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    Default Grey Owl Sprite

    We now have a pair!




    Cara has been using hers for a while now and its great: very light, and enables a really effortless stroke and relaxed but fairly quick cadence. Its managed to stand up to moderate neglect and a bit of rock bashing so far. I've been pinching it on the odd occasion and although a bit short, really liked using it. With a couple of longer tandem trips planned, I finally decided to get my own, a 54".

    It turned up today in a skip load of bubble wrap, the blade is a slightly different shape to Cara's which I guess won't make much difference but is a bit odd, that said, for a mass produced paddle, it is actually a really nice thing. The Sprite is listed as Grey Owl's entry level bent shaft paddle and has a 14 degree angle. The more expensive Touring and Monarch appear to have a larger and different blade profile and come in different shallower angles. I'd be interested in the thinking behind the different angles.

    Looking forward to getting it wet
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    Lovely pair Ade
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    I'm thinking that angle will be perfect for sliding the pizza out of the big oven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    I'm thinking that angle will be perfect for sliding the pizza out of the big oven.
    Or for digging the latrine.
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    you guys

    thanks BMJ, as often found in nature, one is a little bigger than the other and they are slightly different shapes, but still lovely nonetheless..

    Digging will still be done by my trusty Werner Nantahala, for which its strong composite construction and thin blade make it well suited. We could use the bent shaft to mix the cement for the pizza oven.





    can somebody knowledgeable discuss bent shaft angles please

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davy 90 View Post
    We now have a pair! ... I'd be interested in the thinking behind the different angles.

    Looking forward to getting it wet
    Nice looking paddles as to why different angles this is Zaveral's take on the matter (http://www.zre.com/gearcare/paddlesp...ftpaddles.html)
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    ZRE uses a 12 degree bend as their standard angle for several reasons. A 12 degree bent shaft is a perfectly balanced paddle that will allow your top and bottom arms to work equally. Straight paddles favor your top arm power and don't have the proper angle coming through the water as the bent shafts do. Bent shafts clear the bow of the canoe easier when switching sides as the blade is angled upward.
    Your back will also be in a better position to get maximum power into your stoke. You will be able to increase your stroke rate easier as your arms and back will be in the proper position when you start your sprint. The 14+ degrees work well but it favors your bottom arm and forearms.
    Ta Potty.

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    I got one of these for Christmas, need to try it soon. it does look lovely.

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    Now all you need is to get up the creek mate. Have fun with it.
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