What people are saying
I have 3 Norse paddles from Spring Mills, Pa. two whitewater canoe paddles and a kayak paddle. These paddles have been on rivers in kayaks, canoes, and rafts in Virginia and North and South West By God. Live in Harpers Ferry and our daughter is now guiding with my Norse. Almost 40 years old and functionaly perfect. Buy a Norse for a lifetime and your kids.
I bought my heavy duty whitewater paddle and a double paddle (kayak) directly from the plant at Spring Mills, Pennsylvania in 1974. I have used the single paddle on many a rocky river while (lots of shoving off rocks) whitewatering / camping in long canoes with canoe club friends- who also own Norse big paddles from the same era. The double paddle was made long enough to paddle a 17 ft canoe solo while crusing the BWCA-W. Even loaded with camping gear -for two - and our dog, tandem manned canoes could not catch me as we raced for campsites. NORSE PADDLEs survived 38 years with me, are unbreakable and perform second to none!
Stuart Ellis "Stu"
On the Upper Gauley it is me, the boat, my crew and my paddle against the best mother nature can throw out. For 21 years I've trusted only a Norse paddle. It's my first line of defense against big water.
Having never heard of Norse Paddle before buying my first canoe (a beater original 17 foot Mad River Explorer, still my favorite of 5 boats) I was immediately impressed with how sturdy it looked. It lived up to the look. At that time it was already very used and the guy I bought my boat from threw it in gratis. What a score! 13 years later it has been the stand out even after being severed above the blade by being run over by a truck and repaired twice (thanks again Don). I now own four and when my armada takes to the water I want everyone in a boat to have one in their hands. Goodbye forever to any cheap, brittle substitute
I'm a big fan. Nothing beats a Norse for the low water grinding I seem to be so fond of when the going gets hairy, I always reach for Old Faithful which has been severely abused for 12+ years, run over by a three quarter ton Chevy van, then flipped over and run over again to straighten it out, subjected to a full season of being pinned/chundered somewhere underneath Pete Morgan’s rapid in the Cheat River Canyon following a most unfortunate swim/yard sale. (It was retrieved by a raft guide the following year; I got it back for the obligatory six-pack of cold beer…. I put a small Kevlar patch on the one place where it abraded though the aluminum core on the shaft, and have often shown/bragged about the divots elsewhere to other boaters.)
Chris "Ewok" Carswell
On every river from West Virginia south! The Upper Gauley, Big Water New, and big water Nolichucky, These sticks have gotten me out of holes, pushed me over waves, and saved numerous guests and me on countless trips!!!
Glad to see them rise back to life!
I've been a whitewater canoeist for over 30 years. My wife and I bought our firtst raft 4 years ago and began to R-2. We just couldn't find a good quality high performance paddle for rafting. We wanted something more durable than the spoon blades we were using for canoeing. Then I remembered the Norse paddles I once had. My wife gave me that look when I ordered us a couple of raft paddles. That look turned into a smile as soon as she dipped it in the river.
I guided on the New River in 2003, the epic water year. I bought a Norse paddle, and I cannot count how many times my incredibly dependable paddle got me out of trouble. I still own it, canoe and raft on a regular basis with it, and I would never dream of going into whitewater without it. I am glad you are back, and I am getting another one!
By far the greatest raft guide paddle ever! With over 15 years of guiding it is the only paddle I would use.
I am the founder of Adventure Calls and have a gazillion miles on my Norse guide paddle. It has hit a lot of wet rocks and still in perfect shape.