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Gear Review: Werner Ikelos Kayak Touring Paddle - Next Adventure

Gear Review: Werner Ikelos Kayak Touring Paddle

Value Rating: 10 Durability Rating: 10 Overall Rating: 10 Location of Test: Willamette River Duration of Test: 6 days, 122 miles Product Name: Ikelos Touring Paddle Product Brand: Werner Best Use: Aggressive Touring, Fast strokes Sizes: 200cm - 230cm straight or bent shaft Werner Ikelos Kayak Paddle The Full Review: This is a killer paddle. I just returned from a 6-day 122-mile trip down the Willamette River and I had the Werner Ikelos Paddle in my hand every minute I was on the water. It's so light and so strong! There is zero flex in the paddle even when I power through the water as hard as I can, maybe I'm weak, maybe this paddle is just fricken strong. The extremely light weight of the paddle, due to its full carbon fiber construction, makes it feel like you are swinging air. Even after 5 to 8 hours on the water I never rolled into camp completely exhausted. I chalk that up to having this paddle in my hand. Werner Ikelos Kayak Paddle The blade on this paddle is worth its own paragraph. Where to start. First, it has a built-in reinforcement edge called Dynel edges. This is a sort of roping system wedged into the edges of this blade to add extra reinforcement which helps protect the life of the blade. Second, it has an extremely smooth back face which allows for a very silent entry and a smooth recovery with each stroke. The full-sized blade also allows you to accelerate very fast as well as add extra agility to your kayak by maneuvering more water with each stroke. This is all done with nothing more than a flutter of your paddle. Werner Ikelos Kayak Paddle Another nice feature of this paddle is the easy to use ferrule system. The release button is flush with the shaft so there is nothing to snag on. The feathering degree ranges from 60 degrees left to 60 degrees right in 15-degree increments. It's so easy to use and change while paddling to really get you dialed into what works best for you. The Good Lightweight, strong paddle Full carbon fiber construction Full-sized blade means moving more water with each stroke, you'll move fast Plenty of options between bent and straight shaft Easy to use Energy saving The Bad: High entry cost Not the most impact resistant The Bottom Line: You won't even know it's in your hands.
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