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After using my standard Harmony paddle for a couple of years, and getting out-paddled by my buddy who has the same kayak but a different paddle, a decided shop around for an upgrade. I visited countless sites, and read tons of reviews, and decided to on the Bending Branches Infusion Glass (G) paddle. I was looking for a highly rated paddle with a lighter shaft than my aluminum paddle, and this one was by far the best price, at @$100. I called up Rutabaga, who does Bending Branches online sales, and asked about the paddle, particularly about getting the paddle with the smaller diameter shaft. They gave me the phone number for Bending Branches....when I called I got the guy who runs the company after one ring (not some answering system), and got a lot of good information. They custom built my paddle and had it in my hands within a week!
The paddle performs superbly! Light, good speed, and I love the warm, smaller (diameter) shaft. Thanks to Rutabaga.com and Bending Branches for an exceptional buying experience!
Something was missing from my paddling stuff when I awoke this morning. Where's the pain? I paddled my Loon 138 several miles through various levels of power boat chop yesterday and I don't hurt. Could it be that my new Bending Branches Infusion Dream AC paddle with it's bent shaft took away my aches? Try this; hold your paddle (or any straight rod) palm up and looking at your forearm. Now torque your wrist over until the shaft is at a right angle to your arm. Does that feel good? ("Nuff said.") This paddle positions me in a manner that actually makes each stroke more efficient. Why don't I rate such a nice paddle as a 10? The foam grip is a bit too fat and it makes my palms black. I may try using some polypro glove liners and/or replace the foam with handlebar tape. I'm for sure not getting rid of the paddle anytime soon.
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