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Old 09-15-2013   #1
 
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Which paddle is right?

Just got into kayaking a few months ago and mostly running creeks and the occasional river. The boat is a pyranha Z.one. Still learning a lot of course but not very happy with my current paddle. I went the cheap route not knowing any better and bought a Werner RIO. Struggling to learn to roll with it I tried a friends wooden paddle and got a roll down right away. It didn't want to dig as much as the rio did for me and came to the surface with ease. I know some of that is just not having experience. I also tried a bent shaft paddle and like the feel of them as well. Looking to buy something that will do what I want it to but not sure what would be best. Leaning more towards a bent shaft over straight. Any input is appreciated!

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bent shaft werner stikine or sho-gun
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I was close to buying a sho gun but then was told that they chip and then will separate from the foam cores easily so then I second guessed myself.
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I had mine for several years with no issues. People who say that don't own one. Look at a two year old sho-gun then a two year old fiberglass blade. Huge difference.
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But when you're a beginner, you're more likely to lose a paddle so sometimes cheaper is better. At the end of the day it's down to personal preference. I prefer straight shaft powerhouse, I don't like the feel of a bent shaft and prefer to keep the cost down with the fibreglass blade in-case I lose it. What feather is your rio? I'd be tempted to work with that for a while and borrow a friends here and there. It's still going to be your technique that makes you struggle with your roll, not the paddle.
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That rio is perfect is perfect until you've stepped up the difficulty a few times, taken a little beating, and not lost it. Yeah, the nicer ones are great, but they really suck to lose. I lost my first cheap one, bought another, spent some time proving to myself that I could hold on to the thing when the shit hits the fan, then bought a nice one.
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Thanks for the input I appreciate it being very new to all of this!
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Old 09-17-2013   #8
 
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It is important to have a paddle that feels right.

That being said, stick with the paddle you have until your technique is solid, like the others said there is no point in getting a new stick until you have the "hip snap" down to a t, as they say in it is all in the hips. See the following link for how to hand roll: How To: Hand Roll a Kayak - YouTube

When you are ready to upgrade our bias opinion would be to pick up one of our new CORE thermoplastic composite blade paddle (the name is still a secret but you can guess the name on our FB page for a chance to win a brand new one). The blades are bomber, the shaft is the strongest on the market and the grips are non-slippery when wet so your hands will always be in the right spot. For whitewater we recommend a bent shaft at 12 degrees, this is the most ergonomic of all options if you learned to kayak with any paddle over 12 degrees.

All the best from CORE!
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