I'd feel bad about hijacking this thread, but it doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
maybe i dont know how to use a bent shaft, but i thought the idea was to hold the bent portions of the shaft, which are at a fixed distance from eachother no matter how big or small your torso and arms are.
What I mean is, if the grip is too wide downsize a step in paddle length. The grips are set proportional to the size of the paddle. Also different brands set their grips in different places. Plus all the bent shafts I've grabbed have some leeway in where on the bent you can grip.
If you want to roll with a straight, that's great, just saying I don't see why width of grip should be holding you back unless you're just super particular about the distance your hand needs to be from the blade and then length of your paddle.