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Old 06-01-2018, 12:19 PM   #1
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Double blade paddle for solo canoe

I have a 12' Placid Spitfire. Altough I really like a single bladed paddle, I'm considering a double blade for overall efficienfy. I''m 5'10" tall, 72 yrs old. Am looking for recommendations for both length and brands and models. I am not interested in spending multiple hundreds of $, but of course I'd like light weight, strength, etc...
Thanks in advance for positive recoimmendatioms.
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Old 06-01-2018, 12:24 PM   #2
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You might want to check into Aqua Bound paddles. They are relatively lightweight and, in my opinion, well balanced. Both traits will serve you well when paddling. I know these paddles are used in a lot of rental programs and with guide services so I can definitely tell you that they hold up over the long haul. You can purchase a good paddle from them for just over $100.00; and you might be able to find one on sale for less. Here's their website:

As for length, I have a Placid "Shadow" and find my 230 to be just the ticket. A longer paddle shaft will allows for a lower stroke but I wouldn't go any longer than a 240. Of course, as the saying goes, your mileage may vary.

That's all for now. Best of luck in finding the right paddle. Take care and until next well.

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Old 06-01-2018, 12:31 PM   #3
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Thanks. I've also been thinking about a 230, but on longer paddles I might appreciate a lower paddle angle so 240 might be good too. I'll have to try some out.
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Old 06-01-2018, 02:47 PM   #4
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i would go longer, because you sit lower in the boat the longer paddle is least in a Hornbeck....enjoy
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Old 06-01-2018, 03:15 PM   #5
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If you want to stay under $200, Aquabound is good and light but I've seen some broken ones. Go over $300 and Werner is great.
230-240 cm is good unless you are a racer who would go even shorter.
240 will get less water in the boat - just remember that the forward stroke ends at the hip.
Note that a double bladed paddle is close to twice the weight of a single bladed paddle if made from the same materials. A carbon $400 Werner Kalliste weighs ~25ozs & a $125 wood Bending Branches Espresso weighs 19 ozs ( carbon single blades can weigh as little as 8ozs.).
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Old 06-03-2018, 03:32 PM   #6
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my favorite

I use a bending branches navigator when using a double blade. it's lite, efficient, doesn't drip much and it's the quietest double i have tried.
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Old 06-03-2018, 04:51 PM   #7
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If you work a single blade skills, your overall efficiency will improve with that mode too. I gave up on the double with my RapidFire in short order because I so much prefer to use a single. I only bought a double because that was at the time recommended by Joe for the average Joe. But I guess I did not want to be an average Joe when it comes to paddling. There's not much in wind or waves worth going out in that I can't get through very well with my single blade. I'll give it to you that with a double you can speed along a couple of tenths mph faster, but at the cost of giving up enjoyable flexible maneuverability and putting up with drips.
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Old 06-04-2018, 07:52 AM   #8
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Bending Branches

I have a BB double-bladed paddle, 230 cm. I paddle two solo boat: a Sawyer Autumn Mist and a Hornbeck 12 ft. It works well with both. I found the cost reasonable and the paddle is good quality.
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Old 06-07-2018, 06:46 PM   #9
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Decided to go with a 230 Aqua Bound Sting Ray carbon. Found a new, unused one for $100.
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