Posted by: eel on Dec-08-12 6:26 AM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Dec-08-12 6:28 AM EST --
Bremer will take the time to get every dimension just right and his paddles are stunningly nice.
Blades down to 2.25" should be fine for a smaller person depending upon boat and type of paddling.
I have a paddle with the blade width of 2.75" and it works just fine moving even a loaded touring boat along at a decently fast pace with very little effort. Just cannot accelerate fast or expect it to give you quick power. After a many discussions with Bremer, my everyday paddle is 3 1/8" wide which is narrow enough for tireless all day paddling, but wide enough to give you some power when needed. And I have one that is 3.5" wide for when some power might be needed quickly. I select a pair from the three depending upon the paddling I expect to do for the day and switch as needed. Its like having different gears.
My experience is narrow blades work well, are easy to handle, and prefer them for playing around with different rolls.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
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