Canoe Paddles for the Boundary Waters

Bending Branches makes several different canoe paddles specifically designed for expedition trips, like those you’ll take in the Boundary Waters.

canoe paddles for the boundary waters

What makes them specially suited for these kinds of extended trips?

They’re Extremely Durable

We start with close-grained, tough hardwoods for the blades. Then we edge the blades with our patented Rockgard® protection. Finally we wrap them in fiberglass. The shafts are made from either the same durable hardwoods or aviation-grade carbon.

No worries about your paddles not being able to survive the rigors of wilderness trips. In fact, you’ll be using them for many years to come.

They’re Lightweight

We use high quality materials that are both durable and very lightweight. You may not think a few ounces would matter that much. But when you paddle all day, for several days, your muscles will notice the difference and thank you for it.

Many Models Have a Bent-Shaft Option

Bent-shaft paddles are designed for high efficiency with every stroke. They’re perfect for the many lakes of the Boundary Waters. Add that to their light weight, and your muscles have double reason to thank you!

The following paddles are all designed with your Boundary Waters trip in mind:

The straight-shaft Expedition Plus has an MSRP of $149.95. Its Rockgard® protection extends around the blade edge and six inches up the shaft, giving it extra durability. 4 ounces of fiberglass wrap covers 126 square inches of blade. Made of basswood, roasted basswood and red alder, it weighs 24 ounces.

The Sunburst 11 (bent-shaft) and Sunburst ST (straight-shaft) have an MSRP of $224.95 and $214.95. These premium paddles are made with an ultra-tough and lightweight carbon shaft—the entire paddle weighing a mere 17 ounces. 99 square inches of blade is wrapped in two ounces of fiberglass. The blades are made of basswood, roasted basswood and red alder.

The Explorer Plus is a long-time favorite straight-shaft paddle made of basswood and roasted basswood. Its MSRP is a very affordable $119.95. The beefy 126-inch blade is wrapped with 4 ounces of fiberglass. It weighs 23 ounces.

The Cruiser Plus 11 bent-shaft paddle is made of basswood and roasted basswood. It sports a large 128-inch blade wrapped in 4 ounces of fiberglass. This is our most affordable bent-shaft paddle at $129.95. It weighs 22 ounces.

The Viper is a double bent-shaft paddle, taking efficiency and comfort to the next level. A weight of 22 ounces, a large 128.5-inch blade, and its double bend make this an ideal choice for reduced fatigue on long trips. Made of basswood and roasted basswood. MSRP $159.95.

The Java 11 (bent-shaft) and Java ST (straight-shaft) are our lightest all-wood paddles, at only 19 ounces each. Their MSRP is $149.95 and $139.95. They’re made of basswood and roasted basswood, with 118 square inches of blade wrapped in 2 ounces of fiberglass.

Are you ready to make your paddle choice for your next Boundary Waters excursion?

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