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Old 07-25-2005   #1
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Best Paddle?

by opinion, what paddle do you think is the very best on the market right now (play or Creeker)..... Werner Double Diamond, Shogun, AT2, Woody Paddles, other suggestions? no matter what the price.....

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Old 07-26-2005   #2
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Old 07-26-2005   #3
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My opinion

Mitchell and Lendal both use a Double Torque bent shaft that is ergonomic and has an indexed right hand but a completely circular feel. It is like having the great grip you do on a straight shaft but at a more comfy angle.

I am using a Lendal 4 piece break down (double torque bent shaft) with Kinetic Power blades. Their Paddlock system makes a breakdown that is solid, with no minute movement at all! Jason Hale creeks these suckers and they don't break easily at all.

So I can carry a breakdown that is exactly what I usually creek with, and if I break 1 piece, it costs me 1/4 of what it would to replace the paddle (assuming I get the pieces back). Also, they ship you a piece, no more shipping the blade back to them. You can look at the shaft and locking system at, they do not have their whitewater blad shapes there but they do offer a variety. Mine looks similar to an AT 2 or Mitchell Kinetic (premier asymetric).

Mitchells are the nicest on the market,

My opinion,

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Old 07-26-2005   #4
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The Woody is by far the best paddle on the market. Solid wood core makes it the sturdiest paddle you can buy. Also, large paddle blades provide more power than any paddle I have ever used. Bent shaft and 15 degree offset make it really comfortable to paddle. On top of this, you can talk to Wayne Schonell (owner) and he will custom make it to assure the sizing and proportions are perfect for you. I've paddled a lot of different paddles (perception, AT, Waterstick, Bending Branches, Seven, and more) and this is hands down the best one I have ever used.
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NHINDS is lying- his favorite paddle is whatever KT decides to use on him during their lunch break.
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Old 07-26-2005   #6
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Woody, hands down. Count said it well...
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Old 07-27-2005   #7
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I personally like the lightning paddles. my old one lasted three more years after I bought it secondhand, and well used then! I just bought a new one and have no complaints so far!!
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Old 07-28-2005   #8
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I use only Fluid paddles now. They are custom made and tough as hell.

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