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Old 05-06-2012   #1
Ball Ground, Georgia
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paddle help

You guys gave some great help with the helmet search and ai am back for suggestions on a paddle.

Rank novice in I, II, and the rare three that I did not know was a three.
5'11". Paddle an older Mamba large size.

Currently I use a recreational paddle 210cm called the chute. I need somthing else.

Cost is an issue, but I want something decent. I did borrow a bent shaft that I liked, but I do not have $450 to spend.

This is something I will stick with, and I hope to progress to bigger and heavier water. I am hooked.
I know nothing about the paddle shapes and styles, so I need suggestions on every aspect.


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Old 05-06-2012   #2
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I would look into a Werner Powerhouse.

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There is lots of good information on their website about sizing and different shafts. They are usually in the neighborhood of $250 new. I prefer the straight shaft, but everyone has an opinion on this...

You might check on Craig's List and Ebay to see if anyone has a used one for sale in your area. Otherwise you can order them online from CKS.

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Old 05-06-2012   #3
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Yeah I would totally get a fiberglass werner paddle. Most bang for your buck imo.

210 is much too long, and you'll want to hold a straight vs. bent shaft. I like both, bent may be slightly easier on your wrists'.

NOC paddling school did a study on how offset affects beginners(0 degree vs. 45 degree). They found that your progress shouldn't be affected by what you choose, but 18 of their 29 students preferred a 0 degree after paddling both. I like an offset but you may prefer less twisting of your wrists' until you have the motion dialed in.

And yes some paddles have a much different feel. If you want to just run rivers and get downstream I would go with the powerhouse. If you feel like getting into play and surfing you'd want to look at something like the sidekick (still have a 4 yr old one on my porch).
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Old 05-06-2012   #4
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Thanks guys. This is helping. I am just looking to run them. I dont see myself getting into play stuff.
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Old 05-06-2012   #5
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x3 on werner....
Here's the Werner Page for the Powerhouse paddle. I am on my third Werner And they have always treated me well. I have a 191cm Stikine now and Absolutely love it.
From my experience too long of a paddle really affects your strokes, hand position, and rolling ability. It looks like you should look at a 194-197 cm (from the sizing chart).

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another brand to check out is Lightning paddles. they are good too, but idk about price.

Edit:Another option is the Werner Rio Paddle.
budget friendly and more then adequate for a novice paddler i think. $130 instead of $250. still werner quality but not high end materials. Of course the 'premium' werner paddles are way nicer, but whatever. I bought this paddle for a friend last year when he needed a budget paddle and the CKS used gear swap wasnt holding any decent ones...
good luck choosing!
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Old 05-06-2012   #6
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Werner paddles are like Bic lighters. Why would you get anything else?

A fiberglass Werner could potentially last 20 years or more.
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Old 05-06-2012   #7
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Thanks to all. I found the Rions for about 130 locally. I did not see a powerhouse in person yet, but I will keep looking.

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