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Old 07-09-2015   #1
 
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Recommendations for a first time paddle?

I figure I'll go cheap on the paddle for my first one. Any suggestions on what to look for in the $80-$100 range? Or reasons why I should spend a little more?

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You don't want to deal with paddles that break on you. I'd say your best bet is to spend money on a Werner, but go with a budget version. At least it won't easily break on you.

Something like this would be about as cheap as you should go: Paddle Details | Werner Paddles

Of course you might find good deals on the used market.
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Old 07-09-2015   #3
 
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Yeah, you're right. After posting I dug around on REI's website and tentatively decided on this Werner, at the same price as the one you suggested.
http://m.rei.com/product/785575/wern...dle-fiberglass
Any idea if there's a major quality difference between the two models?

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I'm not familiar with that paddle, but any Werner should be of decent construction.
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Not sure what you want to use it for, but that's a touring paddle. The drip rings and length are for touring. (REI got out of whitewater a long time ago). Also you probably don't want a break down for your primary paddle.

If you want a whitewater paddle any of these paddles would be better. (probably not the aquabound)

http://www.coloradokayak.com/Gear-Ac...e:desc&show=48

Of those I'd recommend this for a budget paddle: http://www.coloradokayak.com/Werner-...Standard-Shaft
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The Tybee is for coastal paddlers rather than whitewater. It is an adjustable ferrule two piece paddle.

I think what you are looking for is the Werner Rio.

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Old 07-09-2015   #7
 
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So how do I figure out what paddle size is best for me? I looked at some size charts, and could have swore they were for whitewater, and I was sized at 220cm. But after seeing the sized offered for these paddles I'm sure I must have been looking at a touring chart or something.

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The Tybee is a for high angle vs low angle paddling style in touring.

Disregard all of that and follow Werner's fit guide for whitewater. Fit Guide | Werner Paddles

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I started with an Aqua Bound before stepping up to a Werner. The performance difference is noticeable, but be aware there is a good chance you will lose your first paddle. Put your name on it.

https://aquabound.com/whitewater-paddles/shred/hybrid
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Check out the Buzz classifieds, craigslist etc. Try to find a good used Werner.
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