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Old 05-26-2009   #1
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Duckie paddle

I just bought an Aire Force IK and I need a paddle. I figure about a 190-200. I don't want some Carlisle garbage, but I don't need a super fancy paddle either. I'd love to buy one used for under $100. Anyone have anything laying around that they want to sell? Any advice on breakdown vs. non breakdown or feather vs. no feather?

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Old 05-27-2009   #2
 
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Sorry, no extras laying around.
I had Werner make me up a couple of 2pc. Powerhouse paddles a few years ago (210 and 215), the joints are still tight and show no sign of wear. I think most of the IKers I boat with have gone to the 2pc. paddles too.
I tried to use the paddles with 0 feather (the paddles are drilled to be a 45* RH or LH, and 0*) but I can't get used to it and I don't see that it helps in any way, I'll stick with 45*.
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Old 05-27-2009   #3
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Thanks Tom. Anyone else have a used paddle? Hmm?
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Old 06-01-2009   #4
 
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I've got a couple AquaBound take-aparts: 2-piece shafts and the blades come off as well. The blades are a vivid light yellow-orange that's highly visible, for easy recovery. They're nice for boatpacking or flying in. Used one for pack-catting the Grand Canyon and liked it. Only problem was that silt worked into the joints and they were hard to dismantle at trip's end.

Don't recall the price, but it was definitely less than $100 from REI.

I've got other duck paddles but nothing in your length.
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Old 06-02-2009   #5
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its not a breakdown, but i use a werner "desperado" for my ducky antics. it was only $150, its light as a feather and feels great, has good balance and gets a good bite. i have smashed mine against and in between some rocks pretty hard and its still golden too. thats just what i use, and it works great for me!
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Old 06-02-2009   #6
 
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I've got a carlisle magic paddle in 2 pc fiberglass I'd let go for $70 shipping. never used. Not a class V paddle, but very light.

For myself, I use 197 paddles. played with paddles as long as 220. 210,208,206,203,200. I always seem to end up back at 197. Blade agility seems more critical than leverage to me, but I try to be a graceful finesse boater and not a brute force hacker. not that I succeed ...

If you really want something cheap, and don't care about length, I have a 220cm 2 piece old school werner symetrical paddle I'd let go for $60 + shipping
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I ordered a Desperado 200. I think it will be perfect. Thanks y'all.
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You know what I think would be perfect? If you gave me all your trips motherf***er! I am broke and need to buy a paddle too!
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Old 06-02-2009   #9
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What trips? Let's go paddle tomorrow. Call me.
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Excellent choices!The Force is a really fun duck and you want a solid paddle for everyday and a 4 pc. breakdown for travel or as a spare.I wouldn't go any shorter than 197 for a ducky ,I like 200 TO 205.If it is too short it is harder to brace ,you sit a little higher than a kayak and it is wider.Longer makes play harder ,too slow.Played the shit out of my Force down at Union through Oxford at 1000 + yesterday ,fun as hell.Not really a playboat but better than my creek boat or any of many duckies I've demoed.
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