AQUABOUND & BENDING BRANCHES debuting new…

People can come see the Bending Branches/Aqua-Bound booth (PADDLEexpo 20148, stand C73) and hang with our Sales Manager Jake Wisse. We’ll be debuting our new bent shaft kayak paddles, break-down paddles for inflatable and packable kayaks, and a new kayak fishing paddle guaranteed to meet the needs of the outdoor purist.

Bending Branches „Angler Navigator“

The Bent Shaft available on the Whiskey and Tango performance kayak paddles, exclusively from Aqua-Bound Paddles.
Last year we launched the Whiskey and Tango compression molded kayak paddles, and they were the lightest, smoothest paddles we’ve ever made at 652 grams (Carbon) and 737 grams (Fiberglass). We put a lot of time and energy into the design and blade shapes, and introduced patterns unlike anything paddlers have seen from Aqua-Bound. The sales have exceeded forecasts to the point where our blade laminating operators have been working nights and weekends. The response has been so positive that many of our dealers, consumers, and sponsored athletes have been asking for more. Well, we listened and appreciate their continued support.
Introducing a new option within our performance kayak family, a comfortable bent shaft. We’re pouring everything we have into our composite paddles and looking to offer practical options for all flatwater paddlers. Whether you’re looking for less strain on your wrists and elbows, or traveling long distances, or simply looking for a lighter paddle, we have you covered.

Our goal with the bent shaft is take what our research shows is the smoothest forward stroke in paddling, and compliment it with a shaft that offers a more natural wrist position, making every stroke more effortless and enjoyable. We analyzed the physics of three different paddler body shapes, for both women and men, focusing on every curve and movement affected by the paddling stroke. We even studied the hand grip position on the shaft, looking to make the shaft shape more comfortable to the kayaker. Motivated by our goal of “the most comfortable bent shaft in kayaking”, our engineers used that intelligence to design our new bent shaft.
We believe one of the most defining features of the bent shaft is an ovalized asymmetrical triangular shaft diameter, which is designed for control strokes and meant to fit into the crevasses of your fingers. Additionally, the 3K Plain Weave carbon shaft is one of the lightest shaft materials we were able to get our hands on, while also exceeding our break strength expectations through internal testing.
At weights of 723 grams for the Carbon models and 808 grams for the Fiberglass models, we’re looking to be the lightest option available in bent shaft designs.

Specs: The bent shaft is available on four models:

Whiskey Carbon
• Weight: 723 grams (25.5 oz)
• Blade Size: 19.8 x 40.6 sq. cm (7.8” x 16” 95 sq. in.)
• Blade Surface Area: 613 sq. cm (95 sq. in.)
• Blade Material: Compression Molded Carbon
• Shaft Material: 3K Plain Weave Carbon
• Ferrule: 100% Carbon Posi-Lok™ ferrule
• Sizes: 200, 205, 210, 215, 220, 225, 230, 235, 240 cm

Whiskey Fiberglass

• Weight: 808 grams (28.5 oz)
• Blade Size: 19.8 x 40.6 sq. cm (7.8” x 16” 95 sq. in.)
• Blade Surface Area: 613 sq. cm (95 sq. in.)
• Blade Material: Compression Molded Fiberglass
• Shaft Material: 3K Plain Weave Carbon
• Ferrule: 100% Carbon Posi-Lok™ ferrule
• Sizes: 200, 205, 210, 215, 220, 225, 230, 235, 240 cm
• Patterns: Sunwave, Fuego, and Agua

Tango Carbon

• Weight: 723 grams (25.5 oz)
• Blade Size: 16.8 x 45.5 sq. cm (6.6” x 17.9”)
• Blade Surface Area: 620 sq. cm (96 sq. in.)
• Blade Material: Compression Molded Carbon
• Shaft Material: 3K Plain Weave Carbon
• Ferrule: 100% Carbon Posi-Lok™ ferrule
• Sizes: 210, 215, 220, 225, 230, 235, 240, 245, 250 cm

Tango Fiberglass

• Weight: 808 grams (28.5 oz)
• Blade Size: 16.8 x 45.5 sq. cm (6.6” x 17.9”)
• Blade Surface Area: 620 sq. cm (96 sq. in.)
• Blade Material: Compression Molded Fiberglass
• Shaft Material: 3K Plain Weave Carbon
• Ferrule: 100% Carbon Posi-Lok™ ferrule
• Sizes: 210, 215, 220, 225, 230, 235, 240, 245, 250 cm
• Patterns: Sunwave, Fuego, and Agua


Aqua-Bound at PADDLEexpo 2018, hall 7A, stand C73
www.aquabound.com

 

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