We’re saving wood from the firebox and we’re one step closer to making this world a better place. We wanted to bring it full circle and a donate a portion of the profits to the earth. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) Ely Services; Grand Marais Services; Tofte/Isabella Services; Orr/Crane Lake Services Free Shipping On Orders $175 Or Over. A catalyst is a person or thing that provokes significant change and action. This process takes a keen eye for detail and patience as these paddles take additional time to lay. Ideal for flatwater, it’s all smooth paddling from here with the Catalyst. Handcrafted from a combination of basswood, roasted basswood, red alder, and maple remnants from first-quality paddles, it gives new life to what might have gone to waste. It was then that it was decided to combine the two and develop a sustainable canoe paddle. The Catalyst exceeds our strength testing standards with full. While developing the Catalyst we knew we needed it to live up to that same expectation. Backcountry began in 1996 with two childhood friends and a stack of avalanche beacons in an apartment in Park City, Utah. Our shipping windows are slightly longer than most of our loyal paddlers … . Hand-crafted in Osceola, Wisconsin. Our paddles are typically built within a week and ship shortly thereafter. At 24 oz., the Catalyst is day trip ready and ideal for flatwater. Details; Buy Now; Bending Branches. Newsletter Sign Up . Our paddles are typically built within a week and ship shortly thereafter. While our engineers put their heads together to solve the wood inventory problem, they tested different layouts to ensure that this paddle lived up to the Bending Branches durability standard. Paddle weight is based on 54 inch measurements for straight shafts and 50 inch measurements for bent shafts. The Catalyst is the sustainable canoe paddle, made by hand-laying first quality wood scraps, dedicated to the reuse of excess materials. The Catalyst was almost ready because we wanted to do more with this paddle. Destinations. Bending Branches Catalyst ST Expedition Canoe Paddle. At Branches, the Catalyst is our first paddle designed with sustainability at the core, representing a change in our company and a shift in the industry. (761 sq. Shaft Material: Solid BasswoodBlade Material: A combination of Basswood, Red Alder, Maple, and Roasted BasswoodBlade Size: 8.1 x 19 in. 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