Submitted: 02-12-2007 by EH
I got the Speedstroke my first winter kayaking and use it at least twice per week year round, supplementing on water work in the summer. I don't race and have no desire to race, but I do like speed and being fit enough to enjoy paddling with people who do race. I also use a greenland paddle, own greenland style boats, and go out at least one day a week just to work on rolls. So why a Speedstroke?
First of all, you don't have to be a racer or even use a Euro paddle to benefit from the action of this machine. It works perfectly well simulating the greenland forward stroke -- to the point where nuances in the stroke, such as crunching at the end and snapping the paddle out of the water on completion, registers on the computer.
This season I sprung for the add-on software and so far have found it very helpful. The software produces a power curve that allows you to adjust your technique to the type of paddling you do, and even out your strokes. For a greenland paddler, this allows you to play with delivering power at the end of the stroke where the paddle is the most efficient at converting it to forward motion. For Euro users, you get a very vivid depictions of how quickly after the catch you accelerate the paddle and produce power.
As an added benefit it also provides a good platform to do certain stretches that are beneficial but hard to do off the water.
The other reviews were spot on about both the workmanship of the unit and the attitude of the company. This is a very helpful machine, even for non-racers.