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Old 01-28-2014   #1
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AT Superduty vs other new AT paddles?

ATs have long been criticized for lack of durability, but I've grown accustomed to their style of bent shaft. I know that their new line is supposed to be more durable, but would be interested in hearing any opinions about how they stack up next to the Superduty - their other, very expensive response to the durability criticisms.

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Old 01-28-2014   #2
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Old 01-28-2014   #3
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I poked around a bit after learning about their new line of paddles. This video does a good job of describing the new line and how they're positioning them in their portfolio.

I need to at least get my hands on one, but this is the attitude I was looking for in the thread above. It seems like paddle technology has been pretty stagnant over the last decade and it's promising to hear about people working with new materials that are affordable.
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Old 01-28-2014   #4
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That's a pretty cool video. After experiencing a life-threatening swim after breaking a paddle past year, I'll definitely give those a look. Seeing Dwave drop Crazy Woman Creek would definitely help convince me...
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Old 01-29-2014   #5
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Posts: 226 dirty devil...the new AT paddles rock. I've been with Werner for 10+ yrs and am now paddling AT's new line up because they perform as good or better than what I've used (Carbon Bent Powerhouse) and are incredible durable. I'm using a Carbon Bent 200 Geronimo (their river runner/creeker) and I love it. At first I looked at the blade and thought the surface area was less than the Powerhouse I've used forever. After inspection and calculation, the areas are essentially the same with different shape and distribution. I haven't been in a situation to break them yet...but I've leaned, pried on rocks, thrown it, and used it as I would any paddle and it's doing great. One big difference is the proprietary material used within the carbon. Rather than spliting into fibers and chipping as carbon will do over time at the edge/contact areas, this material wears and keeps fibers together. I've seen the wear tests vs competitors, and I've seen the break point tests on the shafts. The new AT's out perform all the a long shot.

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Old 01-29-2014   #6
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I think AT has been unfairly criticized for durability over the past ten years. I owned the original AT purchased around 2001-2002 and it is still being used by a friend to this day. I have owned my AT2 for over nine years and it has hundreds of days on it, and lots of class 5. I have owned this paddle for so long, I am just waiting for it to break but still no issues. I even bought a superduty a couple years ago thinking it was the way to go but never use it because I prefer the flexibility of the AT2. Granted, I will probably retire my paddle this year because I can afford a new one and see no reason to push it to the breaking point. By the way if you want to buy a lightly used superduty, I would be willing to part with mine.
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