the woodies from CT are OK, the clearcoat will wear off and wood will split and mould, if not refinished annually, its a simple reclear job, even a brush works fine. had mine for 5 years of abuse, still good.
Interest: What can I say, I love the outdoors. Backpacking, canoeing, hiking, fishing, a little cycling and so on and so on.
I've had and been using my bent shaft Grey Owl canoe paddle's for around ten years and haven't done any up keep at all. Highly recommend them but yes you get what you pay for. Think they were around 150 buck's way back then. Provided your looking for canoe paddle's that is
Yeah, he did say cheap paddles. He also said that he's already busted 2. So maybe he's not the average casual user and will continue to be throwing money away if he continues to break cheap paddles. I don't know, just an idea.