Originz North West PaddleAn entry level Sea/Touring paddle, featuring a sraight glass fibre shaft and glass re-inforced nylon blades.

The Originz Northwest Passage provides an alternative to more expensive offerings.

Whilst there is no denying the quality and popularity of brands such as Lendal and Werner, for many the prices can be somewhat frightening. It may not have the features of these high end paddles, but the Northwest Passage from Originz may provide a solution.

Although available in 2 pieces, with a quicklock connection, the set reviewed are one piece. They feature a set of Glass Reinforced Nylon blades on a Glass Fibre Shaft. The shaft provides reasonable flex to reduce fatigue and feels comfortable in the hand. The blades are mid sized, and appear toughly made.

Although they lack the fancy construction and option of modified crank shafts at £74.99 for a set, they are a good purchase.

Available in left and right hand set up at 215, 220 and 225 lengths they are worth a look.