Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
dashhound

canoe paddles

Recommended Posts

any particular paddle I should by for my new canoe or is some wood ones from fleet farm for 15.00 a pop good enough.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow this could be a can of worms. It all depends on how much paddling you do. Carlise make a relatively cheap paddle that most of the outfitters use because they are cheap and pretty tough to break or bend.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It all depends on how much paddling you want to do. A cheapie straight paddle is all most recreational users will need or want to buy.

If you do a lot of flat, straight paddling bent shaft paddles are very nice. They are more efficient and usually lighter since they are shorter than a comparable straight shaft.

Straight shafts are great for manuevering in tight spaces or curvy creeks.

I've had a couple cheap wood ones and they usually split or crack if not maintained. For my everyday paddling, especially on local creeks or when the kids are involved I use aluminum paddles with plastic blades. They've lasted a long time, but they are heavier than most.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think I might have gotten those same wood paddles you mention from fleet farm. Pretty light, not bad in my experience. And I've used bent shaft, some nice bending brances straight paddles, carlisle plastic ones, some nicer composite ones, etc.

Those $15 are a great deal. I don't worry about beating them up or losing one either, which is nice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If your looking for a great selection of great touring paddles check Midwest Mountaineering. Or the Northwest Canoe Company in St.Paul would be a great option.

But if you are just looking for a paddle for occasional use that the kids can beat up, the $15 plastic deal from Fleet Farm is the way to go.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I used to buy the cheap ones at Holiday. Guess it's been a while since I've bought a canoe paddle. They worked just fine for me. I was never afraid of breaking them since I had only paid ten bucks for them. Last year I bought a telescoping paddle for my daughter to use. Wasn't too bad in price but still more than a cheap wooden paddle and definetly heavier. For myself, I've been using a kayak paddle. Picked up a cheaper one at Gander two years ago since I wasn't sure how I'd like it. I Liked it so much that I went and bought another one this spring for my bow paddler. Much more efficient than a canoe paddle, in my opinion. However, they seem kind of flimsy for pushing off of rocks. I guess I need to stop doing that but I doubt I will. The ones I have are from Bending Branches and can be taken apart to fit in a small cars trunk.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So what is a fair price for a good paddle? My friend bought a bent paddle (paddle is bent at almost 45 deg, not the shaft) last year and he paid around $100.00 for it which seems high for a paddle to me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It would be hard to find a bent shaft paddle for less than $60. Bending Branches makes a good paddle for about $70. I splurged this spring and got a very nice Sawyer for about $115.

DSC01021.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Has anyone every used the Whiskeyjack paddles? It sounds the the gf is getting me one as a birthday gift.

How do they hold up? I've heard they are supposed to be awesome.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

the wife i use BB sundowners they are around 100 bucks but are very nice to use. the shaft is slimer than most, witch i like for my stuby fingers. i have never had a problem with srtength with the BB paddles. my .02

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • So our bear friend came back today and she brought somebody with her. It might be time to quit feeding the birds sunflower seeds until next fall.  
    • I picked up that double bag deal about a month ago at Home Depot here in Sioux Falls. Ironically it was the same weekend we had the big April snow storm.
    • I see Home Depot advertising for Memorial day but no Kingsford double bag on sale. Has anyone seen any on sale anywhere? I am down to my last bag and need to stock up, Memorial weekend is usually the time to do it.
    • Found a cardinal nest in one of my shrub bushes. Cute little gray fuzzy things. I tried to take a picture, but my camera phone sucks, and I didn’t want to bother them. I’m so glad I spent $20 on a cardinal nest box, only to have it sit empty.
    • 20180519_060302.mp4 20180519_060302.mp4
    • Wisconsin's turkeys have survived my visit this year.  One is surely deaf after I managed to miss at 18 paces as he walked past me...  Not sure how that happened...   I feel like I rushed the shot when he started to get nervous.  Passed one jake the first morning that I could have taken at 40yd.   Came very close on two other mature gobblers.   One picked me off as he came around a hay pile at 20yd and immediately turned and ran, very smart bird.   The other came in hot, but decided to do a circle around me.  Appeared at 30yd wide open to my side while I was aiming down the sights towards his last gobble, and I had no chance to turn and shoot...  
    • Mentored for the Mn DNR women's Turkey hunt on Fri night and Sat morning. Friday was quiet but the birds flew up within 40 yards af the blind so we were hopefull for what the morning would bring. Sat morning was quiet and I waited till shooting hours to make my first yelps which were immediately cut off by 4 different birds. My lady was excited to say the least. She had never seen a turkey in the wild growing up and living in iron range.  Two of the toms gobbled a little after fly down but I could tell the were going north. The other 2 that were to our east gobbled a bit but shut up but sounded like the were coming down the road towards us. After about 20 minutes they rolled a big triple gobble within 60 yards wondering where this hen was at. I gave them a few purrs and set the call down getting her ready and calming her down for the shot. We still had not seen them put I could hear that unmistakable sound,pfffft boooom. Now I'm getting excited because I know they are danger close but they are on the side we can not see. Like always they proved me a fool and instead of coming right up the little road the cut through a high spot in the swamp and pop out in the field at 30 yards. They immediately hit full strut and throw a huge gobble right in our face and directly at my decoy that is set up at 8 yards. Then instead of coming right in they circle the decoy and blind at 25 yards and go to the side of the blind that is closed and gobble and strut for 15 min finally working into 8 to 10 yards bit still won't come towards the decoy. So I shut the one blind window and get her moved for a shot. The birds are now at 18 yards but getting skittish and moving away. As soon as I get the window open I hear her string drop and whay sounded like a hollow feathery smack and she says she got it. I look up and the birds are still there and look just a little nervous so I hit the call and they gobble back so I know it was a miss. So close but it was so much fun. Those 2 birds hung out for a few hours after strutting and gobbling at everything. 
    • Great bird, way to keep at it.
    • Nice bird, good job!
    • I assuming you are putting on the 5/16 T & G? I pushed mine tight and face nailed. Two nails per stud