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Old 03-27-2010   #1
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Good paddle?

I am looking at getting a new playboat specific paddle. I am a beginner with a solid roll on one side, getting there on the other side, and can flat spin in both directions. I am looking at starting some advanced moves.

With that being said, what paddle would do me best? I have seen both the AT and Werner paddles and have held both and like both equally. For sure want a bent shaft. Should I go for a carbon shaft right away? Or go economic and get a fiberglass/cheaper material shaft right away? Also, who is better (in your opinion and why), AT or Werner?

Will the paddle pretty much be the same, just not as durable? Like I said, I have a solid roll in the water, but am a beginner play boater and still might have a few swims here and there. I would hate to take a swim and lose $450 down river. But at the same time I would hate to never swim all season and spend $450 replacing broken paddles every few weeks. What is the best advise?

And if it makes a difference, I'll be mostly boating on the Ark's parks this summer, specifically Canyon City's park. But also will be paddling Gunnison's park this fall as well as Golden on occassion. So I'll be in rocky heaven all season long

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Old 03-28-2010   #2
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both AT and Werner make a good paddle

I would try both before making your mind up, prolly shouldn't be too difficult in the eddy at the B.V. hole

as for the shaft material, like most things, you lose some strength with less weight, but I've never broken one with it in my hand by either manufacturer

old AT's seemed a little less reliable, but I think that has since been remedied

a good paddle makes a big difference, I'm sure you'll be impressed regardless of your preference
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Old 03-28-2010   #3
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at 4play is your bet dude. They are cheap and will last a playboater for eons, for a few bucks more you might like the shaft better on the werner matt said jump in the eddy and see whats up...
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