I went to the Werner website this morning and noticed they have changed it (for the better). But what really caught my attention are two new paddles: the "Ovation" and the "Compulsion".
The Ovation is a double that looks exactly like a Kalliste, but it is much more lightly built. They claim a 20 oz. weight on the straight shaft and want $480 for it! The bent shaft is $570 (can't remember the weight claim on that one). So it is a VERY lightly built paddle, so light that the description sounds like a warning not to buy it!
This is what Werner says:
-Optimized design and construction for light weight.
-Reduced weight means reduced strength.
-Not intended for the surf zone or extreme condition paddling.
-Use proper technique when practicing rescues and re-entries.
-Use proper technique when entering or exiting your boat.
-Use caution when transporting your paddle.
To me this screams "very fragile". I think that kind of language would scare anyone away from this product. A friend of mine said it must be great and I have to get one. Says a better name for it would be "Orgasm". I said he's right. It will probably last as long as one and then shatter into graphite splinters the size of sperm cells. ;-)
The Compulsion looks like their first decent canoe paddle, although it is classified under "outrigger paddles", separately from their heavy whitewater paddles. It looks kind of like a Zav, bent shaft.
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maybe the female version could be called|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Oct-08-13 3:31 PM (EST)
Posted by: Canuka on Oct-08-13 3:39 PM (EST)
Posted by: Marshall on Oct-08-13 4:22 PM (EST)
I got to check one out at a trade show. It is wicked light with similar construction methods to the Werner Grand Prix SUP paddle. For the paddler doing laid back touring and wants as light as possible, excellent! Rather like the high end Epic paddles. Not for rockgardening or hefty rescue skills progress.
Smart on Werner!|
Posted by: salty on Oct-16-13 3:44 PM (EST)
I applaud Werner for two things here: