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Buy a Harmony Shadow Canoe Paddle

Updated on May 12, 2011

Buy A Harmony Shadow Canoe Paddle

The most important thing to think about when you are choosing a Harmony Shadow canoe paddle is what type of canoeing you are planning to do. There are a variety of different choices when it comes to canoe paddles and a good paddle for one type of canoeing won’t be a good option for another type. By knowing what type of paddling you are going to be doing you can buy a canoe paddle that meets your needs.

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Probably the biggest factor when it comes to comfort is buying a Harmony Shadow canoe paddle that is the right size for you. Unfortunately this isn’t as straightforward as it may seem. The problem is that the right size will depend largely on your particular canoe and how you like to paddle. The usual guideline is that the shaft should be equal the distance from the water to your mouth. Obviously this won’t be the same in every canoe. It also won’t be the same if you kneel as it would be if you sit. Thinking about the type of canoe that you have and the way you like to paddle will help you to make the right choice. As a guide most people find that 56-58 inches is about right.

The right shaft diameter can also make a huge difference when it comes to paddling your canoe. A shaft that is too big will cause your hand to get tired quickly while a shaft that is too small will cause your hand to cramp. This is something you are just going to have to figure out by trying a few different canoe paddles to find the right size. A round shaft will be cheaper but an oval one will be more comfortable.

A pear shaped handle will be the most comfortable option and is ideal for long trips but it does come at the expense of control so it isn’t a good choice for white water canoeing. For white water a T-grip will give you much more control but you will likely find it to be uncomfortable if you use it for a long time. The general recreational paddler will likely find that a soft T-grip that falls in between the two is a good compromise.

The size and shape of your blade will determine how much control you have and how much effort you have to put into paddling. A big wide blade will give you lots of control but will also take a lot of effort, it is perfect for white water. On the other hand the long distance paddler will want a long narrow blade that will move through the water easily. The recreational canoeist will want to compromise and choose a medium size blade.

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