I am looking for a touring paddle that has power but can also be used for a variety of strokes and bracing. I have noticed that many of the touring paddles have gone to dihedral blade. For example AT (my preferred brand) and Werner. This is just about the opposite of another increasingly popular style, the wing paddle.
I want power but also the ability to use the blade in various ways. My wing paddle is very inadequate for much more than forward strokes. It seems like a straight or spoon paddle would be nice but they sure don't make many of them. So my question is how much energy do you lose with a dihedral paddle if I really am pressed to get one. I do like AT so am considering getting one but that will be after I research more and try one. No need to mention a Greenland paddle as I already have one as well and it doesn't fit what I want. Thanks.