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Old 03-12-2009   #1
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Werner Paddle Q

For those of you in the know. Is the performance core blade on the shogun worth 100 bucks over just getting a carbon powerhouse with a standard blade? How much difference does it make? I also notice the shogun is heavier than the matched powerhouse.

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Old 03-12-2009   #2
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I haven't paddled a lot with a shogun but I have used the powerhouse a bunch. I am now to the point where I think it is just worth it to get the fiberglass version.

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This first happened three years ago, then again a month ago.

Bought a carbon fiber shogun, said it was the best feeling paddle I'd ever used. Then broke it when it shouldn't have...and back to fiberglass.

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I haven't paddled with a carbon paddle ever. However, I absolutely love the powerhouse. The blades do wear down denying it. But I've never seen one snap in half deep in some canyon or out on a trip where a new one is not available. They're bomber. The bent shaft fixed my tennis elbow from paddling so much. I really see absolutely no reason to consider another paddle if you're a creeker (but I do carry a Lendal in case of operator error involving a swim).

For reference, I creekboat 80-100 days a year and buy a new Powerhouse every 2.5 years if I don't lose it first.
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Thanks Joe

If you can get two years, I should be able to get five.
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I have paddled with a powerhouse carbon and fiberglass one. i think there is no reason to get the carbon one, I had mine for about a season (100days) and the blades were so worn down on it that I lost a lot of power. so I figured why spend the extra money if the carbon one wears down just as fast if not faster than to fiberglass one. Also I like the fact that I can see the fiberglass one in the water after I swim.
All that being said I made the switch to the sho-gun this season after a few of my buddies had them and the paddle wore down minimally.
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Old 03-27-2009   #7
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It seems like the way to go is the fiberglass powerhouse (heavy??)or the Shogun with the core blades. I understand that the core blades do not wear down. I am more interested in these blades because of the wear down factor then the floatation. I am pretty easy on a paddle as long as the blades don't wear down. I need one of these soon.
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Old 03-27-2009   #8
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Thanks for the input. Decided to opt for the powerhouse carbon, not only because I found a great price [20$ more than fiberglass], but was mezmorized by the 34 oz. I currently have a rough stuff bent carbon that feels like it weighs about 40 lbs, thus the over-corrective reaction. Will likely buy a fiberglass next based on the conscensus, and will give the Shogun a few more years to declare itself.

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