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Saltwood Paddles “Habit” Review

I was asked by Derek at Asheville Adventure Rentals to come demo and review a paddle from the Pacific Northwest.  I head over to the shop, and Derek hands me a wooden bent shaft with composite blades.  This is a real unique combination, so I was quite intrigued.

Saltwood Habit composite blade

For starters, the 194cm, 30degree feather “Habit” weighed about the same as a Shogun, if not less.  The blades are a very nice shape, nice and wide, and feel very smooth in the water.  The composite blade is a carbon fiber and fiberglass laminate around a balsa core.  The benefits of a foam core are gained from this.  Since this is not a foam core, it is more a durable paddle, breaking the edge of it will not compromise the core.

Wood Bent Shaft

Because the shaft is very unique, I was very critical about it, and it surpassed my expectations.  Over-sized on the bend, and indexed for fingertips, it felt very natural for a bent shaft paddle.  The shaft is warm because it is wood, which will be nice in winter.  Pogies will work well on this paddle also.  The paddle feels very strong and reliable.  I am confident in the construction of the shaft and blades.  This is a very

nice

paddle, and is priced fairly.

Check out Saltwood Paddles at Asheville Adventure Rentals, in Asheville, NC, or online at http://www.saltwoodpaddles.com/

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