In the Helios, the small inflatable tubes with nylon straps are the stretchers or foot braces. They are used to push against with your legs to keep a more upright paddling posture, and they are adjustable in length. An efficient sweep paddle stroke uses a twisting motion of the torso (rotate your trunk pushing the paddle) requiring bracing of the feet. This paddling motion will reduce fatigue of the arms.
Labels: Handling, Helios