i now have several GP'S all weigh different and i do understand why. my question is what seems to be the average on the WRC (western red cedar) . is under 2 lbs. average? or is that not likely? Just tossing it out there.
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My WRC GP weighs 31 oz|
Posted by: willowleaf on May-29-13 11:45 AM (EST)
It's 84" with 5 laminations. Since I have small hands the loom is narrower than most and it has no shoulders.
GP paddle weight|
Posted by: gstamer on May-29-13 3:28 PM (EST)
besides absolute weight|
Posted by: RavenWing on May-29-13 4:06 PM (EST)
there is swing weight, much as for Euro or wing blades. A nicely balanced greenland paddle that weighs a few ounces more might be much more satisfying to use than a lighter paddles whose swing weight is different and not as well balanced.
Posted by: thirstyturtle on May-29-13 7:48 PM (EST)
that is one reason i asked this question, is to better educate myself about my GP's . Currently have 2 AYC (Alaskan yellow cedar) one weighing slightly over 3 lbs, the other at 2.8 lbs. On long touring trips my thumbs crooks are pretty tender, was hoping my WRC will come in lighter for more comfort. I am learning more each time i ask questions though.
Alaskan Yellow Cedar vs. WRC|
Posted by: ret603 on May-30-13 10:35 PM (EST)
An Alaskan yellow cedar paddle will be a little heavier and a little stronger than WRC, however, WRC won't solve your soreness problem by itself.
source for info|
Posted by: willowleaf on May-30-13 12:00 PM (EST)
You'll find a lot of information on GP making over at the Greenland paddling forums on
Posted by: thirstyturtle on May-30-13 12:42 PM (EST)
qajaq.usa paddle survey|
Posted by: RavenWing on May-31-13 11:14 AM (EST)
I am a friend of the man who compiled it - a very skilled paddlemaker in wood and carbon btw - and I salute his efforts to compile data.
I would say that 2 lbs. is a good|
Posted by: dong on Jun-02-13 9:09 PM (EST)
average weight for wood greenland paddles. The weight will fluctuate up or down from there depending on the weight of the wood, size of the paddle and armor added to it.