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Bending Branches Sunburst Bent

Suggested Retail:
$224.95 USD
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The Sunburst canoe paddle combines years of craftsmanship with state-of-the-art composite technology: its shaft is aeronautical-grade carbon. This all-new Sunburst is a dream to paddle. From tip to grip, this paddle is designed with the canoe elitist in mind. The Sunburst will provide years of comfortable, worry-free paddling and will propel you to places you've only dreamt of. The Sunburst has full Rockgard(R) edge protection and 2 oz. fiberglass wrap to keep it strong and beautiful for years. This is the Sunburst with an 11 degree bent shaft. This Sunburst is made entirely in Osceola, Wisconsin.

Shaft Colour
Best Used For Tripping/Touring
Type Canoe
Year 2016
Manufacturer SKU P SUNBURST 11
Blade Material Basswood
Shaft Type Bent
Grip Type Asymmetrical Palm
Blade Shape Sugar Island
Finish Varnish
Overall Lengths (Imperial) 48, 50, 52, 54
Blade Length (Inches) 17
Blade Length (Centimetres) 43.2
Blade Width (Inches) 8.2
Blade Width (Centimetres) 20.8
Blade Surface Area (Sq. In.) 99
Blade Surface Area (sq. cm) 638.7
Weights (Oz) 17
Weights (Grams) 482
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  · 1 months ago.
After testing and reviewing the Bending Branches A Series Limited Edition and the Sunburst 14, I was excited to find my new BB Sunburst 11 on my front porch. It arrived in the usual 2 day window, in perfect condition, as always. After admiring the impeccable hand-crafted beauty of this one, I loaded my Wenonah Prism and headed to a nearby lake for a test run.

As in the Sunburst 14, this paddle blends a T-700 carbon fiber shaft with a nicely handcrafted blade and grip. This makes for a lightweight, ergonomic paddle, although not as light as the 14. I must admit that the efficiency of the paddle had me a little skeptical at first, given that it is a bit heavier than the 14. The balance seemed different as well, perhaps due to the use of some different woods (my BB rep had explained to me that they had to make a few changes due to the decreasing availability of some of the woods used in earlier models). I later learned that my original Sunburst 14 has a slightly smaller blade, measuring 7.9” x 17,” while the new Sunburst 11 blade is a bit larger, measuring 8.2” x 17,” with a little more thickness and more Rockgard protection,which accounts for a very slight increase in overall weight. After several different trips on the water, in which I paddled flatwater lakes and the Missouri River both upstream and down, I grew to appreciate this little beauty. It does have a slightly different feel than the Sunburst 14, with a little less flex in the shaft, but actually seems to provide more β€œpush” than the 14, due to the larger blade and the slightly stiffer shaft.

All in all, the more I paddle with the Sunburst 11, the more I appreciate its differences. It is a light, efficient paddle that makes a great companion to my Sunburst 14 and Expedition Plus. It provides plenty of power, is light enough to help fight fatigue on long trips, and the 11 degree bend makes for an efficient paddle. I can’t wait to try the brand new all-carbon Black Pearl 2!
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