West Branch Canoe Paddle is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from solid - its been valuable you can read elsewhere on here my review of the LLBean Pack Canoe (by old town) I bought this paddle with that canoe a few years ago here off this site. I paddle the pack canoe with a kayak paddle most of the time, but this paddle is always with me too. It's really pretty and very tough. I got the 60" which is really too long to use all day for my set up (lowered seat) but it's my push pole, back up paddle, tarp/tent set up pole, and great back up paddle. On dead calm foggy mornings, I may creep out of camp and grab this paddle for the traditional 'feel' of silently slipping around with the single blade. With the laminate, the resin tip, it's very strong too. Makes a great pushpole from kneeling/sitting position for shoals. I've used a bit of linseed oil and it looks brand new again.
Date published: 2009-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific value This paddle works as well in hand as my Bending Branches paddles which cost 2 to 3 times more. Just finished a 4 day paddle of the Smith River in Montana and despite lower than desired water levels, the paddle showed very little wear. Will buy again!
Date published: 2012-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Solid Paddle This paddle is just a Bending Branches Loon paddle with the LL Bean name on it. It still is a great looking paddle, very light and well worth the money. You will not go wrong with this purchase.
Date published: 2012-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable to use I was looking for a short paddle (since I am short) My husband actually owns this paddle and has been happy with the longer version that he uses. I am very happy with mine. It fits in my hand comfortably and has a good shape in the water. The protective edge will extend its life, I am sure.
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, light, strong I purchased two of these same paddles a decade ago and they are still like new. Having acquired a second canoe I wanted the same paddles and found them again. And they are identical as before! Light yet strong. And Beautiful. Natural look.
Date published: 2016-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection and elegance both I lost a Bending Branch "Loon" paddle and needed to replace it. Bean's West Branch paddle is exactly like the one I lost, and is a great quality paddle at a reasonable price. It arrived very quickly after I placed the order, and I was glad to be able to take advantage of the free shipping for my order.
Date published: 2010-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LLBean West Branch Canoe Paddle I had no idea how such a simple device could so totally enhance my enjoyment of canoeing. This LLBean paddle is simply exquisite. Not surprising. LLBean has been our favorite source for now 41 years.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wooden Canoe Paddle This paddle is so light and easy for me to handle! Being 4'10" tall, I bought the shortest possible one, and I am thrilled with its smoothness and satined finish!
Date published: 2020-07-16