Paddle dilemma - Mountain Buzz

View Poll Results: What paddle should I be using next season
Repair the double diamond and keep it. 1 16.67%
Repair the double diamond, sell it, get a Sho-gun 3 50.00%
Trash the double diamond, buy sho-gun 0 0%
Buy an AT or other brand 2 33.33%
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Old 11-15-2007   #1
Join Date: May 2004
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Paddle dilemma

About a month ago I managed to break the right blade on my Werner Double Diamond. I called Werner, and they said they'd replace the blade for $160. The paddle seems to be in reasonably good shape, but it is four years old.

I've been wondering about upgrading to the Sho-gun as about 99 percent of my paddling is creeking.

Questions for you buzzards:

1. Is it worth putting $160 into a four-year old double diamond?
2. Is the Sho-gun enough better that I should upgrade? If so, can I get more than $160 out of a repaired double d?
3. Anyone want to make a case for another brand of paddle that would hold up for a mank aficionado like myself?

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Old 11-15-2007   #2
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I have a sho-gun and it kicks ass, but, you should get a straight shaft powerhouse and call it done, I broke the left blade on the shogun and they fixed it, not for free, but it has served me well since being fixed.
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Old 11-15-2007   #3
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FYI I have an AT ATX and really dig it. It has plenty of power for my big ass and it feels really good it the H20. Downside is that the blades tend to dent on rocks, nothing a little epoxy can't fix. I'd buy another one.

Or you could saw your paddle in half and start C1-ing?!
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Old 11-15-2007   #4
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Fix the paddle, keep it as a backup and buy a Shogun or a custom paddle.
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Old 11-15-2007   #5
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I would fix the paddle, keep it as a backup and get a Sho-gun. You will definitely notice the extra power from the bigger blades. Although I would personally recommend a Powerhouse with fiberglass blades. Yes they whittle down to toothpicks, but I have been paddling a werner with fiberglass blades for 10 years and have never broken one, nor have I seen one break. However, I have seen many, many, many Werner carbon fiber and AT paddles break. On the flip side I have to replace the fiberglass paddles after about 80-100 days due to wear. My 2 cents.
And for the record, Das-un-luva doesn't know what he's talking about.
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Old 11-15-2007   #6
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I have broken an AT, but it was one of the cheaper models. I like the thicker blades because you don't feel every little bump when they hit something.

CGM, don't you have a phalic rock to climb somewhere?
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