Your Favorite Paddle Material?
Posted by: NewbTastic on Sep-27-12 9:18 AM (EST) Category: Paddles
Let's see, what have we got here... nylon/various plastics, fiberglass, carbon, kevlar, carbon-kevlar, wood.
What do you prefer and why?
And btw, how many ppl here have ever broken a carbon paddle? They're certainly uber-light, but I always worry they could be brittle, too.
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Foam core carbon|
Posted by: Celia on Sep-27-12 9:32 AM (EST)
It's like dry suits. Once you get used to how light they are, it is worth the money to take a risk with them.
carbon double blade|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-27-12 9:52 AM (EST)
when you have to hold the whole blade up all day, weight matters.
Carbon...and you'll never go back|
Posted by: MCIMES on Sep-27-12 10:20 AM (EST)
Carbon all the way. I went from a relatively light Wenonah Quetico wood paddle at 20oz to a 11oz ZRE whitewater then to a 8.5oz ZRE light and now even the 11oz feels heavy =( you dont feel the weight so much on the stroke but when I switch sides its amazing how much faster and better the light paddles feel. some people say carbon is too stiff but I disagree.
Posted by: mvbrando on Sep-27-12 10:26 AM (EST)
in the carbon column. - single blade, straight shaft please.
cedar, for now|
Posted by: willowleaf on Sep-27-12 10:32 AM (EST)
For now my favorite is a five-lamination Western Red Cedar Greenland with a tung-oil/varnish finish like a baby's bottom -- light and well balanced and feels so good in my hands I hate to wear gloves. But that may change if Santa Claus brings me the emerald green carbon-fiber Novorca I've been lusting for.
Posted by: dc9mm on Sep-27-12 11:41 AM (EST)
carbonb haft, glass blades|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Sep-27-12 11:45 AM (EST)
Most of the paddles I and my girlfriend use are carbon shaft and glass glades. Part of that is we want bright colored blades, as we have found the blades to be the most visible part of a kayaker and we live in an area know for fog. So we trade off slightly heavier paddles for more visibility.
colors are an option with carbon fiber|
Posted by: willowleaf on Sep-27-12 12:53 PM (EST)
It can be any color -- at least one company makes pure white and one, Novorca, makes any color you want as well as many you could never dream of. Of course they are either Greenland or Aleut style.
Full carbon, probably with foam core|
Posted by: Yanoer on Sep-27-12 1:17 PM (EST)
blade, since most in my quiver seem to have a foam core.
I prefer carbon|
Posted by: RedCrossRandy on Sep-27-12 1:35 PM (EST)
, but having said that, I've managed to break both of mine. Once in a race I got a little too agressive pushing off a gravel bar in the suck water and-"crunch" went the paddle right where the blade meets the shaft. Broke my other Zav Outrigger with the dreaded tailgate crusher of my pick up truck. Both were expertly repaired in a week by sending them off to Jim Jenkos of J&J Canoes in NY. I expected a much heftier price tag for the repairs than what he charged.
Wood or carbon...or both (nm)|
Posted by: openboater on Sep-27-12 3:59 PM (EST)
Western Red Cedar|
Posted by: radskierman on Sep-27-12 4:50 PM (EST)
In a GP. It just feels right.
WRC in an Aleut|
Posted by: bartc on Sep-27-12 5:08 PM (EST)
Not only does it feel "right" to my hands, it also is ridiculously light. Racers who use carbon and have picked up my cedar paddle are usually very impressed!
Western Red Cedar|
Posted by: Kudzu on Sep-27-12 5:16 PM (EST)
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Sep-27-12 5:28 PM (EST)
Posted by: CapeFear on Sep-27-12 5:29 PM (EST)
Started with glass shafts, glass blades, and plastic blades, and have gone down the line like many through fiberglass, wood, carbon, foam core carbon, combinations of carbon shaft with wood blades, wood with carbon finished blades.
ZRE carbon for canoe paddles|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Sep-27-12 6:27 PM (EST)
However, I recommend their flexible shaft, which many people don't now about, for anyone who is concerned about slightly moderating the repetitive impact on shoulder and elbow joints and getting closer to the feel of a wood shaft.
I like wood|
Posted by: PJC on Sep-27-12 6:33 PM (EST)
but that's for canoeing and not racing. I own two kinds of Grey Owl bent shafts (14 and 12 deg) and a cherry beaver-tail Tripper (my favorite). I also have and like my Sawyer ceder voyageur. Still have my old Grumman originals also, though I don't use them so much anymore.
Posted by: radiomix on Sep-27-12 7:13 PM (EST)
Carbon kayak, light wood or carbon canoe.
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Posted by: yknpdlr on Sep-27-12 7:26 PM (EST)
If you have never broke a paddle ...|
Posted by: seadart on Sep-27-12 8:58 PM (EST)
you are not having enough fun.
Posted by: baldpaddler on Sep-27-12 9:25 PM (EST)
I have broken wood paddles and Carbon paddles. Per milage of useage I have had much better service from the carbon.6-7000 miles per incidence on carbon (stupidity both times) Wood under a 1000 miles per incidence.
Q on carbon weight...|
Posted by: NewbTastic on Sep-27-12 11:14 PM (EST)
Posted by: radiomix on Sep-28-12 8:24 AM (EST)
Of the responses here with carbon are talking about single blades. Zre has perfected the carbon single blade paddle, they make them at weights that make it feel like a tennis racket or ping pong paddle.
Posted by: jbernard on Sep-28-12 10:14 PM (EST)
you are considering the carbon Shuna then you need to take a serious look at the Cyprus. In my opinion the foam core blades are head and shoulders above non-foam blades. YMMV
Posted by: rblturtle on Sep-28-12 6:21 AM (EST)
I have carbon and several other wood paddles,but I really like Bending Branches Black willow paddles. They are real lite for a wood paddle,fairly tough,look nice, feel good in the water and are reasonably priced. The Expresso plus straight and Navagator dubble are my facorits.I don't know if anybody else uses this wood.
My plastic paddles, bought in the early|
Posted by: shirlann on Sep-28-12 7:14 AM (EST)
days are for the grandkids, my son, his wife, and their friends who not too kind to them when paddling.
Posted by: gibsonra on Sep-28-12 8:07 AM (EST)
I have three carbon paddles that I love. For racing or extremely long distances where weight becomes and issue I like carbon. For feel in my hands I like wood best. Specifically sassafras. It is springy and soft that is super comfortable. It also stays cool in the sun and warm in the winter.
Posted by: tsunamichuck1 on Sep-28-12 10:24 AM (EST)
i WAS eating.|
Posted by: radiomix on Sep-28-12 10:54 AM (EST)
Hmmmm, Tough Question|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-28-12 11:30 AM (EST)
First off, I've broken several wooden paddles, but been using carbon ZRE's quite a bit since 2003 and never broke one. And I paddle mostly rivers, 99% of the time paddling very abrasive, rocky waters.
Wooden paddle for me .......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Sep-28-12 7:21 PM (EST)
Posted by: jbernard on Sep-28-12 10:07 PM (EST)
Broke a wood paddle once. Never been able to break my Ikelos despite years of aggressively trying.