Gearlab Launches the Malik: A First-in-Kind Polypropylene Greenland Paddle

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For the past eight years, Gearlab has designed and manufactured Greenland-style carbon-fiber paddles for ocean kayakers around the world. Now, in an effort to expand the sport of open water ocean kayaking with Greenland-style paddles to new users, award-winning design development group Gearlab Outdoors presents a new entry-level polypropylene paddle called the Malik (named for the Inuit word for “smooth wave”).

Created by a team of award-winning industrial designers and outdoor enthusiasts, the paddles are adapted from indigenous Inuit designs. Greenland paddles allow kayakers to travel farther with greater efficiency and precision, while reducing injury and fatigue. Gearlab paddles perfect thousand-year-old ergonomics with advanced material strength and durability and open up a new realm of adventure for both recreational and advanced kayakers.

Gearlab’s core users are passionate and knowledgeable about the sport and its history, but the designers at Gearlab developed the perfect paddle to allow curious kayakers to experience the benefits of a leaner, longer paddle in open water at an introductory price.

Gearlab is known for technologically advanced performance carbon-fiber Greenland style paddles. Gearlab believes everyone, including veteran paddlers on Euro blades, should have the opportunity to try out and enjoy the benefits of a Greenland paddle.

The new Malik inherits many of the premium features of a Gearlab carbon-fiber paddle, such as the ProTek tips and D-Clip quick-release carbon fiber ferrule. The high impact polypropylene blade makes the paddle durable, ensuring a smooth and reliable paddling experience for new
users.

The Malik will come with three sticker colors available — yellow, orange, and teal — allowing any paddler to pick a vibe to match his or her personality. Every set of paddles also has special DIY stickers, a great way to express a paddler’s uniqueness. The Malik is an ideal solution for kayak clubs, touring services, kayakers fresh to Greenland-style paddling, or for use as a spare paddle.

Length: 210/220/230 cm

Weight: 990g ±30 g (For the 220 cm paddle)

Materials: polypropylene blade and carbon-fiber loom

The Malik and the new accessories will be launched at the Paddlesports Retailer this month in Oklahoma City OK, August 25th-29th, Booth 6X.