The Merlin CD2 once again is easily identified by it’s distinct fork displayed on the blade. This time it not only stands out, but it is actually lighter than most carbon fibre paddles weighing at 400g or 14oz. Merlin is known to be the innovator of technology, as they have shown in their “Excalibur” paddle. You can read more here.
At first when I tested this blade, I felt it was light with little strain on the shoulder. Though after being accustomed to the elliptical shaft design, I felt it wasn’t as comfortable to use for a longer period of time. Additionally the handle is slightly smaller compared to a Burnwater and Apex carbon paddle, and can cause blisters for a person with average size hands.
I have to admit, at first I didn’t take a liking to this paddle because I had seen some manufacturing and teething issues – shaft and handle breakages. Furthermore the external paddle finish was not complete showing unpainted areas of the fork and inconsistent clear lacquer. This was from version 1 and Merlin has since address these issues, shifting their manufacturing from Malaysia to China. Sometimes it does take the new version (CD2) to be released to have these issues fixed. Since then I have not heard many more problems except for more advancements, and Merlin plans to soon release the next lightest paddle in Dragonboating. At the price of $197AU, it is considered to be the cheapest and lightest dragonboat carbon fibre paddle available.
|Manufacturer:||Talon Technology (Merlin)|
|Weight:||400g or 14oz|
|IDBF 202a Spec:||Approved License Number 3201|
|Material & Construction:||Carbon fibre|
|Country of origin:||Australia, manufactured in China|
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