Staff Review: "Lightweight and easy on the body. The Kalliste is expertly crafted to minimize swing weight and maximize efficiency. Excellent for touring from point a to b, but lacks get up and go power . 5 stars" Forrest
Guide & ACA Instructor
You’ll feel exceptionally light, buoyant strokes while the smooth back face gives a quiet entrance and exit from the water. The Kalliste is the smart choice for those touring with a low-angle style of paddling and wanting the conservative yet powerful feel of a mid-sized blade.
Learn more about Choosing a Touring Kayak Paddle.
|Shaft Option||Pieces||Weight Grams||Weight Ounces||Length Range|
|Straight||1 Piece||574g.||20.25oz.||210cm to 260cm in 5cm increments.|
|Straight||2 Piece||659g.||23.25oz.||215cm to 260cm in 5cm increments|
|Straight||4 Piece||n/a||n/a||210cm to 260cm in 5cm increments.|
|Bent||1 Piece||737g.||26oz.||210cm to 240cm in 5cm increments.|
|Bent||2 Piece||737g.||26oz.||210cm to 240cm in 5cm increments.|
|Feather Angle||Smart View Adjustable|
|Blade Surface Area||643 cm2|
|Blade Length x Width||52cm x 16.5cm|
Low Angle is the most popular as it is more universal, primarily being more relaxed, but still allowing folks to paddle at a higher performance. Low Angle designs have longer and narrower blades designed match this lower entry angle to the water with the perfect use of the blades surface area. The true benefit to low-angle is for those less likely to work on developing their forward stroke skills, and want to take the sport at a more casual, recreational level, the lower hand position (focus on keeping your top hand at shoulder height throughout the stroke) of this style puts significantly less wear on the smaller support muscles like shoulders, traps, biceps and triceps. Good technique can be developed and used with a low angle style, and is the choice for many who just prefer this body position and the ability to switch back and forth. Werner's low angle designs have substantially more dihedral, to keep the blade stable as it travels further from the side of the boat.
Bent shaft aligns your wrists in a more ergonomic position to reduce fatigue while grasping the shaft for the confidence of full hand contact. Proper ergonomic hand, wrist and forearm position alleviates stress and strain and the potential for injury. A loose grip also promotes ergonomics, along with better overall technique, and some paddlers want the confidence of knowing if they do over grip due to habit or advanced conditions they are protected. This is especially important to those with pre-existing injuries. Taking design a step further, Werner innovated "Neutral Bent." Werner has achieved this by lining up all parts of the paddle in one straight line. The blades, the grip area and the ferrule. This allows for the familiar feel of a straight shaft paddle, making finesse strokes and rolling much easier and allowing for a seamless transition for those switching from straight to bent. Further attention to detail went into the indexing. Werner tested to best fit the hand, give secure full hand contact, better control and comfort even with a loose grip. Bent shaft has a slight penalty in weight and cost, but the trade off is the confidence in knowing you are protecting your body for the longevity of your paddling.
If you have questions regarding sizing or need help deciding what paddle is best for you, give us a call (360) 297-4659 send us an email or use the instant chat we are happy to help!
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