I got this paddle when they first came out at 12 years ago. I have taken many trips into the BWCAW and into Canadian parks. I also use it in Northern Wis. extensively. I cannot say enough good things about this paddle. If you canoe a lot and want the best, look no further.
After testing and reviewing the Bending Branches A Series Limited Edition and the Sunburst 14, I was excited to find the new BB Sunburst 11 on my front porch. It arrived in the usual 2 day window, in perfect condition, as always. After admiring the impeccable hand-crafted beauty of this one, I loaded my Wenonah Prism and headed to a nearby lake for a test run.
As in the Sunburst 14, this paddle blends a T-700 carbon fiber shaft with a nicely handcrafted blade and grip. This makes for a lightweight, ergonomic paddle. The new Sunburst 11 blade is a bit larger than its predecessor, the Sunburst 14, measuring 8.2” x 17,” with a little more thickness and more Rockgard protection,which accounts for a very slight increase in overall weight. After several different trips on the water, in which I paddled flatwater lakes and the Missouri River both upstream and down, I grew to appreciate this little beauty.
All in all, the more I paddle with the Sunburst 11, the more I appreciate it. It is a light, efficient paddle that makes a great companion to my Sunburst 14 and Expedition Plus. It provides plenty of power, is light enough to help fight fatigue on long trips, and the 11 degree bend makes for an efficient paddle. I can’t wait to try the brand new all-carbon Black Pearl 2!
Balance - Strength and Beauty!
This paddle is a great combo of strength and beauty. The wood blade with fiberglass overlay and rockgard protection will stand up to rocks, trees, and anything you may hit in the water. The carbon handle really makes this light as a feather!