Badger Paddles Tripper
An amazing hand-made cherry ottertail paddle. Made in Canada.
This traditionally shaped ottertail paddle is extremely smooth and quiet for a paddle with such a substantial blade surface. Popular among solo and tandem trippers, as well as day paddlers, the Tripper is a great do-everything paddle for lake country. Over the years we have made subtle and slight changes to our Tripper until we came to the final shape we use now. This is Badger’s most popular paddle due to its classic traditional look, smooth, quiet fluidity, and a blade size that is preferable to a wide range of paddlers. The blade carries its volume a little higher with a thin tip allowing for a smoother entry in to the water, with plenty of volume once the full blade enters the water in the mid point of your stroke. Badger’s signature hand shaped transitional ridge (between the shaft and blade) allows for a strong backbone traveling well into the paddle blade. It then gradually tapers into the blade allowing for uniform flex towards the center. The ridge also creates a smooth flow of water around the blade on the surface allowing for a more smooth and fluid stroke.
Constructed from solid cherry with hand-rubbed oil finish. Made in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada. Badger Paddles believes in tradition, using old fashioned methods to handcraft their paddles from single pieces of wood. Every Badger canoe paddle is a unique wood carving and a work of art as no two paddles are the same. Each Badger Paddle includes its own Paddle Sock to protect your paddle in transport or storage.
CHOOSING YOUR PADDLE SIZE
When you come into the store we fit paddles in a few different ways. For some paddles it’s as easy as standing up straight with the paddle blade on the floor in front of of you. The grip should be somewhere between the top of your sternum and chin. For other paddles we may have you hold the paddle as if you were about to take a stroke, and then put the shaft on top of your head. If your elbows are at 90 degrees you have a good fit.
Ordering From Home
If you can’t join us in the store and see the paddles in person, the following is the best technique to get the correct size. The overall paddle length should be determined by the shaft length from the top of the grip to the throat of the paddle (where the shaft meets the blade).
To determine the paddle size you need, sit up straight on a chair and measure the distance from the surface of the chair to your chin. Add 6” for the approximate distance the canoe seat would be from the waterline. For example, a person whose chin to chair measurement is 23” would add 6” to arrive at a 29” shaft length. Looking at the specifications for the Tripper (below) you would find the best fit would be a 57” paddle. A one or two inch variation really will not have much effect in usage, just try for closest shaft length. Remember to consider that canoe seat heights vary as might a ‘comfort range’ that you might feel more suited to.
Due to the nature of handcrafted work these measurements are approximate and could vary.
51", 54", 57", 60", 63"