So here’s the thought.
I was recently in a paddling shop and saw a few Werner carbon paddles on display. They were all bent shaft versions. I naturally picked one to hold and immediately noticed a significant difference in size AND shape from my own Werner straight shaft. It was both noticeably larger in circumference and far different in shape; having a very pronounced indexing to the shaft. By comparison my paddle is nearly round. It nearly always give me minor fits by causing me to continually adjust my hand position. I called Werner to inquire about this and the rep admitted there is a significant difference, possibly due to the added carbon added to strengthen the shaft and the pressure exerted in molding. My question is: has anyone else noticed this and more importantly, has anyone done anything to try to emulate the size and shape of those Werner bent shafts? I’ve used large diameter shrink tubing to increase shaft size and reduce slipperiness in the past but not to adjust the shape.