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Old 02-23-2011   #1
 
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Raft guides w/ wood sticks

Can anyone tell me about their experience using a wood guide stick for paddle rafting? I'm looking at a Bending Branches canoe paddle and it seems it might make a nice guide stick.

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iam not familiar w/ bending branches,, but i once tried a wooden canoe paddle,, it broke the first trip right before a rapid. i think they are not made for the same kinda weight. there is a guy in ohiopyle, PA that makes phenominal wooden paddles tho, kayak and rafting. i know several guides that have his wooden paddles, and they havn't ever broken. Backland paddles, Keith Backland i think is his name? and they look sweet, he puts your name in em too.
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Wood paddles have pros and cons such as; they can be easier on your wrists and elbows, can feel warmer during cold trips, they can be a bit more personalized, and they can feel sweet in the water (more of a natural feel).

Cons: weight, cost, durabilty, variations in quality.

A wood paddle can almost always be fixed (if you have the skills, knowledge, cash and time).
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I have some Espresso 14 paddles from Bending Branches that I use for canoeing. I do not think they would be up the rigors of whitewater. They are very light with just a thin fiberglass finish. That said the quality is insanely high, perfect paddle really, and couldn't be happier.

The whitewater specific line from that company might be good though, might want to ask if they are further reinforced from their other lines, if not I'd say no go.
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The best wooden guide sticks:

Single Blades wood canoe paddles

There's at least one in use on the Ark already.
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Hey Robin! I think you should buy a paddle from my friend Kenny at Blunt Family Paddles. He makes super good sticks. Those Bending Branches paddles are junk, they won't take the beating you'll give them on the Poudre. I'm thinking about getting one too, but will probably wait until I break or lose my Werner. See you this summer!!

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Thanks for the info & sweet paddle maker sites!
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Sawyer makes some good paddles. If you live in the rogue Valley you can go down there and have them make it custom for you.
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It doesn't matter,cuz i'm gonna find it in an eddy and its goin in my pile of guide sticks. Inappropriately NOT labeled,of course....
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Sawyer makes some good paddles. If you live in the rogue Valley you can go down there and have them make it custom for you.
The owner at Sawyer is super nice and will go the extra mile for you on orders. That being said, I personally don't like the feel of the Sawyer guidestick as I have used my Werner for two years now and have gotten used to it.
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