Our Marketing and Sales Director, Taylor Robertson, recently spoke with Kayak Session regarding our Strike Paddle. It has been featured in their "Product Pro-File" article for May.
Below are a few excerpts from the article but we encourage you to read it in the entirety here to learn more about the Strike.
"What makes the Strike different compared to the likes of the Surge?
The Strike shares many of the same elements as the Surge; however, the blade surface is smaller. The Surge is 725 cm2 and Strike is 685 cm2. The reduced surface area of the Strike allows for a higher cadence stroke rate and requires less effort to pull the paddle through the water when compared to the Surge. The Strike is available in a high visibility colour, exclusive to this model, our Gradient: Galaxy HD graphic.
What were the key steps considered in the design/testing process?
When we set out to design the Strike, our goal was to take some of the design features from our race paddle, the Odachi, and apply them to a fiberglass laminated model. We received many requests for such a design and our team was more than happy to take on the challenge as we are all paddlers and the concept made sense. By constructing this paddle out of fiberglass, we were able to deliver a highly impact resistant blade with some of the performance characteristics of the Odachi.
Are there any unique design elements incorporated into the Strike?
The Strike features a blade forward design with increased blade to shaft offset for more verticality through the power phase of the stroke. This promotes more power and efficiency as the paddler pulls themself through the water.
What was the biggest goal Werner aimed to achieve when designing the Strike?
Our goal is always to achieve Ultimate Paddle Performance. It’s what we strive for with any new design. Our goal with the Strike was to produce a high performance, blade forward paddle, that is impact resistant at an affordable price."
Read the complete Product Pro-File here published by Kayak Session on May 31, 2023.
Learn more about the Strike on our website, here.
Featured Image: Melissa DeMarie paddling the Paddling the Pelorus River. Picture Credit: Adam Walker
Additional Image: Melissa DeMarie paddling the South Fork. Picture Credit: Andres Silva