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I tend to paddle strong and fast and this paddle keeps up. the carbon fiber shaft is checkered which allows better wet grip. i love how water moves so quickly off it. it is perfect for both the Sundance, and my newest love, PADDLEBOARDING (while in seated position).
I do like the paddle. It is 260 cm giving plenty of length to reach the water in the wide solo canoe. It is lighter than my old kayak paddle. It does stick a little when breaking it down but not bad. The only negative was the price.
I would recommend.
Pros: It's very light and thereís no play where the two halves connect in the middle. The blade is big enough to really push the kayak but not too big to cause too much strain. Cons: While many fiberglass shafts flex a little, this one feels like it flexes just a bit too much. I personally prefer a more rigid feel. Also since the shaft is not watertight, the foam inside tends to not let the water drain properly so that there is always an ounce or two of water inside that can only be removed by taking out the foam and draining it. Since there's not much room to work with in there, trying to get a hold of the foam can be a bit of a pain in the neck.
I would expect small issues from a cheap paddle but Bending Branches is a respectable company with many years of outfitting. I know this paddle was considerably more expensive when it first hit the market a few years ago. These issues should have been worked out in production. But overall, you cant beat the price for such a light paddle.
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