My doctor recently told me I was no longer 20. I knew that but was hesitant to acknowledge it. My sore joints, particularly wrists and shoulders, are forcing me to face reality.
I currently use a Werner Camano, straight shaft, but its causing me grief. Gerard was kind enough to lend me a couple of bent shaft paddles, an Athena and an Ikelos.
I first tried the Athena (low angle, touring) but found it under-powered, for me, compared to the Camano. The Athena has a 550 sq cm paddle face area compared to the Comano's 650.
Next, I took the Ikelos (high angle touring) with its gigantic spoon sized face at 710 sq cms. Lots of power to get moving fast in a hurry but I thought at the end of a long day of paddling I'd be exhausted.
But it wasn't so much about the power face, it was about the bent shaft allowing the wrists to open up a bit.
To get a better feel for the difference between the bent and straight shafts, and the difference in power, I joined one end of the Athena with the Camano.
Even a GP
I even tried Sean' Greenland paddle for a bit.
The consensus? The bent shaft I think is the solution to my paddle woes. So, its off to the outfitter to buy bent shaft Camano. More kayaking money flying out the window *lol* but its easy to justify. And, its approved by the Minister of Finance, my wife Sherry.