Canoe Paddles

Recent Canoe Paddle Reviews

L.L.Bean Beavertail Canoe Paddle

rated 5 of 5 stars A classic redone with a robust edge guard and modern wood finish. This paddle isn't for white water, but on a lake or quiet stream, it's a lovely paddle to hold and use. I received this paddle as a birthday gift from my wife yesterday. I'm quite taken with it—it's so "Moonrise Kingdom." The wood used is straight-grained and clear of imperfection. The paddle is understated and beautiful. Beavertail paddles are a classic choice for lake paddling. Once the paddle is submerged, its shape allows it… Full review

Bending Branches Viper

rated 5 of 5 stars Most comfortable paddle I've used for long distance paddling. The curved shaft really makes a big difference. I purchased this canoe paddle to replace my 20-year-old Bending Branches bent paddle that finally took some damage after many miles. This one has the curved shaft as well as the bend where the paddle connects. The curved shaft really makes a big difference for comfort, it just feels good. I also feel like I can steer better with the Viper as opposed to my old bent paddle, maybe it's just… Full review

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

Shaw & Tenney Algonquin added Jun 11, 2018
$179 MSRP
Shaw & Tenney Model 150 added Jun 11, 2018
$169 MSRP
Shaw & Tenney Penobscot added Jun 11, 2018
$109 MSRP
Shaw & Tenney Maine Guide added Jun 11, 2018
$189 MSRP
Shaw & Tenney Racine added Jun 11, 2018
$169 MSRP
Shaw & Tenney 1897 added Jun 11, 2018
$169 MSRP
Shaw & Tenney Grand Lake Stream added Jun 11, 2018
$179 MSRP
Bending Branches Java ST added Sep 4, 2016
$111 - $139
Bending Branches Java 11 added May 16, 2016
$119 - $149
Bending Branches Cruiser Plus 11 added May 16, 2016
$111 - $139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ZRE Power Surge FW-Z Light added Oct 5, 2015
$325 MSRP
Bending Branches Sunburst 11 added Oct 2, 2015
$179
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sanborn Canoe Co. Minnesota added Sep 17, 2015
$170 MSRP
Bending Branches Slice Glass Solo 2 added May 25, 2015
$127
Bending Branches Sunburst ST added Sep 24, 2014
$171 - $214
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Viper added Sep 22, 2014
$127 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sanborn Canoe Co. Gunflint added Jun 5, 2014
$135 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mitchell Paddles Premier added May 22, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Impression Solo added Apr 28, 2014
$159
Cataract Navigator Guide Paddle added Apr 5, 2014
$155
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Field & Stream Aluminum Canoe Paddle added Apr 3, 2014
$25 MSRP
 
Bending Branches Junior added Dec 16, 2013
 
L.L.Bean West Branch Canoe Paddle added Sep 20, 2013
$80
Carlisle Beans Oars added Sep 15, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Old Town Golden Light Canoe Paddle added Sep 1, 2013
$35
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Beavertail Canoe Paddle added Aug 27, 2013
$100
Sawyer Paddles Glide added Jan 6, 2013
Sawyer Paddles Kids Tales Canoe Paddle added Jan 6, 2013
Carlisle Taboo Stand Up Paddle added Sep 5, 2012
$85 - $99
Werner Nantahala added Dec 2, 2010
$175
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Otter Creek Paddle Works Cub Paddle added Jul 27, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Whiskeyjack Whiskey Chaser added Jun 29, 2010
$145 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Whiskeyjack Whiskey Jill added Jun 29, 2010
$145 MSRP
Werner Bandit added Apr 20, 2010
$175
Werner Bandit Carbon added Apr 20, 2010
$196 - $215
NRS PTC Canoe/Raft Paddle added Apr 15, 2010
$47
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Bending Branches BB Special added Apr 13, 2010
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Economy Paddle added Apr 13, 2010
$25
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Standard T-Grip added Apr 13, 2010
$30
Bending Branches Expedition Plus added Apr 13, 2010
$119 - $149
Bending Branches Arrow added Apr 13, 2010
$100
Carlisle Outfitter added Apr 13, 2010
$55
Bending Branches Loon added Apr 13, 2010
$75 - $79
Bending Branches Explorer Plus added Apr 13, 2010
$130
Carlisle Guide added Apr 13, 2010
$80

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