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  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.
Early on I had an AT full carbon, but a friend lost it in a strainer, while paddling with me, and wanted to try it out. Last time I lent my carbon to anyone.
I have an AT with a carbon shaft and fiberglass blades and 3 all carbon. I prefer my bent shafts due to the ovality at the grip site. For this person, weight really matters for the comfort it gives over heavier paddles. You can tell the difference, especially when paddling for 5-6 hours at a time. It isn't about being 'snobbish', it's about having a good day.
I've had two carbon blades repaired for me by a friend. I finally learned to use caution when pushing off.

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