I picked a paddle, hope its good
Posted by: twilightbloom on Jun-29-13 11:47 AM (EST) Category: unassigned
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I debated which paddle to get and did my research. I'm hoping I picked the right one. I'm a beginner and going use it in flat water, recreation use. My kayak (Pelican sit on top strike 100x) is 30 inches across and I'm female, 5'6.
I had it down to Bending Branches whisper 230 cm and Harmony Adventure 225 cm.
I really liked both paddles in my hand. The Harmony was lighter 36 ounces. The Bending Branches was 37 ounces.
My husband thought the Bending Branches seemed more durable and I read a lot of good reviews on it.
So the Bending Branches won. Any opinions from those who have used this one?
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Posted by: jbd on Jun-29-13 2:55 PM (EST)
specific paddle you selected, but I am curious about the length of the paddles you were looking at. I am 6'0" tall and my paddle is 220cm, I have a SinK. Do SOT's require a longer paddle in relation to the paddlers height?
width of boat|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Jun-29-13 3:00 PM (EST)
One of the largest factors in choosing the length of the paddle is the width of a boat. a 30" wide kayak will require a longer paddle than a 24" wide one.
Posted by: jbd on Jun-29-13 3:05 PM (EST)
I wasn't aware of that aspect of paddle selection.
why 230 you ask|
Posted by: twilightbloom on Jun-29-13 3:48 PM (EST)
All the research I did on selecting my paddle said to go by my height and the width of my kayak. My kayak is 30 inches wide as stated in post. That is why I went with a 230 cm paddle.
I would think a 230 cm....|
Posted by: holmes375 on Jun-29-13 5:25 PM (EST)
would be just about right for you and your boat. And Bending Branches makes some very nice paddles that represent excellent value.
Getting started ....|
Posted by: seadart on Jun-29-13 7:30 PM (EST)
The paddle is fine to get you started paddling and get you out on the water. As you paddle with other paddlers try borrowing a shorter paddle with a fiberglass or carbon shaft and see how you like the performance.
cant afford |
Posted by: twilightbloom on Jun-29-13 9:27 PM (EST)
I read about those carbon paddles...can't afford one. I looked at one.
Posted by: seadart on Jun-29-13 10:30 PM (EST)
watch for gear swaps and used gear sells from paddling clubs. Also when you upgrade to a faster boat, be sure to look at used boats . Folks often throw a paddle in on a deal.
Just get started|
Posted by: Celia on Jun-30-13 6:10 AM (EST)
Either paddle you mention will do that. Personally I have wanted I to love a Bending Branches paddle a few times, but somehow when I compare the swing and comfort factor to other paddles I never fall for them. But they are quite decent paddles.
I tried my BB today |
Posted by: twilightbloom on Jun-30-13 11:23 PM (EST)
I took my bending branches out today. As far as performance and length. I can't complain. That part worked good. The thing I didn't like was the grip. I hated it. Every time I put sunscreen on and went to grip again, my hands slid off. Also just in general it was too tight a grip. In the meantime I'm going to get some yak grips. I've done more research and I believe a aquabound sting ray carbon paddle with smaller shaft may be for me. Per AB website hands under 7 inches need smaller shaft. I'm right at 7 inches. That will be my next purchase but in the meantime I hope the grips help.
Sunscreen: I dab on one hand back|
Posted by: Yanoer on Jul-01-13 6:03 PM (EST)
and then rub the backs together. I NEVER apply sunscreen using the gripping side of my hands unless I can clean them well before touching a paddle.
I used a Whisper for a while and it was|
Posted by: Yanoer on Jun-30-13 11:26 PM (EST)
good enough until I could afford better. The Whisper, like many paddles, has larger blades than I prefer and was a bit too much work for me to use comfortably.
Get a spray-on sunscreen and keep |
Posted by: string on Jun-30-13 11:41 PM (EST)
it off your palms.It will make any paddle slick and make you over grip.Try that before you buy another paddle.Or get some paddling gloves.
gloves and spray|
Posted by: edzep on Jul-01-13 12:27 AM (EST)
Due to sun-screen-slick, I've been using gloves for a few years. Have switched to spray-on sun screen this year. I really like it, though I often still wear gloves. It goes on the face very well, and does not run down into my eyes as I sweat.
Surfboard Wax for Paddle Grip|
Posted by: seadart on Jul-01-13 3:09 PM (EST)
You want a smooth surface that will rotate through your hands. Surfboard wax works really well to give you enough grip on the paddle shaft.
Posted by: greg27 on Jul-04-13 7:28 AM (EST)
best thing to do is paddle with a group once in a while and swap out paddles. i suggest picking up a pair of black open finger weight lifting gloves [ i say black because they dont stain your hands as much, maybe wash them a couple times]as for carbon fiber it's darn nice. a guy custom makes them under the name onno . p.s i also suggest an adjustable padddle
Posted by: twilightbloom on Jul-04-13 9:01 PM (EST)
I upgraded today. I got bending branches glass whisper glass sunrise with fiberglsss shaft. What an improvement!