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Carlisle CS2000 Series Carbon Touring

Anyone have any experience with these paddles? A big sale going on them at Backcountry.com. Around 32 oz & an adjustable ferule for $117? Are they really just cheap as all get out or a good buy?



  • can't recommend them
    Out of the 20 or so Carlisle paddles I've been around, I've seen 15 of them with problems; ferrules breaking, blades falling off, shafts snapping. I'm not one to say everything a company makes is garbage, but I will no longer give them the benefit of doubt. Werner's most basic paddle, the Skaggit, runs full price at $130, is extremely well built, same adjustable ferrule as on their premium paddles and weighs 34 oz, but I bet will actually feel lighter than the Carlisle paddle due to a lower swing weight.
  • Beware the paddle labled "Carbon"
    that weighs 2 pounds.

    Price is right for a nice back up though.
  • Appreciate that.
    I wondered about that myself. I'm intrigued by your Surfcross. I want something I can use for both mild WW and still decent for slow moving current. I mostly paddle slow moving current around home, but plan to get into a bit more WW. I'd ultimately like to find something around 205cm with an adjustable ferule for angle and length to get up to maybe 215-220 with a blade like your Surfcross. That paddle would serve me well for multiple situations, I believe.

    But the money . . . where or where's the money, lol . . . .

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    I totally agree with what Patrick from Onno just said. Some companies will use some carbon in either their shafts or their blades and the n refer to them as a "Carbon Paddle".
    I forget the specs on Patrick's paddles but I suspect they are what, low to mid 20 ounce range?

    "carbon paddles at 2 lbs.(32 ounces)"....that's really not that light. I build custom wood paddles myself that come in at 23 ounces and up.... when I build a 32 ounce paddle ( 2 lbs), I call it an expedition weight paddle...and that is in wood, not carbon! The WOOD paddle I used for instance in 2007, setting a speed record around Vancouver Island British Columbia, was a wood Greenland Paddle...about 28 ounces. So...2 lbs...is really not all that "Light".
    Shop around, maybe buy a paddle from a smaller builder like Onno or even from a company like Werner who makes some nice touring paddles...or from a small builder of custom paddles...wood or carbon. There are some sweet paddles out there if you look for them.

    Happy paddling....Joe O'

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    REI had 'em on sale for $70
    a few years ago. Couldn't move a one of 'em. Finally returned the whole lot. I thought they looked pretty slick, but didn't need a paddle at the time. Blue fiberglass. Cool.
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