Ultimate Paddle Performance

Our mission and promise to you is achieved here, in a culmination of our Advanced Designs and Advanced Fits. On this page, spend some time understanding how we incorporate our Key Design Elements with decades of time on the water and in the R+D room, developing the most comprehensive range of Fit Options. You will find we are driven to properly fit to your body and individual paddling style while giving you unmatched feel with every stroke through the water. Ultimate Paddle Performance will improve your enjoyment on the water and help keep your body healthy for a lifetime of paddling. We're proud to bring you over 50 years of experience handcrafting paddles in Sultan, WA USA.

Touring


Discovering new vantage points to view our natural surroundings leads many to the sport of kayaking. With or without the company of others, touring takes us to the places we dream to go, we need to go.

Performance Level
Standard

Paddles that offer Standard Performance give you Werner's heritage and advanced design features at introductory prices. For those recreational paddlers, we still want you to experience the feel of a Werner Paddle on the water. These paddles may not have all the advanced designs features, materials and fit options but we will never give up our core philosophies of light swing weight, balance and smooth stable strokes. Our fiberglass reinforced nylon blades are quite sturdy, so although paying a penalty in swing weight they will be much stronger than lesser quality materials. Our shaft uses a carbon blend to combine light weight and strength. We also spend a lot of time testing flex. With each stroke you’ll feel just the perfect amount of flex, making the paddle softer on your joints.

Premium

Paddles that offer Premium Performance give you the right combination of light weight, stiffness and durability. These are also our most impact resistant paddles, for white water, coastal play or just more confidence no matter the use. Swing weight equates to the effort it takes to move your paddle through out the stroke, and with our Premium line it is not much. Stiffness is a key element in blade performance, allowing for more efficiency as the blade fixes less under the load of moving you and your boat. Choose between fiberglass or carbon construction. Carbon gives you the lightest swing weight option and matches the strength, impact and wear resistance of fiberglass with a stealth black carbon look. Fiberglass is a great compromise for those looking for a better value. You still get identical strength and impact and wear resistance. Also, a variety of bright color options with a handcrafted translucent look. Our shaft uses a carbon blend to combine light weight and strength. We also spend a lot of time testing flex. With each stroke you’ll feel just the perfect about of flex, making the paddle softer on your joints.

Ultimate

Our Ultimate performance brings together all of our most advanced designs. Paddles that offer Ultimate Performance have an exceptionally light, buoyant and quiet feel on the water. Our blades designed with more volume creates a blade profile that displaces more water for a significantly lighter, more buoyant feel on the water. The added buoyancy assists the blade from the water at the exit of the stroke. This allows you to use less energy on long paddle outings, creates a more stable brace, and enhances kayak rolls in aerated water. The smooth back profile increases paddle performance by allowing water to flow uninterrupted. This results in smooth, quiet, fluid strokes, in all directions. Our carbon shaft combines light weight with our reputation for strength, derived for the experience of handcrafting paddles for the most extreme users. We also spend quite a bit of time testing flex. With each stroke you feel just the perfect amount of flex, making the paddle softer on your joints. In your hands you feel balance, and our lightest swing weight paddles derive from a combination of our lightest weight carbon and fiberglass. Longer days on the water are ahead. Although our best paddling paddle, the Ultimate performance level does compromise impact resistance for light weight and performance. Strong for its intended use, paddlers should be mindful that these paddles should be used, but not abused.

Blade Designs
Ultimate - Carbon Dynel Reinforced

The full carbon materials of our Ultimate performance line makes these paddles your lightest option. Carbon encasing our proprietary foam core gives the blade volume and internal strength, allow for spineless back face. To assure confidence in the sometimes rigorous environment paddlers face, we mold in a Dynel edge guard. A roping material, dynel is impact and abrasion resistant.

Ultimate - Carbon

The carbon materials along with our proprietary foam core, make this this our lightest option in our Ultimate performance line. The proprietary foam core gives the blade volume, Buoyance, and internal strength while allowing for a smooth back face.

Premium - Carbon

When every ounce counts, look to our Premium Carbon blades. As a stiffer material, you can use less carbon to achieve the same strength as fiberglass, allowing for a lighter weight.. All carbon materials with a foam reinforcement stick to provide rigidity.

Premium - Fiberglass

Originally developed in the 70's and perfected for decades. Our Premium fiberglass blades in HD Graphics or Translucent colors look unlike any other. A true work of art, the perfection in hand craftsmanship can be seen by holding the blades up to the light. These full fiberglass blades provide light swing weight and stiffness for our mid-price point. A foam reinforcement stick provides rigidity.

Carbon Reinforced - Injection Molded Nylon

Our injection molded carbon reinforced nylon blades are impact and wear resistant, lighter weight than their fiberglass counterpart and utilizes recycled Carbon. The carbon material also creates a stiffer blade. This material allows us to mold the design elements direct from our Premium line but a lower price point.

Fiberglass Reinforced - Injection Molded Nylon

Injection molded fiberglass reinforced nylon blades are impact and wear resistant. This combination of materials allows us to mold the design elements direct from our Premium line but a lower price point. The fiberglass material allows a level of stiffness and light swing weight that is tops in its price category.

Blade Dihedral-Kayak

In 1976 Werner Sr. created an new blade design with the objective to of eliminating fatigue caused by blades fluttering when stroked. This latest paddle design had complex 3 dimensional shape on the power face known as Dihedral. This dihedral shape was created to direct water to flow evenly off each side of the blade creating a smooth and stable stroke. Without dihedral water builds up on the power face, this water gets “confused” and in order to expel this build up the blade will flutter back and forth. Therefore, by adding a dihedral angle to our blade design, water is given direction to flow easily off the blade, minimizing flutter. This reduces the gripping effort needed to overcome the flutter and allows you to use a loose grip style of paddling, reducing fatigue and increasing your enjoyment on the water.

Dynel Edge

"This stuff is tough!" To protect the specialized designs of Ultimate blades, Dynel brings an extremely abrasion and impact resistant edge. Proven on the water since 2002, this material gives added confidence to paddlers buying paddles. Available on our Ultimate paddles, this composite rope material disperses impact to protect the blade during a hard impact. It also greatly slows the wear process with its abrasion resistant properties. Key to protecting your investment if you come in contact with rocks or reef often in your paddling.

Asymmetrical Blade Shape

Asymmetrical kayak blades are designed to balance the amount of pressure loaded onto the blade face as the paddle enters and exits the water reducing torque or twisting of the blade. When the blade loads evenly, forces are equalized, torque is minimized and your paddle will pull smoothly through the water. All of this reduces the need to over-grip your paddle which will allow you to have less stress on your body and enjoy paddling longer. This design feature was innovated by Werner Sr. and is a key element in our core design philosophy of a smooth and stable stroke.

Blade Shape
High Angle

High Angle paddling is typically a more aggressive style of paddling for those with more performance aspirations. The more vertical entry of the blade to the water (Through out the stroke the top hand should be about forehead height in this style) keeps the paddle closer to the boat and in turn allows for better tracking. More efficient as the boat travels along a more direct path. Due to the higher hand position, this style does wear on the smaller support muscles when proper technique is not used. Our high angle blades are designed shorter and wider, to match this steeper entry angle to the water with the perfect use of the blades surface area. High Angle designs work best when used with shorter paddle lengths of 205cm - 215cm. The combination of shorter paddle length and a shorter wide blade allows the right amount of balanced blade area to enter the water sooner, supporting a faster cadence, without having to over extend the upper arm. Our high angle designs HAVE a slight dihedral for smooth vertical maneuvering strokes. Note we also flatten the back face spine to aid in these strokes.

Low Angle

Low Angle is the most popular as it is more universal, primarily being more relaxed, but still allowing folks to paddle at a higher performance. Our Low Angle designs have longer and narrower blades designed match this lower entry angle to the water with the perfect use of the blades surface area. The true benefit to low-angle is for those less likely to work on developing their forward stroke skills, and want to take the sport at a more casual, recreational level, the lower hand position (focus on keeping your top hand at shoulder height throughout the stroke) of this style puts significantly less wear on the smaller support muscles like shoulders, traps, biceps and triceps. Good technique can be developed and used with a low angle style, and is the choice for many who just prefer this body position and the ability to switch back and forth. Our low angle designs have substantially more dihedral, to keep the blade stable as it travels further from the side of the boat.

Shaft Features
Carbon - Straight

At our highest level of straight shaft, we use 100% carbon materials. Our design team has ensured that this super light weight material is constructed to be strong, and with comfortable flex. Our craftsman hand assemble each to the level of excellence our customers have come to expect.

Carbon - Bent

At one of the most challenging stations in our manufacturing facility, carbon bent shafts come to life. With a high level of attention to detail and dexterity and using 100% of carbon materials. We have developed the right amount of flex, weight and strength.

Premium Carbon - Straight

Designed and handcrafted with a significantly higher percentage of carbon materials keep the paddle light weight. The fiberglass mixture makes for a unique textured grip and added strength. Expertly engineered, these shafts will hold up to the rigors of paddling, while maintaining a comfortable flex.

Wrapped FG - Straight

Carefully sourcing the right materials and components is a key element of bringing UPP to our Standard performance paddles. Our comfortable wrapped fiberglass shaft keeps overall paddle weight down. "Wrapped" refers to the process in how these shafts are made, different from our upper end shafts but still meeting our expectations for strength and appropriate flex. We are able to bring these paddle options to you at a more modest price.

Touring Shafts

With utmost attention to detail, design and craftsmanship, our shafts are all handmade at our production facility in Sultan WA, USA. For each model, we are able to optimize the shaft construction by placing our choice of fiberglass and carbon materials exactly where they are needed. This assures the perfect combination of light weight, flex and the strength that Werner Paddles has earned its reputation of reliability for. Whether our straight shaft, or neutral bent, our shafts have a unique feel. Notice the texture, the indexing. Designed to give you more comfort and control and to be able to feel the precision of every one of your strokes.

Smart View Adjustable Ferrule System

Our patented (US patent #6881111) Smart-View™ Adjustable Ferrule System is the most advanced ferrule system in touring paddles. Solid 1-piece paddle feel. Without the need for tools, the simple system gives a solid feel in your hands from the first day and throughout the life of the paddle. Sleek Low Profile Design. No external levers to break, collars to contend with, or additional parts to wear out over time. Nothing to snag on gear, on or off the water. Adjustable. With the simple push one of one button, adjust to your desired feather angle in 15 degree increments. Smart View is standard on all our Touring models (except for our value oriented Baja and Sprite). Learn about feathering here.

4-Piece Breakdown Touring

Four-piece kayak paddles are perfect for boaters looking for a travel paddle. Our Premium and Ultimate Touring, straight-standard diameter shaft only, kayak paddles are available in the 4pc option (excluding the Ovation). Breakdowns will easily stow in travel bags for inflatable kayaks, back packs for pack rafters or your gear bag for airline travel. Never let space limitations force you to leave Ultimate Paddle Performance behind again. Note.

Straight Shaft

If one can commit to a good loose grip style of paddling, our straight shaft option is solid choice. For the entry level paddler, it allows the ability to save and invest in lighter swing weight because straight shaft is less expensive. For others they simply like the traditional, simple feel of a straight shaft. Our attention to detail in texture, indexing and flex allows for confident control and comfort all day long.

Neutral Bent Shaft

Bent shaft aligns your wrists in a more ergonomic position to reduce fatigue while grasping the shaft for the confidence of full hand contact. Proper ergonomic hand, wrist and forearm position alleviates stress and strain and the potential for injury. A loose grip also promotes ergonomics, along with better overall technique, and some paddlers want the confidence of knowing if they do over grip due to habit or advanced conditions they are protected. This is especially important to those with pre-existing injuries. Taking design a step further, we innovated "Neutral Bent." We achieve this by lining up all parts of the paddle in one straight line. The blades, the grip area and the ferrule. This allows for the familiar feel of a straight shaft paddle, making finesse strokes and rolling much easier and allowing for a seamless transition for those switching from straight to bent. Further attention to detail went into our indexing. We tested to best fit the hand, give secure full hand contact, better control and comfort even with a loose grip. Bent shaft has a slight penalty in weight and cost, but the trade off is the confidence in knowing you are protecting your body for the longevity of your paddling.

Standard and Small Diameter Shaft

Choosing the proper shaft size (diameter of the shaft) for your hands assures a more comfortable experience on the water. You'll maintain a lighter grip for better technique, allowing better control and reduced fatigue. Measure your hand size by placing a ruler at the base of your hand (at the joint of your wrist) and measuring to the tip of your middle finger. If you measure smaller than 6.5" we suggest small shaft. Longer, go to our standard shaft. If you are on the line, we suggest you try both at an authorized Werner dealer and see for yourself. Paddlers with shorter, thicker fingers also gravitate to small shaft.