Originally Posted by Ripper
I find the indexing a bit different on at paddles in comparsion to Werner. My two at paddles both broke at the joint where the shaft meets the blade. I've had a Werner bounce down the hwy with minimal cosmetic damage only. Finally replaced it after getting it stuck in a crack on a slide and having the end shell out like mica. I threw some resin on it and it's now the backup or newbie friend paddle. Werner is bomber!
I've heard many comments in regards to creeking and straight shafts as opposed to bent shafts as well. Thought process seemed to be that if it were ripped out of your hands you could orient a straight shaft easier... Taker it for what it's worth... Lol
I have actually found the opposite to be true. I have had my bent shaft paddle ripped out of one of my hands when I was upside down, and it was easy to tell where my hand needed to go back just by feeling where the bent part was.
As far as Werner vs. AT...When I was paddle shopping the basic thought was this:
-AT has very nice paddles but they break a lot and are expensive
-Werner Carbon Foam Core paddles are very high performance but the blades are more prone to breakage than their Fiberglass paddles
-Werner Fiberglass paddles are bomber and the blades will wear down in size over time rather than break catastrophically.
I went with a Werner Fiberglass Powerhouse and have been happy with it. I can tell a real difference with the larger blade...I can make hard to catch eddies easier and take fewer and more efficient strokes on the river. I have a history of shoulder problems and the Powerhouse has not bothered my shoulders at all. The only negative with the Powerhouse is that the indexing of the paddle shaft feels odd and my hand doesn't want to line up with the paddle blade correctly...it will probably just take a while to get used to.