This is my 5th season boating and I've used a Werner Rio the whole time. I get a lot of shit for it, but that thing has just refused to break. Recently, I've noticed there is a LOT of flex in the plastic blades and I realized I was probably using a lot more effort than I needed to. Other than that, I have no issues with the paddle.
So, I bought a new Werner Sidekick bent shaft and almost swam at Bleacher hole; it took me three tries to roll. This is a play blade and I think the Rio is more of a river blade, and I'm not used to the bent shaft. The paddle feels way different and not at all comfortable. Granted, I've only paddled it a couple times but I thought it would click a little faster.
Any recommendations from anyone that switched from straight to bent? What about a play vs. river runner blade? I mostly paddle class III-IV (Ark, CC, etc) and I really don't care for playboating (partly because I'm awful at it but also because it doesn't really interest me). Any other Werner paddles I should have looked at? Anyone want to trade?