- Oct 24, 2012
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We asked two of lakewater canoeing’s most respected paddlers to defend their chosen sticks.
I solved this issue 38 years ago by always carrying a bent and a straight paddle on all day and overnight trips since then. Sometimes on non-portage trips I'll take three or four paddles because paddle variety is one of the delicious spices of canoeing life.
In general, I prefer bent paddles for straight ahead calm water paddling that requires mimimal turning, and straight paddles for whitewater, technical currents and scary wind-wave lake paddling.