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    Default Paddle weights..

    I have been looking at getting my OH a lighter paddle as her (54" mobile adventure) solid ash beavertail seemed a little on the heavy side, but only get used occasionally.. I weighed it out of curiosity.. 950g now I wonder why I haven't used mine for a while..

    So I got to weighing a few more:

    54" powerblade..... 828g
    60" ainsworth C100 carbon shaft .... 907g
    64" GO Sagamore ... 762g
    60" BB Expresso .... 630g
    58" Nantahala ..... 794g

    Just FYI..

    Paul

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    My 83" ZRE SUP paddle comes in at 325g!!

    I had to take out a mortgage on it

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    Seems like a good idea ... I'll play too ...

    Endless River, Ash Shaft, wooden, 63", can't find it in their current catalogue ... 1.116kg
    Carlisle Scout, wooden, 63" ... 639g
    Grey Owl Guide, 60" ... 796g
    TNP Plastic, Aluminium shaft, 59" ... 797g
    TNP Plastic, Aluminium shaft, 59" ... 791g
    Ainsworth C100, 59" ... 944g
    Werner Nantahala, 56.5" ... 761g
    Grey Owl Touring, 12 degree bentshaft, 56" ... 769g
    Mitchell Pacer, 15 degree bentshaft, 48" ... 639g
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    Potentially really useful list. Most of my paddles are covered already, so nothing much to add, but have merged below.


    Bin Man
    54" powerblade..... 828g
    60" ainsworth C100 carbon shaft .... 907g
    64" GO Sagamore ... 762g
    60" BB Expresso .... 630g
    58" Nantahala ..... 794g

    Wavecloud
    83" ZRE SUP paddle comes in at 325g!!

    Potty Pink Paddler
    Endless River, Ash Shaft, wooden, 63", can't find it in their current catalogue ... 1.116kg
    Carlisle Scout, wooden, 63" ... 639g
    Grey Owl Guide, 60" ... 796g
    TNP Plastic, Aluminium shaft, 59" ... 797g
    TNP Plastic, Aluminium shaft, 59" ... 791g
    Ainsworth C100, 59" ... 944g
    Werner Nantahala, 56.5" ... 761g
    Grey Owl Touring, 12 degree bentshaft, 56" ... 769g
    Mitchell Pacer, 15 degree bentshaft, 48" ... 639g

    Mal
    Grey Owl Voyageur 56" ...23oz = 652g

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    Yea! It's like a feather! 300 quid though!

    Stuttieboys new paddle comes in at about 1 micro gram

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    My 60" (laminated) Cherry wood Grey Owl weighs in at 829g.

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    Bin Man
    54" powerblade..... 828g
    60" ainsworth C100 carbon shaft .... 907g
    64" GO Sagamore ... 762g
    60" BB Expresso .... 630g
    58" Nantahala ..... 794g

    Wavecloud
    83" ZRE SUP paddle comes in at 325g!!

    Potty Pink Paddler
    Endless River, Ash Shaft, wooden, 63", can't find it in their current catalogue ... 1.116kg
    Carlisle Scout, wooden, 63" ... 639g
    Grey Owl Guide, 60" ... 796g
    TNP Plastic, Aluminium shaft, 59" ... 797g
    TNP Plastic, Aluminium shaft, 59" ... 791g
    Ainsworth C100, 59" ... 944g
    Werner Nantahala, 56.5" ... 761g
    Grey Owl Touring, 12 degree bentshaft, 56" ... 769g
    Mitchell Pacer, 15 degree bentshaft, 48" ... 639g

    Malfoy
    Grey Owl Voyageur 56" ...23oz = 652g

    bhofmann
    Laminated Cherrywood GreyOwl 60" ... 829g
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    Grey Owl Tempest, all wood low angle touring model, 90-1/2" (!!) 967 gm

    - mine's longer than yours . . .
    Terry Haines

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    Mines longest of all boss

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    When reports on Zaveral paddles start coming in, it will take your breath away.

    But Mitchell slalom paddles, with carbon shafts, and blades made of curved wooden slats faced with glass or carbon, are quite light, quite strong, and provide excellent control for all purposes. My Mitchell is about 15 years old and still going strong. I would suggest having Mitchell put an 18" length of vinyl shrink-down sleeve on the shaft.

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    Because I had nothing better to do this morning, this thread encouraged me to weigh my paddles.
    Of the 6 wooden paddles I own, 2 are GO Voyageurs. I @ 58" and ! @ 60".
    Surprisingly, the 58" weighs 30 grams more than the 60" which just goes to show that you can't necessarily believe manufacturers listed weights for their wooden paddles .

    Not that this is overly important, but I suppose that if the weight of your next paddle purchase is really important to you, then it would pay to take a set of scales along to the shop with you
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    Lol this makes me feel a bit better about my handmade paddles.

    Bat Pine 59" 1090g

    Voyageur Red Meranti 70" 1080g

    SUP Pine Cranked estimated 76" 1030g

    Beavertail Red Meranti 62" 1000g

    Double Ended Cranked Pine/Mahogany 94" 960g

    Big Ideas Pine/Chestnut Thing 62" 730g

    Normal Pine/Mahogany 60" 650g

    Baby Pine 59" 620g

    Cranked Pine/Mahogany 59" 540g

    Laminated Cranked Obeche/Mahogany 58" 520g

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    Here's my paddles-
    We-no-nah Blacklight straight 143cm- 465g
    We-no-nah Blacklight bent 137cm- 392g

    Don't you just love carbon fibre!

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    Just got a ZRE power surge paddle for the lad..281g

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    ZRE rules, end of

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    Endless river beaver 63", 15kg...

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    Hmmm. Looks like I need to go out to the shed and take a LOT more wood off my 3 homemade paddles.

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    Carbon... It's the only way!


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    Quote Originally Posted by No Idea View Post
    Laminated Cranked Obeche/Mahogany 58" 520g
    How is that even possible with two relatively dense hardwoods? My 52" bent-shaft made of Western Red Cedar is 620g. A shorter paddle, made of much lighter wood, is 100g heavier. And you really couldn't shave any more wood of mine, shaft and blade are pretty close (or past) the limit of how thin you can go as I was on a mission to build a light one.

    EDIT: ah, my googling has unveiled that Obeche is a relatively light hardwood, that could explain it. Is this paddle mostly Obeche No Idea?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy-Old-Troll View Post
    Here's my paddles-
    We-no-nah Blacklight straight 143cm- 465g
    We-no-nah Blacklight bent 137cm- 392g

    Don't you just love carbon fibre!
    Worth saying again....

    Wood is lovely, but only for ornamental reasons

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredster View Post
    How is that even possible with two relatively dense hardwoods? My 52" bent-shaft made of Western Red Cedar is 620g. A shorter paddle, made of much lighter wood, is 100g heavier. And you really couldn't shave any more wood of mine, shaft and blade are pretty close (or past) the limit of how thin you can go as I was on a mission to build a light one.

    EDIT: ah, my googling has unveiled that Obeche is a relatively light hardwood, that could explain it. Is this paddle mostly Obeche No Idea?
    Balsa is a hard wood..

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    Indeed, and agree about the wood thing. Its lovely to look at, and I love making them out of wood, but that said, man do I drool over ZRE paddles!

    Although I did a couple of 30 mile days solo on the Severn using a wood paddle and the weight wasn't a concern at the end of the day. No aches or strains.
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    Stut got a ZRE off eBay for a bargain price.

    There's simply nothing out there like it.

    I've used mine now for over a year. Anything else just feels horrible now.


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    Yeah, I have a look now and then. If I could find one for sub-150 I would be tempted. I have a fast composite solo boat so I feel it would be justified.
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    It would!

    Stuttieboy paid 140 I think..?


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    Damn! Tapper confusion has occurred!




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    Quote Originally Posted by wavecloud View Post
    It would!

    Stuttieboy paid 140 I think..?


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    I paid 100 delivered, it's not mint condition, but then I don't mind too much if it gets a few scrapes..

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    I'll pop it on the scales in a bit...

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    Looks like I've already done that a while ago ! 280g

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    Got the weight of this one down to about 700g, it's getting 2 coats of varnish and then Ill use it and if necessary nip a bit more weight off in the fullness of time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stuttieboy View Post
    I paid 100 delivered, it's not mint condition, but then I don't mind too much if it gets a few scrapes..
    Bargain! Will keep my eyes peeled...
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