Core paddles?

Anyone know about this new entry into the paddle market? Looks like they’re using Easton aluminum shafts for all of their paddles, touring and whitewater.

Anyone familiar with them or the guys who started the company?


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CORE Paddles
Steve Horvath - Chief of Design / President

A unique tri-hedral blade profile with tip support.
Claim : more power on both front & back strokes.


Nothing there for me…
Maybe they will find an audience with WW. But then again that market is full of bomb proof but heavy stuff, so who knows?

They’re not even approaching competitive in the touring category (weight). And we already had the trihedral experiment with Waterstick, and nobody was bending over backwards to get those.

My mind also wanders to hockey sticks, where aluminum has been mostly displaced by composite (in the NHL ironically largely by Easton’s own S19).

hey Boolean attenuator
that is by far the best personal profile i have ever seen. is that the description for hull speed variables by the way?

lol, no
That is a random text generator.

I can’t imagine why anyone would want a really expensive paddle with an aluminum shaft. Aluminum shafts generally are used on the cheapest paddles, not the most expensive.

Same price as carbon fiber, hmmm…

Bill H.

Late reply better than never
Hey, by now you have probably learned more about CORE Paddles. We just updated our website so please check it out!

Easton Tubing VS Carbon Fiber
The main advantage Easton tubing provides CORE is the incredible strength to weight ratio with the 7075 series material. Not only is this tubing incredibly strong in tensile strength it is almost 300% stronger in impact than any Carbon Fiber or Glass Composite Shaft on the market. Unlike composite shafts the Easton tubing does not fail under impact load. A traditional composite shaft is pretty brittle. You can’t hit it against rocks, smack it against the deck of your boat, or accidentally close the trunk on it without impacting some damage to the tubing. Even if this damage is unseen it can lead to complete failure of the shaft due to stress risers propogating in the underlying material. This is definitely not the case with the Easton shafting.

Material strength is technically measured in two manners. One is tensile load - this provides information on the amount of load a material can hold before it starts to deform beyond what it can recover from. Two is notched izod - this is a test that measures how much impact load a material can withstand before structural damage occurs. A high end carbon composite shaft can provide a tensile load strength of up to 115 000 psi. A good composite glass shaft can provide a load of up to 75 000 psi. The Easton shafts will load to 115 000 psi tensile. The notched izod test show a completely different type of strength though.

Anyone familiar with carbon composite shafting will know the lack of impact strength in the material. While very good at carrying load it has poor abrasion and impact resistance. A carbon shaft can develop stress fractures with as little as 10 lbs. impact. Glass is a little better but both are unreliable in extreme impact cases. The only way to make them tougher is to add more material, which adds more weight, which decreases the performance of the paddle. The Easton shafting can withstand impact loads well beyond what would be considered normal for paddlesports. Impact loads that would traditionally fail a composite shaft are brushed off with no damage to the CORE shaft. You may scuff or scratch the surface of the Easton shaft but you can rest assured that you will not be able to break it.

Light weight and strong
You will notice when you pick up a CORE touring paddle that it will feel different than any other paddle on the market. This is due to the weight distribution, we designed these paddles to have an incredibly low swing weight, that combined with the grips will let you paddle longer and more comfortably. The bent touring paddle weighs in a 25 oz, which is very light by any standard.

Try one out and let us know what you think then!