Sore thumbs from bent shaft paddle?
Posted by: Asquared4 on Jul-21-13 7:24 AM (EST) Category: Paddles
I recently switched from an Epic fiberglass straight shaft paddle to the Werner Cyprus bent shaft. It's been several months. Almost right after the switch I developed thumb pain and weakness. I don't think I'm holding the paddle to tightly. In fact using a firmer grip yesterday seem to help a bit. Any suggestions? Is this a bad paddle for me?
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Do you open the dry hand during stroke?|
Posted by: Celia on Jul-21-13 12:37 PM (EST)
If you are opening your dry hand to push as much as pull, and keeping that on the loose side, I am not sure that the thumb should be a problem regardless of bent or straight shaft. If not it could be that the bent shaft is affecting your thumb side more than a straight shaft does regardless of grip.
Dumb question. Are we talking kayak |
Posted by: ezwater on Jul-21-13 12:56 PM (EST)
paddles or canoe paddles? So far, could apply to either. I have both bent shaft and straight shaft canoe and kayak paddles.
OP is talking about kayak paddles|
Posted by: Canuka on Jul-22-13 9:51 AM (EST)
The Werner Cyprus is a kayak paddle. BTW, I have never used a bent kayak paddle, so I can't help. I do have a straight Cyprus 220cm and I love it.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Jul-22-13 11:00 AM (EST)
Is the new one bigger than the old one?
I'm with celia...|
Posted by: rjd9999 on Jul-23-13 10:54 AM (EST)
I strongly suspect that this is a grip problem of some sort. Probably the grip is either too hard or it is putting pressure on a nerve near the thumb. The latter happens to cyclists who lean on their bars and put pressure on the nerve at the base of the thumb. If so, you want to change the grip to keep that from happening. Another less likely possibility is that the angle of the paddle and/or narrowness of the shaft is putting undue pressure directly on a nerve.
Its gotta be the shape|
Posted by: jesse59 on Jul-23-13 12:05 PM (EST)
I have a bent shaft Ikelos. Same shaft type as the Cypress.