Does anyone have any experience with an AT Quest paddle with the bent ergo shaft? Am looking at one but can 't find reviews on the paddle. Is it hard on shoulders after a long paddle, etc?
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Posted by: paddlemore on Nov-18-13 8:46 AM (EST)
It probably provides the least amount of stress shoulders of any paddle outside of Greenland style paddles. It feels exceptionally easy to move through the water and it is very forgiving.
Posted by: magooch on Nov-18-13 10:46 AM (EST)
If you're looking for a paddle with no perceivable catch, you're on the right track. And if you're talking about the glass version, the weight isn't going to be helpful on long paddles.
Posted by: carldelo on Nov-18-13 10:46 PM (EST)
...you're assuming that everyone wants a paddle with a good 'catch', which I guess is the same as 'bite', etc.
Posted by: magooch on Nov-19-13 9:38 AM (EST)
Actually, I'm assuming that after trying a variety of paddle shapes, brands etc., it's going to be much easier to make the selection that meets your criteria. The OP asked for opinions from those who actually had experience with the AT Quest. I have and I did.
AT Quest bent shaft?|
Posted by: ret603 on Nov-19-13 11:33 AM (EST)
Posted by: carldelo on Nov-20-13 10:22 AM (EST)
...I guess I misread your intention, sorry about that. I'm a crank shaft partisan, which makes me cranky, I guess...
Before I switched to a GP|
Posted by: Jsaults on Nov-19-13 5:57 PM (EST)
I initially was using a Werner Camano. Even with a light grip I started to notice discomfort in my forearms and elbows during long paddles.
Posted by: ret603 on Nov-19-13 8:03 PM (EST)
Posted by: tmikels on Nov-19-13 8:50 PM (EST)
I currently have Greenland Paddles 3" - 3.25" as well as an older Kalliste straight shaft. I like the Greenland's and I don't care much about the width of the Kalliste . Was thinking something in between. Have been contemplating a Nimbus or a Windswift when I came across a good deal on the AT paddle. Just wasn't real sure about the bent shaft and blade design.
Bent shaft Kalliste|
Posted by: ret603 on Nov-19-13 9:32 PM (EST)
The bent shaft Kalliste required me to hold it with my hands at a width that quickly became painful to my rebuilt shoulder capsule. I now have keep a narrower hand width than before I injured the shoulder.
Posted by: tmikels on Nov-19-13 8:52 PM (EST)
I've tried a Norvoca Greenland and think them to be an awesome paddle. Just wish they were a little more in my price range.
Novorca Greenland and Aleutian|
Posted by: ret603 on Nov-19-13 9:50 PM (EST)
Novorca paddles are superbly constructed. You should find people with Novorca paddles and demo them to get the exact width and length for your use. The one used Novorca Greenland paddle that passed through my hands was too wide for me.
Posted by: tmikels on Nov-20-13 4:44 PM (EST)
I appreciate everyone's input.