Train Smarter With Power

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Do you want to improve your performance on the water?

Each and every paddlesport athlete strives to increase their performance, whether it is to set a new personal best or to win an Olympic medal.

To improve performance, the science is simple - the more energy you output, the faster the boat can go.

The challenge for the paddlesport athlete is to increase their fitness and strength such that they improve their energy output and to convert as much of that energy into forward motion.

Achieving these objectives starts with being able to accurately measure and track your energy output.

Unlike heart rate monitors, which measure the body’s response to intensity, or GPS speed measuring devices, which are affected by environmental conditions, a power meter provides you with a direct measurement of your energy output (power).

Why Power?


Cyclists have been training with power for years, and it is easy to see why.

"First Patented in 1987, the SRM PowerMeter gave the cycling world one of its greatest innovations for performance based training tools. Training by the metric of power allows for [athletes] to have truly objective data based on their performance, rather than rely on heart rate, speed and perceived exertion." - SRM GmbH

"Warm or cold weather, caffeine, quality of sleep, level of stress at work or at home, hydration level, allergies, altitude, and even nutrition can all effect heart rate reading during exercise. Power data however remains constant and can give insights into residual fatigue from a previous workout, as well as when you are performing at your best!" - SRM GmbH

Identify Your Strength and Weaknesses

Determine the power demands that led to being dropped off the wash, or not being able to win a sprint finish. Each one of these scenarios provides more data and better illustrates the demands of our sport, thereby setting the bar for the next workout to be more powerful and more efficient.

For Pacing During Training and Racing

Knowing your maximum average power and learning how to pace off that number can lead to better race-day performance! Don’t blow up in the first 25% of the paddle because you can paddle faster at the beginning. Pacing can delay the onset of fatigue from endurance events and allow for a faster average speed.

Focus your Training on the Demands of the Race

How many kilojoules of energy are required for the paddle leg of your next race? Races can be trained for specifically by recording the demands of the event. Knowing how hard you have to push on race day can make your training intervals that much more precise, as well as meaningful. Showing up at your event knowing you have trained properly can give you a mental advantage as well as physical.

Determine Equipment Efficiencies

Efficiencies for equipment type and set-up, such as paddle length and boat trim can be measured with a power meter. Having the controlling variable of power can show the performance advantages of equipment and its effect on velocity, heart rate, and even perceived exertion. Professionals and amateurs alike can reap this benefit simply by setting up their own tests and marking the changes in performance.

Identifying Trends in Training

Analyzing data over time can identify trends in performance - good or bad. Can you train for 3 days in a row and still maintain the same power output? Do you need 1, 2 or 3 days of recovery following a race weekend? What workouts and power values were you seeing in the weeks leading up to the best event of your season? Identifying trends in training is one of the best ways to predict performance in the future..

Allow Your Coach to View Your Training Under a Microscope

Having a recorded power file from a training paddle or race can give your coach greater insights into your physical capabilities. A 2 hour paddle at 200 watts is very different from a 2 hour paddle at 150 watts. Now your coach can have a better understanding of your training and see the details of each ride as though he/she was right there with you.

Standard & Pro Models

Real-time Data

Feedback as you Paddle

As you paddle your Power, Power Balance (left stroke vs. right stroke power distribution) and Cadence (stroke-rate) will be displayed in real-time on any compatible ANT+ display, updated every second.

Compatible Displays

Garmin Forerunner 310XT, 910XT, 920XT; Garmin EDGE500, EDGE510, EDGE520; Suunto Ambit2 (S); Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, S5 & S6 and many, many more.

Record your Training Data

You can record these metrics on your ANT+ display alongside your GPS boat speed and heart rate. You can then use software such as Garmin Connect™, Strava™ or TrainingPeaks™ to view your data and analyze your performance.

Pro Model Only

High Speed Data

Individual Hand Forces

Using the High Speed Data mode, you can record your Power, Pushing Hand Force & Pulling Hand Force at 50 times a second.

Wireless Downloading

The High Speed Data is stored on the paddle and can be wirelessly downloaded.

Technique Analysis and Stroke Symmetry

Upload your High Speed Data to our Analysis App; select the section of data you want to analyze and additional metrics will be displayed.

Testimonials

Join the paddlers who are training smarter

  • “The Kayak Power Meter has been hugely beneficial for me over the last year, allowing me to see quantitative improvements in my strength and endurance!”

    — Callum Gilbert (Slalom athlete - New Zealand)

  • “Training with power helps you plan a workout, a group of workouts, and indeed a whole season. It can provide consistent data that you can track over time, and to keep you focused during an individual effort. I try to use it in most sessions, as the data review later always provides some new glimpse of data that can suggest improvement ideas.”

    — Robert Lee (Sprint athlete - Japan)

  • “I've used the Kayak Power Meter for a number of training sessions and it has worked really great! I also did some speed/power tests when I was selecting my next surfski by completing 1000m trials at specific power outputs - so I already see great potential and I believe it will be a great tool.”

    — Danny Hallmén (Sweden)

  • “I believe training with power and getting live feedback is an amazing tool to help develop a better technique and to train more efficiently. This type of information will help develop world champions.”

    — Teneale Hatton (5 x World Champion - New Zealand)

  • “As part of the New Zealand Olympic Canoe team, I have been able to watch One Giant Leap develop the Kayak Power Meter into a device that can help athletes excel. The Kayak Power Meter offers a real edge for paddlers: It can help you train more effectively, race smarter and get the most out of your team-boat partnership. All this adds to being more competitive on the water.”

    — Darryl Fitzgerald (Olympic Mens K2 Finalist - New Zealand)