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Old 11-01-2005   #1
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Mitchell Paddles

Looking into the current quality of Mitchell paddles for a friend. Opinions? Likes? Dislikes?


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Old 11-01-2005   #2
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I have had a Mitchell paddle for about five years. For the past three it has hung on my wall because:
1. It's pretty
2. It's heavey
3. I broke a blade twice and both times the Mitchells charged me about 80 bucks to fix it (if I remember correctly, it was three years ago)

Don't get me wrong, the Mitchells are WAY nice people and their place up in New Hampshire is very nice in the fall but my werners take much more of a beating and are about half the weight. Of course, my paddle is the all wood variety and the newer ones they are cranking out look much more tech. Maybe they're lighter (which is honestly my biggest complaint and why I don't like the new Woody boutique paddles, either, even thought I hear they are super tough).

It sure is pretty, though.

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Old 11-02-2005   #3
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I've had a mitchell paddle for many years (8? - 10?), just refinished it for the 3rd time, and I think it rocks. Yeah, heavier than the fiber paddles, but it just feels solid to me. As far as I can tell it has many years left in it, and I think should I ever need to I would buy another one. Great value in my book. Downside? Every couple of years it needs to be taken care of, needs to be sanded down and revarnished. Takes a few days to sand and put a few coats of spar eurathane on it.
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In my opinion Michell Paddles feel the best in my hands when paddling.

What I use is a premier Asymmetric Kinetic Blade mounted on a Double Torque Carbon Shaft.

The weight issue is not as much of a problem if you go with a bent shaft model like the double torque shaft. It is very light and very sturdy. I have used a paddle for the last 3 years that they made for me. Sure it needs some love as described in the above posts, but mainly if you are an abuser. I creeked using this blade around colorado pretty heavily and it has not failed me. It has been sent back for new rope edges a time or two but I beat the hell out of it. This setup has not snapped on me yet.

(The weight of wood blades in not huge, and an added carbon wrap helps with some durability.

It is the Ferrari so do not expect to go without a tune up or new suspension (refinishing it) after a season of off roading.

They have many blade shape and materials options. Peggy and David have semi-retired and their son and daughter in law have taken over. They are going to do some different things in the future (like new models) but continue making the amazing blades that built their reputation.


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