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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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 paddle as though he/she was right there with you.
Compatible with blades from most manufacturers including, but not limited to, Bracsa, Turbo, Galasport, Legend and Jantex
Manufactured with a stainless steel lever locking shaft clamp (selected for its corrosion resistance) and 5cm of length adjustment
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.
Garmin Forerunner 310XT, 910XT, 920XT; Garmin EDGE500, EDGE510, EDGE520; Suunto Ambit2 (S); Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, S5 & S6 and many, many more.
How can you improve the efficiency of your technique? Viewing your stroke profiles - power, pushing hand force & pulling hand force at 50 samples a second - will give you an insight into how to get more out of every stroke.
Imbalances in power and imbalances in hand forces between the left and right strokes highlight weaknesses or an improper paddle offset. Symmetry is important for compatibility with other athletes in a team boat, and it is the key to achieving a smoother boat run. High Speed Data will uncover whether any imbalances exist.
A team boat will perform at its best when each athlete is paddling in time with the rest of the crew. High Speed Data will show you the catch and exit timing of every athlete in the boat who is using a power meter.
“I'm using the Kayak Power Meter with our junior paddlers. They love the analysis app and the whole idea of being able to see their technique in numbers. The Kayak Power Meter is indeed one giant leap forward for paddling sport!”
— Cheryl Tay (Singapore)
“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 (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 (Japan)
“I took the paddle out this morning and did an FTP test. The power meter performed perfectly both through the test and also in capturing High Speed Data afterwards. It is a truly amazing bit of kit.”
— Tom Cronk (United Kingdom)
“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)