I'm interested in trying a light carbon paddle, and Zaveral appears to be a common recommendation here, at least for bent shafts. However, given that I paddle lazy bony rivers at a leisurely pace, don't switch paddling sides and frequently kneel, I thought a straight shaft may be more useful to me. Not sure if small degree bents are worth the bother.
The (newer) straight Zaverals aren't liked nearly as much as the bents, though. As I understand it, the blade isn't centered on the shaft and flush with it on one but not the other side. I assume they simply aren't designed as straights.
Any recommendation on a straight carbon fiber paddle as good as Zaveral? Or maybe my beginning skills would just eat up an expensive paddle on the river and I should stick with my wooden straight.