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I paddle a WS Tsunami 125 or a WS Tarpon 120 and have never had an issue with either my shoulder or my wrist since I bought the Athena. Not even when we wound up going against the wind current and the tide in a fairly tight river. It may not be the paddle for everyone, but it you have wrist/shoulder issues consider it. Even if your paddle costs twice as much as your boat, you will get more pleasure from your boat because of the good paddle.
The Werner Athena is a specialty paddle that will suit a small number of paddlers. Consider it if you:
The Athena is the lightest paddle I know of. Three factors contribute to its light weight and ease of use:
In short, after demoing other brands and models, the Werner Athena was the immediate winner above all others. You feel the difference with the first two strokesó-it is feather light, stiff, quiet, and smooth. It just feels like a dream to paddle a light kayak with the Athena. Even an inexperienced paddler will feel the difference immediatelyóitís like night and day.
The ferrule is fine, no problems. So I have to give the Athena a 10. There isnít a single thing wrong with it ó except the outrageous price.
If youíre not yet convinced that an good paddle is a necessity for anything more than casual kayaking, please demo some high-end models, of any brand. Youíll never go back to your $50 clunker. Then write a letter to Werner and ask why their fine paddles are so expensive.
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