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15 years 4 months ago #84 by Martin
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I have been using the large (840cm2) Epic carbon blades and green oval shaft for a few years now. I found the mid sized Epic wing ( +-750cm2) a little too small and couldn't pull onto a downwind wave as effectively as the large blade. I must admit in a 40kmh headwind I struggle with the large blade, being lucky to average 10.5kmh. I sometimes wonder if a compromise is possible by using a wing paddle with a surface area of about 800cm2. Make no mistake I think the Epics are good, but would like to get some comments from other readers.

Martin

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15 years 4 months ago #85 by mckrouk
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I think the thing to do is to choose a shaft that suits you and match your blades to the conditions, i.e. a large blade for downwinds and sprints and an average sized blade for the rest. That's if you can afford at least 3 paddles, because it's useful to have a spare. My spare is my rather old and beaten up Fenn paddle that i use foe rivers too.

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15 years 4 months ago #86 by Martin
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Makes sence. I have a few epics of various sizes but have almost exclusively used the large one. When paddling in flat water, using the mid sized epic I found my cadence much higher, but speed remained roughly the same. I can't recall whether I was more stuffed with the faster rotation....probably was. There are a phenomenal number of different paddles around ( Lettman, Maxpaddles, Fenn etc), almost too many, hence making a decision, especially if you are new to paddling, difficult. I found a paper on the net which gave recommendations of paddle sizes ( in cm2) for the different paddlers out there,ranging from kiddies to old guys. Again it was only a guide.

I am interested in hearing what blade make and sizes are used by the readers and their comments about them.

Martin

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15 years 4 months ago #87 by Martin
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Further to above it would be interesting to know what the elite guys are paddling with inclusive of the blade sizes, makes etc ( the Hank's, Clint's, Mocke's, Barry etc)

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15 years 4 months ago #88 by Stan K
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Hey Martin

how about putting that website with the paddle sizes on the forum for us.

"If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you" -Nietsche

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