Bending Branches


Double bent-shaft paddle for better ergonomics.
Bending Branches-Viper
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The Bending Branches ergonomic Viper double bend wood canoe paddle takes efficiency and comfort to the next level. Aligning both wrists to reduce fatigue, this paddle is both stunning to look at and to paddle. Fiberglass blade wrap protects the nine laminates of basswood and black willow.

More Info

  • Weight: 22 oz
  • Blade size: 8 x 20
  • Shaft type: 21 Laminate Bent Shaft
  • Curved Palm Grip
  • Rockgard color: Black


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Love these paddles rating
We re new canoers and have only used straight paddles before. What a revelation. We got the viper and adapted at once--so much less energy to go much faster. And it looks great with our cedar canoe. Classic!

Reviewed by:Laurafrom Owls head ME. on 7/2/2013

Zounds! It's like a feather! rating
When they say lightweight...they mean it. The great lines (or should I say curves) on this paddle make it look substantial, but when you pick it up it is light as a feather. Caveat - Straight-shaft paddlers beware. My husband, 6' 4", has been a straight-shaft paddler his whole life, but has been complaining of pain in his wrists. The Viper seemed like a perfect solution, however, since he is a straight-shaft paddler, the ol' long-and-strong stroke is ingrained in him. Using the shorter 54 Viper has him hunching in his seat and contorting in odd positions trying to maintain his old paddling style. 54 is the longest paddle Bending Branches makes in the Viper and is the appropriate size for him, but old habits die hard. If you are not a regular user of a bent-shaft paddle take some time to get used to it. You make have to shorten up your stroke to make this paddle work for you.

Reviewed by:Anne Anthonyfrom San Diego, CA. on 6/22/2011