I need a new paddle

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I need a new paddle

Post by GrisGris » Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:18 pm

What does everyone else like.
I'm paddling a Shaman and tend to beat up my paddles especially when clawing my way back up to a play spot.
I have been using a war club Schlegal but the tip finally wore out.
I'm not concerned with weight only durability.
Suggestions?
Thanks

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Re: I need a new paddle

Post by Roy » Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:44 pm

Glass shaft, S/K blade, aluminum tip, Norse. Tough, very tough.

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Re: I need a new paddle

Post by Peter K. » Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:34 pm

I've been abusing my Echo carbon for years and only had it refinished once. The wood laminate creek stick seems even more durable.

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Re: I need a new paddle

Post by kaz » Sat Sep 17, 2016 7:45 pm

Norse "Millbrook" model in stock here.
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Re: I need a new paddle

Post by kaz » Sat Sep 17, 2016 7:48 pm

I also have a slightly used Norse for sale. Heavier duty, no metal tip, 57". $100.
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Re: I need a new paddle

Post by Sir Adam » Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:25 pm

Norse are bomber. My 'guide stick' for pushing rubber is still going strong after 20+ years.

Now what do I use? well, I really like my Echo (Concept), but I like light paddles with great water feel.
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Re: I need a new paddle

Post by Paddle Power » Sun Sep 18, 2016 5:25 pm

A Rough Stuff paddles have the right name.
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Re: I need a new paddle

Post by Sir Adam » Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:51 am

I would have mentioned Rough Stuff, but last time I checked they were out of business. Are they back? For abusing paddling my Savage C1 stick (Rough Stuff) is a great blade. Not as nice water feel, but light and I could probably chop wood with it.
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Re: I need a new paddle

Post by GrisGris » Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:30 pm

thanks for the intel
I remember a lot of the Gauley folks paddling Norse 20 years ago
Glad they're still around
I'll look Roughstuff next.
Kaz, what does the Millbrook look like? Couldn't find it on your site.
And what length is the used one.
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Re: I need a new paddle

Post by kaz » Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:41 pm

Gris,
Sent you an email.
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Re: I need a new paddle

Post by arhdc » Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:53 am

Norse are Bomber, dig your fire pit, shovel snow, go to war on a Viking warship bomber. Compression molded glass blade with aluminum tip.
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Re: I need a new paddle

Post by Roy » Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:02 pm

Well, there were the totally-old-school Norse paddles made in PA by Rich Brown. They were aluminum shaft (covered in Dynel), glass blade, aluminum tip paddles. On a case-by-case basis, he would build you any size blade and would make the blade out of any fabric you sent him. Long before Kevlar blades showed up in his "catalog," you could send him some fabric, and he would build you a blade. I expect he would make sticks without the aluminum tip, if you asked.

Today, Norse Paddles makes that same old-school paddle...mostly for raft guides, I expect.

But they also make paddles with fiberglass shafts, have an S-glass/Kevlar blade option, and make them without the aluminum tip. You seem to be able to mix and match just about any design element.

If I was in the market for a bomb-proof straight-blade paddle, I would probably go with the glass shaft Norse.

BTW: I think Rough Stuff has been out of business for quite some time. I have one of their paddles, and found it prone to tip wear (like the Warner Bandit).

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Re: I need a new paddle

Post by Bruce Farrenkopf » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:16 pm

H2O Paddles. Very tough. I may wear out before this paddle does. :D

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Re: I need a new paddle

Post by GrisGris » Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:14 pm

I went with a Werner Bandit. I was totally sold on Norse and about to order one but a shop here in Missoula had the Bandit for 20% off and rather than wait a couple of weeks and pay the shipping I went for it. I doubt it is as bomber as a Norse but it sure smokes that Schlegal war club I'd been using.

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Re: I need a new paddle

Post by Bruce Farrenkopf » Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:59 pm

Good choice for a performance paddle.

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