The RAAB dragonboat paddle is definitely an unique paddle. I thought Chinook would be the first to release a paddle with different colours coated onto the paddle, but RAAB have done a good job as well and actually created coloured carbon weaving on sections of their paddle. The RAAB dragonboat paddle is hand made by Ondrej Raab and is one of the lightest paddles on the market, weighing 400g or 14oz. One thing that stood out to me was the integrated non-slip material on the shaft which looks like it’s been heat shrinked on (It helps a paddler get better grip). Though time and again I still prefer the elliptical shaft and RAAB has used a ribbed carbon fiber shaft that is completely cylindrical. (Trust me you will notice the difference when paddling!)
The paddle is finished with handmade quality (extremely detailed) and compares to the ZRE paddle of similar construction and design. It is constructed in three pieces and funnily enough I was surprised that they still used wooden handles. The wooden handle is softer to hold and is quite comfortable, but I still prefer carbon handles. I understand RAAB now offers the option of a carbon fibre handle. The blade is polished nicely and even has the RAAB logo embossed on the bottom edge. Furthermore the edges are clear coated adding more protection from splitting and allowing for a smoother entry and exit into the water.
Finally any colour can be added to the weaving allowing it to stand out for teams and individuals who want something different. A dream paddle to use!
|Weight:||400g or 14oz|
|IDBF 202a Spec:||Approved License Number 3141|
|Material & Construction:||Carbon fibre|
|Country of origin:||Czechoslovak Republic|
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