Made to order (6-8 wks)
Sam's Special takes the stress out of paddling with its slightly narrower blade and lightweight handling.
Wood: Western Red Cedar & Aspen
Finish: Blade is Fiberglassed
Shaft and blade are epoxied and varnished
Grip is bare
Avg. Weight: 19-20oz.
Blade Dimensions: 7.5" x 20"
Wilderness Class I: The defining feature of this class is that all the paddles are extremely lightweight. Every paddle in this class is made entirely of Western Red Cedar. Each blade is fiber-glassed and attached with an epoxy blade tip to ward off inadvertent rock swipes. While these are cream-of-the-crop in the weight department, they are mid-level wilderness paddles as far as durability goes. While hearty enough for any wilderness trip, some care while prying/twisting on rocks is recommended. And cedar is a soft wood so keep rubbing along the gunwales to a minimum. The moral of the story is this - lightweight and quite durable, but some care while paddling is required.