Expeditionary paddlers who need endurance, power, and control in their canoe paddle will love the Bending Branches Expedition Plus' power T-grip and its Rockgard® edge protection that extends all the way from the blade tip to 6 inches up the shaft. This paddle's 4 oz. fiberglass blade wrap further protects the red alder, basswood, and roasted basswood blade for maximum durability. Made of closed grain, light weight, durable hardwoods, the Expedition Plus is both attractive and versatile for paddlers who take their time on the water more seriously.
|Shaft Type:||18 Laminate|
|Blade Size:||8.2 in. x 19 in.|
|Grip Type:||Ultimate T-Grip|
|Wood Type:||Basswood and Red Alder|
|Weight:||28 oz / 793.79 g|
|52 in||P EXPE PLUS 52|
|54 in||P EXPE PLUS 54|
|56 in||P EXPE PLUS 56|
|58 in||P EXPE PLUS 58|
|60 in||P EXPE PLUS 60|
The paddle is incredibly light. The "T" grip is excellent for those situations when you really need to hold on, or really need the fine control. The paddle is solid as a rock. I am not worried about the end splitting even if it takes a few dings.
I am purchasing my second Expedition Plus. I broke the first one trying to push myself over a gravel bar instead of just getting out and walking my canoe down. I was very pleased with how well it held up on the rocks. Just about everybody in our group that runs the lower canyons of the Rio Grande uses a plastic paddle because of the rocks and low water, but this paddle made 6 trips before I broke it. The rock gaurd extends 6 inches or so up the shaft so it doesn't come off. I ruined my first bending branches paddle a sun shadow by pulling off the rock gaurd after 3 years, about 240 miles. If you want a wooden paddle and you're in rocky low water situations then this is the correct paddle to buy. Just don't put all your weight on the shaft and expect it not to crack a little. I still managed to use the paddle for two more days after it started cracking due to the fiberglass overlay. I'm very happy with the paddle and would recommend it to anyone that wants something to use hard and then still be able to hang it on the living room wall.