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.
I figured 220 cm was what I wanted, but, I ordered the 210-220 cm, just in case even shorter was even better. So, through a couple of uses, I progressivley shortened to 210 cm, and, that's all I ever use! I'm very glad I got the adjustable, or, I never would have realized that 210 cm is what I really needed.
Another difference between the Relaxed Tour and Kalliste, is the blade surface area. The Epic is a little smaller, which may be another advantage for shoulder worriers. I've swapped with a friend's 220 Kalliste for a bit. Not sure whether it's more the length, or partly the surface area, but, I feel a lot more comfortable paddling with the Relaxed Tour -- especially paddling aggressively, which I tend to do in mixing things up. Yes, I do get the aggressive/relaxed irony.
I'm 5'9", male with 21-inch wide boats, BTW. I recently got a 23-inch wide Alchemy. I set the paddle a few cm longer on the first outing. From the second outing on, I was back to 210 cm.
Oh, another difference is that the diameter of the Epic shaft is smaller than the Werner standard shaft.
Touring Kayak Paddles
Wall Mount Boat Racks
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
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