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Posted by: JustPaddle on Sep-20-13 11:14 AM (EST) Category: Paddles
What is the best shape paddle blade for all-around solo flatwater canoeing? Otter tail, beaver tail, something else?
I've been looking at Bending Branches Sunshadow ST. I like the grip and the oval shaft on the BB.
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- Which paddle? - JustPaddle - Sep-20-13 11:14 AM
Probably "something else"|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Sep-20-13 11:27 AM (EST)
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I was going to describe what style of "something else" that's generally more versatile than the paddle shapes you mentioned, but then I looked at the paddle model you like, and it's a perfect example. That blade is not a beavertail or ottertail, but it IS the style that's most widely used these days. Not to take anything away from old-style paddles, but the blade shape you see on that paddle you named works better for a wide variety of conditions than the old styles. The main reason the old styles were long and narrow was because they were carved from a single board, which just couldn't easily be done with a board as wide as the blades of modern paddles (not just due to the carving process and finding flaw-free wood to use, but the durability of the final product too).
Oh, for what it's worth, I myself don't care for asymmetrical grips like the one shown on that Bending Branches paddle. When you are doing in-water recoveries or various slicing strokes for control, you often end up rotating the paddle half a turn in preparation for the next power stroke, and asymmetrical grips aren't made for that. Same goes for the "Indian" stroke, which I use a lot when going slowly.
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For me it's Zaveral 8" or 8.25" wide|
Posted by: Yanoer on Sep-20-13 2:14 PM (EST)
for most of my paddling. Medium in either the standard or Power Surge.
Larger blades wear me out quicker and are harder on my joints.
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