Carlisle Standard T-Grip
Current Retail: $39.95
Historic Range: $28.95-$155.00
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.
- Fully covered aluminum shaft so hand placement isn't limit and hands don't touch cold aluminum.
- Low price.
- Adequate for recreational paddling.
- 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.
Source: bought it new