By Paul Lebowitz
Do you like digital cammo? The designers at paddle maker Adventure Technology must. They’ve decorated their newest fish sticks with a matrix of blue, white and green pixels. The beauty (eye of the beholder, right?) is more than skin deep. These things are pretty trick.
First off, there’s a new adjustable ferrule system. In case you don’t speak paddle, that’s the connection between the left and right sides of the paddle. It adjusts a full 10 centimeters. Just the thing if you tend to change from wide boats to skinny from time to time.
There are two series, Sport and Advanced. Both feature a line hook on the left blade and a 36-inch measuring tape on the shaft. The entire line is available in 220, 230, 240, 250 and 260 centimeter lengths.
Advanced, you know what that means, right? The high end, the good stuff, the performance-oriented steak and lobster. These featherish-weight sticks crafted from lightweight fiberglass reinforced with AT’s Duraweave with Innegra material. I don’t know what that means other than whitewater anglers who break rocks with their paddles think it is tough stuff. That’s important – anglers are rough on their go-sticks. $275 each for the Odyssey and Oracle Angler, one for low gear and the other for those who fish in high.
The Sport Series AT Angler paddles are value-priced, built with fiberglass reinforced injection molded nylon blades and carbon blended shafts. Those are fairly light components for a mid-priced paddle (light is good). AT will offer blade shapes suitable for aggressive high angle (the Search Angler) and cruise-worthy low angle (the Pursuit Angler), each at $145.