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Werner Shuna

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo: Werner Shuna kayak paddle

I borrowed my wife’s Shuna and found it a blessed relief after the Coryvreckan. It flowed, perfect balance, exactly right in every way, might have been custom made for me. More than light enough. Not that expensive really. You might think one paddle is much like another, but I assure you this is not so - ideally your technique is good, but even then each paddler is different, with different requirements.
I liked it so much I ordered a one-piece version in citrus fade. I doubt I’ll ever use anything else.

Pros

  • Light. Reasonably stiff, but still forgiving. Extremely efficient. Perfect for distance.
  • Quite exceptional, actually.

Cons

  • Nothing.

Used this a lot in Pembrokeshire, North Wales. We own a Perception 2-man sit on top (heresy, I know - I can hear you spit and mutter ‘tourists!’).

We both found the Shuna perfect for both of us - ‘one instinctively knows when something is right’. I had been experimenting with an Oracle (hated it, dead in the hand, hard work to use) and the Werner Corryvreckan (just too big a paddle for distance).

The Shuna was a relief. Not only covering distance but also manoeuvring into caves and between stacks we noticed immediately how much more nimble we had become, not just through practice - blade size and shape was a major advance for both of us - but the efficiency, the responsiveness far superior. And when I wanted to stamp on the gas the kayak really shifted, an absolute joy. Just ‘a fit’.

Recommended.

Background

A lot of general ‘mucking about in boats’ experience over many, many years.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Don’t recall.

Version reviewed: Hooked 250cm

A strong, lightweight, adjustable paddle that is a joy to use.

Pros

  • Light
  • Strong
  • Adjustable ferrule
  • Hand crafted in USA

Cons

  • Pricey

The Werner Shuna:Hooked (250cm) weighs in at 1 lb 14.5 oz (865 KG). Please check Werner's site for listed dimensions.

As a new paddler, I was a bit leery of spending so much on a paddle. My mind was set at ease once I received the paddle and saw the quality put into the creation of this paddle.

The adjustable ferrule works smoothly and holds firmly in place with no play once you have it set where you want it. The 15 ° increments give you a wide range of adjustment. The scale pattern on transparent blades gives the paddle a unique yet beautiful look.

It gets my large fishing kayak moving quickly and with little effort and no blade flutter. After a day on the water I had no paddle fatigue. It was a joy to use.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $275

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Price MSRP: $275.00
Current Retail: $334.95-$440.00
Historic Range: $185.25-$440.00
Reviewers Paid: $275.00
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