Anyone have any experience with these paddles? A big sale going on them at Backcountry.com. Around 32 oz & an adjustable ferule for $117? Are they really just cheap as all get out or a good buy?
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can't recommend them|
Posted by: nermal on Feb-27-09 12:31 AM (EST)
Out of the 20 or so Carlisle paddles I've been around, I've seen 15 of them with problems; ferrules breaking, blades falling off, shafts snapping. I'm not one to say everything a company makes is garbage, but I will no longer give them the benefit of doubt. Werner's most basic paddle, the Skaggit, runs full price at $130, is extremely well built, same adjustable ferrule as on their premium paddles and weighs 34 oz, but I bet will actually feel lighter than the Carlisle paddle due to a lower swing weight.
Beware the paddle labled "Carbon"|
Posted by: onnopaddle on Feb-27-09 11:17 AM (EST)
that weighs 2 pounds.
Posted by: YakOfSteel on Feb-28-09 11:42 AM (EST)
I wondered about that myself. I'm intrigued by your Surfcross. I want something I can use for both mild WW and still decent for slow moving current. I mostly paddle slow moving current around home, but plan to get into a bit more WW. I'd ultimately like to find something around 205cm with an adjustable ferule for angle and length to get up to maybe 215-220 with a blade like your Surfcross. That paddle would serve me well for multiple situations, I believe.
Posted by: Joe_O on Mar-01-09 10:01 PM (EST)
I totally agree with what Patrick from Onno just said. Some companies will use some carbon in either their shafts or their blades and the n refer to them as a "Carbon Paddle".
REI had 'em on sale for $70|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-01-09 11:46 PM (EST)
a few years ago. Couldn't move a one of 'em. Finally returned the whole lot. I thought they looked pretty slick, but didn't need a paddle at the time. Blue fiberglass. Cool.