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Old 05-23-2008   #1
Golden, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Feb 2008
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Cl Creek 1, AT 0 ...warranty?

We were racking up footage for Vertical Challenge yesterday on the Idaho Springs Town Run. It was low and mellow, but fun (and 300+ feet). I was dinking around, trying to do a wave wheel on a wave train. I flipped over, tucking quickly as I knew it was shallow.

Thunk! on the head. Another rock to the shoulder.

Anyways...I set up and right as I initiated my roll, my paddle jammed into boulder (and my boat shortly thereafter). So I bounced off and missed my roll. Two more thunks to the head, some good bottom drag as I set up again. But this roll attempt my paddle sliced right through the water...very oddly.

I reached up to see what was going on with my blade, and to my surprise, it was gone. By this time, I was tired of being a human river dredge, so screw the hand roll, I'm pulling the plug.

Anyways, long story short, does AT back up their paddles? The paddle was 5+ years old, so I understand that it will weaken over time, but I didn't really expect to break a carbon fiber shaft on such mellow water.

If not, anyone have a used AT for sale? This is prime vertical challenge time.

By the way, thanks to the Starbucks in Idaho Springs. As I stood out on the curb in the 48 degree rain, one-bladed paddle in hand, waiting for my buddies to come pick me up, Ms. Starbucks opened the drive-thru window.

"You look cold and wet! You want something to drink?"

"Yeah, sure, that'd be nice." A warm beverage to pass the time sounded alright.

"How about a water?"

Thanks for the ice water, Starbucks.

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Old 05-23-2008   #2
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That was nice of the coffee shop to give you some ice water. That sounds like it would hit the spot after a swim in the same.

I think 5 years for a paddle sounds pretty good. You probably beat the odds by not breaking it or losing it before now.

My score over 10 or so seasons is one weird day-glo European paddle that became too embarassing, two Werners KIA, and one AT MIA.

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Old 05-23-2008   #3
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Not a chance there. Warranties are generally good for the first year. After that, it's over. I broke a paddle going into an eddy once. There's nothing to say that the paddle didn't get weakened in a harder hit and finally pass the threshold.
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Old 05-23-2008   #4
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On his birthday nonetheless ... hope the rest of the evening was better, Troy.

I have an ancient Sidewinder you can use.
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