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The Stream is a BIG paddle and comforts paddlers with big hands who prefer a low paddle-technique and a strong pull at low frequency. It is about the exact opposite of a wing-paddle. The Prijon blades have a distinct W-profile and will help to "lock" the paddle in the water, even when you cut the surface in a less than perfect angle. They are also remarkably "wobble-free" at any pull.
You pay these advantages with some added noise; while some paddles allow for very silent propulsion, the Stream is always bubbling and gurgling. No prob on the sea, but quite audible on a "not-so-silent-anymore" trip over a quiet lake in the autumn morning mist.
The paddle is neither heavy nor lightweight - I'd rate it in the middle, but between 210.- (glass, straight shaft) and 380.- Euro (carbon, ergo-shaft) I'd like to see more of an effort. But then the weight probably comes with the rock-sturdy quality.
If your hands are small to mid-size and you'd like to go for a big blade, check the Prijon BORA. It's exactly the same blades, but in Nylon-fiber and it comes with a smaller diameter and more flexible shaft. The Bora feels a lot alike, but is easier to handle.
- "Smart Shaft" system allows for easy change of feather
- looks good (translucent fiber blades)
- big blades for maximum pull
- W-shaped blades guarantee a perfect "grip" in the water
- shaft pretty thick (big diameter) - difficult for small hands
- stiff price tag