- By Kyle Smith
- Paddler size 5'9"
- 197cm regular shaft
Pros:An issue with 4 piece paddles, is that there are a lot of parts for something that is supposed to (A) be one solid piece and (B) handle a lot of torque and impact. The Werner Powerhouse 4 piece is solid once assembled. With little to no wiggle in the joints after clicking them into place, the paddle assures confidence, which is a nice feeling after taking part in an event that just shattered your method of propulsion just moments prior.
Cons:One of my favorite characteristics of fiber glass shafts is the flex. When loading the blade up on a boof stroke or back of a wave, the entire shaft has a spring like action that unloads and gives just a little more kick coming off the lip of a drop. The joiner in the middle of a 4 piece makes that spring a bit stiffer. LESS OPTIONS: For those out there that prefer a small shaft (innuendos aside), the Werner 4 piece only comes in a regular diameter.