Espresso ST Canoe Paddle
|Bending Branches Espresso ST Canoe Paddle - The Espresso ST canoe paddle is both beauty and beast. Made with gorgeous basswood & butternut, the Espresso is the lightest all-wood paddle Bending Branches offers. The 2-ounce fiberglass blade wrap and full Rockgard protection add durability and extend the life of your canoe paddle. The solid ovalized shaft and Freestyle palm grip keep you comfortably paddling from sun up to sunset! You'll enjoy your time on the water with the Bending Branches Espresso ST canoe paddle.
Rockguard Tip Protection - The tip of every Bending Branches paddle is protected with exclusive Rockgard technology. This proprietary technology - derived from the same material as inline skate wheels - maintains the integrity of the paddle, seals against moisture and protects the most vulnerable areas - the tips and edges. This unmatched shock absorption helps these wood paddles last up to six times longer than those without protection. When you hold Rockgard technology in your hands, you can feel confident that your paddle will give you what you need, when you need it....and come back for more.
Sizing for Bending Branches Espresso ST Canoe Paddle:
A simple and accurate way to find the correct paddle length is to measure your torso. Sit up straight on a flat surface and measure from the surface in between your legs to your nose. Then follow the chart below:
Note: Color patterns may differ due to natural variations in the wood.
The Espresso straight shaft canoe paddle is one of the best all-around paddles that I've found. The Black Willow is quite strong, while being almost as light as Cedar; the wrap-around blade guard is effective and the fiberglass sheathing of the blade really reduces maintenance over time. Fortunately, Bending Branches put the symmetrical grip on this paddle (unlike many of their straight shaft paddles, where they include the "oh so popular" asymmetrical grip), making the paddle much better for underwater recoveries and for linking strokes. For a really comfortable tripping paddle, one that will handle the stresses of hard turning and one that will do most of what is required in a flat water freestyle stick, this is a great instrument (and at a good price.) I've used my first one for about 1000 miles of river paddling, mild whitewater, Iowa's twisty and obstructed flat water creeks and more than a bit of lake paddling. I'll buy some more of these for friends in the near future (Friends don't let friends paddle with junk...) If this paddle had a glass wrap up the bottom 8 inches or so of the shaft, it would be even better, but for a commercially-produced stick, it is great!
This paddle is awesome! I was hesitant to buy it, but really glad I did. It is feather light to minimize fatigue. The big blade provides plenty of power when needed. The palm grip is very comfortable and more user friendly for me. Other than a paddle to use in the rapids (I don't want to bang up this one, it's so pretty), this is the one I'll use all other times.
Espresso ST Straight Shaft Paddle by Bending Branches for Canoeing
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