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    Had a new paddle arrive this week,a Badger Paddles Sliver.Shape wise it's an elongated ottertail,the timber is cherry.It's the Angelina Jolie of the paddle world,very long,very lean and totally sexy !!Using it is an absolute joy,very easy to move through the water,very slick it made underwater recovery very very easy.I was also surprised at the speed I managed from it.The finish is oiled,hemp oil with a secret little extra ingredient,very smooth and the water just runs off it.The grip is very comfortable and after paddling a good 7 miles with it today I had no hot spots or blisters on either hand. The blade measures 4.75" (120mm) it's widest point and the length of the blade is 28" (720mm) from the tip to the throat.The paddle comes in it's very own 'Badger Sock'.All in all a joy to use and I cant recommend them highly enough.Available in Europe from http://www.canoebase.at/








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    Lovely looking paddle, but I think you need to check the best before date on your Pepsi can.

    From the website (in German) I see they do them in Ash as well. The Ash is 135, Cherry 155, and the paddle sock is an additional 10: http://www.canoebase.at/portfolio/badger-paddles

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    I did'nt even notice it !! Well spotted

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    Sock pics



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    Could do with a sock like that for Christmas!!

    (Do I really have a sock fetish?)

    Nice paddle too.

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    PS I hope the badger's liver is in a better state than mine!

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    I think Badgers liver is doing just fine

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    Nice looking paddle! Off to investigate the stockist now... What a tart I am
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chainsaw View Post
    Nice looking paddle! Off to investigate the stockist now... What a tart I am
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    I tried one of these early in the new year and so much as Ive drooled over the pictures in the past, once I'd used it I just had to have it!!!

    As a consequence my new Badger Sliver is now on its way! Can't wait
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crow View Post
    Could do with a sock like that for Christmas!!

    (Do I really have a sock fetish?)

    Nice paddle too.
    Wonder what you could keep warm in a sock like that?
    Simms ..

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    A paddle ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus2 View Post
    A paddle ?
    A Badger Paddle!!!
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    I dont understand this.

    What is the difference in using a short wide blade, to a narrow long blade of the same area?

    From my ignorant reasoning, as the paddle moves through the water like a pendulum, the longer blade would appear to be a lot less efficient at shovelling water. Water sliding past it would also be more as the centre is nearer to the edges.

    What have I missed?

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    Someone will get more technical, but pulling a blade through the water is a paddle of the above shape will be more a gradual built up of pressure, a shorter / wider paddle is more immediate, with more 'shock'....

    Paul

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    Paul is correct,the slim profile also allows for better underwater recovery.On flat days where you dont need the 'muscle' these paddles are a joy to use,less strain on the joints too

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    I'm not likely to respond with anything more technical than either Paul or Marcus and i do agreed with whAt they've said.

    When I use 'long and thin' paddles I find that it takes a bit more times to reach cruising cadence but, once a speed the paddle cuts through the water (especially recovery) much easier and somehow feels like I'm exerting less effort.

    What really surprised me specifically about the Badger Sliver was the speed that I was able to maintain with it. I have other beaver / otter tail type paddles but the Badger just felt like a cut above the others.

    Still very excited about its imminent arrival
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    Thank you for that.

    Makes sense.

    Ive been wondering about this for a while now, and have even built a sort of voyager paddle to see what the difference is, but have to recover from an injury before I can go try it.

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    Are the edges sharper on this one than on the other beaver/otter tail paddles?

    Sorry to take this a bit off thread, but Im interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by No Idea View Post
    Are the edges sharper on this one than on the other beaver/otter tail paddles?

    Sorry to take this a bit off thread, but Im interested.
    I think they may be but I've not got the paddle yet to compare: I managed to snaffle one for the day to try whilst I was out paddling.

    Perhaps Marcus could help here, he's lucky enough to have one!??
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    Slightly sharper Gary,also quite a flat sectional profile.Hows the back injury coming along ?

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    Pissing me off. Hands had stopped pins and needles and feet were a lot better, so I loaded Red on the car today. Its 30 kg.

    Decided not to try paddling it as I was feeling weird again. Now the pins and needles are back.

    The paddle Im making is still 1kg. I dont seem to be able to drop the weight without weakening it.

    Ive given it a coat of varnish so that I can go try it - sometime.

    Maybe I need to thin the blade some more, although, its pretty thin.

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    Havent finished journalling it yet. Blade is 30" at the mo and 5 and 5/8ths wide, and parallel.

    I left the shoulders on to shed the water.

    Havent decided what to do about the end profile, so its still square.

    Before varnish..





    Its blade profile isnt exactly true...



    I think the handle grip is also too thin at about 1/2 inch thick...



    I probably would have scrapped it, but Ive been bored since hurting my neck, so it got finished...sort of.



    I made it simply because the wood was there, and it was too narrow for any other sort of paddle, and I was curious as to why they are said to be good for distance paddling.


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    Quote Originally Posted by No Idea View Post
    I dont understand this.

    What is the difference in using a short wide blade, to a narrow long blade of the same area?

    From my ignorant reasoning, as the paddle moves through the water like a pendulum, the longer blade would appear to be a lot less efficient at shovelling water. Water sliding past it would also be more as the centre is nearer to the edges.

    What have I missed?
    Along with the other advantages already mentioned, with a narrower paddle, the stroke can be made closer to the side of the hull. So the turning away from the paddle side effect, is reduced to a minimum. So less 'J' is required to compensate.
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    Hadnt thought of that.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by No Idea View Post
    Pissing me off. Hands had stopped pins and needles and feet were a lot better, so I loaded Red on the car today. Its 30 kg.

    Decided not to try paddling it as I was feeling weird again. Now the pins and needles are back.

    The paddle Im making is still 1kg. I dont seem to be able to drop the weight without weakening it.

    Ive given it a coat of varnish so that I can go try it - sometime.

    Maybe I need to thin the blade some more, although, its pretty thin.
    Not on topic but .. please see your Doc regards the pins and needles stuff, if you are not already. TB.

    Ah Ive flicked through SotP and I see you are seeing doc.. Well done .. Get fixed soon!
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    I apologise now in advance of what I'm about to post. I can in no way be held responsible for any reactions or urges that the post may illicit!!

    As some of you may know I have become somewhat obsessed about owning a Badger Sliver paddle and that desire reached its peak in early January when someone very kindly lent me theirs for the day.

    As a result of that day I have finally bought one for myself. Mine....to have and to hold....to cherish....my precious!!

    She's arrived:








    I suppose I should also say that it is the new 2013 version!

    If anyone is interested in Badger paddles or Swift Canoes I can wholeheartedly recommend Carinthian Canoe Base.

    They have rather temptingly sent me the Swift canoe brochure (much to Nikkis disgust) but, that may well be another tale for the future

    Of course the Badger will be starring this weekend and ill report back with my thoughts!
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    Nice paddle

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