Chris Menges Reviews The AT2 Superlight Paddle

The AT 2 series paddles include the Flexi, Standard and Superlight and are the best blades on the market. In just a few words, I would describe them as light, ergonomic, smooth and durable. I began paddling with AT’s about 5 years ago as I recovered from shoulder surgery. Coming from a straight shaft Werner, I hoped that the AT would help relieve pain I was experiencing as a result of the surgery as well as wrist and elbow tendinitis. At this point, I started with the AT 2 Flexi. The perfectly ergonomic bend, smooth grips and perfect glide of the buoyant blades when taking a stroke greatly aided me in getting back on the water pain free. In the end, the AT paddles also improved my paddling and now I wouldn’t go back to any other type of paddles if I had any choice.

When the AT 2 Superlight came out, I jumped at the chance to get one. Slightly stiffer and more powerful that the already light AT 2 Flexi, the Superlight is a dream paddle for the boater who wants a set of blades that offer the epitome of proven and superior blade and shaft design in a very light and durable package. It truly feels good to paddle with this AT. I use my Superlight for playboating, river running and creeking and it excels in each category. Paddling with the Superlight, I stay stronger longer both because of the ergonomics and lightness of the paddle.

One thing that stands out to me is the mis-perception that the AT 2 series paddles are easily breakable. In years of creeking with one, I have never broken a shaft and my blades have not worn down at all. On the other hand if you are a total paddle beater, the AT 2’s might be too much of a precision instrument for you.

Pros:

  • Weight: As its name infers, this paddle is super light, which lets you paddle stronger for longer.
  • Ergonomics: AT’s have the perfect ergonomic bend. This paddle helps me avoid wrist, elbow and shoulder pain.
  • Strokes: Blade shape offers smooth and precise yet powerful strokes and never flutters.
  • Performance: One paddle to do it all: get one size for excellent play, river and creek performance.
  • Longevity: I have found these paddles to be extremely durable, so long as most of your stokes are in water and not on rocks. The blades do not wear down to ‘q tips’ as some other paddle blades are known to do.
  • Buoyancy: The buoyant foam core blades enhance performance in numerous ways.

Cons:

  • Cost: The cost reflects the full carbon materials and excellent craftsmanship. Still, they are a (worthy) investment in your paddling health and performance.
  • For most but not all: These paddles are a precision instrument. If you use your paddles to beat rocks more than to take strokes on water, this might not be the paddle for you. Some abuse is totally fine of course.

The Verdict:

If you want the most ergonomic, lightest and in my opinion best overall paddle on the market, you’ve found it – the AT 2 Superlight will not disappoint. In fact, it will change your days on the river for the better.

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