Mitchell canoe paddles

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Mitchell canoe paddles

Post by keithcausey » Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:42 pm

Does anyone know a shop that might have Mitchell Premier carbon/carbon flat blade canoe paddles is stock. Factory says not in production at this time and no one I have located has any left. Thanks for any help, Keith

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Re: Mitchell canoe paddles

Post by Wendy » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:24 pm

I thought NOC had one in stock. Not sure what length they had.

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Re: Mitchell canoe paddles

Post by ezwater » Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:00 am

If you find one where the blade is glass-faced instead, consider taking it. My Mitchell slalom paddle is about 17 years old, glass faced, and the glass gives the blade a bit more flexibility than might be the case with carbon. Many times I've hooked a rock, and felt the blade bend and then slip loose without breaking. My Mitchell has maybe a 5 degree trail in the blade, relative to the shaft, and the blade (and carbon shaft) flexibility gives the effect of a 5 degree bent shaft when hammering hard.

The glass facing makes it easy to spot hidden damage within the blade, while with carbon you can't see it until it gives way. I don't know how much weight carbon saves, but my paddle is lighter by ounces than my carbon faced, carbon shaft Clinch River.

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Re: Mitchell canoe paddles

Post by keithcausey » Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:37 am

thank you both for your replies. Since I was thinking lighter was better I had elected to get the carbon/carbon but on strength of your experience with the wooden blade with figerglass facing, I changed my mind. NOC did have the Premier Carbon/Wood and I just ordered it. It is good to have folks that share their knowledge and experience. Keith

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Re: Mitchell canoe paddles

Post by ezwater » Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:17 am

Yeah, I haven't seen a flat blade Mitchell premier in a while, though Jon Lugbill won the Worlds with one back in '89.

I would think that the lens cross section usually seen in flat blade paddles would confer some extra stiffness and strength so that a glass facing might be more than sufficient. My curved blade Mitchell is so thin that it's kind of scary, and surprising that the glass facings have done the job for so long. What I lack in strength, I make up in weight and clumsiness.

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Re: Mitchell canoe paddles

Post by matt1 » Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:51 pm

you might contact peter mitchell, i just bought a paddle from him... nobody had quite what i wanted, and he got it to me in about 10 days.
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Re: Mitchell canoe paddles

Post by Pea Pod » Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:09 am

matt1 wrote:you might contact peter mitchell, i just bought a paddle from him... nobody had quite what i wanted, and he got it to me in about 10 days.
Ditto for me, when I was in Ontario, recently.

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Re: Mitchell canoe paddles

Post by TonyB » Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:18 am

try, blue mountain outfitters in Marysville, pa
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Re: Mitchell canoe paddles

Post by Paddle Power » Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:11 am

Try canoeing.com

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Re: Mitchell canoe paddles

Post by clt_capt » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:14 am

Paddle Power wrote:Try canoeing.com

http://www.shopcanoeing.com/collections ... dles-store" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Last time I purchased from them, the order had to be built by Mitchell and drop shipped to me. Just make sure that they have them in stock and not just special order.

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Re: Mitchell canoe paddles

Post by tm262 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:27 am

Give Peter at Mitchell a call. He hooked me up today!

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Re: Mitchell canoe paddles

Post by gradencic » Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:28 pm

Call Paul at Wind and Water boatworks in butler Pa

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