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Bending Branches Special Canoe Paddle

    Bending Branches Special Canoe Paddle

    This bent-shaft wood paddle is an excellent value for the advanced recreational canoeist. See details

    • $85.00

    Item # 492117

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    This bent-shaft wood paddle is an excellent value for the advanced recreational canoeist.

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    This bent-shaft wood paddle is an excellent value for the advanced recreational canoeist.

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    This bent-shaft wood paddle is an excellent value for the advanced recreational canoeist.

    • Wide blade provides a more powerful stroke for excellent flatwater cruising performance
    • Combines a 7-laminate blade and a 12-laminate shaft of light and dark hardwoods for strength, durability, stiffness and beauty
    • Wrap Around™ Rockgard® protects the blade tip, wrapping up around the corners onto the blade edges
    • Comfortable, classic palm grip minimizes hand fatigue with its asymmetrical pear shape

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    Bending Branches Special Canoe Paddle Specs
    Best use
    12-laminate wood
    7-laminate wood/Rockgard tip
    20 x 8 inches
    Palm grip
    14 degrees
    22 ounces
    Shaft material
    Blade material
    Blade size
    Grip type
    Bent shaft angle

    Bending Branches Special Canoe Paddle

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    Bending Branches Special Canoe Paddleis rated5.0out of5by1.
    Rated5out of5byfromFantastic work horse!Great bang for the buck in this paddle. While it isn't the lightest or fanciest paddle on the market, it's a great workhorse that is easy to use for hours and hours. Think of this as the old diesel work horse that doesn't run at high RPM, but produces massive torque! The 20x8 inch blade size concerned me at first because the blade has a lot of real estate, and I was worried moving that much water per pull would tire me. In fact, I discovered just the opposite happened, because I didn't have to work as hard to go a distance if I just kept a steady, easy paddle because each stroke is so efficient. The asymmetrical design of the handle (which is just a bit big for my hands, but I learned to deal with it) leads down to the ovoid handle, which is very strong, and handles the vibration a hard stroke can create. The handle tapers down to the big blade, all weighing in at 22 ounces. I bought this paddle specifically for the 150 Missouri Breaks trip. The river is not a kind and gentle trip on gear. The mud, rocks, and sand gets into EVERYTHING. I was nervous about that kind of wear on the paddle. I needn't have worried. The wrap-around rock guard really did its job. I didn't see a nick, or really even a scratch after the 10 day trip. As an fyi, my friend (who did all the navigating) said it was a learning curve the first couple of days to figure out how to steer smoothly with a bent paddle. It really does handle differently from a straight handled paddle. After several day trips, and one big trip, I would not go back to a straight paddle in flat water. For the price, this paddle has good features, solid construction, and overall durability.
    Date published: 2014-04-09

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