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Old 09-29-2008   #1
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So did anyone check out the PaddleWax booth at Gauley fest?
I picked up both types and I have to say its a giant leap from the ol' Sex wax

Though both flavors smell kinda funny I find that the stuff works quite well...
Super tacky and after 10 miles on the river I never needed to reapply

Anybody have other experiences with other brands?

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Old 09-30-2008   #2
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i don't think ive ever seen a colorado boater throwing that crap on a good paddle.
anybody actually using the stuff?

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Old 09-30-2008   #3
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Don't know what kind was at the gauley, but i used to use wax. I (& everyone I boat with) have switched over to paddle tape (right hand only). No mess and grips so much better. But it shreds the hell out of the inside of your thumb until you build up the huge callus.
I was going to be vague but then I decided to do this other thing.
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Old 09-30-2008   #4
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Not sure about the wax you saw. I use wax and love it. I definitely enhances the grip and allows you to use less muscle force to keep a good grip on the paddle, which reduces fatigue. I didn't use it for a while, but one day I tried it out and I was hooked. Good stuff!

I know lots of colorado boaters who use wax. Most paddle shafts, especially new ones are smooth and slick and can be easy to loose a grip on when wet, especially when hitting rocks or in funny water.
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Old 09-30-2008   #5
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I have some sex wax that I used for awhile last year. I stopped using it, it just seems like it is a mess and doesn't help that much anymore. Maybe my paddle grips got scuffed up, my hands go stronger or something but my paddle doesn't slip out of my hands nearly as much as it used to before I started using the wax breifly last year.
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Old 09-30-2008   #6
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I agree with the tape recommendation, I got turned onto the plain old athletic tape (but the good cloth kind, not crappy cheap stuff) my buddy used on his hockey stick. Right hand only, and replace it once a year. I love it and been doing it for 5+ seasons now.
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Old 09-30-2008   #7
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Love it...

I really like using sex wax on my paddle. I feel much better when I have it on for both hands, never thought of just using it on one but I can see the rationale. I think that it especially makes a huge difference in cold water, some of it for me is just a sensory thing I think (I like the feel) but it certainly helps with the grip.

ps. only thing I don't like about it is when your paddle sits in a hot car for an afternoon, you will most definitely end up with wax on your gear or your car seat.
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I never used wax until I used it. What's not to like about a better grip on your paddle? I've been really happy with the cold water sex wax - less happy with other brands - but most seem adequate. Would certainly be open to trying something new and better.
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Old 10-26-2008   #9
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Check out PADDLE WAX for a supertacky cold and warm water paddle wax. I had the booth at Gauley and would be happy send info and samples regarding my paddle wax. For cold weather you gotta try it!

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