Ultimate Paddle Performance

Werner Paddles believes advanced designs and fit are key ingredients for Ultimate Paddle Performance. As paddlers of all disciplines & experience levels hit the water, we’re all after the same thing — fun with as little fatigue as possible. It starts with a great fit and with that comes more comfort and reduced fatigue on the water. Performance is at the core of our designs; focusing on light swing weight, a great catch, smooth strokes and ultimate balance. Werner Paddles, makes a promise that our pride and quality workmanship will be evident every time you pick up your paddle. You can see it in our unsurpassed attention to quality and feel it with every paddle stroke.

Canoe & Raft

Look to Werner for your canoe paddle or guide stick for our combination of Bomber reliability and performance. Decades of experience on the water, in the R+D room and on the production floor has taught us how to built beautifully balanced, light swing weight paddles that do not compromise strength. So you create your paddling adventure, the steepest of creeks, the rowdiest of waves, with a loaded boat steady into a head wind or going hard for a personal best for you and your training partner. No matter where you paddle your canoe or guide your raft, we got you covered with Ultimate Paddle Performance.

Performance Level

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-fiberglass blend to combine light weight, flex, and strength. With each stroke you’ll feel just the perfect amount of flex, making the paddle softer on your joints while delivering the power you need.


Swing weight equates to the effort it takes to move your paddle through out the stroke, and with our Premium line swing weight is minimal. Stiffness is a key element in blade performance, allowing for more efficiency as the blade flexes 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 ultimate performance carbon look. Fiberglass is a great compromise for those looking for a better value without compromising on strength and impact resistance. Also, a variety of bright color options with a handcrafted translucent look are available in our fiberglass line. Our shaft uses a carbon blend to combine light weight and strength. We have optimized the flex in these blades so that with each stroke you’ll feel a limited amount of force on your joints while getting you from A to B.


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
Blade Dihedral-Canoe

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 with limited flutter. Without a 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. 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.

Standard Fiberglass

Our Standard performance fiberglass blades are both lighter and stiffer than our injection molded blades. While they do outweigh our premium blades, their fiberglass construction is the best choice for value while still giving the blade a great look and feel.

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.

Blade Shape
Canoe Touring-10 degree offset

The wide variety of strokes used by canoeists demands a do it all blade design. Our canoe touring line uses a 10 degree blade to shaft offset (the industry standard) to allow for smooth forward strokes as well as your repertoire of maneuvering strokes.

Canoe Touring. Blade Shape

Our innovative long and slender canoe touring blade shape allows for a less abrupt catch, meaning a softer feel on the body and longer days on the water. The "catch" is where the blade initially enters the water and the force of the water is felt on the power face of the blade. To increase speed this shape allows for a higher cadence with ease. No matter looking to maintain a consistent pace with a loaded down boat, or setting a personal best with your training partner, our Algonquin and Churchill blade shape will feel great on the water.


Our scooped power face gives a more efficient forward stroke for river runners and slalom paddlers. Play boaters love the way it keeps them in control on their favorite feature.


Symmetrical shape allows for smooth forward paddling as well as prys and draws for more immediate and precise control.

Shaft Features
Adjustable Canoe Shafts

Our adjustable canoe paddles offer a solid feel that provides easy on-the-go length adjustments. This paddle is great choice for sharing between people or when switching between canoes with different saddle or seat heights. Our adjustable canoe paddles are available in one size range that depends on the paddling environment. Our touring paddles adjust from 50”-58” and our whitewater paddles adjust from 54”-62”.

Canoe Palm Grip

You will find that you will be able to keep a loose grip even in the toughest of conditions with the ergonomic shape of the grip. A loose grip reduces fatigue and wear on your joint while keeping you on the water longer.

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.

Premium Carbon - Straight

Designed and handcrafted with a significantly higher percentage of carbon materials than fiberglass keeps the paddle light weight and strong. The fiberglass mixture makes for a unique textured grip, higher impact resistance, and an optimal amount of 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.

Canoe Whitewater Shaft

Our legendary bomber reputation has given paddlers decades of confidence on the most extreme rivers across the world. With utmost attention to detail, design, and craftsmanship; our shafts are all handmade at our production facility in Washington State, USA. We're able to place our choice of fiberglass and carbon materials exactly where it's needed. The result is an unmatched combination of flex, weight and of course strength. Look no further than Werner to see who the leaders in white water are. Pick up a Werner canoe paddle and feel that our shafts are unique and solid. Designed to give you more comfort and control and to be able to feel the precision of every one of your strokes.

3-Piece Breakdown

The three piece configuration offers the confidence of our Bomber paddles with reliable ferrule joints for easy assembly when you really need it most. Never have to hike out again because of a lost paddle. It easily fits behind the saddle in a C1, stowed aside float bags in an OC-1 or into a gear bag for flights. These paddles are fixed lengths with three solid pieces.