Posted by: CEWilson on Sep-22-12 2:25 PM (EST)
The Jenson 17 and 18 were designed from the first line up to reward bent shaft, sit and switch, technique.
To "clinic fit" a bent, get a good grip on the paddles top grip then invert the paddle, careful not to let your hand "lodge", ie slip around the grip. The junction of blade and shaft should be about at the tip of your nose.
Experience may suggest a little shorter, especially if toting camping gear.
The best entry level bent is from Fox Werks, but Bending Branches, Cricket, Gray Owl, Mitchell, Sawyer, among others, all make good wooden bent paddles.
When you've got length figured, a move to carbon may be in order. Bending Branches, Grey Owl, Werner and Zaveral all make fine carbon paddles; maybe best to eschew the racer's ultra lights for recreational purposes.
You'll probably find smaller blades that allow higher cadences work better.
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