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Submitted: 10-09-2007 by R69S

For those who take the time to learn its unique stroke and cadence, the traditional Greenland paddle is a viable alternative to more commonly used European designs. Many paddlers find the Greenland stroke more intuitive than that of the paddles they first learned to kayak with. Some folks also find them easier to initiate and maintain good torso rotation.

There are a number of fine craftsman offering superb custom made examples of these age-old paddle designs. Finding an excellent Greenland paddle at a reasonable price, however, is a taller task. The Mitchell Horizon fills this need very well. Made from a selection of fine woods finished with hi-gloss polyurethane, the care and craftsmanship that goes into this product is evident even to the casual observer.

Out on the water, where it counts, this Mitchell paddle performs very well. It's light, agile and responsive. The grip remains very good regardless of water temperature, either bare-handed or while using gloves. It moves smoothly in your hands, easily transitioning from a regular to an extended paddle position and back again. The blades enter and exit the water with almost no sound. Even after very long back-to-back days, you will find the Mitchell Horizon to be a winner from just about every viewpoint.

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