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Comments about Werner Cyprus Kayak Paddle - Carbon Bent-Shaft:
I have about 500 miles on this paddle now. I have been sea kayaking for over 20 years here in Alaska with a lot of long trips under my belt. I have been using Werner paddles all that time. My most recent paddles have been an all-carbon Camano straight shaft and a bent shaft carbon Kalliste, both in a 240 cm length. But I have to say that the 220 cm Cyprus is now my favorite, and I can still use a low-angle stroke with my low deck/narrow boat. I am 5' 11" with long arms.
I used to get a pretty sore, fatigued feeling between my shoulder blades on long trips. I figured this was just part of averaging around 30 miles a day for weeks on end, but since going to shorter and shorter paddles I am (finally) realizing that a less powerful blade and a shorter shaft combined with a higher cadence just puts less stress on my muscles and tendons. In a following sea the short Cyprus sometimes seems a little undersized, but at the end of a long day or when bucking a wind chop the power seems about perfect.
The thick, foam core of the Kalliste and Cyprus paddle blades reduces the bubbles entrained in the eddy behind the blade and results in a smooth feel during the pull and does make the paddle feel light in the water, though I don't feel it 'pops' out of the water at the end of the stroke like some folks report. The low swing weight and reasonable blade face size do reduce fatigue, no question. I considered the Ikelos but I'm glad I went with the smaller Cyprus blade. The thick edge of the blade tip seems to have a very durable rim of plastic sandwiched between the carbon faces and numerous rock encounters has yet to do any damage whatsoever to the blade.
I never had any wrist issues with straight shaft paddles though I do like the bent shaft feel now that I'm used to it. It has mostly resulted in a more connected feel to the paddle since I can wrap all my fingers evenly around the shaft during all parts of the stroke. The Cyprus and Kalliste shafts are perhaps a bit too smooth though, and a little more texture and friction might result in being able to hold the paddle a bit looser and still maintain control. As it is I usually keep my hands damp by dipping them in the water regularly or using a thin layer of paddle/surf wax. The ferrule system is very nice and results in an extremely solid and slop-free connection between the paddle halves.
A great paddle overall. Expensive, but the current pinnacle of design and construction.
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