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Bending Branches Whisper Paddle


    Bending Branches Whisper Paddle

    Perfect for the beginner, this entry-level model incorporates many of the features usually found only on more advanced models. See details

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    Item # 766595

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    Perfect for the beginner, this entry-level model incorporates many of the features usually found only on more advanced models.

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    Perfect for the beginner, this entry-level model incorporates many of the features usually found only on more advanced models.

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    Perfect for the beginner, this entry-level model incorporates many of the features usually found only on more advanced models.

    • Nearly silent blade shape enters and exits water cleanly
    • Carefully engineered lightweight, injection-molded nylon and fiberglass blade design helps you paddle longer with less fatigue
    • Dihedral curve and asymmetrical power face eliminate blade flutter; thin and low-profile to reduce wind resistance
    • Blade surface area is distributed evenly for a balanced feel, uniform pull and minimal roll
    • Lightweight, strong aluminum shaft has 3M Versafit™ over the oval grip area for comfortable and confident hand control
    • Composite ferrule is extremely light and strong; tested to ensure great fit, feathering angle, breakdown ease and joint tightness
    • Feathering is adjustable to 0 or 60 degrees, with left or right hand control
    • Comes with heavy-duty rubber drip rings

    Made in USA.

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    Bending Branches Whisper Paddle Specs
    Best use
    Fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene
    Asymmetrical dihedral
    18 x 6.75 inches
    Right and left
    37 ounces
    Shaft material
    Blade material
    Paddle style
    Shaft shape
    Shaft type
    Blade shape
    Blade size
    Hand control

    Bending Branches Whisper Paddle

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    Bending Branches Whisper Paddleis rated4.2857out of5by7.
    Rated4out of5byfromNice paddleI bought the paddle for my wife she is a small person and she liked the paddle she stated that it is light and moved the Kayak with little effort on her part.
    Date published: 2013-11-02
    Rated4out of5byfromgreat bargain priced paddleBought this as a backup to my werner skagit. Used it recently on a trip and almost felt I liked it better. It is only a couple of ounces more even though it is an aluminum shaft and the design of the paddle heads seemed to compliment my paddling technique on flat water. No reason to spend more on first paddle for beginner.
    Date published: 2013-10-02
    Rated4out of5byfromNice paddleThis is my first paddle for my first kayak. I've used rentals before but not enough for a real comparison. I looked at other manufacturer specs to compare the weights and this one is not THAT much heavier. I know ounces matter but for the price difference I had no reservations about this one. I've had it out in Lake Tahoe and White Rock Lake in Dallas, and it's performed wonderfully. It feels really solid and propels the kayak through the water. I'd definitely recommend it for a beginner and I guess weight or more feathering angles to choose from are the only reasons to move up for anyone else. The aluminum shaft did start some blisters on my hands but I used wrap and will be trying yak grips. I don't know if a different material (fiberglass, carbon fiber) would help there anyway. Bottom line for me is it works and feels really solid and rugged.
    Date published: 2013-07-21
    Rated5out of5byfromGreat for recreational paddlingI kayak on lakes and this paddle was perfectly fine - not too heavy or clumsy. Very good price for the quality.
    Date published: 2013-06-19
    Rated4out of5byfromNice basic paddleGood basic paddle! Could be lighter, but this paddle is nice for the price. Good choice for lakes and rivers. Added some reflective tape to the shaft so it stands out more on the lake when the boat and jet ski traffic gets busy.
    Date published: 2013-05-19
    Rated5out of5byfromGreat price for high end performance!Lightweight, comes apart easily for storage in kayak, great price
    Date published: 2013-05-01
    Rated4out of5byfromGreat dealThis paddle is a real steal for the price. I use it at least twice a week for 2-5 mile trips and I have found it to be great for those distances. I fish on my kayak whenever I go out so most of my kayaking consists of paddling from spot to spot to fish. I used to have a Werner Camano and found I liked a shorter paddle to use for high angle style paddling, which is better suited for doing bursts of paddling between spots like I do when I fish from my kayak. I also use a small 9ft drop stitch infatable kayak so I found the smaller overall size of the blades to be better for a smaller kayak. When I tried the touring style Camano paddle it was too much surface area for this smaller kayak. I have actually purchased two of these Whisper paddles now, one length of 230cm and one of 210cm. I prefer using the 230cm for longer trips where I will be covering large stretches of water such as on lakes or on long days at the river where I prefer to use more of a touring style of paddling. For shorter trips I have found to prefer actually taking one piece from the 230cm and one piece from the 210cm and making a middle sized length which is better for a high angle style of paddling. When using the 210cm size I found it to be ok and comfortable for doing short burts of paddling, but on a windy day with a lot of distance I really don't like have a paddle that is too short because I have to put a lot more focus and effort into each stroke. This paddle is also pretty lightweight which is a real bonus for me because I do a lot of back yakking where I have my inftable in my pack along with lots of water and fishing tackle plus all of the other essentials like my PFD and miscellaneous gear. To save weight and get multiple uses out of my paddle I actually use it like a trekking pole. Most of my back yakking is through the Arizona desert where the blades are always getting banged into sharp hot rocks for hours. After using my paddles countless times as trekking poles plus putting them through lots of other trials I have found the Whisper to be extremely durable and it has never let me down yet. So for a very affordable price you get a paddle that is very functional and vey durable. I feel this paddle is a real winner.
    Date published: 2012-12-19

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