The Werner Fiji Stand Up Paddle ReviewThe Werner Fiji fills a void in the recreational stand up paddle market. It offers high performance features on an entry level blade, at a very reasonable price. It is also a Werner, which means that it is made in the USA, and is backed by one of the best warranties in paddlesports. What separates the Fiji from the rest of the pack is the amount of high end features available for just over $100. The fiberglass wrapped shaft, injection molded dihedral shaped blades , 7.5" inches of adjustability and incredibly low swing weight are just a few of the attributes that are packed into this paddle. Here are the details:
- The Fiji is offered with 7.5" of adjustment. The whole family with the exception of smaller children can use the same paddle.
- Reinforcement spines create blade stiffness, which is not usually found in paddles in the Fiji's class (especially on a paddle as light as the Fiji). A stiff blade helps with creating a powerful catch. You can feel the power of the Fiji's blade the first time you sink it into the water and take a stroke. It has a smooth, controlled feel.
- The dihedral blade is another feature that is typically found on high performance (and high price tag) paddles. The shape of the power face creates and even flow of water coming off of the blade. This in turn allows for a smooth, predictable stroke. It also lets you paddle with a looser grip, which helps fight muscle fatigue.
- The nice thing about the blade on The Fiji is that is has a powerful catch. Besides being able to use it as a recreational paddle on flatwater, it also does very well on the river. A larger power face aids bracing, and can power your board up stream and over swirly eddy lines. Also, the bright yellow blade is VERY easy to see when you swim, which will happen...
- The Fiji would make a fantastic instructional paddle. It is very durable, can paddle all types of conditions and has 7.5" of adjustability.
- The palm grip is the same one that Werner uses on their high end paddles. It is a great grip because you can grab it loosely and still have a good handle on the blade. This eliminates fatigue and makes precision paddling easier.
- The fiberglass reinforced injection molded blades are stiff and strong. The fiberglass wrapped shaft is light and equally as durable. Because of these production techniques, the Fiji has a swing weight of 27.05oz which is very light-especially considering that this is an entry level paddle priced at $139.
- The Fiji has a bit of flex to it. It is in incredible value for $109-$149, but at the same time is not nearly as stiff as The Carve, Spanker and Advantage. They also cost almost twice as much.
- The Fiji has a low cadence recreational blade. It's good for recreational SUP, but is not so great for races and high RPM workouts. The Fuse and Nitro are good choices for people that are looking for a good workout or race paddle.