Our mission and promise to you is achieved here, in a culmination of our Advanced Designs and Advanced Fits. On this page, spend some time understanding how we incorporate our Key Design Elements with decades of time on the water and in the R+D room, developing the most comprehensive range of Fit Options. You will find we are driven to properly fit to your body and individual paddling style while giving you unmatched feel with every stroke through the water. Ultimate Paddle Performance will improve your enjoyment on the water and help keep your body healthy for a lifetime of paddling. We're proud to bring you over 50 years of experience handcrafting paddles in Sultan, WA USA.
Look to Werner for your canoe paddle or guide stick for our combination of Bomber reliability and performance. Decades of experience on the water, in the R+D room and on the production floor has taught us how to built beautifully balanced, light swing weight paddles that do not compromise strength. So you create your paddling adventure, the steepest of creeks, the rowdiest of waves, with a loaded boat steady into a head wind or going hard for a personal best for you and your training partner. No matter where you paddle your canoe or guide your raft, we got you covered with Ultimate Paddle Performance.
Paddles that offer Standard Performance give you Werner's heritage and advanced design features at introductory prices. For those recreational paddlers, we still want you to experience the feel of a Werner Paddle on the water. These paddles may not have all the advanced designs features, materials and fit options but we will never give up our core philosophies of light swing weight, balance and smooth stable strokes. Our fiberglass reinforced nylon blades are quite sturdy, so although paying a penalty in swing weight they will be much stronger than lesser quality materials. Our shaft uses a carbon blend to combine light weight and strength. We also spend a lot of time testing flex. With each stroke you’ll feel just the perfect amount of flex, making the paddle softer on your joints.
Paddles that offer Premium Performance give you the right combination of light weight, stiffness and durability. These are also our most impact resistant paddles, for white water, coastal play or just more confidence no matter the use. Swing weight equates to the effort it takes to move your paddle through out the stroke, and with our Premium line it is not much. Stiffness is a key element in blade performance, allowing for more efficiency as the blade fixes less under the load of moving you and your boat. Choose between fiberglass or carbon construction. Carbon gives you the lightest swing weight option and matches the strength, impact and wear resistance of fiberglass with a stealth black carbon look. Fiberglass is a great compromise for those looking for a better value. You still get identical strength and impact and wear resistance. Also, a variety of bright color options with a handcrafted translucent look. Our shaft uses a carbon blend to combine light weight and strength. We also spend a lot of time testing flex. With each stroke you’ll feel just the perfect about of flex, making the paddle softer on your joints.
Our Ultimate performance brings together all of our most advanced designs. Paddles that offer Ultimate Performance have an exceptionally light, buoyant and quiet feel on the water. Our blades designed with more volume creates a blade profile that displaces more water for a significantly lighter, more buoyant feel on the water. The added buoyancy assists the blade from the water at the exit of the stroke. This allows you to use less energy on long paddle outings, creates a more stable brace, and enhances kayak rolls in aerated water. The smooth back profile increases paddle performance by allowing water to flow uninterrupted. This results in smooth, quiet, fluid strokes, in all directions. Our carbon shaft combines light weight with our reputation for strength, derived for the experience of handcrafting paddles for the most extreme users. We also spend quite a bit of time testing flex. With each stroke you feel just the perfect amount of flex, making the paddle softer on your joints. In your hands you feel balance, and our lightest swing weight paddles derive from a combination of our lightest weight carbon and fiberglass. Longer days on the water are ahead. Although our best paddling paddle, the Ultimate performance level does compromise impact resistance for light weight and performance. Strong for its intended use, paddlers should be mindful that these paddles should be used, but not abused.
In 1976 Werner Sr. created an new blade design with the objective to of eliminating fatigue caused by blades fluttering when stroked. This latest paddle design had complex 3 dimensional shape on the power face known as Dihedral. This dihedral shape was created to direct water to flow evenly off each side of the blade creating a smooth and stable stroke. Without dihedral water builds up on the power face, this water gets “confused” and in order to expel this build up the blade will flutter back and forth. Therefore, by adding a dihedral angle to our blade design, water is given direction to flow easily off the blade, minimizing flutter. This reduces the gripping effort needed to overcome the flutter and allows you to use a loose grip style of paddling, reducing fatigue and increasing your enjoyment on the water.
Our Standard performance fiberglass blades are both lighter and stiffer than our injection molded blades. While they do outweigh our premium blades, their fiberglass construction is the best choice for value while still giving the blade a great look and feel.
When every ounce counts, look to our Premium Carbon blades. As a stiffer material, you can use less carbon to achieve the same strength as fiberglass, allowing for a lighter weight.. All carbon materials with a foam reinforcement stick to provide rigidity.
Originally developed in the 70's and perfected for decades. Our Premium fiberglass blades in HD Graphics or Translucent colors look unlike any other. A true work of art, the perfection in hand craftsmanship can be seen by holding the blades up to the light. These full fiberglass blades provide light swing weight and stiffness for our mid-price point. A foam reinforcement stick provides rigidity.
The wide variety of strokes used by canoeists demands a do it all blade design. Our canoe touring line uses a 10 degree blade to shaft offset (the industry standard) to allow for smooth forward strokes as well as your repertoire of maneuvering strokes.
The "Catch" is where the blade initially enters the water and begins your forward stroke. Our innovative long, slender canoe touring blade shape allows for a less abrupt catch, meaning a softer feel on the body and longer days on the water. To increase speed, this shape allows for a higher cadence with ease. No matter looking to maintain a consistent pace with a loaded down boat, or setting a personal best with your training partner, our Algonquin and Churchill blade shape will feel great on the water.
Our scooped power face gives a more efficient forward stroke for river runners and slalom paddlers. Play boaters love the way it keeps them in control on their favorite feature.
Symmetrical shape allows for smooth forward paddling as well as prys and draws for more immediate and precise control.
Our custom fit palm grip is the most comfortable grip on the market today. You will find that you will be able to keep a loose grip, even in the toughest of conditions, while the width of the full palm grip enables more blade control. A loose grip reduces fatigue and wear and tear on your joints. Our ABS palm grips give the most impact resistance while carbon provides the lightest option.
At our highest level of straight shaft, we use 100% carbon materials. Our design team has ensured that this super light weight material is constructed to be strong, and with comfortable flex. Our craftsman hand assemble each to the level of excellence our customers have come to expect.
Designed and handcrafted with a significantly higher percentage of carbon materials keep the paddle light weight. The fiberglass mixture makes for a unique textured grip and added strength. Expertly engineered, these shafts will hold up to the rigors of paddling, while maintaining a comfortable flex.
Carefully sourcing the right materials and components is a key element of bringing UPP to our Standard performance paddles. Our comfortable wrapped fiberglass shaft keeps overall paddle weight down. "Wrapped" refers to the process in how these shafts are made, different from our upper end shafts but still meeting our expectations for strength and appropriate flex. We are able to bring these paddle options to you at a more modest price.
BOMBER = Reliable. Our legendary bomber reputation has given paddlers decades of confidence on the most extreme rivers across the world. With utmost attention to detail, design and craftsmanship, our shafts are all handmade at our production facility in Sultan WA, USA. We're able to place our choice of fiberglass and carbon materials exactly where it's needed. The result is an unmatched combination of flex, weight and of course strength. Look no further than Werner to see who the leaders in white water are. Pick up a Werner canoe paddle; our shafts have a unique feel. Notice the texture, the indexing. Designed to give you more comfort and control and to be able to feel the precision of every one of your strokes.
The three-piece breakdown is perfect for those looking for a back up paddle or the perfect travel paddler. The confidence of our Bomber paddles with reliable ferrule joints for easy assembly when you really need it most. Never have to hike out again because of a lost paddle. It easily fits behind the saddle in a C1, stowed aside float bags in an OC-1 or into a gear bag for flights.