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  I have the Epic
  Posted by: edzep on Mar-31-13 11:40 AM (EST)
 

Relaxed tour -- signature hybrid, or some such. I, too, had been using a 230 cm Werner for years -- Camano fiberglass. I finally realized that for my stroke, and migration to narrower boats, and stress on my shoulders, I had to go shorter.

I figured 220 cm was what I wanted, but, I ordered the 210-220 cm, just in case even shorter was even better. So, through a couple of uses, I progressivley shortened to 210 cm, and, that's all I ever use! I'm very glad I got the adjustable, or, I never would have realized that 210 cm is what I really needed.

Another difference between the Relaxed Tour and Kalliste, is the blade surface area. The Epic is a little smaller, which may be another advantage for shoulder worriers. I've swapped with a friend's 220 Kalliste for a bit. Not sure whether it's more the length, or partly the surface area, but, I feel a lot more comfortable paddling with the Relaxed Tour -- especially paddling aggressively, which I tend to do in mixing things up. Yes, I do get the aggressive/relaxed irony.

I'm 5'9", male with 21-inch wide boats, BTW. I recently got a 23-inch wide Alchemy. I set the paddle a few cm longer on the first outing. From the second outing on, I was back to 210 cm.

Oh, another difference is that the diameter of the Epic shaft is smaller than the Werner standard shaft.

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