Bending Branches Sun Shadow 14 Bent Shaft Paddle

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Bending Branches Sun Shadow 14 Bent Shaft Paddle -

Well-balanced and beautiful, this paddle features a 14-degree bent shaft for maximum paddling efficiency.

Made in USA.


  • Narrow ovalized shaft and ergonomically designed grip fit smaller hands comfortably

Traction and Grip:

  • Ergonomically designed contour palm grip allows you to paddle for hours in comfort


  • Bent shaft is short for a quick stroke and smooth ride, while wide blade gives stroke more power
  • The 14-degree bend places the blade nearly vertical in the water at the end of the stroke, so you pull your boat cleanly through the water
  • Wrap Around™ Rockgard® protects the blade tip, wrapping up around the corners onto the blade edges
  • Powerful, efficient 11-laminate blade features butternut, basswood, black willow and alder wood
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Bent shaft angle:14 degrees
Blade material:11-laminate wood/Rockgard tip
Blade size:20 x 8 inches
Grip type:Palm grip
Shaft material:21-laminate wood
Weight:1 lb. 3 oz.

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Bending Branches Sun Shadow 14 Bent Shaft Paddle Reviews:


An excellent paddle

My dad has had one of these paddles for a few years now, and I finally got one for myself last summer. My paddling ranges from quick jaunts out on a lake to go fishing to week-long tours in places like Quetico/BWCA and the St. Croix/Namekagon, and while I really wanted it for the latter, it is of course great for the little stuff too. The oval-shaped shaft feels a little odd at first if you're used to a circular one, but is more comfortable over the long haul, and the palm grip is remarkably natural feeling. The partial-wrap tip guard covers just the right amount of the edge, over all the critical areas that commonly get beat up. BB makes great stuff all around, so if you're looking for a flat blade or different price point their other products are also a good bet.
tonyyarusso at REI on 06/06/2009

A great paddle

I have used my Sun Shadow for two seasons now. I use it primarily on flat water, but I have used it in class II rivers as well. This is an awesome paddle that affords excellent control and comfort. Initially I was afraid to use it around rocks since it looks so awesome and I feared scratching it. I discovered that the wear strip at the bottom holds up fine and it still looks new after 40 trips.
Alaska Paddler at REI on 08/08/2011

Great canoe paddle

Have used this paddle for several wilderness canoe trips - Quetico, Killarny, Adirondacks - as well as local leisure canoeing. I find my strokes are more efficient than with a standard paddle, so not the usual fatique after long hours of paddling. Not to mention it's a beautiful paddle. Very happy with my decision to try a bent shaft.
Lovetocanoe at REI on 09/09/2007

GREAT paddle

Everything about this paddle is awesome. I used this for an extended trip in the Boundary Waters and could tell the difference it made.
UW-STOUTY at REI on 05/05/2010