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  • 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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Best Use Kayaking
Shaft Construction Aluminum
Blade Construction Fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene
Paddle Style Low-angle
Shaft Shape Straight
Shaft Type 2-piece
Blade Shape Asymmetrical Dihedral
Blade Size 18 x 6.75 inches
Hand Control Right and Left
Weight 37 ounces
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for sea kayaking in warm weather I needed a paddle to go flatwater kayaking on the Colorado River and this one worked great! I was initially worried because the paddle surface is smaller than the Werner paddles I'm used to, but it worked well in propelling my kayak through the water and I kept up with the other folks in my group just fine. The one complaint I have is that the black surface they have for your hands does basically nothing to insulate your hands against the metal, so if it's cold out your hands are going to get really cold. I was disappointed in that but otherwise I'd recommend this paddle for warm weather flatwater kayaking.
Date published: 2014-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfectly adequate budget paddle I bought this paddle when I bought my first kayak. I wasn't sure how important a good paddle would be so I went with this bottom of the line paddle. Spending a little more for a carbon shaft might be nice if you're going to paddle a lot, or spending a lot more for a fully carbon paddle would be great (I have both and they are definitely big steps up from this one). But... this Bending Branches is perfectly adequate. I've used it for long day trips many times. It works the way a paddle is supposed to and I wasn't wasted with fatigue at the end of the day. If you have a budget constraint and you need a paddle, this one works fine enough. When you outgrow it you can pass it down or keep it as a spare.
Date published: 2012-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great paddle for price!!! These paddles have some of the features of more expensive paddles. They have the option of being offset which helps make your paddling strike more comfortable. They are fairly lightweight. They cause less fatigue then others we tried in this price range. They are comfortable to use and are rigid. There is no flex when you use them. They are also milled so that the two pieces fit exactly. It's convenient to be able to take them apart for easier tranport. They've been great for day trips on calm water, and class one and two rivers as well as an overnight camping trip. The only con is that they do splash a little. But they are great for recreational paddlers.
Date published: 2007-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice paddle This 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: 2013-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not durable For the price it's hard to complain, but I had this paddle as a backup/loaner paddle for about two years...till this year's skills clinic when I tried to use it for a paddle float rescue. I had barely put any weight on it when it snapped in half. Both the "composite" (aka plastic) ferrule and the aluminum shaft simply broke right at the perforations (alignment holes). NOT as good as its predecessor of the same name which I'm still using as my primary paddle. The previous version of the "whisper" has the same blades, but the drip rings are adjustable and made of a rubber-like substance and the ferrule (the bit that holds the two halves together) is also made of aluminum and is therefore significantly sturdier. If anybody has one of the older Whisper paddles gathering dust in a store room, I'm in the market!
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *Reliable inexpensive paddle* I bought this paddle for my husband back in 2006 and it's still going strong. Also in 2006, we purchased 2 recreational kayaks, both around 12 feet long - this paddle was used almost exclusively with these 2 rec boats. At times we swapped boats or paddles, so I spent some time using his paddle. At 230 cm, it was a perfect fit for both of our boats. The paddle remains a fantastic solid beginner/intermediate paddle and has proven the test of time. Through all the miles we've paddled, at times up to 20 miles a day, it never broke or even cracked, despite being used in ways I'm sure it was never intended. We used it as a "pole" to shove our way along a shallow river in N Idaho (not recommended, but it held true), as an emergency deflection against boulders in class III rapids in Colorado, and during an ill-planned Washington coast over-nighter, it spent a fair amount of time navigating through tricky (and very sharp oyster beds) as the tide went out and left us high and...quite muddy. The option of 0° or 60° feather is nice and worked equally well for my left-handed husband and for my right-handed self. When feathered, the paddle cuts through wind easily and slices the water nicely with minimal to no drip, depending on conditions. I'm about 5'11" and am fairly athletic but don't have particularly strong arms, yet I found the paddle's 37 oz weight to remain manageable after hours of paddling in heavy wind and waves. After using it for 8 years, we moved overseas and opted to pass it on, along with its companion kayak, to my mom, confident that it will continue to be a reliable paddle for her. The attached photo was taken June 2014 before the paddle passed to her. It still looks great. The only imperfection with the paddle is that after several hours of paddling, the shaft leaves large black smudges on your hands. I never cared much, but especially if you use nice kayaking gloves, this could discolor them. I bought the paddle new and it started smudging with the first use, but the manufacturer might have corrected this issue since we bought ours in 2006. And the price? For $59, it's a steal!
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great deal This 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: 2012-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great bargain priced paddle Bought 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: 2013-10-03
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How do you determine the length of paddle to order?

Asked by: Serpa
In the box where you select the paddle size and add it to the cart there is a small symbol that says "Size Chart" Click on that and it will take you to a table where you find your height and the width of your Kayak and in turn it will recommend the right paddle.
Answered by: Randallmtx
Date published: 2017-01-27

One reviewer mentioned their paddle they got in 2006 left black smudge marks on their hands. Has anyone experienced this? If so, how old is your paddle? Thanks

Asked by: Steak
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