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Paddle Styles

Ottertail - is a traditional paddle style which has been commonly used by paddle-makers for many years. It has a smaller, symmetrical blade that is easy to pull through the water and is quite responsive to the paddler. The Ottertail is great for all types of recreational paddling. 

Modified Ottertailis a variant of an Ottertail with its broader shoulders at the top of the blade. This puts the widest part of the blade near the paddler’s lowest hand and offers better control and greater power. The Modified Ottertail is well suited for solo paddling as well as tandem and makes a great tripping paddle for all day paddling.

Special - is more than just a beautiful paddle. It combines a well-proportioned blade with an appealing ratio between the blade and shaft lengths. Specials pair a shaft and blade of equal length. This results in a paddle with a longer then normal blade that is mechanically superior to other paddles. The Special is a great paddle for canoe tripping, lake paddling as well as paddling solo. The long blade provides a solo canoeist with greater reach and responsiveness. Although not for whitewater the Special is great for all other paddling needs.

Modified Special - is to the Special in the same way the Modified Ottertail is to the Ottertail. In the Modified Special the shoulders of the blade are wider near the paddler's lower hand. This results in greater control and slightly more power when paddling. The Modified Special is ideal for paddlers who like the look and feel of the Special but find the narrow blade not as aesthetically pleasing.  This paddle is ideal for canoe tripping, lake paddling as well as soloing, the Modify Special is a beautiful well proportions paddle which is lovely to paddle with.

Quill - is the quite essential solo paddle!  The Quill is designed for precision canoeist looking for a blade that is truly responsive and alive in their hands. The Quill comes with an extra-long narrow blade designed to always be in the water. The Quill if for those paddlers who want to be in constant contact with the water feeling the ebb and flow of the forces on the blade so minute changes can be made for precision paddling.