Melker of Sweden launches the Melker Arkö – an innovative paddle made with Bcomp’s technical flax fabrics. The Arkö is a unique paddle which unites innovative design, traditional craftsmanship, natural beauty, and technical performance of the highest level.
Since its inception in 2015, Värmland-based Melker of Sweden has had a vision of manufacturing innovative outdoor products with as little environmental impact as possible, without sacrificing neither performance nor design.
Leading the Way for Sustainable Paddling Equipment
With the Arkö paddle Melker continues to lead the way for innovation, sustainability, craftsmanship, and design. By combining the highest possible technical performance with the natural beauty of flax fibres they have created a very special paddle. The renewable and technically advanced ampliTex™ flax fabrics provide the excellent material properties for the well-thought-out design.
The medium-sized paddle with its balanced blade design meets most paddlers’ high demands for a primary paddle. It cuts through the water easily and rewards the kayaker with high power and speed. The blade shape offers precise control while the flax fibres add specific compliance, putting less strain on the shoulders and joints and allowing for a more relaxed paddle stroke.
Sustainable High-Performance Materials
The use of natural, high-performance flax fibres that are locally grown in Europe allows Arkö paddle to achieve the highest possible mechanical properties while significantly reducing its CO2 footprint. Melker chose to work with ampliTex™ technical fabrics to give the Arkö its lightweight but durable construction with optimal strength and stiffness. Choosing to use flax fibres naturally provides higher vibration damping which – together with the design – results in a paddle that feels distinctively different and is very easy to handle.
“With the Melker Arkö, we have combined our knowledge and experience in innovation, craftsmanship, design, and bio-based materials and created a completely unique paddle – a carefully designed partner for a life on the water,” says Pelle Stafshede, founder of Melker of Sweden.