went pretty well today - I was very pleased. The wind was calm and the lake was the same lake I usually paddle to take afternoon breaks from work. Depending on which boat, paddle and motivation level I have, it can take from 11 minutes to 15 minutes for me to do 1 lap following the shoreline.
I normally use an Epic Relaxed Tour set to a length of 205cm to 215cm in this boat. The Relaxed Tour has been my preferred paddle for about the last three years.
The wing I used today is a new Epic Small Mid Wing in the Signature Hybrid construction with white blades and set to a 210cm length without feather.
The boat is a carbon Epic Touring Cruiser 16, which I just bought used in early December and have paddled it three times using the Relaxed Tour, but hadn’t paddled any boat in the last two weeks. I was NOT using the rudder.
Today I was feeling run down and my shoulder’s been bothering me quite a bit for the last couple weeks, but today the ice was off the lake and the air temperature was 55 degrees with full sun, so I was taking a break from work to paddle.
- The boat seemed easier to move along with the wing than I recall it being with the Relaxed Tour. It seem to just take off with little effort.
- The wing is way noisier than the Relaxed in all phases of the stroke - is this normal?
- The stroke seemed natural - the blade just seemed to take it’s own path as I left it loose in my hands and focused on torso rotation and leg drive.
- It took two laps just for my shoulder to loosen up and then I did my fastest lap of the day, which was 11 minutes as I’d previously done in this boat with the Relaxed Tour.
- With the exception of the shoulder that was really bothering me before I started, my wrists, elbows and shoulders seemed to feel better after four laps with this Small Mid Wing than with the Relaxed Tour.
- My first impression is that I like the paddle very much and will often be choosing the Small Mid Wing instead of the Relaxed Tour for my short exercise paddling outings. I’m rarely out for more than two hours at a time in a kayak.
- I was expecting the wing to be much harder on my body than the Relaxed Tour, after reading comments in these forums regarding wings, but that doesn’t appear to be the case with the Small Mid Wing vs the Relaxed Tour.
- I’m glad that I opted for the small mid wing, rather than a larger wing.
Are wing paddles usually noisier than euro paddles? I’m sure that my wing stroke mechanics need a lot of work, since I’ve only used it once, but none of the stroke variations I tried did much to reduce the noise.
Thanks for any follow up or suggestions regarding getting to know the wing paddle better and improve efficiency.