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Paddle Grip

Post by Dave.E » Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:38 pm

Does anyone have any suggestions to add some grip to a paddle shaft? I tried some climbing tape but all the sticky eventually started coming through.

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Re: Paddle Grip

Post by woro90 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:57 pm

What kind of a grip? For bare hands? For gloves? How much of a grip? I wouldn't cover my paddle with sand as I like to slide my lower hand along the shaft according to what I need to do, sometimes mid-stroke. I understand that this is exactly what you don't want, do you?
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Re: Paddle Grip

Post by Shep » Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:58 pm

There was a long thread a while back on this. The stretchy-style electricians tape seemed to be favored by many, although that thread was about reducing shaft-wear, if I remember correctly.

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Re: Paddle Grip

Post by woro90 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:03 pm

Paddle solo, sleep tandem.

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Re: Paddle Grip

Post by Dave.E » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:17 pm

For gloves and bare hands.

Just looking something to leave on the shaft so its not all slippery. I had some climbing tape on it but the water made the sticky come through and would gum up my hands which I didn't like. I tried hockey tape and the same happened.

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Re: Paddle Grip

Post by busterblue » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:28 pm

I think this was the post that Shep referred do:
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I've been using the foamy-grip stuff that's made for bicycle handlebars. A little electrical tape at the top and bottom prevents it from unraveling. I initially used it for gription when wearing gloves. But now I use it all the time. The downside is that it's not very durable. I just wrap up about a 6-inch area--where my hand is 95% of the time. It doesn't stop me from changing my grip when needed. If you wrap too low, it will wear off against the gunnels.

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Re: Paddle Grip

Post by fez » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:59 pm

brush some epoxy on the shaft and put some fine powder (filler) or fine sand on it
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Re: Paddle Grip

Post by watermonkey » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:55 pm

Paddle wax.

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Re: Paddle Grip

Post by bkebs » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:09 pm

I put electrical tape wraps 3 inches apart on the shaft. It has worked well for a month. I used to be annoyed by my hand slipping on the shaft, but this has solved the issue for me.

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Re: Paddle Grip

Post by kaz » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:35 pm

100 grit sandpaper, AND, de-grease your hands with river mud before paddling.
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Re: Paddle Grip

Post by Larry Horne » Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:21 am

surfboard wax works great
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Re: Paddle Grip

Post by ian123 » Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:53 pm

I ve used cross country ski wax. It's grippy but it comes off and will make your gunnels black and sticky.

I find i only slip when I wear mitts. A short wrap of duct tape of gorilla tape helps. Take it off in the spring so your hands don't get sticky.
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Re: Paddle Grip

Post by Bill M » Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:35 pm

What Kaz said. My go to paddle has a dynel,I think, sleeve on the bottom half of the shaft. It seems to collect body oil, sun block etc so I also wash it with sand dirt. My bare wood shaft is much less slick.
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Re: Paddle Grip

Post by Bob P » Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:29 pm

Interesting... My lower hand never grips the shaft tightly. Having the shaft "sticky" would drive me crazy.
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Re: Paddle Grip

Post by Todhunter » Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:49 pm

Like Larry said, I use Sex Wax on my shaft. :P
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