Canoe Paddles

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Bending Branches
Sanborn Canoe Co.
Mitchell Paddles
Old Town
Sawyer Paddles




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

Recent Canoe Paddle Reviews

Bending Branches BB Special

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the only paddle I’d recommend for flat water and lake paddling. This paddle provides you more power more efficiently with each of your strokes. You can easily spend much more on a paddle, but you’ll not really gain much in performance. (Note the grip and oval shaft) Finish is excellent. After more than two decades of use, my paddle looks much newer.  Firstly, in the interest of full disclosure, openness, and honesty, I’m biased toward wood paddles. I neither want nor need any high… Full review

ZRE Power Surge FW-Z Light

rated 5 of 5 stars Hand made in the USA carbon fiber work of art that makes heavier paddles obsolete IMHO We purchased two ZRE Power Surge Light paddles a year ago and they still make us smile every time we use them or even just pick them up. At near 8 1/2 ounces (varies slightly by length), they allow two Medicare-age paddlers to paddle for four hours without even having our arms get tired. My wife has arthritis in her hands, so I phoned Mr. Zaveral himself for advice. He told us what measurements to take and then… Full review

Sanborn Canoe Co. Minnesota

rated 5 of 5 stars The Sanborn Canoe Co. Minnesota 14° is a light weight (19 oz.) and durable paddle making all environments pleasant. The paddle is comfortable in the hands, takes a beating, and comes out still looking beautiful. Some may think the light weight compromises durability, but not with this paddle. I recently purchased the Minnesota 14° bend for an excursion in the BWCA.  I have paddled with many other well-known brands before with no complaints, but this paddle came out on top for paddles to own. Full review

Sanborn Canoe Co. Gunflint

rated 5 of 5 stars I am not easily impressed. I have had numerous paddles over the 25 years I have toured the BWCAW. After lending my favorite paddle to a friend who lost it (yes, I know I should not have lent it.) I ordered a pair of Sanborn Gunflint paddles. A bent one for the bow and long straight for the stern. I like them even better than the one I lost. I did much research before choosing and am thankful I did. Great craftsmanship, and beautiful. They are a little more beat up now, but I use my paddles... really… Full review

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

Top-Rated Canoe Paddles

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Bending Branches BB Special reviewed Oct 31, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ZRE Power Surge FW-Z Light reviewed Oct 5, 2015
$325 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sanborn Canoe Co. Minnesota reviewed Sep 17, 2015
$170 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sanborn Canoe Co. Gunflint reviewed Jul 9, 2015
$135 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mitchell Paddles Premier reviewed May 22, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Impression Solo reviewed Apr 28, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Old Town Golden Light Canoe Paddle reviewed Apr 15, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Whiskeyjack Whiskey Jill reviewed Apr 7, 2014
$145 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Field & Stream Aluminum Canoe Paddle reviewed Apr 3, 2014
$25 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Standard T-Grip reviewed Feb 21, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Economy Paddle reviewed May 20, 2011
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Whiskeyjack Whiskey Chaser reviewed Nov 13, 2010
$145 MSRP
Bending Branches Expedition Plus
Bending Branches Arrow
Bending Branches "A" Series
Bending Branches Java 11
Bending Branches Traveler
Bending Branches Sunburst 11
Carlisle Outfitter
Bending Branches Loon
Sawyer Paddles Glide
Cataract Navigator Guide Paddle
Bending Branches Cruiser Plus 11
Bending Branches Viper Canoe Paddle
Carlisle Guide
Werner Guide Stick
Werner Bandit
Bending Branches Sunburst XL ST
NRS PTC Canoe/Raft Paddle
Bending Branches Sunburst ST
L.L.Bean Beavertail Canoe Paddle
Carlisle Taboo Stand Up Paddle
$85 - $99
Bending Branches Slice Glass Solo 2
NRS Carlisle Standard
Werner Bandit Carbon
Werner Nantahala
Carlisle Beans Oars
L.L.Bean West Branch Canoe Paddle
Bending Branches Junior
Sawyer Paddles Kids Tales Canoe Paddle
Bending Branches Twig
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Otter Creek Paddle Works Cub Paddle reviewed May 26, 2013
Bending Branches Explorer Plus
Werner Nitro Adjustable SUP
Bending Branches Espresso Plus 14
Caviness BP Series Paddle
Caviness CavPro 7TS-RT
Sevylor Whitewater Canoe Paddle
$35 MSRP
Bending Branches Sunburst XL
Werner Spanker Carbon
$299 MSRP
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