Paddles are very personal choices. A custom wood paddle by Jim Snyder is as good as it can get IMO. Designed and built by a legend with a lifetime of refining his product, tougher than almost anything on the market, easier on the body than any other paddle I've used. Great for creeking, great for playboating. Mine is still fresh after many hundreds of runs, making it actually cheaper than the Werners I used to wear through. I use the Flow, a certain world class play boater I know uses Jim's paddles as well.
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