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.
However, two observations. First, that rotation is not at all an issue with high-angle paddling. Second, I feel it more than others probably due to the fact I paddle with 0 feather where both blades stick forward of the shaft. I have the same feeling with my wing paddle (though its blades are lighter than the Lendal's).
In contrast, if you take a paddle like the Werner Cyprus or the Saltwood bent shafts - they are "neutral" and respond like a straight shaft with a bend for the wrist (e.g., no "crank" effect, just ergonomic wrist positioning).
Most shafts actually do not address the wrist ergonomics entirely though. The AT paddles try to some extend, but not as much as I'd like - the bends should be also downwards too (almost like when you are holding a steering wheel at the 10am-2pm position)... But that's another topic entirely ...
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