In 2000 we started working with Vortex Edge technology and applying it to the Smoothie blade. This involved changes to two aspects of the tip of the blade: 1) The broad tip of the Smoothie Plain Edge and Big Blade was cut so the side edges taper towards the tip, and 2) a strip of vortex-generating features was added to the back of the blade. Both of these enhancements are designed to enhance efficiency during the early part of the drive. The result is a loading profile with a firmer feel at the beginning of the drive as compared with a Smoothie2 Plain Edge or Big Blade.
The Smoothie2 Vortex Edge is generally used with a 1–2 cm shorter overall oar length than the Smoothie2 Plain Edge and is most effective when used with larger catch angles, i.e. athletes rowing further through the pin.
The Smoothie2 Vortex Edge blade can be combined with the Skinny shaft to produce a softer feel and more even loading profile.
|Smoothie2 Vortex Dimensions|
|Blade Length||54.5 cm||46 cm|
|Width at Tip||19 cm||16.5 cm|
|Width at Broadest Point||25.5 cm||21.5 cm|
- No center spine
- Vortex Edge with less taper at tip than Fat2
- Curvature to aid in depth control
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