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Old 12-26-2016   #1
 
Glendale, Kentucky
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Z & J Paddles

Looking into purchasing a Z&J whitewater paddle. Wondering if anyone has used them. If so, what's your opinion of them and how do they hold up?

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Old 12-27-2016   #2
 
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Would really appreciate feedback on Z&J paddles

Thanks guys
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Old 12-28-2016   #3
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They look like crappy imports. I'd check out:

1. River Styx by Jim Snyder
2. Werner Paddles
3. AT Paddles

I'm probably missing several good brands, but these probably account for 90%+ of what boaters on this board are using.
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Old 12-28-2016   #4
 
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There's a reason the most common paddle used in the states is a straight shaft Werner powerhouse...... Do yourself a favor and get one
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Old 12-28-2016   #5
 
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Thanks for the input guys. I'm leaning to Werner powerhouse or AT Hercules or Geronimo. Any experiences with either AT's?
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Old 12-28-2016   #6
 
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Yes it's very simple, they both break because they are AT paddles
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Old 12-29-2016   #7
 
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Latest debate I could find, there are lots of threads on paddles

Best Value Paddle? (ie Talk me out of a Werner)
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Old 12-29-2016   #8
 
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Opinions on Werner powerhouse and Sherpa...which do you all prefer? I know powerhouse is more river running and Sherpa gives you the ability to river run and hit some play spots.
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Old 12-29-2016   #9
 
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Both blades are almost identically shaped, the powerhouse is just bigger. The blades on the fiberglass Werner paddles tend to wear over time so if you get a powerhouse you will eventually have a sherpa and if you get a Sherpa you will eventually have a twist. It just depends on how strong of a paddler you are and what you're looking for over time.
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Good point. Thanks.
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