Submitted: 11-27-2006 by mickjetblue
I had opportunity to test my new carbon Onno mid-tour paddle with adjustable ferrule in a couple of boats.
The workmanship is first rate, and the paddle has a solid feel to it. Feels like it is one-piece. Hard to believe.
The carbon blades and shaft return superb control when paddling. It is the performance and light weight that really make it a 10+. The matrix ferrule, with adjustable feather and length, works great.
A note about the shape of the blade - Most kayak blades on the market are shaped somewhat like spoons in their surface area, and this allows a paddler to use a shaft length slightly shorter than what would be used to have the full blade surface in the water when paddling without much of a sacrifice in performance. Whew.
The Onno touring blades, and others, are more rectangular, well, maybe like a trapezoid, in shape, and this means that the full surface area of the blade should be submerged when paddling to experience the total benefit of the blade. That benefit is very good from the mid-tour blade, and results in almost effortless cruising paddling with the potential for power when needed.
I recommend the matrix ferrule with adjustable length, and allowing a few cm on the long side. Might buy another next year.