angler. With that in mind, it's an understatement to say that I was anxious to try out the paddle in question. I asked Luke Hopkins, of Accent, where the Transformer idea started. "The Accent transformer completes the concept of versatility with the ability to transform from a kayak paddle to a stand up paddle to a push pole and finally into an anchor pin for parking in shallow water without an anchor, with ease and quickness while out on the water," he said.

At first glance, the paddle looks very appealing. When I first picked it up and held it in my hand, it seemed a little heavy. Indeed, the paddle weighs in at 36oz. It's made with a fiberglass shaft with nylon blades that are reinforced with fiberglass. I was pleasantly surprised at the paddle when using it out on the water. The initial concern with the weight was quickly an afterthought, as the paddle cuts through the water with incredible ease. The paddler almost has a feeling of gliding along at a very easy pace. At 240cm, the paddle is plenty long enough for the widest of kayaks, and propels the angler with the easiest of paddle strokes.

The switch from a traditional kayak paddle to a SUP paddle is a quick change; the process is completed by simply using the push tabs with your thumbs to release the paddle blade and replacing it with the SUP handle. The SUP paddle fits very comfortably in your hand, has an ergonomic feel, and makes poling the flats, or simply standing up in your kayak to paddle, a breeze. The push pole/stake-out pole feature of the paddle is a two-piece system, wherein the kayaker simply switches out the paddle blades with the handle and point of the push pole. In theory, the push pole idea is sound, but I found the incarnation to be too short to be used  DSC00439 effectively. When poling the flats, I had to squat to be able to use it correctly. Measuring 6'9", it's quite long enough as a stake out pole, but would need to be extended a few more feet to become an effective push pole.

Overall, I found the Accent Transformer Paddle to be a very well made product, with some excellent features. The ability to have a paddle with so many different uses in one system definitely has its pluses. The paddle encompasses a push tab, as well as the traditional push button system on the paddles for quick and easy interchanging while on the water. The shaft of the paddle system also has a measuring ruler marked clearly ranging all the way to 40 inches. The price tag is very reasonable, as well, at $239. I would highly recommend this paddle to any kayak angler looking to upgrade or get started in the sport.


  

TonyHart Tony Hart is an avid kayak angler from NE Florida. He is currently on the Pro Staffs for Feel Free Kayaks, Saltwater Assassin, Accent Paddles, MTI Adventurewear, Yak Gear, and Overboard Fishing Rods. Tony is also part owner of Overboard Fishing Rods, and owner of River City Kayak Fishing, a guided kayak charter service in NE Florida. Tony spends his free time sharing his passion of kayak fishing with his 2 small sons.

 

 

 

 

 

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