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Having only briefly paddled the Active tour and not the Relaxed tour, but having owned several versions of the Epic wings in various constructions, I too concur that the carbon-bladed Epics do feel lighter in use and I prefer them compared to the hybrid versions with the silver blades all else being equal (carbon blades on green shaft vs. fiberglass on the same shaft) and even more for the top line with the burgundy shaft/carbon blades.
As for the Werner, I have the Cyprus, which is rather different than the Kalliste. But I've tried the straight and bent shaft versions of the Cyprus and found the bent shaft more to my liking compared to straight. I've only test-paddled the Kalliste briefly, but thought it was a nice and powerful paddle with plenty of bite, designed for lower angle paddling - it has more of a spoon shape than the Epics or the Cyprus - and it might not work that well if you decide to change your paddling style down the road to a more aggressive and vertical one ...
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