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New paddles?

Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:41 pm
by on the rocks
I love my VE paddle but made the mistake of not going for a split option. I really could do with splits for travelling but unfortunately VE are no longer making paddles. I have plastic Werner’s for my spares and not keen on the push button mechanism so my choice for new best split paddles would seem to Celtic or Mitchell both in carbon. The Mitchell’s are a bit more expensive but I like the idea of the foam core, hopefully as a slight aid (real or imaginary) in rolling. Has anyone used both and can offer a comparison or reviews? Thanks

Re: New paddles?

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:18 am
by purelandexpeditions.com
Werner 4 piece is a very good system, the push buttom is pretty much industry standard. As for Lendal and Mitchell both are good, not much between them.

A lever varilock split system is excellent but does often mean you have one long end on the shaft making putting in a boat an issue, on a boat less so.
D

Re: New paddles?

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:25 pm
by Doorman
Just a thought but could you ask a kayak company to convert your VE to a split option?

Re: New paddles?

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:10 am
by PeterG
From personal experience over the years AT paddles are very good, but very stiff, makes a roll seem easy, but also easier to pull a muscle in real life, I like a bit more give. Comparing a carbon and bendy wood greenland paddle the bendy one gives back at the end with a little spring if the boat is slow in responding due to wind or waves.

Epic are also worth a look, the 'relaxed' hybrid is good value and with a better more reliable locking mechanism and lighter than the Werner. The full carbon is ultra light but also very very stiff, we got one at super bargain price but I prefer the hybrid really. Our favourites for years and very durable.

Re: New paddles?

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:06 pm
by Daker
If you like your current VEs, Id just buy a joint piece, cut them in half and fit a Celtic Padlock joint.
Its easy enough to do if you're careful.

One thing to remember, if you want the two pieces to be the same length for use as splits at any time, the cut need to be a bit off centre to allow for the protrusion of the spigot piece. ;-)

Re: New paddles?

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:00 pm
by sloegin
Also take a look at Ainsworth Ocean in full carbon or Carbon Shaft and glass blades, or as PeterG mentions above Epic make touring paddles which I am about to bring into stock next week.

Re: New paddles?

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:16 am
by Simongelder
I bought a lever lock joint from Mitchell Blades. Was given personal advice plus an instruction sheet on fitting the new joint. Not a hard job and the modified paddles have been used a lot in the 5 years since with no sign of problem with the joint.

Re: New paddles?

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:27 pm
by on the rocks
Thanks everybody, I ordered some new Mitchell Bombora paddles before I realised I could get a diy joint for my VEs. I’ll now get a joint for VEs so I’ll always have a good pair as spare and sell my current plastic spares, if I’m ever in a situation to need the spares it’s likely that a good back up will be more useful in getting out of the situation. Also it may be useful to have a choice of paddles for different conditions

Re: New paddles?

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:15 am
by rockhopper
Let us know how you get on with the Mitchell blades, especially compared to the VE ones. I almost went for the Bomboras before i decided on my VE paddles so would be interested to hear a comparison.

Rog.