Bending Branches Espresso Straight Canoe Paddle-Wood-56in

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Bending Branches Espresso Straight Canoe Paddle-Wood-56in - Bending Branches Espresso Straight Canoe Paddle - Espresso isn't just part of your morning cup of joe! Introducing the Espresso Straight Shaft Canoe Paddle where beauty meets performance in this all Black Willow paddle, reinforced with a glassed blade and wrap around Rockgard to extend the life of your canoe paddle. With Bending Branches' Classic Palm Grip you'll be comfortable paddling from sun up to sunset! Please note color patterns may vary due to natural variations in the wood.Sizing:A simple and accurate way to find the correct paddle length is to measure your torso. Sit up straight on a flat surface and measure from the surface in between your legs to your nose.


  • 8" x 20" blade size

Traction and Grip:

  • Classic palm grip


  • Solid Black Willow wood
  • 18 oz.
  • Rockgard tip
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The Espresso straight shaft canoe paddle is one of the best all-around paddles that I've found. The Black Willow is quite strong, while being almost as light as Cedar; the wrap-around blade guard is effective and the fiberglass sheathing of the blade really reduces maintenance over time. Fortunately, Bending Branches put the symmetrical grip on this paddle (unlike many of their straight shaft paddles, where they include the "oh so popular" asymmetrical grip), making the paddle much better for underwater recoveries and for linking strokes. For a really comfortable tripping paddle, one that will handle the stresses of hard turning and one that will do most of what is required in a flat water freestyle stick, this is a great instrument (and at a good price.) I've used my first one for about 1000 miles of river paddling, mild whitewater, Iowa's twisty and obstructed flat water creeks and more than a bit of lake paddling. I'll buy some more of these for friends in the near future (Friends don't let friends paddle with junk...) If this paddle had a glass wrap up the bottom 8 inches or so of the shaft, it would be even better, but for a commercially-produced stick, it is great!
Brent Calkins at on 12/09/2009
This paddle is awesome! I was hesitant to buy it, but really glad I did. It is feather light to minimize fatigue. The big blade provides plenty of power when needed. The palm grip is very comfortable and more user friendly for me. Other than a paddle to use in the rapids (I don't want to bang up this one, it's so pretty), this is the one I'll use all other times.
Michael Cox at on 12/09/2009