Again, varied conditions require a paddle that is comfortable doing it all. My favorite is the Bending Branches Cruiser Plus. I’m a die-hard fan of bent-shaft paddles, which are efficient for that day-in, day-out pace. The Cruiser Plus has the smooth ergonomics to handle miles of flatwater, and the laminated power face provides reassuring control when it’s time to maneuver. Rockgard and fiberglass-wrap protection keeps the blade wear to a minimum, and the standard palm grip hasn’t given me a blister in thousands of miles. It doesn’t hurt that it’s beautiful to boot. (23 oz., $110)

Bending Branches Cruiser Plus

Bending Branches Cruiser Plus

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