Lendal Paddles are back [What you need to know]

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Lendal Paddles LogoLendal Paddles kind of reminds me of that bad guy in the movies who just won’t die. You think that he was killed when the old creepy house collapsed on him but after 2 minutes of suspense he busts up through the floor boards back for more.

You all should know the story now about how Johnson Outdoors almost killed-off but then decided to sell-off Lendal Paddles to Celtic Paddles LTD which is owned by Nigel Dennis of Sea Kayaking UK fame.

It’s taken a while but details have finally been released about when and where new Lendal paddles will be available and it’s looking good.

Lendal is currently in the process of shipping the manufacturing machinery from the US to the UK and is currently in talks with many of the original subcontractors to pick-up and continue building paddles before they were originally bought out by Johnson back in 2006. Once the equipment is back in the UK; look for manufacturing to start again mid August.

Lendal is also tweaking their sea kayak paddle line slightly. Depending on how you read their press release, there will either 3 or 4 ranges of paddles based on design, materials and intended use. They specifically mention The Expedition, The Pro and the Elite Range but in the press release they also mention the Standard range so there might actually be a forth category.

Here is how they are described:
[blockquote]The Standard range offers both a narrow and a standard grip, built of carbon with the option of an injected crank. This range will be supplied with nylon or glass blades. The paddles can be ordered in either 1,2,3 or 4pc.

All shafts are fitted with the switch lock system. Blade shapes: Nordkapp / Archipeligo / Kenetic Touring Small, Medium and Large.

Lendal Kinetik Touring Blade - Old LogoThe Expedition range offers the all carbon shaft’s both straight and cranked with carbon blades in 1,2,3, or 4pc

Blade shapes: Nordkapp / Archipeligo / Kenetic Touring Small, Medium and Large. The shafts also have the option of the Switch lock or Variable joint.

The Elite range is under design and we will be announcing the range by the end of August 2010.  A new method of construction; an exciting development![/blockquote]
I’m confused as they don’t mention what is involved with the Pro range (maybe it’s also called Standard?) but hopefully that will get sorted out in short order.

I’m pretty excited to see Lendal back on the market. It looks like some of the tried and true blade designs will continue to be built. The introduction of the narrow shaft option looks very promising as any of the shafts I have tried out in the past always seemed to big and beefy for little wimpy hands.

For North American customers, you probably won’t see anything at least until spring 2011 as Lendal is focusing on moving existing stock around to satisfy the UK market (the core of sales). Look for an official list of “Approved Lendal Paddling Centres” (shops that sell Lendal) posted on their website August first.

Finally, who knew that Sea Kayaking UK also has a twitter feed? You can follow @SeaKayakingUK and keep up-to-date on the latest info from them.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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