Hope you are having a great week so far.
I’m starting to look for a first greenland paddle. I have a Cricket Designs laminated Arctic Spoon feathered wood one-piece 210cm smallish euro-design), which I really like. In fact I like the feel and performance of wood much more than I would have thought. I do like the epoxy/varnish finish a lot, although I know many people don’t. I don’t much care for my Werner anymore.
I’m looking into three at the moment, Betsie Bay’s, Friday Harbor’s, which is I think my favorite, and the Cricket designs, which I can’t find a lot of information about. I plan to use it hard, so it’ll
have hardwood and epoxied tips I expect. I’m pretty excited about this whole thing to learn to roll with (I have a roll that bats about .750 one way and .500 the other way with the spoon), and I will use it for a lot of self-rescue practice. I think a laminated design would be less prone to failure from outright user abuse than a single piece of wood, but what do I know.
So here’s my list of questions for any help you might have to offer:
- Length: I have a 17’x22" (really 21.5") 13" deep Ellesmere. I do think I like the 210cm paddle I have now, but I could be convinced that’s too short. If I reach up and do the length thing that way, I need a 83", about 210. I’d like to give my shoulders a rest though, and I think longer would let me keep the loom lower and still bite some water. I’m 160#, 5’7", more trunk than legs. Thoughts?
- Blade tips- I see them with different shapes- round, square, somewhere in between- any experiences with this?
- I’m a little intrigued by the take-apart versions with the euro-style carbon fiber ferrule, for the sake of convenience and travel. I’m trying to envision how this will change things. What I’m
imagining is it makes the shaft stiffer in general, but I can’t see durability issues unless it’s between the carbon and the wood. I know the purists think this is blasphemy, but hey…I’m not sure about this feature, so ignore it if if churns your stomach.
Do you have any experience with any of the three companies I listed?
Thank you for all your help!