- Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:49 pm
Like I said to my buddy after he bought a kayak: "Now you need a paddle. You can spend $40 dollars to $400 dollars on one."
I recently went paddle shopping, wanting a light replacement for my beginner paddle. Almost all the really light ones(carbon fiber, etc.) were $200-$400. Not in my budget. I did some Internet surfing and found a guy in California that makes extremely light paddles with 3-piece aluminum shafts and ABS plastic blades for just over a hundred bucks! I was skeptical, and read some endorsements and reviews. A competitor in The Texas Water Safari used one of his paddles in that race. Figuring if it will survive that event, it must be pretty stout! I tracked down the guy and he said the paddle did great and he still has it somewhere. Good enough for me!
I contacted the maker, Pacific Designs Paddles and bought a 230 cm with T-1 blades(his smaller blade), which weighs 29 ounces, and feathers for $113.00! He mailed it for $14. I love it, have done push-offs that I would never do with a $400 carbon fiber paddle, and it's like new. He will make them in any length, two blade sizes, and is very easy to deal with.
My neighbor bought a carbon fiber paddle fairly cheap at Academy, but it looks really fragile.
I have a Perception Pescador 12, which I love. It's light and tippy, but fast and manuverable. I'm not a fan of many of the Pescador Pro 12 "improvements". I've never been in an Ascend, but they sell a lot of them at Bass Pro.
Good luck, TexasJim, and hi to Z_Man!