I've been considering a Northern Lights 3-piece GP for some time, since I have a Feathercraft Wisper and need a paddle that can break down small enough to pack with the kayak for airline travel.
I've used two shoulderless GPs for 6 years (a regular and a 72" storm) and greatly prefer them over any other paddle. I've also used other GP's, also all shoulderless. like the FC Klatwa. The Northern Lights GP is shouldered and it is made to convert to a storm by omitting the middle section. This creates a paddle with 6.5" of loom between the shoulders. Paddling with my unshouldered storm I use a sliding stroke. Anybody have experience using such a tight shouldered GP -- how does the shoulder affect using a sliding stroke?
Overall, is there any advantage to a shouldered paddle vs unshouldered?