Werner paddle at REI
Mar 28, 2019 at 2:24 am #3585868Scott McCainBPL Member
I’m saving my way to jump into the world of Packrafting and hope to have an Alpacka Expedition by this summer. I also have a fairly large dividend to use at REI and was hoping to get any feedback on the Werner Pack Tour M 4-pc kayak paddle. It seems to be in the ball park for length, weight, and has the wider paddle blade that I think I would prefer. Any other thoughts or comments?Mar 28, 2019 at 5:35 am #3585891Richard NisleyBPL Member
@richard295Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
210 is the maximum length you will need for your packraft using an efficient high angle stroke. Buy a Werner 4-piece in the range of 200 (WW primarily) to 210 (flat water primarily).Apr 16, 2019 at 1:03 am #3588954Derrick WhiteBPL Member
I have the paddle and quite like it. I use the extended length the flats and the shorter length in Rapids when I need a little extra pull. I’ve put about 500 Backcountry kilometers on mineApr 16, 2019 at 5:18 am #3589009David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
I’d call a high-angle stroke powerful, but not efficient. When sea kayaking, I want to keep my shoulders as low and as relaxed as possible and that’s easier with a longer paddle. Likewise, I like a smaller blade – the large surface of a blade only helps for the first few strokes. After that, a much smaller blade propels you just as well.
But I’m on flat and flattish water. I want a stroke I can do for hours and I’m using a 210-, 215-, even a 220-cm paddle. If you’re in real white water, you sometimes need to dig in deep, close, and pull hard on every stroke. Then a shorter, larger-blade paddle is preferred.Apr 20, 2019 at 4:29 pm #3589701Scott McCainBPL Member
Thank you for all the responses. I ended up going with the Werner.
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