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Carlisle Guide Paddle

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You can rely on this paddle's strength even in the most demanding whitewater. The Guide has a large (8" x 27") reinforced polyethylene blade, with a rugged 1-1/4" diameter shaft and T-grip.

Oversize shipping charges apply on 60" or greater sizes.

Weight: 48 oz. at 60"
Sizes: 60", 66", 72"

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Grip: T-grip
Blade Material: Xenoy™
Blade Size: 20.3 cm W x 66 cm L  (8" W x 26" L)
Blade Shape: Symmetrical
Shaft Material: Polyethylene-covered aluminum
Shaft Shape: Straight
Breakdown: No
Paddle Weight: 66"  is 48 oz  (1361 g)
Application:
  • Rafting

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  • Carlisle Guide Paddle

    Q:

    I would like to order a carlilse paddle but it comes in sizes? how do i know which size to order?

    also there is a regular one and a guide one. If I have four in the raft I need four paddles. should there be one guide and 3 regular?
    Asked on 6/14/2013 by Helene from NJ

    4 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Helene, guide paddles are longer and generally used when you have the person using it sitting on the upturned stern of raft where a longer paddle is needed to reach the water. If all your paddlers are sitting along the lower side tubes you'll probably want all shorter paddles. Here's a paddle sizing guide to help you choose - http://www.nrs.com/inflatables/paddle_sizing_guide.asp - Give us a call, 800.635.5202, for further assistance.

      Answered on 6/14/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi Helen:
      A longer paddle is a bigger lever. In the hands of strong paddler that can be helpful, but if the paddle is too big for your paddler you will actually degrade their performance and endurance, making your job as guide harder. The old canoe standard for proper paddle length measure is blade on the ground, t-grip just to the chin, for a typically good length for your paddler.
      You want five paddles for a boat of four; always carry a spare--one more paddle than paddlers. It's easier to guide with a regular paddle than to paddle in a team with a guide stick, so your spare should be a regular paddle, not a guide stick. Hope this helps.
      -Mark

      Answered on 6/15/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      A lot depends on the size of your boat.  And the size of the paddlers.  A five foot person might not like the longer paddles.  A six and a half foot person might not like the short paddle.  The bigger the tubes, the longer the oar you will need because you are further away from the water.  If you are going to have someone sitting at the very back of the boat, more or less running the boat by themselves, the guide paddle is a must.  If you have a 12 to 14 foot boat, I am guessing you would want the medium paddles (3) and one guide.  Take all of this with a grain of salt, I am no expert.

      Answered on 6/15/2013 by Anonymous
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      A:

          Yes.  There is a guide paddle that has a red shaft where as the others are blue.  It has a bigger blade.  I would do one guide and 3 regular. I have some of the shorter and longer regular paddles ( ithink 56 and 60 inches?) Recommend the 60 inch for adults and the shorter for kids and teens.
       
      David

      Answered on 6/16/2013 by Anonymous
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Carlisle Guide Paddle
 
4.5

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable shaft (4)
  • Good control (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Guiding (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Guide paddle

By Gary

from NJ

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable Shaft
  • Good Control
  • Reduces Flutter

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Advanced Paddling Techniques
  • Day Trips
  • River Running
  • Touring

Comments about Carlisle Guide Paddle:

Offers good control in class 3 rapids big raft

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

This a good paddle

By Wetstone

from Spokane, Wa

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good leverage
  • Minimizes Fatigue
  • Sturdy

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Carlisle Guide Paddle:

      Used the same paddle in guide school. Length gives good leverage, but a bit heavy. It's such a good paddle that when you flip your raft with your paddle unsecured (Yes its shameful), no one will call the phone number on it and return it. ITS THAT NICE!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Guide Stick

      By TEAGRIP

      from Dacula GA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Shaft
      • Minimizes Fatigue

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Carlisle Guide Paddle:

          Just enough blade with length for running the Eastern US rivers that have narrow tight lines.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Great Blade, Terrible Buoyancy

          By a Cascade guide

          from the Payette River, ID

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Big Blade
          • No Flutter
          • Won't shatter

          Cons

          • Eventually breaks
          • Heavy
          • SINKS LIKE A ROCK

          Best Uses

          • Guiding

          Comments about Carlisle Guide Paddle:

          I prefer the 72" length with a blade this large. This paddle is commonly nicknamed the "Shoulder Jerker". If you don't have the reach to use extra leverage, then it'll wear you out. Most of the guides at my company use this paddle with the top of the blade trimmed. Personally, I love the dimensions. I like being able to grab that much water and crank the boat around with 1 stroke. I am disappointed at how they don't float hardly at all, but I just don't let go of it. My main issue is that I break one or two of these every summer (about 80-90 full day trips). I'm only 155lbs so that shouldn't happen, and for most people it doesn't. There are two aluminum shafts that overlap right where the plastic joins in the middle. It seems like the aluminum fatigues where everything joins up. I have 4 of them broken in that exact spot. If Carlisle fixed that, I could overlook the buoyancy problem.

           
          5.0

          Great power

          By just a rafter

          from Elk Grove, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • Strong
          • Turns a boat on a dime

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Guiding
            • J-stroke

            Comments about Carlisle Guide Paddle:

            This is a replacement. A friend lost my 6 year old guide paddle. I love the power i get out of this paddle. Would'nt go on the river without one of these paddles.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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