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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yeah, it's expensive... ...but it's worth it! While I am an REI member and frequent shopper, I purchased this paddle from an internet retailer that offered a SIGNIFICANTLY lower price than REI even after the 15% discount on paddles when you buy a boat at REI. I recently completed Paddle Georgia, a 7 day/82 mile trip with this paddle and I couldn't be happier with it. On our longest day we paddled 18 miles and I was truly thankful for this light paddle! Friends that I made on the trip became covetous of my Kalliste! Because of the carbon fiber and foam core of the Kalliste's blades, some have speculated that it would not be sturdy, but I have to say it has taken a lot of abuse in it's 125+ miles with me and it only has a few cosmetic blemishes--some scratches and a few places where the Werner name has been scraped off. I have staked it into sandbars to anchor my kayak, pushed off of rocks and muddy or sandy beaches, and discovered more than a few rocks hidden just beneath the surface of some muddy Georgia rivers. The foam core blade makes the paddle extremely buoyant; you have to push hard to submerge it. The foam core also makes the blades feel like they almost pop out of the water. The bent shaft issue seems to boil down to personal preference and what you're accustomed to. I personally like the bent shaft and have never experienced wrist strain with a bent shaft. Some complain that bent shafts don't give you room to vary your grip for different paddling conditions, but as a 5'4" woman I found plenty of room to move my hands around and still grip the ergo angled sections. This is a high-quality piece of equipment and you do sometimes get what you pay for. Here's an example of the quality craftsmanship and attention to detail: when you separate the two paddle sections, there is a POP that sounds like a pop gun--the pieces fit together that perfectly! I've read some concerns about getting sand in there and it causing problems with this tight fit but I haven't had that problem even in sandy, silty conditions. Just keep it clean and rinsed and you shouldn't have any trouble. The only criticism I have--other than the price --is that the black shaft can get pretty hot when left in the sun. On several occasions after it sat in the 95+ degree sun for a while (lunch, swimming breaks, water canon ambushes on passing boats) I had to dunk my paddle in the water to cool it off. But it literally took 4 seconds in the water to cool it off. I love this paddle and so has everyone who has used it. You will be amazed at how light it is compared to a standard paddle. Go ahead and buy it--you won't regret it! One more thing--the Werner website has a handy fit guide to help you determine the best paddle for your style and boat. You enter your height, paddling style, boat width and a few other details and the site suggests paddles and lengths to suit you. I found this really handy; maybe you will too:-)
Date published: 2010-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from im in love lol i love this paddle, yes it is a little pricey but i think it is worth it! It is so light and the bent shaft takes a lot of pressure off the wrists and helps for a more powerful stroke.
Date published: 2012-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I hate to admit it, but, yeah, it's worth it. Seemingly absurdly expensive for being a paddle (coming from having used lower end carlisles), but it's gorgeous to use. It's one of the lightest paddles I've ever picked up. I wasn't sure how I'd like the bent shaft, but it's great for keeping my wrists in a neutral place. The blades are so buoyant they pop out of the water if you let go of the paddle. I love the fine degree of control over the feathering angle available. The joint between the two halves has so little flex, it feels like a one piece. Fantastic.
Date published: 2016-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly lenjoyable This paddle sets the gold standard for kayaking. When I lived in Micronesia for a few years, I had this paddle and took trips through mangrove swamps, around whole entire small islands, and just on day touring trips for exercise or to go visiting. It is a joy to use! After moving back to the USA, I have only rented kayaks and anything heavier is annoying. I loved the bent shaft and the small diameter of this paddle is awesome. It goes together quickly and easily and is strong. I plan to buy another one this summer.
Date published: 2015-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ever As my partner put it....this paddle makes our old one feel like a broom handle with paper plates duct taped to the ends. Awesome paddle, makes paddling graceful and pleasurable. Get one now,
Date published: 2012-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it! I bought my wife one of these due to her arthritis. After trying it I decided to purchase one for myself also. This paddle is an absolute joy to handle for long periods of time. The shape of the paddle allows it to dip in and out of the water without producing a splash, and the foam core lifts the paddle back out of the water. The quality is superb. I may purchase a better boat, but I will never need to upgrade my paddle.
Date published: 2011-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pricey but worth it I'm not sure if it is worth the price but after a few weeks of research I finally impulse bought this paddle. I went from a 30 dollar plastic and aluminum paddle to this so the difference was obviously incredible. After using it I honestly don't know if there could be a more perfect paddle. It makes the experience a lot more enjoyable.
Date published: 2014-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elegant performance I have driven the finest from makes like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, etc and this paddle has a similar essence. You know your paddling something special with one of these in your mitts.
Date published: 2013-03-13
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Questions & Answers

Is the Werner Kalliste - Carbon Bent-Shaft Paddle offered on the REI site a standard or small diameter shaft? 

Asked by: swiffer
REI only sells the standard diameter shaft for this paddle.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-13
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