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Old 02-05-2012   #1
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tell me about your breakdown and its awesomeness

looking for a nice 4 piece breakdown. Im aware of the werner, and if i dont find something else thats my choice......but what else is there? What luck have people had with other brands? Anything you can recommend or not recommend? Thanks for any info

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Old 02-05-2012   #2
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werner rulez

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Old 02-06-2012   #3
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If you can find a lendall, they are much better than even the werners. They are out of business now, but I've used them and they don't feel like a breakdown! Check for online closeouts. They are still pretty common.
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Old 02-06-2012   #4
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Dammit this ended up inthe wrong forum!! Mods maybe wanna do me a solid and move this to the boating talk? Muchas gracias

Thanks for the info so far. Ive heard of lendal, i will look into those......

Keep it coming, thanks a bunch!
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Old 02-06-2012   #5
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I have the old model Lendal 4 piece with Gti blades and it has been very solid when I need it. Don't know if any are still around. I also have a Werner breakdown and it works but the Lendal works better.
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Old 02-06-2012   #6
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I think Lendal is back in business. I've had both and both have pluses and minuses while compared to one another;
Lendal is as solid as a one piece paddle when put together, makes a great travel paddle.
I keep my Lendal in a bag to keep sand out of the moving parts which takes up valuable self-support room.
Lendal takes some time to put together which can be problematic in a person or boat rescue situation
Werner is not so sensitive, so you can cram it where there's space on the self-support mission and takes about two seconds to put together
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Old 02-06-2012   #7
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I have an Aquabound Shred 4pc that has been used and abused since 2007 and it is still going strong. My only complaint is that there is a bit of "extra" flex in the paddle when really pulling for a hard stroke but other than that I've been super pleased with it. The price is cheaper than the most other manufacturers too.
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Old 02-10-2012   #8
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A buddy of mine broke his Lendal 2 different times. He is a great paddler, but not overly aggresive or abusive on gear. I must give a +1 to the Aquabound. It isnt perfect, but it is working well. I have paddled some class III and easy IV with it to make sure it will work for me and it works well enough. I found mine used (never used, just stored) for about $75 I think. More money for beer at the takeout or a couple more trips than if I had went with the Werner.
There is a thread (on here I think) of a person who made their own using the available kit. Otherwise, Confluence Kayaks offers this service as well. This would be great if you find a good deal on a gently used paddle you like. I understand their conversions are pretty stiff and paddle well.
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Old 02-10-2012   #9
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There is a paddle brand (don't know if it's Lendal or something else?) that I've seen a bunch of Euro's using when traveling abroad. It has an adjustable offset where the two different pieces of the shaft meet together in the middle. Big silver ring is at the connection point with different degrees marked on it.

It seems to be an awesome travel paddle in my 5 minutes of playing with it. Wish I knew who made it.

I took a werner break down on a travel trip and after a dozen or so rivers the point where the shaft connects was already wiggling. I like the werner just fine in an emergency, but not for semi-regular use.
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Dave: I have a Lendal that has an adjustable offset- probably what you are describing. All you have to do is break your paddle on a trip with me and you will get to use it!

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