Carlisle Standard T-Grip

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Decent paddle for the price. Full shaft covered in…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new

Summary

Decent paddle for the price. Full shaft covered in vinyl so hand placement is not limited like the economy model. OL for recreational paddling, not stiff enough for whitewater or flatwater racing.

Pros

  • Fully covered aluminum shaft so hand placement isn't limit and hands don't touch cold aluminum.
  • Low price.
  • Adequate for recreational paddling.

Cons

  • Plastic blade doesn't provide the same power as fiberglass
  • Shaft fully round, no ovalized section for better comfort

This is basically the Carlisle Economy Paddle with a fully vinyl covered shaft, so you'll never have to touch cold aluminum even when you choke up on the paddle. I've own one of these for 3 years and bought 4 for my company's canoe team.

The price is right, they are nicer than the economy model which most rental agencies use, and they do the job.  But, if I'm paddling in heavy wind, I wish for my stronger fiberglass-bladed whitewater paddle.

The shaft is of narrow diameter and fully round, which isn't ideal for a long day of paddling. However, better paddles cost 3 times as much, so this paddle definitely has it's place, either for recreational paddling or as a spare.  They are also durable and I've never seen one damaged. 

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The industry standard for strength and durability, the Carlisle tough and lightweight canoe paddle is great for all levels of paddlers.

- REI

The industry standard! This 1-1/8" aluminum shaft extends well into the blade for added strength and is covered with polyethylene to provide a warm, secure grip. The 8" x 20" molded blade uses super-strong polypropylene for a powerful yet lightweight paddle.

- RockCreek

Specs Grip: T-grip Blade Material: Polyethylene Blade Size: 19cm W x 54.6cm L (8" W x 20" L) Blade Shape: Symmetrical Shaft Material: High density polyethylene covered aluminum Breakdown: No Control: Right or left hand Paddle Weight: 1077 g = 38 oz at 152 cm = 60 in Application: Rafting/canoeing

- River Sports Outfitters

Carlisle Standard Paddle - The industry standard for strength and durability! The Standard's aluminum shaft extends well into the blade for added strength and is covered with polyethylene to provide a warm, secure grip. The molded blade uses super-strong polypropylene for a powerful yet lightweight paddle.

- Outdoorplay

The toughest we sell. Reinforced for pushing off from the river bottom. 8" wide blade delivers power with each stroke. Cushioned shaft grip. T-grip handle. Lightweight, maintenance free design. Imported.

- L.L.Bean