Ok so I just broke a paddle and have been shopping for a new paddle. Any beta on the pros and cons of Werner player-carbon vs fiberglass or info on the AT4. Durability, warranties, etc. Thanks. Its like buying a car.
I don't know much about the Werner paddles, but I am on my second AT4. I broke my first one after only a few days of paddling with it. I think it was a freak deal when it broke.
I took it back to CKS, they gave me a loaner and about a week later I had a brand new paddle from AT. It has been a good paddle since.
My only complaint is that the blades seem to be waring a little fast.
I have tried a lot of paddles over the years...carbon blade, glass blade, carbon shaft, glass shaft, straight shaft, bent shaft.
Carbon blades: A complete waste of $. They wear down too fast. The blades are black so they are easy to loose if you swim.
Straight shaft: Old school. Not ergo friendly.
I highly recommend getting a Werner carbon bent shaft with glass blades (get a bright color). Bent shaft feels very natural once you get used to it (1 day on the river) and you will never go back! The carbon shaft will save a little on weight. Also try a shorter length paddle. I have found this really helps to get your stroke vertical, both Creeking and at Play. I use a 196 (5'-11").
i agree with the guy before me on the bent shaft werner w/ glass blades. another thing you may want to consider trying out is a zero degree offset. it feels weird at first after paddling a 45, but it's great once you get used to it
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