Canoe Paddles

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less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 and above

Recent Canoe Paddle Reviews

Sanborn Canoe Co. Gunflint

rated 5 of 5 stars The Gunflint looks great, is very comfortable in hand, and is really powerful. Goes out in the canoe every time I do. Full disclosure: I received my paddle from Sanborn as a gift for some photos I did for them, and I had also used them prior to that.  I have a Gunflint with the 14° bend from the blade to shaft. The weight is not ideal for an ultralighter, but it's still really comfortable, and definitely better than the cheaper paddles I've used. I really like the oiled grip. Seems to chafe less… Full review

Mitchell Paddles Premier

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Many people spend thousands of dollars on a canoe or kayak, but go cheap when choosing something equally important...their paddle. If you are looking for a great performing white water canoe paddle, Mitchell Paddles makes the Premier using wood, fiberglass and carbon fiber. These paddles are very well made for paddlers, by paddlers. They are stiff, and heavier than lighter duty paddles, but will last more years than others. Background: David Mitchell started whitewater slalom racing in the early… Full review

Bending Branches Impression Solo

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a well made, eight-foot-long paddle made for solo canoeing. It is a very strongly and beautifully made paddle. I just finished paddling the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca and the Venice, Louisiana, in an 18-foot canoe and spent many days fighting a south wind and the waves there would sometimes be so strong they would push me back. With my Bending Branch Solo Canoe Paddle I was able to make miles and fight my way down the Mighty Mississippi River on days I would otherwise have been wind… Full review

Old Town Golden Light Canoe Paddle

rated 4 of 5 stars This paddles is a perfect choice if you are looking for a paddle that is extremely light. This product is best for all types of water and lengths of trips. This paddles is a perfect choice if you are looking for a paddle that is extremely light. This product is best for all types of water and lengths of trips. I use it to push off the bank over logs, and the metal bar never bends. The handle fits quite well in the palm. The only negative about this is that the handle makes your hands turn black. Full review

Whiskeyjack Whiskey Jill

rated 4.5 of 5 stars For people with smaller hands or need a lighter bent paddle, this paddle is a lovely choice. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, the design is very efficient, very comfortable, and really light. I voted down a bit because it is pretty expensive for the canoe enthusiast who doesn't get out regularly. From the Whiskey Jack website: The Whiskey Jill is an incredible canoe paddle designed specifically for female paddlers. The Jill has a smaller grip and skinnier blade that is easy to hold and easy… Full review

Bending Branches BB Special

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great bang for the buck in this paddle. While it isn't the lightest or fanciest paddle on the market, it's a great workhorse that is easy to use for hours and hours. Think of this as the old diesel work horse that doesn't run at high RPM, but produces massive torque! I wanted a better paddle to take on my Missouri Breaks than the paddles that came with the used canoe I bought, since they really were not comfortable (as I learned on a 50-mile Ross Lake trip I had taken two years earlier).  So, I… Full review

Field & Stream Aluminum Canoe Paddle

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Lightweight and comfortable to use. These are great inexpensive paddles that come in a few different lengths. Made of aluminum, so they are lightweight and the t-handle is comfortable to the hand for long periods. Large plastic paddle end gives nice amount of thrust without having to overwork. Full review

Bending Branches BB Special

rated 5 of 5 stars Paddling a fully loaded canoe, two people, gear for camping, two can be a tough slog. Traditional paddles we had moved the boat just fine, but not as efficiently, or as comfortably as the BB specials! The paddle is beautiful to look at, and beautiful to use. It is more efficient than our old, straight paddles; as we get older, and our shoulders show more wear and tear, we appreciate the bent shaft paddles. They are strong, well made, and easy to use. There is an adjustment period to using… Full review

Otter Creek Paddle Works Unisex Cub Paddle

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great paddle! It is light, durable, and all around good, and for its price it's very worth it and will last a very long time! I highly reccomend this item! This is a very good paddle. It will take you places for sure and there will be no problems at all! With its smooth and sleek handcrafted design and with its bottom guard it can take a beating! Though wouldn't recommend kids using it because it's pretty large, but it works great for teens and aduts. With a good paddle it makes your canoing… Full review

Top-Rated Canoe Paddles

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Field & Stream Aluminum Canoe Paddle
$25 MSRP
Aqua-Bound Edge
Bending Branches "A" Series
Bending Branches Arrow
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Bending Branches BB Special
Bending Branches Espresso Plus 14
$102 - $139
Bending Branches Expedition Plus
Bending Branches Explorer Plus
$110 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Impression Solo
$190 MSRP
Bending Branches Junior
Bending Branches Loon
Bending Branches Sun Shadow 14
Bending Branches Sun Shadow ST
Bending Branches Sunburst 14
$214 - $224
Bending Branches Sunburst ST
Bending Branches Sunburst XL
Bending Branches Sunburst XL ST
Bending Branches Traveler
Bending Branches Viper Canoe Paddle
Carlisle Beans Oars
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Economy Paddle
Carlisle Guide
Carlisle Outfitter
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Standard T-Grip
Carlisle Taboo Stand Up Paddle
Cataract Navigator Guide Paddle
Caviness BP Series Paddle
Caviness CavPro 7TS-RT
Harmony Shadow Paddle
L.L.Bean Beavertail Canoe Paddle
L.L.Bean West Branch Canoe Paddle
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mitchell Paddles Premier
NRS Carlisle Standard
NRS PTC Canoe/Raft Paddle
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Old Town Golden Light Canoe Paddle
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Otter Creek Paddle Works Cub Paddle
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sanborn Canoe Co. Gunflint
$135 MSRP
Sawyer Paddles Glide
Sawyer Paddles Kids Tales Canoe Paddle
Sawyer Paddles Ranger
Sevylor Whitewater Canoe Paddle
$35 MSRP
Shearwater Webbed Paddle
Werner Advantage Adjustable SUP
Werner Bandit
Werner Bandit Carbon
Werner Carve Adjustable SUP
Werner Guide Stick
Werner Nantahala
Werner Nitro Adjustable SUP
$339 - $348
Werner Nitro Carbon
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