I've been considering a Northern Lights 3-piece GP for some time, since I have a Feathercraft Wisper and need a paddle that can break down small enough to pack with the kayak for airline travel.
I've used two shoulderless GPs for 6 years (a regular and a 72" storm) and greatly prefer them over any other paddle. I've also used other GP's, also all shoulderless. like the FC Klatwa. The Northern Lights GP is shouldered and it is made to convert to a storm by omitting the middle section. This creates a paddle with 6.5" of loom between the shoulders. Paddling with my unshouldered storm I use a sliding stroke. Anybody have experience using such a tight shouldered GP -- how does the shoulder affect using a sliding stroke?
Overall, is there any advantage to a shouldered paddle vs unshouldered?
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Posted by: radskierman on Jun-06-13 5:13 PM (EST)
Got mine a month ago, had been using paddles in WRC from Don Beale. Shoulderless. I've never used a storm paddle, and even out 2 weeks ago in gusts to 30 knots, the regular GP was fine. So I don't know if I get the need for a short storm paddle. But I will probably at some point take the loom out, convert to storm configuration and see what that's all about. maybe if for no other reason than it would fit better on my foredeck for a spare. So I can't address the storm paddle question. I can tell you that now I actually prefer the shoulder. It's automatic in getting to the 'home' position. I also find it easier to use a canted stroke with the shoulder. The paddle quality by the way is superb, I got mine with the white epoxy edges, looks really nice and gives a little bit of protection. It does however, chip off a little easier than I anticipated. probably need a good touch up at the end of the season.
Posted by: Kudzu on Jun-06-13 6:15 PM (EST)
are thinking alike. I've also been looking at the Northern Lights paddle so I can travel easily. What's not to like about shoulders? Besides getting the cant 'dialed in' easily, sunscreened slippery hands are not an issue. I 'cant' think of anything negative about a shouldered paddle.
FYI NLP Shoulderless|
Posted by: medawgone on Jun-06-13 7:25 PM (EST)
I have had a NLP 3 piece since they where first introduced.It is my favorite greenland in the paddle quiver.I recently sold a first generation paddle and up dated to a newer model.
Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-07-13 12:12 AM (EST)
I appreciate the pragmatic feedback from NLP users. I admit I've been also tempted by the Novorca paddles for the beauty of their jewel-like color options, but a 3 piece one of his would cost more than some of my kayaks have! The NLP's have their own sleek beauty.
it's on the way (eventually)|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-10-13 12:17 AM (EST)
Placed the order Friday for an NLP 84" GP. Just have to wait to find out when they'll be able to ship it. Ordered it from Lyle Hancock at Folding Kayak Adventures in Colorado -- he told me he just got back from using a Northern Lights GP for the first time on his latest guide trip to Alaska and loved it. Says he is finding he doesn't want to use a standard type "spoon blade" paddle any more. Another GP addict is born!
Posted by: gnarlydog on Jun-12-13 10:29 PM (EST)
I have been testing the new shoulderless Northern Light paddle for a few weeks and found it an absolute delight. The blades are not as wide as the standard GP, the edges are very fine and the loom/blade transition is smooth.
Hope I like it|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-13-13 9:27 AM (EST)
Posted by: landsharc on Jun-13-13 10:32 AM (EST)
I dont want to start wars but this might. I can understand the NLP for travel purposes but thats as far as it goes for me. I have used many different brand paddles in wood and 3 different brands in carbon fiber. The NLP is my least favorite of every one, including the wood. As far as shoulder vs. shoulderless storm paddle, I've used both and can't personally say that it mattered which one i used although my shoulders are soft.
Posted by: jsmarch on Jun-13-13 10:15 PM (EST)
Novorca makes a 2 and a 3 piece paddle. They're probably the closest CF paddle to a Lumpy, which is what I use most of the time. More expensive than NL, but some folks like them better...
Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-14-13 12:30 AM (EST)
I've admired the Novorcas for a while too, but $600 for a 3-piece is a little more than I can justify at the moment.
Posted by: Fadedred on Jun-14-13 9:27 AM (EST)
is made in the USA , one at a time....NL is made in China, mass produced. the vote is with the money.....many jobs have been lost over the years,
Northern Light Paddle - No Argument |
Posted by: recluse on Jun-21-13 10:01 AM (EST)
As Little as I Travel|
Posted by: Kudzu on Jun-21-13 10:16 AM (EST)
I think it'll be more cost effective (and pleasurable) just to ship my Lumpy to Utah and back.
Posted by: gnarlydog on Jun-14-13 4:21 AM (EST)
the shoulderless is apparently in production but not on the NLP website yet.
copyrights and imports|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-14-13 9:57 AM (EST)
Gnarly, I wouldn't pinch your images (that's why I asked). Both my siblings are artists and one is married to a renowned professional fine arts photographer -- also have several close friends who make their living selling their artwork. I respect the value of individuals' creative property. Have you considered publishing an annual calendar with your sea kayaking images? Even if it had sponsor ads on it, I'd love to have some of your shots to look at on the walls of my dismal office cube.
Posted by: Fadedred on Jun-14-13 6:59 PM (EST)
pinching your images equate with pinching ones Ideas?
Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-15-13 1:29 PM (EST)
Yeah, that's a tough one (somebody else capitalizing on your idea). Pretty much the basis for most of the Chinese economy. And also what separates successful entrepreneurs from those of us with great ideas who don't bother to patent them.
Posted by: gnarlydog on Jun-17-13 12:16 AM (EST)
I find the concept of pinching interesting.