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Old 12-24-2009   #11
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I have loved all my Werner paddles. I did have the high end AT. I broke the blade on the Big South @ Barroom Brawl back in July. I will say breaking the paddle in half ,to put it in the back of my boat (didn't want to litter), was hard as hell! The AT lasted me a long time, but I've got some Werners that have lasted twice as long... just go with what feels good.

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Old 12-24-2009   #12
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AT vs Werner vs Body Size

So as to keep this somewhat short..I agree with Awoody regarding both paddles....I have paddled both brands & different models...I have also broken both... though the Werner incident was not actually a break as much as just a failure where the the shaft had been sanded down a bit too much & eventually the adhesive failed within the ferrule. Werner did replace it but not as timely as AT does.

I am curious though as to the size of the folks who luv their ATs & kept them for years as opposed to the folks who won't trust an AT......I will not paddle AT.... I definitely do not trust them to hold up when the crap goes down...& hec I even broke one once when I felt I wasn't even taxing myself or the paddle.....But I am 6' 3" 218 lbs...& feel I must put more pressure on it than say a 175 lb or less person...

So are you folks breaking the ATs tending to be of larger stature??

Just curious because I really do like the feel of an AT & if I was a smaller guy I would probably own another one...but that aint happening....By the way I have a nice warranted At2 in great shape for sale anytime... Ha.....

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Old 12-24-2009   #13
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Werner hands down. AT sucks and I have owned both.
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Old 12-24-2009   #14
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Once you have seen someone paddlin a werner have their hand slip down the shaft and cut tendons and stuff across the front of their hand... Well a at looks good just about then. You can paddle out on your breakdown but when your you have a huge gash on your hand... Very long rehab with a cut like this.

My at's last me on average 2-3 seasons and I am not as hard on my boats or paddles as many..
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Old 12-25-2009   #15
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hold each and see which one feels better. I have broken both and more werners but that is cause I think AT's feel about as good as a condom made of sandpaper so I don't use them. Both are going to break so choose the one that feels the best.

That is the first I have heard of someone cutting their hand on a paddle, I would still buy a paddle after that just like I would buy a kevlar reinforced skirt even though it could possibly get turned around and caught on a rock. I would always carry a sharp pointed knife because blunt tips are for wussies
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Old 12-27-2009   #16
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simple rule with paddles,
AT feel great but break at the hands
Werner's foam core blades break and there glass ones just shrink
so the answer is a wood stick
blunt family paddles
These things are rad and I have personally taken them threw hell.
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Old 12-27-2009   #17
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baer it looks like you're rocking a werner in your latest photos. you been playing a little rough with the wood lately?

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