July 19, 2004
July 21, 2004
Hey Kenny (You should hit the rapid this weekend!),
I’ve tried out a good bunch of paddles and found that for play/riverrunning, these are the characteristics that work best for me…
-Low Offset : This is key for loops. My offset is around 11 or so, and I hadn’t realized how much it helps for loops until i borrowed a friends paddle with a 30 degree offset (no good).
-Go Short : I’d stay in the mid-low 190’s if i were you. It’s easy to get use to or already be use to a longer paddle, but try this… Grab a really short paddle (190 or shorter) off someone if you can -now this will likely be way to small and feel funny, but try hucking some ends with it and take notice of how easy it is to maneuver the paddle around and link ends without catching your blades in odd positions. I think it just makes more sense to go for a shorter paddle -you’ve still got the same blades to grab the water with, they just don’t need to sink as deep on each stroke.
Blades : I’m a fan of the shorter/fatter solid composite blades. I dig the way a short blade can be dipped in the water at it’s tip, but still get a lot of bite into the water. Also, having solid composite blades that wear evenly across the blades shape have always allowed me to feel a lot better about beating up on rocks when I’m not trying to protect some delicate foam core. In once instance I used a werener composite blade on the end of a break down to ward of a mountain lion (no lie – although I can think of 50 other things I’d rather have had in my reach).
If i were using a paddle for strictly play, I might opt for a thiner blade shape with a foam core for there tendency to circulate and resurface quickly, but if you factor in river running or even down river play, I think the blade style mentioned above is the way to go.
There area ton of good sticks out there, but if i were to buy something today, I’d probably opt for either the waterstick zen or the werener bent shaft player -both great designs and totally bomber. Definitely try a bunch though.
Just my 2 cents
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