Got mine a month ago, had been using paddles in WRC from Don Beale. Shoulderless. I've never used a storm paddle, and even out 2 weeks ago in gusts to 30 knots, the regular GP was fine. So I don't know if I get the need for a short storm paddle. But I will probably at some point take the loom out, convert to storm configuration and see what that's all about. maybe if for no other reason than it would fit better on my foredeck for a spare. So I can't address the storm paddle question. I can tell you that now I actually prefer the shoulder. It's automatic in getting to the 'home' position. I also find it easier to use a canted stroke with the shoulder. The paddle quality by the way is superb, I got mine with the white epoxy edges, looks really nice and gives a little bit of protection. It does however, chip off a little easier than I anticipated. probably need a good touch up at the end of the season.
Touring Kayak Paddles
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