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Wrapping my new Greenland paddle

I got my new Greenland paddles... an 88" big maple stick and a red cedar storm paddle. The big G-stick is made of highly quilted maple. The wood is quite beautiful. Unfortunately, the maker didn't do everything he was commissioned to do. That is another story.

As I have become very clever fooling around with all you sea kayakeurs, I will do the rest of this job myself.

One of the specifications I had was to wrap the loom in leather. The paddle maker blew it on this score and failed to wrap it at all. Now, I happen to have three leather splits... two beautiful 3 oz. suede skins (brown and golden brown) and a very large 2 oz. cowhide split (deep brown)... thin and soft, but tough. I could cut strips from these skins and easily wrap the stick.

Another alternative is to wrap it in bicycle handlebar grip tape made of rubber and cork. It is pretty grippy stuff. I have some of that too.

The final alternative is some really incredible stuff I ordered from 3-M. It is called GReptile. I bought 5 yards of 1 3/16" G-200 GReptile. It has foam backing and beveled edges with an adhesive strip in the center. The grip surface is composed of zillions of little nubs or fingers. It is a high friction non-PVC elastomeric thermoplastic surface made using microreplication technology. Paddle sports are one of their target markets.

The grip characteristics are quite something. It feels slick... not at all sticky like Santoprene... but it doesn't slide out when you grip it. It is the darnedest stuff I have ever seen.

The performance stats say that it greatly improves both wet and dry grip. If you mate the wrap to GReptile gloves (available from Pearl Izumi) the nubs lock together for an unbelievable grip. This you can see when you place a piece in contact with another piece. It meshes and really holds... but again... it easily releases when you want it to. That is the incredible thing about GReptile that it RELEASES with equal ease. It is very unusual stuff to say the least.

It was designed to compete with leather and rubber gripping materials. Based upon the sample I received, it does so very very well... and it loves to be wet. I invite you to check out the 3M website and check out the properties of this unique material.

So... bottom line... I am wrapping the loom in foam-backed 3-M GReptile. I will wrap my Shaw and Tenney Beavertail canoe paddles in leather. I will leave my carbon fiber Whetstone paddle unwrapped.

Why wrap at all? Apart from improving my somewhat loose grip on my paddles, why not? After all... cool stuff needs to be used. I'll send PIX when I finish.

Safe Paddling!
Bree

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