I wanted a paddle that was comparable to the Ascent Paddle I had been using, without paying $200. The Carlisle (made by Old Town) Magic Plus was just what I was looking for. It paddles just as good as my more expense unit. This makes for a great back up or primary paddle.
The paddle is very light compared to others I have used and it controls my boat very well. It is constructed nicely and has 3 settings for different styles of paddling. The price on it is very good, I have seen it on sale for as low as $79 so it is affordable for even the most casual paddlers. I have already recommended this paddle to many friends and the ones who have purchased it have been equally pleased.
This is a fiberglass paddle, and I did test one carbon fiber paddle also, but I actually preferred this one. I would easily give this 5 Stars and recommend to anyone looking for either a low priced entry level paddle, or a great backup paddle.
It is lightweight, adjustable and an ease to use for hours on end. The only drawback that was mentioned to me by my neighbor is that it is a bit thicker than a standard paddle and it didn't fit his hand quite right.
So the very next day I bought a Carlisle Magic 220cm paddle. And it was night and day. The rest of my first year I was going on 20 plus mile solo trips with much less effort and pain because of the lighter weight and semi flexible shaft of the Carlisle Magic. This year as soon as we hit some 50 degree days I had my kayak back in the water. But because the lack of availability of someone to drop off my car down river I found myself Paddling up river several miles in flooded fast moving rivers for several miles and running them back down in a quarter of the time it took me to paddle up them… and of course once again the extreme pain was back.
So I recently bought a Carlisle Magic Plus and found it to be just a little bit lighter but much more flexible then my Carlisle Magic. Once again Carlisles products has helped me accomplish more then my family ever expected me too and has made it so much easier on my shoulder. As a disabled veteran and a female… I'm told I can't do a good many of things but with the Carlisle Magic Plus it's helped me prove them wrong. I can't say enough good things about their products. And in the next month I am purchasing a Liquidlogic Stinger XP and plan on running it through everything from fast paced rivers, the great lakes and white water as well. And even though the white water may require me to get a new paddle that is more suited for it…. for everything else I will stick with my trusted, tried and true Carlisle Magic and Magic Plus Paddles. You can't get a better paddle for such an affordable price.
The paddle is a two piece and gives the option of rotating 45 degrees forward or back. This is somewhat limiting compared to higher in paddles that allow you to feather the blade at any angle you wish. There is also a little bit of play where the ends meet (paddle rotates a little bit when locked in) since the connection is not locked in super tight. This hasn't been an issue in real world use though.
All things considered, this is a nice paddle for the price. It is a great option for your average rec paddler and should last for years. There are better paddles out there with tighter tolerances and fancier designs but you will have to pay a considerable amount for it.