Submitted: 02-19-2003 by brancher
I have owned a Lendal Paddlock system for over 2 years, used the crankshaft with both the N12 Nordkapp blades and the Prepreg Carbon Kinetic Touring blades.
On the plus side, the crank shaft is great. Mine is the EG1 fiberglass shaft, and with the N12 blades it's heavy. But once I put the Kinetic Touring blades on, this paddle has become my 'bread and butter' paddle for trips, demos, and paddling in all sorts of conditions. The total weight is only about 26 oz with the prepreg carbon blades, and it provides an extremely good pull and no flutter, with plenty of lift for demos and not too much wind resistance.
On the down side, the blades will chip if treated too roughly, so I wouldn't pole vault off the bottom with 'em. They are not cheap - expect to pay a healthy price for this paddle. The paddlock kay (a small allen wrench) tends to break after a season or two.