Espresso 14 Premium Wood Canoe Paddle



Beauty meets performance with Bending Branches’ Espresso 14 degree bent shaft all black willow wood canoe paddle, reinforced with a glassed blade and wrap around Rockgard.

Blade Size: 
8" x 20"
Grip Type: 
Classic Palm Grip
Lengths Available: 
48 in
50 in
52 in
54 in
Rockgard Color: 
Degree Bend: 
Shaft Type: 
Solid : Shafts are ovalized for more natural feel and comfort.
18 oz : weight based on average weight of 50” paddle: due to the natural variations in wood, weight could vary by +/- 10%
Wood Type: 
Black Willow
Lightweight Fiberglass
Suggested Retail Price: 
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Made of closed grain, light weight, durable hardwoods, these paddles are both attractive and versatile for the paddlers who take their time on the water more seriously.

  • Designed for flat water cruising on lakes and rivers.
  • Rugged enough for heavy use – strong shafts, resin-tipped blades.
  • Some have fiberglass-wrapped blades, good for heavy use in wilderness tripping.
  • Most are available with both straight and bent shafts.
  • New to the touring line, the 100 percent carbon Black Pearl brings lightweight performance to another level.

While many methods exist, a simple and accurate way is to measure your torso. Sit up straight on a flat surface and measure from the surface in between your legs to your nose. Follow the chart below:

Canoe Paddle Sizing Chart
Torso Size Bent Shaft Canoe Paddle Length
20" N/A
22" N/A
24" N/A
26" 48"
28" 50"
30" 52"
32" 54"
34" 56"
36" N/A
38" N/A

An easy way to measure in the field is to place the grip of the paddle between your legs (while sitting) and mark where the shoulder is (where blade meets shaft). The shoulder on a straight shaft should be at your forehead; the shoulder on a bent shaft should be at your nose. Note: this is only a guideline to sizing. Seat height, style of paddling, and arm length can all effect the size you need. Demo paddling is always recommended.

Canoe Paddle Sizing Video
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We’ve done our best to show you the dealers in your area who carry our products. However, please call ahead to make sure your local dealer has the specific product you want in the specific size you need. In the unlikely event that you can’t find exactly what you want, any of our dealers will gladly handle your special order for any Bending Branches paddle. All of our paddles are readily available from our factory.

Product Video
A look at the Espresso Bent Shaft Canoe Paddle by Bending Branches.


I Paddle for a living and this is all I'll use anymore. we've got lots of other paddles around the shop and I would never want to take anything else out. I'm pretty rough with it on the rocks and I've had the same paddle now for five years and its in great shape. the rockguards holding up very well. This paddle makes all the difference out in big water riding the waves or fighting them.

“The Espresso is a great paddle, especially for the price. Extremely light, reasonable flex that is kind to one's joints/muscles, comfortable grip, good bite, no flutter and absolutely perfect in water recoveries.”

“This paddle is awesome! I was hesitant to buy it, but really glad I did. It is feather light at 18 ounces to minimize fatigue. The big 8"x20" blade provides plenty of power when needed. The palm grip (traditional) handle is very comfortable and more user friendly for me. Other than a paddle to use in the rapids (I don't want to bang up this one, it's so pretty), this is the one I'll use all other times.”

“At this year’s Canoecopia I finally decided to buy a good canoe paddle. I picked you Espresso Plus. This morning I finally got out onto the river with it and I was absolutely amazed. It made me feel like I had been trying to paddle my canoe with a teaspoon before. It is an awesome paddle – I had no idea that a good paddle could make such a difference. I might get another one next year just in case I ever lose this one. “