Score: 4.9. This paddle is
beautiful, lightweight and strong.
After a few minutes of use it felt
like an old friend. I was a bit
disappointed in the bumpy
varnish finish. For that I deduct
Used them a couple of times
and loved them. Only owned
cheap feather weights and
these are 100x better. Really
not that much more if you are
going to use them a couple
times a year.
So glad BB makes a paddle that's lighter than the Expedition and more durable than the Arrow. That weight/durability tradeoff makes it a really nice tripping paddle for easy whitewater. I don't use the Explorer much for weekend runs where my stiffer stronger fiberglass Werner can take a lot of abuse. But on a long trip when I want the feel of a wood paddle--the warmth, the flex, the slicing profile--day in and day out, this is a honey.
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