The Typhoon8 Dragonfly carbon fibre paddle is one of the nicest dragonboat paddle that I have seen around. It is beautifully finished in matte black with no joints except at the handle. The Typhoon8 logo and IDBF certification has been screen printed onto the paddle which stops these details from fading or coming off (most paddles I have tried and tested have stickers stuck onto the paddle and they come off over a period of time). It hasn’t been easy for Typhoon8 to get this paddle into the market after 12months of delays from getting it certified. Though the wait has been worth it.
One thing I have found in this paddle is that it retains the same feel as the wooden paddle with similar amount of flex. Typhoon8 has obviously chosen a different type of carbon fibre material to allow for this and this is why their paddle is not as stiff as the other paddles in the market. This may be a good thing for paddlers who have a tenancy for shoulder injuries. The only downside of this paddle is it’s weight at 520g or 18oz compared to other carbon fibre paddles which predominately sit around the 420g mark. I suspect it is the type of foam core they use within the paddle that adds this extra weight and it’s price point is justified by the extra weight.
Overall a good beginner’s carbon fibre paddle to try out. Though, I would personally consider other lighter paddles in the market first for not much more in price.
|Manufacturer:||Asia Explorer Ltd (Typhoon8)|
|Weight:||520g or 18oz|
|IDBF 202a Spec:||Approved License Number 3042|
|Material & Construction:||Carbon fibre|
|Country of origin:||Asia|
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