Hackensack River Canoe &
Canoe Paddle: Seda Graphite Kevlar
I've had my Seda paddle for over 1.5 years.
At 24 ounces and well balanced, it is a joy to hold all day long.
The smooth plastic handle is average in comfort: Not as comfortable as
Ainsworth's, but more comfortable than Werner's.
The lower third of the graphite-fiber shaft is covered by a rubber sleeve. I
always found the sleeve to have a "dirty" feeling, so I removed it.
The silky graphite feels nice in the hand and offers a nice combination of
stiffness and flexibility.
The thin Kevlar-epoxy blade flutters during underwater recovery due to the
bulge from the shaft in the middle.
Durability has been good.
The Kevlar blade edges have become "fuzzy" due to abrasion. Rather
than wearing down like other composite blades, these edges become fuzzy making
for more flutter and noise during underwater recovery.
There is a slight crack in the middle of the blade, where the shaft is,
allowing a small amount of water to enter the core, making a sloshing sound
when shaking the paddle.
Although this small amount of water has made the paddle slightly heavier and
less well balanced, it still performs well. I have seen Werner paddles
incapacitated by similar cracks.
Although I have relegated this paddle to backup duty, I still recommend it for
those looking for a light-weight composite whitewater paddle, as it is capable
of absorbing much rock pounding.
Waiting for the annual Seda Holiday sale will get you the paddle for $77.
Contributed by HRCKC member George