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Submitted: 07-22-2013 by Matt M
I have paddled with my Superior two-piece "88 inch" paddle for a year. It actually is ~3/8 inch shorter than the requested length, for starters. Perhaps the two piece starts off as a one piece that is then sectioned, but the difference seems a bit high. The paddle was returned to remove a loose piece of core rattling in one section.
Overall finish was very good, except for the blade tip profiling. It is also evident that two halves are glued together, and there is no fiber reinforcement across the joint (eg. no tip or edge armor). This makes for a fine edge, but it is also fragile (one tip has cracked from a glancing strike on a submerged stump).
The Lendal joint is a bit finicky, probably due to the nature of carbon-carbon friction. I find it best to pre-wet the joint before tightening the screw only moderately to eliminate rotation. It is not up to the job of making a completely rigid paddle.
What other reviewers have said about rolling and bracing performance is spot-on. It has a very firm catch for a greenland paddle, and is also very buoyant for the static brace. I would give it a ten except for the quality issues, which are not easily excused at that price.
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