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  ZRE carbon for canoe paddles
  Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Sep-27-12 6:27 PM (EST)

However, I recommend their flexible shaft, which many people don't now about, for anyone who is concerned about slightly moderating the repetitive impact on shoulder and elbow joints and getting closer to the feel of a wood shaft.

The flex comes from some linear fiberglass they put inside the shaft. There are arcane arguments about whether shaft flex reduces race propulsion by some fractional amount, but those arguments are both inconclusive and completely irrelevant to me, a non-racer.

I have an expensive Vitudden carbon kayak paddle from the mid-90's that I stopped using because of its relentless rigidity and racing blades. I'm sure there are more flexible shaft carbon double blades available today.

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