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  Carbon fiber paddle shafts are known
  Posted by: ezwater on Apr-21-13 12:43 AM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Apr-21-13 12:43 AM EST --

for occasional catastrophic failure if they get nicked or abraded into the fiber matrix. I would expect carbon fiber poles to have the same problem. I protect my carbon fiber paddle shafts by having the maker(s) put 18" of shrink down tubing over the lower part of the shaft. I don't see a way to use such a precaution on a carbon fiber pole.

Aluminum poles feel colder than carbon. Wear gloves in cold weather. T6061 aluminum poles have a low failure rate, and while they may bend, they can be bent back.

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