A Lighter Cadence
The new Lendal Carbon Cadence has arrived.
Nearly identical in shape to the fiberglass version, (HR Paddler – Lendal Cadence 11/12) the Carbon Cadence is Light!, both in swing weight (23oz. for 215cm paddle, $355 straight shaft, $415 modified crank shaft) and in strain resistance on the stroke. This makes the paddle several ounces lighter than similar sized foam core all carbon paddles and by the later statement I mean that at 600 sq. cm. it provides enough purchase on the stroke to make long distance paddles feel effortless.
Ok, perhaps a little background on that last claim. My name is Marshall Seddon. I’m the owner and lead kayak instructor for The River Connection, Inc. in Hyde Park, NY (www.the-river-connection.com). For the past few years I’ve also been a competitive distance kayak racer and been doing better than ok (frequently in the top 4 finishers) in numerous races ranging from 14 – 64 miles. For that I know I’m not looking for a paddle that has a lot of bite or purchase on the water as fatigue will catch up with me from the extra resistance. I want a paddle that’ll allow me to maintain my marathon pace all day. I’ve been very pleased with the Lendal Storm to date but I may have just found it’s replacement for the longer distance races, in the way of the Lendal Carbon Cadence.
From a non-racer perspective, I can appreciate how this paddle would perfectly suit the lighter powered paddler and will recommend it to kayakers that have a habitual high angle style but not necessarily a lot of muscle mass or shoulder strength.
The construction of the blades is very clean and very strong. I’m not going to be afraid of putting dings in the face material of this carbon paddle as I’ve sometimes seen with other mfg. foam core paddles. With barely any discernible flex in across any direction through the blade, the power transfer is clean and crisp making for a spring like snap of the blade exiting the water and a scalpel like entry on the catch.
The all carbon fiber shaft is the standard Lendal ergonomic shape with the internal expansion ferrule PaddLok system. This shaft shape makes for very positive indexing of the blade position on the water and the ferrule system very strong and forgiving of grit and debris.
Below are some pictures taken from just before launching on a 7 mile test paddle of the new Cadence and a few close up pics from here at the Showroom. If there’s another perspective you would like to see please drop me a line and I can either post it or email it to you.
Currently there are few remaining in stock from the batch that just arrived.