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Old 05-01-2019   #1
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Powerhouse vs. Sherpa??? no luck on the web

Hey all-
I've searched the web for an answer but no luck.

I'm 5'4" and about 140 lbs. I'm not the strongest gal but I run II-III's. Looking at investing in my first paddle. (One other thing - I have a weaker wrist than your average joe due to a ligament tear)

So far I've gotten conflicting opinions on the sherpa vs. the powerhouse. I currently don't playboat.

Any input would be much appreciated.

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Old 05-01-2019   #2
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I'd go to the source:

Fit Guide | Werner Paddles

My guess is it will have you at a 194 Sherpa, Powerhouse is the bigger blade and with your size and wrist injury you might not want bigger.
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Old 05-01-2019   #3
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im 6'1 200 lbs. I love the sherpa and have no issues with lacking power. I would also go for a bent shaft with your wrist issues.
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Old 05-01-2019   #4
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Stroke Theory | RivrStyx by Jim Snyder

Trik Style | RivrStyx by Jim Snyder

I'm not saying all of this is right, but a flat bladed paddle is soft at the beginning of the stroke thus acting sort of as a shock absorber. At least the above writings may be food for thought.

Think of blade size as the gears in a car. The larger the blade, the slower the stroke rate for a given speed. So, with smaller blades, you get more strokes in for each move. This is more opportunities to make corrections and finesse. With a big blade, you plant it and hold on like it's a post in the ground. Both types have their place and different strokes are for different folks. Paddle length also can add to the power and lower the stroke rate if you get a longer paddle.

So, I'd say with the werners, get a paddle of moderate length for your height and one with a smaller blade size.

Since I've had a few shoulder surgeries, I have stuck with a wooden flat bladed paddle that is soft in the water. I could probably be a better kayaker with a powerhouse, but maybe at the expense of hurting myself. I'm always crossing my fingers that I don't do the shoulder thing again. Wish me luck! These are my thoughts. Take care. jim
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Old 05-02-2019   #5
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The blade size difference is pretty minimal imo. I get the powerhouse, and after 2 seasons it has worn down into a sherpa.
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Old 05-02-2019   #6
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I decided to go with a bent shaft Sherpa for now. Hopefully by the time I need a new paddle I'll be strong enough to warrant a Powerhouse!!
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