Built with stiffer, lighter swing weight blades, you’ll feel more propulsion without tiring yourself out. The Little Dipper is the smart choice the low-angle paddler wanting a blade to match their stature.
Learn more about Choosing a Touring Kayak Paddle.
|Shaft Option||Pieces||Weight Grams||Weight Ounces||Length Range|
|Straight||1 Piece||695g.||24.5oz.||205cm to 260cm in 5cm increments|
|Straight||2 Piece||780g.||27.5oz.||205cm to 260cm in 5cm increments|
|Straight||4 Piece||n/a||n/a||210cm to 260cm in 5 cm increments|
|Bent||1 Piece||843g.||29.75oz.||205cm to 240cm in 5cm increments|
|Bent||2 Piece||843g.||29.75oz.||205cm to 240cm in 5cm increments|
|Feather Angle||Smart View Adjustable|
|Blade Surface Area||550 cm2|
|Blade Length x Width||48cm x 15cm|
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.
Choosing the proper shaft size (diameter of the shaft) for your hands assures a more comfortable experience on the water. You'll maintain a lighter grip for better technique, allowing better control and reduced fatigue. Measure your hand size by placing a ruler at the base of your hand (at the joint of your wrist) and measuring to the tip of your middle finger. If you measure smaller than 6.5" we suggest small shaft. Longer, go to our standard shaft. If you are on the line, we suggest you try both at an authorized Werner dealer and see for yourself. Paddlers with shorter, thicker fingers also gravitate to small shaft.
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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