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Old 06-08-2006   #1
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Hand paddles as breakdown?

Anybody use handpaddles as a breakdown/ back up for creeks or is that stupid?

Looking for a cheap alternative


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Old 06-08-2006   #2
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I use my actual hands as paddles-- you don't have to pull over, put 'em on, and they're even cheaper than powerpaws.

That being said I keep a real breakdown as if I'm not comfortable just using my hands, I'm probably not going to be comfotable with a pair of plastic bucket cut-outs either (another cheap option if you know anyone in the fast food business who can supply you with the raw materials)

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Old 06-08-2006   #3
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I've talked to a few people that use hand paddles as a back up. I guess the main thing is that the first time you use them should not be on the creek that just beat you down and broke / stole your paddle. If you can hand paddle well, its no big deal. My personal thought is that my breakdown is just as likely to be used by someone else as by me. Even if you know how to handpaddle, your buddy who just swam might not. I think it would be worth the extra $50-70 to get a breakdown paddle so that everyone in your group is covered. Broken / lost paddles are an eventuality and walking out sucks. I have only used my breakdown once for someone else, but it kept them from walking out and missing the rest of the trip.
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Old 06-08-2006   #4
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Parker you cheap ass,
When we boat together I bring a break down stuffed behind my seat.
Also get rid of that pos riot boat. that boat is the reason you'll need a breakdown.
Seriously, creeking is the only sport that I will buy what is the best, when you need it, you need it. Usually when there is a beat down, it gets complimented soon thereafter by another.

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Old 06-09-2006   #5
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I us them as a breakdown, but one might want to use them to paddle before you are faced with must make moves or long paddle outs.

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Old 03-21-2007   #6
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Hey dude! It's Jaimie from Steamboat! How in the world are you? When are you coming to visit? How is the ed?

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