Looking for a bomber paddle?
I went through several werner fiberglass blades. I love the bentshaft werner grip, and in general they were good paddles. By the end of one season of colorado mank, the blades where missing a couple of inches and power was noticeably gone.
Decided to try out the werner carbon fiber shogun. At first I loved the shogun. Lots of power, very light. I did get a warning about brittle failure and the paddle snapping prior to buying one, which I shrugged off.
After breaking one blade of a shogun in 1/2 on SSV and snapping another shogun in 1/2 after chocking it between two rocks on the lead in to starter fluid, I'm wondering about this brittle fracture issue.
I'm thinking maybe a paddle that is stonger and more flexible would withstand the beatings encountered on creeks. While chocking my paddle was a boneheaded move on my part, it made me wonder which paddles are the most durable to long term creeking abuse.
I paddled most of the big south with a crappy aquabound breakdown that was flimsy and felt weird in my hands. Made me not really want to attempt that again.
Any thoughts on what the ultimate paddle is for durability and reliability in the colorado mank arena? I generally prefer bentshafts, 30 degree offsets, and powerful blades, but I am open to suggestions.