- Mar 16, 2017
- Reaction score
Bent shafts are just about impossibly angled for cross draws and draws.. Two very important river strokes.. The bent pushes water down and boat up rather than pull boat to paddle compared with a straight.. On mild moving water this is no issue but when you have a must make move a straight will save your butt better.
I prefer a straight shaft for whitewater but if I have a bent shaft in my hand that's OK too. For draws, I just use it "backwards" and can do a monster pull on it. I'm always in a big boat full of gear so the extra moments it takes to turn the paddle in my hands is usually not the main issue.