Expeditionary paddlers who need endurance, power, and control in their canoe paddle will love the Expedition Plus’ power T-grip and its Rockgard® edge protection that extends all the way from the blade tip to 6 inches up the shaft. This paddle’s 4 oz. fiberglass blade wrap further protects the red alder, basswood, and roasted basswood blade for maximum durability. Made of closed grain, light weight, durable hardwoods, the Expedition Plus is both attractive and versatile for paddlers who take their time on the water more seriously.
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Blade: Red Alder, Basswood and Roasted Basswood, 18 Laminate Basswood Shaft
I bought one three years ago. I travel with multiple paddles in case of loss or breakage, but the Expedition Plus has been on now,, 3,000 miles of trips? That paddle alone has been used for about one thousand miles,, and a fair bit of that white water. It looks and feels like new. The durability is astounding. I have BB Arrow paddles that have been refinished multiple times. (I love Arrow paddles), however the Expedition Plus has never needed a touch. Yes,, it has a few marks in and on it,, but I have three week old paddles that don't look as good as the three year old Expedition.
Laughing,, would I buy it again,, absolutely, no question. But I may never have to.
After breaking a few lesser paddles while paddling upstream on various stretches of the Missouri River, including tributaries and rock-strewn chutes, along with moderate whitewater on various smaller streams, I took Bending Branches’ advice and ordered a new Expedition Plus to use as my go-to paddle under conditions that would tax the carbon shaft bent paddles that I had been using 90% of the time. I have not been disappointed. This paddle is indeed a workhorse, with features like the power T-grip and the Rockgard® protection all the way from the blade tip to 6 inches up the shaft. Additional protection includes 4 oz. fiberglass wrap on the blade (most paddles have only 2 oz). Bottom line, this paddle will not only take all of the hard use that I can give it, but excels in efficiency for a straight shaft paddle. I have used it in up to Class II+ whitewater and it performed more than adequately. I believe that every serious canoeist, especially ones that paddle in a wide variety of conditions, should have an Expedition Plus in their boat.