I hope trailing blade face is the right term.
I have a Werner Ikelos straight shaft paddle and I just bought a Lendel 4 piece touring paddle from a swap meet. I was paddling with the Lendal next to the local pro shop owner and he mentioned that the Lendal has a trailing blade face compared to the Werner.
Can anyone comment on this and the pros and cons.
I bought the Lendal as a second paddle but the Lendal feels comfortable enough to use instead of the Werner for touring.
Also the feather adjustment on the Lendal has a clearance holed drilled at 60 degrees for the pop out button. I like zero or 15 degree feather. Should I drill another clearance hole at the preferred feather angle?
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I believe the trailing face comment...|
Posted by: holmes375 on Sep-20-12 7:27 PM (EST)
is referring to the Lendal modified crankshaft which has the blade following the hand. The hand reaches the hip before the blade. Its a nice crankshaft and this design allows the blade to easily and instantly orient itself in the water upon the catch and during the stroke. Makes it easy to maintain a loose grip on the shaft.
Posted by: Dr_Disco on Sep-20-12 7:48 PM (EST)
I have a set of Lendal paddles, both straight shaft and bent shaft. My straight shaft for sea kayaking has both a 0 degree and 60 degree hole, which is typical for multi-piece paddles. But, anyway, drilling a hole for less feather is fine, although I wouldn't drill two holes.
Yup, as said...|
Posted by: Kocho on Sep-20-12 9:43 PM (EST)
The blade is forward of the shaft when you paddle. So, it "trails" the shaft so to speak. Gives a nice solid feel in the water. I suppose, it depends not so much on the shaft but on the blade - I have the Kinetic blades and the "trailing" effect comes from the blade itself (so you would have it on a straight shaft too, not just on a bent shaft).
Crank/ trailing blade|
Posted by: jesse59 on Sep-23-12 9:12 PM (EST)
I used an AT with a similar design to the Lendal. I found that because the weight of the blades were in front of my hand the paddle wanted to rotate when holding it loosely. I didn't like that as much as the more balanced Werner neutral bent design. Does the Lendal bent shaft take some getting used to?
Posted by: Kocho on Sep-24-12 12:53 PM (EST)
That's an interesting observation - the blades do indeed tend to want to rotate down when one holds the paddle horisontally. Might be a good thing when the paddle is just resting on my lap - makes it ready to low brace -;). Somewhat annoying and takes some minimal effort to counter otherwise.
Posted by: jesse59 on Sep-24-12 8:49 PM (EST)
Ahhh, like this?: www.gullwingpaddles.com
Something like this|
Posted by: Kocho on Sep-24-12 9:11 PM (EST)
Although not with the ridiculous arch in the middle (which makes no sense if one uses a high-angle paddling style but might be useful for very low angle - as long the paddler uses 0 feather, that is)...