Accent Paddles of Minneapolis, MN recently released details of their new Accent Energy Line of kayak paddles. The Energy Line features a soft rubber grip – the Advantage Grip – which simulates the ergonomic benefits of a bent shaft paddle at a more economical price.
At first glance, bent shaft paddles may seem unintuitive.Despite the appearance, bent shaft technology is considered to be an ergonomic, user-friendly design, reducing stress and grip pressure by offsetting the paddler’s wrist angle. Bent shafts also guide the paddler’s hand placement, reducing stress on forearms and shoulders.
While bent shaft paddles can typically retail for hundreds of dollars, the Accent Energy series ranges in price from $99 to $199.
Accent Paddle spent two years creating a “bent shaft paddle” design without the high costs. They accomplished this by taking a standard, non-bent paddle, and simulating the design via a soft rubber grip. The Accent Advantage Grip technology features an ergonomic 7° wrist offset angle which lessens forearm, wrist and shoulder fatigue. The rubber grip material is vibration dampening, and has a soft feel that – when held – reduces wrist, forearm and shoulder strain as well as providing minimal fluctuation in shaft temperature. The placement of the grip forces proper hand placement, ensuring longer more enjoyable outings.
The Energy Advantage comes in three models – the Energy Aluminum, Energy Hybrid and Energy Carbon.
At $99, the Energy Aluminum paddle features an aircraft-grade aluminum shaft with a simple push-button ferrule for three blade angle settings. The fiberglass-reinforced blade is the perfect size blade for most kayaking situations and a great entry-level paddle.
The Energy Hybrid is a step up, featuring an all-carbon shaft providing a high strength to weight ratio. The fiberglass-reinforced nylon blade is durable, and the perfect sized blend for both high and low angle paddling. A Kingpin ferrule connection system provides 12 paddling angles. MSRP $159.
The top-of-the-line Energy Carbon is constructed with premium materials for the kayaking enthusiast. A carbon shaft, paired with Accent’s proprietary carbon-reinforced APX polymer blades, provides the highest strength to weight ratio. The blade design is a perfect blend for both low and high angle paddling, delivering efficiency with each stroke. A Kingpin ferrule connection system provides 12 paddling angles. MSRP $199.
All three paddles at AirKayaks feature 4pc breakdown construction for portability in a 230cm length.