Originally Posted by mattskayaking
I am looking to get a wooden paddle. I used to have a Silver Creek back in the day but have been using carbon for many years, and I am thinking it would be better for my older elbows to back to wood. Any suggestions?
I had a Silver Creek back in the day also. I have used Sawyer paddles and oars for many years on my rafts. Recently my 15 yr old son has become a good kayaker and has fallen in love with Sawyer kayak paddles. He plays with the Copperhead, runs big water with the Diamondback and creeks with the Sidewinder. These paddles are pretty awesome. They are wood/carbon having carbon shaf on the Copperhead and wood with carbon wrap on the others. They have incredibly beautiful wood blades, once again with carbon reinforcements. They weigh a lot less than your old Silver Creek (close to the lightest all carbon paddles in wieght) and they have a lot more technology in design. Having watched CJ beat the heck out of them I can say they are tough. Awesome paddles. Check them out, I think you will be impressed.