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Old 03-16-2012   #1
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Farmington, Utah
Paddling Since: 2009
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I have a theory on bent vs straight shafts.

So I have a Werner Sho-Gun 203cm bent shaft. It is a little long so I am planning on getting a 198 or 200, and switching back to a straight shaft. For me it seems like I get more power with a straight shaft, and where my hands are is were my blade lands in the water also my arms are lined up much better. Is it just me or do you tend to get more power out of a straight shaft.

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Old 03-17-2012   #2
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Durango, Colorado
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Power vs Ergonomics

More power, yes. But I found that when I switched to a bent shaft, the ergonomic placement of my hands made my wrists stop popping and decreased the late season irritation. The loss of power was worth it to me for decreased long term wear on my carpal and carpometacarpal joints

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Old 03-17-2012   #3
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Longmont, Colorado
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I have a friend with carpal tunnel problems, and now, after surgery, he swears by the bent shaft.
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Old 03-17-2012   #4
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Moab, Utah
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I've had both over the years. I'm wondering if you think it's actually a decrease in power or an increase in the weight of the paddle? That would reduce your overall stroke rate (I think). Just a theory. Thoughts?
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Old 03-17-2012   #5
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I think that what you really feel is an increase in the pressure that your hands exert on the shaft. With the bent shaft, more of the surface area out your palm makes contact with the shaft, so you get less pressure on any given part of your hand when you apply the same force with your wrist and arm.

It seems to me that the power should be the same, since that has more to do with your torso or your blades.
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Old 03-18-2012   #6
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BZN, Montana
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I think your shaft flex and blade size and shape would be the main factors in power output.
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Old 03-18-2012   #7
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Bozeman, Montana
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I'm 5,10 with monkey arms and 197 is perfect I'd recommend going by the Werner fit guide.. 203 is a lot of paddle
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Old 03-18-2012   #8
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Well I am 6'4" with long arms so 203 is in the range. I seem to like a little shorter paddle. I think 200 or 197 would be where I would like to be. I may just have it cut down by werner. Maybe I would like the bent shaft better then. One thing I like about a straight shaft is the ability to choke up on the paddle without changing your grip.
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Old 03-18-2012   #9
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Bozeman, Montana
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You shouldn't need to choke up, you want to keep a good solid box and keep elbows in so you don't dislocate a shoulder and plus it helps with proper paddling technique. Aka using your core.. Size it right the first time feel them all out.
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Old 03-18-2012   #10
Grand Junction, Colorado
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I went from a straight shaft player paddle to a at2 sl bent and ill never go back to a straight more power less strain on my shoulders and wrists love it im 6 foot and i went with a 197cm and fits me perfect!

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