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Buy a Carlisle Canoe Paddle

Updated on August 26, 2010

Buy A Carlisle Canoe Paddle

The right Carlisle canoe paddle can make all the difference when it comes to whether or not you enjoy the experience. Unfortunately most people don’t put nearly as much thought into it as they should when they buy a canoe paddle. They will give a lot of consideration to choosing the right canoe and then rush through choosing a paddle.

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The first consideration when you are selecting a canoe paddle is the type of canoeing you are planning you are to do. If your plans are to go white water canoeing you are going to want to get a paddle with a large blade, ideally a broad rectangle or a tulip-shape. This will help to give you maximum control, as will a T-grip handle. You will also want to make sure that you get a paddle that doesn’t have any flex, fibreglass and wood are good options.

At the other extreme is people who are planning to use their canoe to take trips. In this case you are going to want to get a durable, flexible paddle with a small blade. This will help to reduce the amount of energy you need to expend to move the canoe. A pear shaped grip will be the most comfortable for your hand, an important consideration if you are taking a long trip.

General recreational canoeing will fall somewhere in between a white water and cruising and it should come as no surprise that the paddle will as well. A small to medium size blade is a good option. The grip can be either a pear shape or a T-grip whichever you prefer. The cheapest option is to get a fairly heavy paddle but most people find that spending extra for a lightweight paddle is a good investment.

One of the most important considerations is making sure that you get a Carlisle canoe paddle that is the right length. Again this will depend on the type of paddling you are planning to do. The length of the shaft should equal the distance from your mouth to the water. This can be complicated by the fact that this distance will depend on the type of canoe you are using and whether you will be sitting or kneeling. If you can’t determine the length of the paddle you are going to need a 56-58 inch paddle is usually good for most people.

The shape of the blade that you choose will also be determined by the type of canoeing you are planning to do. A wide blade is great for white water because it gives you lots of control but it also requires a lot of effort to use. A long narrow blade will let you paddle without nearly the effort but it comes at the expense of control.

Choosing a Carlisle canoe paddle with a pear grip is a good idea for long distance trips since it is the most comfortable. On the other hand a T-grip will give you better control and is ideal for white water. There is also a soft T-grip option that falls somewhere in between and is a good choice for the recreational paddler. An oval shaft is the most comfortable but a round one will be cheaper. You will also want to make sure that you choose a shaft diameter that your hand fits comfortably.

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