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Bending Branches debuts their new Black Pearl carbon fiber paddle

August 11, 2011
The new carbon fiber paddle from Bending Branches

Hard charging, performance-touring paddlers are going to love the new Black Pearl carbon fiber canoe paddle from Bending Branches. Made from high tech materials and coming in at just 14 ounces this paddle will be a great addition for your lightweight Kevlar canoe. The company recently debuted the new Black Pearl paddle at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, 2011.

American made Bending Branches (BB) was founded in 1982 by whitewater paddlers Dale Kicker and Ron Hultman. By building composite paddles with Kevlar tip guards, which became known as rock guards, they revolutionized the industry and changed paddling forever. This small, privately held company in Wisconsin has built more than one million paddles for canoeists and kayakers.

The Black Pearl was built as an answer to Bending Branches customers who own and paddle high-end canoes built of Kevlar or carbon fiber. They wanted a lightweight, strong paddle to match well with their lightweight boat. The Black Pearl gives them the ability to partner a high tech touring paddle with their high tech boat.

It starts with a carbon fiber touring blade paired with a carbon fiber composite shaft, a very stiff, light combination. The paddle is topped off with a carbon grip built to fit the paddlers’ hand. Dale Kicker has said he believes it to be the most comfortable grip they have built. At 14 ounces this paddle possesses an extremely high strength to weight ratio, and with the large touring blade it is maximum efficiency on the canoe trail.

This paddle will be ideal for the canoeist who likes to have the newest, fastest technology in their hands. And, has been waiting for a high-end paddle to pair with their high-end boat for outstanding performance touring.

Grab one of these paddles today, get your canoe pack out of the garage, and be ready for the Boundary Waters tomorrow. And don’t forget one for you bowman, too.

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  • Tom Fink August 19, 2011 at 11:17 am

    How does the Black Pearl compare against Zaveral paddles, which are even lighter?

    • BradP August 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      Great question, Tom. I have never paddle the Zaveral so we are gonna have to put it out to the masses. Can anybody compare and contrast these two paddles? Brad

      • Bending Branches September 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

        Hello Black Pearl fans! The team at Bending Branches would like to share some important details with you about our new all-carbon paddle:

        Though similar in appearance, the two brands are quite different in design.

        Black Pearl Touring paddle is: comfortable, powerful, strong and has a great touring blade shape.

        ZRE racing paddle is: light, quick and has small racing blade.

        Bending Branches offers a full two-year warranty on all paddles. Please feel free to call or email our friendly customer service team anytime. 866-755-3405

        Happy Paddling!

        • BradP September 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

          Thanks so much for the info.

          Now I have learned something about blade shape and design.

          Get out and enjoy the water. • Brad

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