Well, having just bought a pretty nice paddle by Bending Branches, super lightweight, laminated wood, figuring it was a good choice by my experience, always wanted one of those "Designer" ones, right?
NOW, I am wondering what all the experienced folks on the Forums think about Paddle Choices.
Some questions, what do you prefer for blade shape, mine is kind of squared off,
I'm reading about the efficiency for long trips of an Oval Shape? My Favorite Kayak paddle was Long and Skinny, very big factor in major kayaking trips, same with single blade while Canoeing?
Do these Fancy Wood ones hold up well?
(Actually I have already been caught slapping the water to "spook Salmon into a Subsistence Gillnet and just about blew my new paddle all apart, I epoxied it back together and coated it thickly but, having to take care of it now...... not a Salmon Plunger, I guess)
Are you old time Ak guys using Aluminum for obvious reasons, or going designer for distance and exhaustion factor?
What Do you folks think ??? I'll be buying another for sure, got two boys to rig up