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Bending Branches Catalyst ST Expedition Canoe Paddle


The Catalyst is our new sustainable canoe paddle. Handcrafted from a combination of basswood, roasted basswood, red alder, and maple remnants from our first-quality paddles, we're giving new life to what might have gone to waste. Not only is this paddle sparking change in our company as we make sustainable practices a priority, we hope the Catalyst sparks change in your own community. $5 from every paddle purchased will be donated to American Rivers non-profit. The construction of the wood remnants means each blade layout is slightly unique.

At 24 oz., the Catalyst is day trip ready. Designed for comfort with an ovalized shaft and a freestyle palm grip, this lightweight paddle will stand up to hours of paddling. The Catalyst exceeds our strength testing standards with full Rockgard® coverage and a 4 oz. fiberglass wrap. Ideal for flatwater, it's all smooth paddling from here with the Catalyst.


  • Reuses excess material
  • Unique blade layouts
  • Help support a worthy cause: $5 from every paddle purchased will be donated to American Rivers
  • Strength-testing verified
  • Hand-crafted in Osceola, Wisconsin
  • Freestyle palm grip
  • Classic teardrop blade shape
  • Full Rockgard® protection

Technical Details

  • BLADE SIZE: 8.1" x 19" in. (21 x 48 cm.)
  • SURFACE AREA: 118 sq. in. (761 sq. cm.)
  • BLADE: Red Alder, Maple, Roasted Basswood, Basswood
  • PROTECTION: Full Rockgard® and 4 oz. Fiberglass
    SHAFT: Straight
    MATERIAL: Solid Basswood
    GRIP: Freestyle Palm Grip
  • WEIGHT: 24 oz. (680.00g) for 54 inch paddle