pearlbeer wrote:I have the Warner Camano and love it. It is really hard to spend a ton of money on a paddle. Fishing gear, lures, beer - all a lot more fun to purchase.
But, I'll tell you - buy once, cry once. All of my buddies are on their 2nd or 3rd $90 paddle.
Plus a little math:
Paddling for 4 hours at a slow 1 stroke per sec = 14,400 strokes
Weight difference of a conservative 3oz = 14,400 x 3oz = 2,700 lbs
...there - now your purchase is justified.
I always thought that type of analysis was a little suspicious. It looks good, saving 2,700 lbs over 4 hours. But that is such a tiny amount compared to the total weight or mass you’re moving.
Figure 70 lbs of kayak and gear and a 200 lb person, or 270 lbs. With each stroke you’re pushing 270 lbs, so:
270 lbs x 14,400 strokes = 3,780,000 lbs over that time period.
2,700/3,780,000 = 0.07% of the weight
Even assuming you’re not pushing the full 270 lbs with each stroke due to some momentum, I bet the 3 ounces saved on a lighter paddle would still be tiny fraction of the overall weight being propelled.
I’m all for a lighter paddle, I just think the commonly cited example is flawed.