I'm ready to splurge on a high-end paddle and have narrowed my choice to a 220cm Werner Kalliste or the 215-225cm Epic Relaxed Touring carbon. I've been paddling a 230cm Werner for the past 10 years, but both the Werner and Epic sites recommend a 215-220 cm paddle for my height, paddling style, etc. I've tried my wife's 220cm paddle and come to the same conclusion.
My dilemma is that there are no Epic dealers anywhere nearby, so I don't have a chance to get my hands on one to try out. I'm guessing I wouldn't go wrong with either paddle, but I thought I'd ask the pnet community for input, especially regarding the usefulness of a variable-length paddle. That is, what seems to separate the two paddles is Epic's Length-Lock 2(tm) adjustable ferrule. Is being able to adjust the length of your paddle something that's worthwhile?
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I have the Epic|
Posted by: edzep on Mar-31-13 11:40 AM (EST)
Relaxed tour -- signature hybrid, or some such. I, too, had been using a 230 cm Werner for years -- Camano fiberglass. I finally realized that for my stroke, and migration to narrower boats, and stress on my shoulders, I had to go shorter.
Posted by: gjf12 on Mar-31-13 12:09 PM (EST)
I have had a 220 bent shaft Kalliste for a number of years. It remains my favorite paddle among other quality paddles, including wing, GP, and other low angle paddles.
I have both paddles.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Mar-31-13 5:55 PM (EST)
I prefer the carbon Epic Relaxed Tour with burgundy shaft over the Kalliste. It appears to be a bit easier on my joints.
I can't comment on these, but|
Posted by: Kocho on Apr-01-13 12:04 AM (EST)
Posted by: gjf12 on Mar-31-13 11:35 PM (EST)
These are two great paddles. Why not really splurge and get both? Then you can experiment, changing back and forth for a few months. A process that is interesting and will improve technique as you discover differences. Then sell one, and you will not have lost that much.
Adjustable is a HUGE plus|
Posted by: gstamer on Apr-01-13 9:38 PM (EST)
You asked, "Is being able to adjust the length of your paddle something that's worthwhile?"
Thanks for the info!|
Posted by: dlcole on Apr-02-13 7:43 PM (EST)
Thanks so much for everyone's response! I'm leaning toward getting the Epic 210-220 for my wife and I'll use her 220 carbon Werner. We'll swap back and forth and if I like it enough I might get a second Epic for myself.
I like the Epic|
Posted by: LeeG on Apr-02-13 9:40 PM (EST)
It's easier to transition to a brace and scull. I like the shaft of the Werner more.