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ZRE vs. Quickblade Trifecta
« on: July 10, 2018, 09:27:11 PM »
I was wondering if anyone has used both of these paddles for flatwater and what your impressions and comparisons might be?

Ive got a couple of oval shaft ZREs with a 75 sq. inch blade and really like them. But Ive always been kind of curious about the Trifecta. Just recently a round, tapered shaft, 86 sq. inch used Trifecta came up for sale in my area. It seems pretty expensive for a used paddle, but I dont often see them come up for sale.

Any thoughts on the ZRE vs. the Trifecta?
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ZRE Power Surge ZX4, Kevlar braided shaft (75)
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Re: ZRE vs. Quickblade Trifecta
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2018, 04:20:20 AM »
I was wondering if anyone has used both of these paddles for flatwater and what your impressions and comparisons might be?

Ive got a couple of oval shaft ZREs with a 75 sq. inch blade and really like them. But Ive always been kind of curious about the Trifecta. Just recently a round, tapered shaft, 86 sq. inch used Trifecta came up for sale in my area. It seems pretty expensive for a used paddle, but I dont often see them come up for sale.

Any thoughts on the ZRE vs. the Trifecta?

I'd say save your money! I have been using both for a long time.
Trifecta mostly collecting dust.

Very similar feel to ZRE only less forgiving on a non perfect execution.
I have better results with the ZRE and I just can't find a better feeling
shafts than ZRE oval tapered.
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Re: ZRE vs. Quickblade Trifecta
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2018, 07:12:14 AM »
Thanks Burchas. I had a feeling you might be the one to answer this.

And I have to agree with you about the ZRE oval shafts. But Id take it a step further. Its the ZRE oval, kevlar braided shaft that I have really come to love. A shade bit heavier than the carbon, but the feel of the kevlar braided shaft compared to the carbon is worth the slight bit of extra weight, at least in my opinion  :)
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Red Paddle Explorer (Inflatable) 13' 2" x 30
Red Paddle Race (Inflatable) 12 6 x 30

ZRE Power Surge ZX4, Kevlar braided shaft (75)
ZRE Power Surge Adjustable (75)
Werner Trance

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Re: ZRE vs. Quickblade Trifecta
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2018, 11:43:31 PM »
Thanks Burchas. I had a feeling you might be the one to answer this.

And I have to agree with you about the ZRE oval shafts. But Id take it a step further. Its the ZRE oval, kevlar braided shaft that I have really come to love. A shade bit heavier than the carbon, but the feel of the kevlar braided shaft compared to the carbon is worth the slight bit of extra weight, at least in my opinion  :)

I'm glad you enjoying he fruits of my labor ;) It took a lot of phone calls to make that kevlar happen.
since you're already on that bandwagon you might want to look at my current setup.

This 3 piece paddle really meant for travel as I've been away for the past 8 months but it serves
very well as a one piece paddle once put together with hot glue:

With 18" blade, 42" shaft and a 22" extended handle with 10" range of adjustment.
I have one shaft with the carbon/kevlar and some other shaft with various amount of flexibility
as the usual carbon shaft at 42" tend to be super stiff. comes in just under 16oz for the setup.
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Re: ZRE vs. Quickblade Trifecta
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2018, 07:50:42 AM »
Very nice set up Burchas. And thank you for all your phone calls re the kevlar braided shaft. I didnt know that came about because of you, but its brilliant.

I had been working with Bob on a custom, three piece, adjustable travel paddle, but he had to keep putting it off as he was so busy. I finally just went with another brand as I had to get something for an upcoming trip. Maybe someday Ill resurrect it with him as I think it would have been a nice paddle.
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Red Paddle Explorer (Inflatable) 13' 2" x 30
Red Paddle Race (Inflatable) 12 6 x 30

ZRE Power Surge ZX4, Kevlar braided shaft (75)
ZRE Power Surge Adjustable (75)
Werner Trance

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Re: ZRE vs. Quickblade Trifecta
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2018, 08:31:12 AM »
Burchas - could you please post a pic of your one-piece ZRE paddle? Id like to be able to send it to Bob and say make me one of these, please. Its hard to get his attention, it seems. He is so busy.

Also, how big is the handle?

And what is the diameter of the shaft?

And can you get them with a 12 degree blade angle?

Is an oval shaft an option?

I tried to buy a ZRE paddle a long time ago, from a UK retailer, but when it arrived the blade was a long way off from being symmetrical. It looked like someone had taken a detail sander to it and done a very amateurish job of reducing the blade size. So I sent it back (and the retailer looked at it and agreed with me.) Im assuming that this wasnt one done by Bob, so maybe the best thing would be for me to buy direct from him, even if I will get stung for import duties etc.

Thanks.

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Re: ZRE vs. Quickblade Trifecta
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2018, 12:05:43 PM »
Burchas - could you please post a pic of your one-piece ZRE paddle? Id like to be able to send it to Bob and say make me one of these, please. Its hard to get his attention, it seems. He is so busy.

Also, how big is the handle?

And what is the diameter of the shaft?

And can you get them with a 12 degree blade angle?

Is an oval shaft an option?

Thanks.

Yes, he's way too busy filling orders that I suspect not enough time for R&D.

It's good I have this quality of wearing people down ;D I managed to make a dent
there and get some things going like different shaft materials with built-in texture
for extra grip, flexible shafts and travel paddles.

If you order the standard product, which are top notch as is, you'll get your paddle
in a matter of days, the longer lead times comes with the custom shit.

I have a custom smaller grip that he created for me (took a while as well). He only
has a "soft" mold for it and it's not yet in production but It is by far the best ergo grip
imo. 3.5 inches wide by 1.5" thick (see pics) volume reduction from their original grip
in very noticeable even by look.

Only oval tapered shaft as standard, I don't have the standard shaft but if memory
serves right it's about 27mm in diameter on the front side and about 35mm on the oval
side (it changes with the tapering). You can probably get a custom rounded shaft if that's
your thing.

Blade standard offset is 12 degree but they do offer 0-15 as an option.

I'll post my pic for my one piece but I don't think it will do you any good. he makes so much
custom stuff he would not remember specifics like that.  every time I order custom stuff I have
to send a detailed diagram (see pic) because I know he won't be able to remember all the
stuff we discussed.
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- SIC FX 12.6 2X - https://goo.gl/GOkSHT
- Red 2017 Elite 14x25 - https://goo.gl/Su8lJk
- ZRE Lightning 75
- Kenalu Mana 82
- Kialoa Hulu 87
- QuickBlade Trifecta 86

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Re: ZRE vs. Quickblade Trifecta
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2018, 01:06:58 PM »
Area 10,

Just a couple of additions to Burchas post. The blade on Burchas paddle (last picture) is not the standard blade. Its not custom, but is an option for I think something like $20 extra. You can see it on the ZRE website. I think the idea is that it reflects the suns rays. I have it on one of my paddles and on the rest just went with the black carbon blade.

As for the 12 degree blade angle, you might want to talk to Bob about this. And Burchas, please add anything on this that I get wrong, as Im stretching my memory a bit. I originally had a Werner paddle (then the Nitro, now renamed as the Trance). I had at one time tried the Werner Grand Prix, which was advertised as having a 12 degree blade angle. I just didnt care at all for the Grand Prix. Cant say for sure it was the blade angle, but I just didnt like the paddle. In any case, when I was ordering my first ZRE, I asked Bob for the 10 degree blade angle because of my experience with the 12 degree on the Grand Prix. During our discussion I remember Bob saying something like the 12 degree angle on his paddles was very close to the 10 degree angle on other manufacturers paddles. I believe he said they were somehow measured differently. That was some time ago and I dont remember all the details, but Bob recommended I go with his standard 12 degree blade angle, which I did. I really liked the paddle, and any paddle I have subsequently ordered from him I just dont even think about the blade angle any more.

Good luck with your order. I dont think you will regret it.
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Red Paddle Explorer (Inflatable) 13' 2" x 30
Red Paddle Race (Inflatable) 12 6 x 30

ZRE Power Surge ZX4, Kevlar braided shaft (75)
ZRE Power Surge Adjustable (75)
Werner Trance

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Re: ZRE vs. Quickblade Trifecta
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2018, 09:51:38 AM »
Burchas, what size would be most comparable to the Trifecta 86? One thing I like about the Trifecta is the even pull through the mid stroke - it doesn't load up at the catch like the V-drive or have heavy pull throughout like size comparable Wiki or other wide base paddles. How do you best describe the ZRE? Also is there a flex option in the shaft- do you configure Kevlar for more or less stiffness. Thanks
« Last Edit: July 20, 2018, 10:02:22 AM by Stefan »
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Re: ZRE vs. Quickblade Trifecta
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2018, 11:51:58 AM »
Burchas, what size would be most comparable to the Trifecta 86? One thing I like about the Trifecta is the even pull through the mid stroke - it doesn't load up at the catch like the V-drive or have heavy pull throughout like size comparable Wiki or other wide base paddles. How do you best describe the ZRE? Also is there a flex option in the shaft- do you configure Kevlar for more or less stiffness. Thanks

For me I got more or less same results with the ZRE at around 82sqi. ZRE has an 18in blade and they
adjust the size based on width in quarter inch increments ( the range is HUGH from 5.75in to 9.75in).

It does load at the catch slightly more than the Trifecta due to fuller outline (in the tip specifically)
and less scoop overall. Just like you, I prefer a smoother catch, that's why I sand down the tip
to my desirable outline (see pic above), that takes care of it. Thus power delivery is balanced
throughout the stroke. Cleaner exit as well.

Bob has used to kevlar to add texture to the shaft (which is a real joy) and when I asked for
flex he incorporated a little more of it in the shaft, I've been paddling one of those for the
past 5 months and it quickly became my favorite shaft.

Recently he sent me a new flex shaft without the kevlar (pictured above with the unique finish)
in response to my comment that some of my fellow paddlers didn't like the textured shaft
(go figure, right?) that one can get really flexible, seemed super strong and yet still relatively
lightweight. Seems promising though I haven't been testing it for that long that I feel comfortable
singing its praise.

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- SIC FX 12.6 2X - https://goo.gl/GOkSHT
- Red 2017 Elite 14x25 - https://goo.gl/Su8lJk
- ZRE Lightning 75
- Kenalu Mana 82
- Kialoa Hulu 87
- QuickBlade Trifecta 86

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Re: ZRE vs. Quickblade Trifecta
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2018, 12:59:28 PM »
Burchas, what size would be most comparable to the Trifecta 86? One thing I like about the Trifecta is the even pull through the mid stroke - it doesn't load up at the catch like the V-drive or have heavy pull throughout like size comparable Wiki or other wide base paddles. How do you best describe the ZRE? Also is there a flex option in the shaft- do you configure Kevlar for more or less stiffness. Thanks

For me I got more or less same results with the ZRE at around 82sqi. ZRE has an 18in blade and they
adjust the size based on width in quarter inch increments ( the range is HUGH from 5.75in to 9.75in).




It does load at the catch slightly more than the Trifecta due to fuller outline (in the tip specifically)
and less scoop overall. Just like you, I prefer a smoother catch, that's why I sand down the tip
to my desirable outline (see pic above), that takes care of it. Thus power delivery is balanced
throughout the stroke. Cleaner exit as well.

Bob has used to kevlar to add texture to the shaft (which is a real joy) and when I asked for
flex he incorporated a little more of it in the shaft, I've been paddling one of those for the
past 5 months and it quickly became my favorite shaft.

Recently he sent me a new flex shaft without the kevlar (pictured above with the unique finish)
in response to my comment that some of my fellow paddlers didn't like the textured shaft
(go figure, right?) that one can get really flexible, seemed super strong and yet still relatively
lightweight. Seems promising though I haven't been testing it for that long that I feel comfortable
singing its praise.

So I would order an 85 sq" paddle and sand it - is that what you are saying? Thanks for the feedback
NSP Puma 14' x 24"
NSP 8'7" Wave
Quick Blade Trifecta 86

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Re: ZRE vs. Quickblade Trifecta
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2018, 01:22:09 PM »
Burchas, what size would be most comparable to the Trifecta 86? One thing I like about the Trifecta is the even pull through the mid stroke - it doesn't load up at the catch like the V-drive or have heavy pull throughout like size comparable Wiki or other wide base paddles. How do you best describe the ZRE? Also is there a flex option in the shaft- do you configure Kevlar for more or less stiffness. Thanks

For me I got more or less same results with the ZRE at around 82sqi. ZRE has an 18in blade and they
adjust the size based on width in quarter inch increments ( the range is HUGH from 5.75in to 9.75in).




It does load at the catch slightly more than the Trifecta due to fuller outline (in the tip specifically)
and less scoop overall. Just like you, I prefer a smoother catch, that's why I sand down the tip
to my desirable outline (see pic above), that takes care of it. Thus power delivery is balanced
throughout the stroke. Cleaner exit as well.

Bob has used to kevlar to add texture to the shaft (which is a real joy) and when I asked for
flex he incorporated a little more of it in the shaft, I've been paddling one of those for the
past 5 months and it quickly became my favorite shaft.

Recently he sent me a new flex shaft without the kevlar (pictured above with the unique finish)
in response to my comment that some of my fellow paddlers didn't like the textured shaft
(go figure, right?) that one can get really flexible, seemed super strong and yet still relatively
lightweight. Seems promising though I haven't been testing it for that long that I feel comfortable
singing its praise.

So I would order an 85 sq" paddle and sand it - is that what you are saying? Thanks for the feedback

That's what I did, took my 85 and sanded it like shown in the pic above. Combined with the flex kevlar
shaft this paddle get most of my l love these days.
- Ocean Ripple 16x25
- SIC Standamaran (S-16) - https://goo.gl/7myGAo
- SIC FX 12.6 2X - https://goo.gl/GOkSHT
- Red 2017 Elite 14x25 - https://goo.gl/Su8lJk
- ZRE Lightning 75
- Kenalu Mana 82
- Kialoa Hulu 87
- QuickBlade Trifecta 86

 


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