Photo by Tom Reilly
GAMUT PADDLE HOLDER
By supporting the weight of your paddle, the Gamut Paddle Holder reduces stress on your shoulders, back and joints. The rotating head on the support mount lets your paddle rotate in every direction, delivering a fluid, energy-efficient experience that requires less effort, strength and mobility. This makes Gamut well-suited for paddlers with rotator cuff injuries, hand, wrist or elbow stiffness, or other limitations such as arthritis.
Gamut comes with one of three support mounts that attach to most sit-in and some sit-on-top kayaks and can be easily removed when not in use. It works with both solo kayaks and tandems.
USE YOUR FAVORITE PADDLE
If you're a long-time paddler, chances are you've shelled out a pretty penny for your paddle. Now you can still reduce stress on your shoulders, back, torso and joints but not have to give up your baby! Gamut accepts both round and oval shafts. Use it on windy days or when you need to give your upper extremities a rest, or take it out of the mount and paddle regularly when you want! Paddles of at least 240 - 260 cm in length are recommended.
HOW IT WORKS
The Gamut mounted paddle holder works with the same patented mounts we use with our angled Versa Paddle, but we've designed a new component that lets you use the mount system with any paddle. The Gamut incorporates YakAttack's innovative RotoGrips to hold your paddle in place between two soft rollers. We include two Velco straps for even more paddle security. The system is perfect for paddlers who want to enjoy the fluid, energy-efficient benefits of a supported paddle but want to keep using their own favorite paddle
ACHES & PAINS
Stiff joints, arthritis and the aches and pains of aging lead some paddlers to conclude they have to give up kayaking. But by simply adding a paddle support like Gamut, they find they can continue to do the activity they love. Dozens of our customers are long-time paddlers of "a certain age" who've discovered they don't have to give up paddling after all.
Gamut works best when used with our Hinged Mount which fits on most sit-inside kayaks; if you have the option, we recommend using a sit-in kayak with our products.
We also offer the Plunger Base Mount & Spline or Plate Mount for use with some sit-on-top kayaks, however you do lose a degree of stability with these methods due to the absence of side stability arms.
See our mounts page for details.
We asked prospective and actual customers why they planned on using the Gamut Paddle Holder, and their answers ranged from shoulder injuries, fibromyalgia and partial or full paralysis on one side to arthritis, stiffness and absence of a hand or limb.
PRESERVE SHOULDER RANGE OF MOTION
For paddlers who've had shoulder surgery and rotator cuff problems, or who have paralysis or a missing limb, preserving any remaining shoulder function and range of motion (ROM) is imperative. You don't want to do any repetitive movement that compromises that function, such as raising your arm too high.
For this reason, the Gamut Paddle Holder is a terrific transitional solution. You're not bearing the weight of the paddle, so you're putting far less strain on your joints. And, if you choose, you can shift more energy into the stroke on your more dominant side so that you're putting less strain on your compromised side. Many of our customers are post-surgical paddlers and or people who are experiencing shoulder problems and thought they had to give up kayaking.
The Gamut kayak paddle holder does something no other kayak oar holder can – keeps your paddle securely and conveniently in place as you bait, cast or reel in a fish. Simply “let go” and your paddle stays put -- you don't have to worry about it falling in the water.
Paddle backwards just as easily. No more paddle leashes, wet laps, expensive pedal kayaks or balancing acts, and you can use your favorite angling paddle. The hinged mount track can also double as a camera or rod holder.
POWER & CONTROL
Paddlers who use the Gamut often times have enough strength to stroke through the water, but they find that having a mount to support the weight of the paddle makes all the difference. They also like the control that comes with using Gamut along with their own paddle. You can see how easily it sets up here.