Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-05-12 10:50 PM (EST)
Kneeling if you are solo bents are a little tricky and involve reversing the powerface. This means reversing the grip which is often uncomfortable because it is dedicated.
I do some wicked FreeStyle and we use bents tandem. But we often have to cantilever out on opposite sides to engage vertical paddles. And sometimes we frankly blow it.
Aside from powering forward from a sitting station, bents require a lot of thought as to optimal placement. They are just the ticket for solo or tandem seated paddlers.
Anyway talk to Marc, the owner of Dog Paddle. He makes some of the best straight sticks available at a price point that is affordable. They are double dihedral with symmetrical palm grips, meaning one side is exactly the same as the other. The only superior paddle I know of is a Quimby. The last I knew Craig Quimby had a three year wait and the paddles were priced accordingly.