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    Default Mitchell Touring special Paddle

    Bought a new paddle,I was after something a bit more robust for GII rivers.
    So i sought advice here and from Dave Brooks Endless River.
    He suggested a Mitchell Touring special.
    So here it is.



    Blade is about the same width as my Voyageur,,Basswood /Butternut which in English is Walnut and lime,hardwood edges and tip, fibreglass wrapped.
    Came with a loose grip so I initially cut it to 60" tried it with the top glued on with hot glue gun.
    Just as well I did as it was too long so i cut it down to 58".
    Came off easily enough with boiling water
    Takes a bit of fiddling as its a tapered shaft,30 mm plug into T grip,might drill and dowel.



    Hopefully should paddle as nicely as my other Mitchell surreal (without the slight flutter)
    reassuringly negative

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    Is that a dog I see patiently waiting for that stick to be thrown.....??
    If it wasn't for the rain in our lives there would be no rivers. X 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by tenboats1 View Post
    Is that a dog I see patiently waiting for that stick to be thrown.....??
    Is that a dog I see patiently waiting for the steak to come out of the aga while at the same time keeping a watchful eye on the dog / steak combo deterrent at stage right.....?

    Nice looking paddle M R

    Paul
    How can you know where I'm at when you haven't been where I've been,
    understand where I'm coming from?

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    That's canoe dog Tinker .
    reassuringly negative

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Rat View Post
    That's canoe dog Tinker .


    Waiting for his capricciosa to crisp

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    After a year or so of using the Mitchell Touring Special, I'd argue that it is a decent, mid-price all-rounder.

    The paddling experience isn't anything like as refined as with the Surreal, but it stands up to knocking about on rivers in situations where I'd be hesitant to use a nicer blade. The blade area is the same as the Surreal: perhaps a bit big into a strong headwind, but reassuring in moving water and when surfing. The only oddity is the T grip: not to everyone's tastes.

    I've tried massively nicer paddles... but they generally cost lots more money. I've tried many cheaper paddles, but most were pretty dreadful. As a stick to occasionally abuse, I've yet to come across anything offering better value.

    On the other hand, if you take care of your paddles... the extra for the Surreal would be money well spent.

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