Badger® Customer Testimonials

“I've used the paddle on some trips. I must say I love it! It's solid, sturdy and it produces power. I had little trouble fighting the current of the Vermilion River.”

~ Scott H.

(via Email)

Digger Owner

Photo credit: Mrs. H.

Sometimes our customers take the time to share their thoughts, photos, and experiences with Badger®. These quotes and excerpts are taken from actual customer’s emails or via other mediums (i.e. Social Media) as noted.

“Hi Fiona and Mike, I just got back from a 3 day trip to Little Trout Lake and I wanted to let you know how impressed I was with the paddle you made for me. The oil rub on the handle and shaft make it grip wet or dry. This was the most important feature to me. I found I had more power and control over the canoe than my previous paddle. The glossy finish on the blade looks great on my wall too! So it's the best piece of gear I've bought in a long time. Thank you.”

Roger Parnis

(via Email)

BadgerPaw Owner

Photo credit:  Roger Parnis.

"In this age of "techno-gear" you don't often come across any hand-made products that really stand out.

Badger® Paddles is the exception.

You can tell that each paddle shows the love and commitment of the manufacturer...artistically rendered by true crafts-people, Mike and Fiona at Badger® Paddles.

Every avid paddler needs a "real" paddle, and I love my Badger®"

Hap Wilson

(via email)

Bonga Owner

Photo credit: Andrea Wilson

Had a new paddle arrive this week,a Badger Paddles Sliver. Shape wise it's an elongated ottertail,the timber is cherry. It's the Angelina Jolie of the paddle world,very long,very lean and totally sexy!! Using it is an absolute joy,very easy to move through the water,very slick it made underwater recovery very very easy.I was also surprised at the speed I managed from it.The finish is oiled,hemp oil with a secret little extra ingredient,very smooth and the water just runs off it.The grip is very comfortable and after paddling a good 7 miles with it today. I had no hot spots or blisters on either hand. All in all a joy to use and I cant recommend them highly enough. Available in Europe from CCB

Marcus G., United Kingdom
(via online forum and Facebook)
Sliver Owner

"I bought a Sliver in cherry, and really like the paddle.  It's the first otter tail-style paddle I have owned.  I have been learning to paddle the canadian stroke, knifing the paddle back through the water on the recovery, often keeping the paddle in the water the entire stroke.  This paddle has made learning this stroke much easier.

Also, while battling significant whitecaps that were coming from two directions (across the lake and down an angling bay) the length of the paddle made it possible for me to keep us headed in the right direction with speed by reaching out wide to steer us through the angling waves.

I love the solid single piece of wood - very sturdy in the hands.  The single piece also makes it easy to keep the paddle in top shape as you can sand the end of the blade as needed.  It is easy to apply a fresh coat of your Badger wood oil after each trip.  The sock that comes with the paddle is a nice touch and helps protect the paddle in transit and while in storage.

Finally, the Sliver in cherry is among the most beautiful paddles out there.  While far from the most important feature of a paddle, it is an added bonus to have something that is nice to look at.

Keep up the good work.  And keep that badger claw imprint on the paddle.  We in Wisconsin - the Badger State - love that!

Thank you for such an excellent product."

Mike Wenholz WI, USA

Sliver Owner

(via email)

Read Sean Smith’s (author of The Fatpaddler) full review of his BADGER® paddles here:

“there's a lot of ideas about paddles out there -- i'm just advocating for things as i see 'em -- i notice little things, the subtle thickening of the shaft just before the blade, fine edges on the sides, stoutness still at the blade end, a well grained wood in a solid serviceable, not show-room-gloss finish, -- i see a lot of over-engineered laminate and composite paddles, or the clever and finely finished furniture grade pieces...i mean, they are nice, and i appreciate them for what they are -- but there is an elegant functional simplicity to (my) badger paddle that really works for me -- i wouldn't mind hanging it on my wall or snubbing off a rock in mild moving water mid-expedition. one the fantastic things about canoeing is the intersection between simplicity, aesthetic, and solid functionality and the badger paddle hits it dead centre...then factor in being able to banter 'bout paddle-stuff at a show with the paddle-maker...that's almost master-card priceless...”

~Ian Hanna ON, Canada

BadgerTail Owner

(via Facebook messaging)

Stephen Orlando of Motion Exposure uses a Badger Paddle to create his unique images. Click here to see which style Stephen likes and visit to see more of his spellbinding photography!