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Old 10-26-2009   #21
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Originally Posted by abron View Post
...Stikine...:] !!!
I'm loving it. Great paddle. Shelved the AT.

"Let us cross the river to the other side and rest beneath the shade of the trees." ~ Last words of Thomas Jonathan ''Stonewall' Jackson
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Old 10-26-2009   #22
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might be time to update the avitar

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Old 11-11-2009   #23
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so this is my experience, Werner glass blades wear out.... slowly or fast depending on how and where you paddle.
Werner foam core blades break.
At shafts break.
So there is one good solution WOOD, they are tough, buoyant, and there better looking then your girlfriend.

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Old 11-11-2009   #24
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I have paddled both and I can tell your from experience that the At paddle feels better in your hands, it has a smooth stroke to it. What I didn't expect after 2 years or normal paddling is to have it break simple by ferrying across the top of a drop to see if it was runnable.It's a strange feeling to have two pieces of a paddle above a drop and have decided to give werner paddles a try. My two cents is when something like that happens to you, you have to make a change I keep thinking what if that was a harder drop? I have since gone to Werner paddles and really liked the sherpa, while the color isn't friendly if you lose it, the durability is great and I don't have to worry about my paddle breaking.
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Old 11-11-2009   #25
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As for the wear on the werner paddles after two years I have seen minimal wear but I will be putting plastic edges around to to prolong its life.
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Old 11-20-2009   #26
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Choosing a paddle

I am currently looking to purchase a paddle and started talking to people in shops. I have come to realize there are many variables to consider. I am replacing a Blue pool paddle, lost it on Bailey a few years ago , I purchased in Costa Rica and am thinking of going that route again because I really liked it. It was very stiff which can be hard on the elbow joints. I really liked the feel of the Werner bent shaft paddle. I have smaller hands so I feel I have a better grip than with the AT. I was also told by a Confluence Kayak employee he gets a lot more AT paddles brought back with damage than he does Werner. I definitely agree that there are pros and cons to each paddle and assessing your kayaking style can help determine which paddle is best.
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Old 11-20-2009   #27
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I have owned both. My AT got all jacked up on the first run. I am talking about puncture holes through the blade on easy stuff. Werners won't do that, but they wear down from the tips if you run manky stuff.

I find that AT paddles are a bit more buoyant, which has its advantages.

Overall, I have been pleased with both. I would let cost dictate the purchase as I found a sweet deal on a Sherpa a few years back.
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Old 11-21-2009   #28
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like the feel of AT better, the thicker blades seem to feather easier. I might just be used to that though. Wood is also good - especially when you pick out the lumber yourself. this is quarter sawn ash handle:
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Old 11-21-2009   #29
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I am very interested in hearing how and how difficult it was to make your wooden paddle.


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