My favorite part of my set up is definitely this paddle. It's light enough to use for days and days and the button to split it in two pieces is flush and doesn't get caught on anything like some previous paddles I've had. The adjustable ferrule is a nice feature as well. It also just looks really nice, it stands out in all my pictures and I love how it looks in the water.
I purchased this paddle at the beginning of this year to replace an old nylon blade paddle. The difference in performance was noticeable immediately; the Werner paddle is lighter, more balanced and delivers a smoother stroke with less effort. Every time I use it, I am amazed at how much farther I can paddle with little to no fatigue and no next-day arm soreness. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who wants to really enjoy their time on the water!
Love the light weight! This was more than I planned to spend on a paddle, but the super ridged blades and light weight make it worth every penny by the end of the day.
I got this paddle as a B-day present for my girlfriend when I inherited her my Prijon Calabria and made a Greenland paddle for my new Venture Jura. I had a cheap Aluminum/plastic one but it broke, has been repaired, and is an emergency backup only. Frankly, I am jealous of the Camano now. The paddle is so well constructed and light weight that I want to ditch the Greenland altogether. It is not in the budget at the moment but for sure I am getting another one down the road. Worth the money.
I love this paddle. Last season I was using a $99 glass paddle that was ok, but nothing spectacular. I decided to start this season out right by using my REI dividend on a Camano. I find this to be a great paddle. I really like the easy view feathering adjustment. I'm also very fond of the slight oblong shape that the "grip" section of the paddle has. With the angle these sections are at I find my stroke to be very comfortable allowing a small flex of my wrist which usually locks up on me after keeping them at the same angle for long periods of time. The lightness of the carbon shaft and the stiffness of the glass blades yields a great and efficient stroke. I feel like since I've begun using this paddle that the work I put into paddling has decreased and the amount of enjoyment I get out of it has increased significantly.
The Werner Camano paddle is an excellent step up from an entry level paddle. It is a great balance of light weight, stiffness, design and price. For the price it is the best paddle out there.
This paddle is an amazing upgrade over the big box stores paddles. When I got my Tarpon 120, the independent shop tried to sell me on this paddle, and I just laughed it off, telling them I would never buy a $300 paddle. Went to Dicks and bought their in-house brand, and suffered for 6 months before coming to my senses.
I have paddled with this three times now, and am paddling faster and easier without a lot of fatigue. The paddle is solid feeling, with no looseness and weakness at the joint. No looseness means no lost power. The slip joint has splines, which lock in the shaft at the angle you want, and does not allow it to slip or allow unwanted movement on the connection. The blades themselves are smaller than the paddle I previously used, being designed for low angle paddling. The shaft goes through 3/4 of the blade, helping its stiffness. When I mean stiff, I mean solid aluminum bar stiff. I cannot get the blade to flutter, even under the harshest of paddling thrusts. The carbon fiber shaft feels good in my hands, and I've yet to get blisters, even with being on the water for 4-5 hours at a time.
Lastly, the weight on this is so. I have less than the big box store paddle, significantly less. I always would feel fatigued after a couple hours on the water with my former paddle. 4-5 hours with the Camano is easy, and I don't feel as fatigued.
The paddle is a bit pricey if you cannot get it on sale, but it is worth every penny.
I love this lightweight! It fits my smaller hand beautifully. I have paddled for hours without getting hand fatigue. I purchased it for half price at the end of the 2014 season on Amazon and could kick myself for not buying two! We have several kayak paddles and everyone wants to use mine. I am a 62 year young female just rediscovering the joy of kayaking! A great purchase.
I've had this paddle for going on 4 years. I love this paddle. (Take note of the period.)
Right now I'm working on a year of paddling- going for 300+ days of paddling this year and nearing the 100 day mark. I paddle in all kinds of weather, including strong consistent wind and strong wind gusts, and waves (non-breaking waves) of all sizes including wind generated chop and large swell. Our temps are pretty mild, maybe cold by some standards, with winter time temps between 25F and 45F and summer between 45F and 65F. I usually start on beaches with small rocks rather than sand, and paddle in the salty sea. So there's that for putting the amount and type of use into perspective.
I'm 6 feet tall with a wider grip and paddle a boat that's 22 inches wide. I've got the 240cm straight shaft, which- according to the sizing chart- is a bit long for my situation. Regardless, I think it's an outstanding fit.
This paddle is exactly what it says it is, a low angle touring paddle, and is perfect for that. Its boundaries can be stretched to rougher days and speedier paddling, but the performance declines in situations when a fatter blade is needed.
On a calm day the Camano's blade is the perfect combination of width, length, curve, and overall shape. The blade pulls through the water easily and provides consistent and un-fluttering propulsion. The blade allows good water entry and exit, and also has sufficient surface area for strong supportive bracing when needed. I've had this paddle out in plenty of days that were or became less than calm. In rougher seas more of a high angle stroke is needed, and despite its narrow profile, the Camano holds its own. With waves, the longer blade tends to catch on the crest as it exits the water, and when you really need the power of a wider blade, there is some left to be desired. But, just as a skier with skis, a paddler should have a few paddles in their quiver!
The shaft of the Camano incorporates Werner's locking ferrule to adjust the feather angle of the blades. While my stickers with an arrow and the degree of angle are long gone, the inside of the ferrule has the numbers clearly printed where they have shown no wear. The big advantages this system really stand out in constant salt water use. Regardless of how a multi piece paddle locks, sand and dirt are the enemy, but paddles with the steel button tend to freeze up with all the salt exposure. I'm not sure exactly what's inside of the paddle working the mechanism (it's sealed so that it floats even when taken apart), but mine rarely has time to dry before the next day and is doing great. It goes together and comes apart without issue every day.
With all this use, the blade of my Camano is showing a bit of wear with scratches from loading and unloading on the beach, some on the back of the paddle, and very little around the edges. After 4 years of hard use, easily over 150 days, and probably nearing 1000 miles logged, this paddle is in outstanding shape and continues to provide high quality and light weight propulsion day in and day out.
This is an outstanding paddle.
I have been renting kayaks for years and decided to buy my own paddle. Rentals were either to long or to heavy. I'm really excited about my recent purchase of a WERNER CAMANO. Being able to get a "Better Fit" was important. I am a smaller paddler, a senior and have tendinitis in both my wrist . The WERNER CAMANO has proven to be a perfect fit for me. It's lightweight and made of Fiberglass Carbon. Its bent shaft is comfortable for my wrist and doesn't bother my tendinitis . I'm so happy I made I made the right decision with a WERNER Paddle.
I purchased this paddle earlier this summer, replacing my Aqua Bound paddle that I started out with several years ago. I love it! It is very light-weight, but still gives power with every stroke. It is easy to adjust the blade angle and to take it apart. I kayak with other middle-aged women on lakes and slow rivers. After using my paddle, they are changing over to the the Camano as well. Highly recommended, and worth the price.
I have 2 Camano paddles. The first one is the Fiberglass paddle with the carbon shaft and I loved it so much I picked up an all carbon Camano. Both of these paddles in 230 and hold up to the demands of saltwater fishing and paddling. They are both lightweight and don't cause me any arm fatigue after a day on the water. With cheaper paddles, I found myself having to do a lot of corrective strokes, with the Camanos that is not the case, the angle of the blades actually corrects the boat tracking on any kayak I have paddled. excellent paddles and you can't go wrong with either one. Always try a new paddle before you try a new boat.
Excellent paddle! Hardly any flex so propels you through the water efficiently. Subtle angle adjustments are very useful in narrowing down your paddle technique.
I've accumulated a few paddles over the past year. A Nimbus Auk, a Bending Branches Slice and an Aqua Bound Seaquel. I had a couple gripes abound the first two. The Nimbus had a feel to it that I can only describe as cavitation. The BB had the same sensation that you get when you hold a wooden ruler over the edge of a table and give it a *thunk*. The Seaquel is only used for small rivers and I wanted a higher quality paddle for use in larger rivers and lakes. I had lusted after a full-carbon Werner, but it was not in my budget. I found 2008 Camano's on closeout at O2 Gear Shop. It was a deal too good to pass up. Only 2 ounces more than the full carbon version and much cheaper. The paddle is everything I had hoped for. I don't get ant weird sensations from it and don't even know it's in my hands for the most part. Well done Werner.
I purchased a Werner Camano as my main touring paddle. It does have a bit of a flutter despite what Werner says. I have the fiberglass one and the weight is not an issue compared the the carbon fiber modles. The paddle was suiting me fine but just didn't have the push I needed in the wind and chop. I tried a friends long blade touring paddle made by Bending Branches. The Camano stays in the hull as a spare.
I love mine and its been with me for years.
I have a fiberglass Camano. I love it. I've paddled every other paddle I can borrow, and the Camano keeps on top. Some flex, but not so much I feel like I'm losing efficiency. Smooth catch, good power, no twisting and limited flutter. (The only paddle with a better catch was a Swift, but it had tons of flutter and little power.) Very lightweight, I can't see the need to drool over a carbon fiber paddle. Werner seems to have gotten the design down well. Not surprising it's their best selling tourning paddle. Mine is custom colored mango, and I was told it's visible for quite a distance, which I need with all the idiot powerboaters. Excellent construction. Plenty of surface area for pawlata and screw rolls. My friend just got a Quest for surfing, can't wait to try it out. The Mid-Tour is a less expensive, heavier paddle with the same design as a Camano. I would reccommend the Mid-Tour for someone more price conscious.
I am new to kayaks and rented a couple Loons before buying a Loon 120. I used a Loon paddle and Wilderness Systems paddles which were okay. I looked around and purchased a Werner Mid version of the Camano paddle. I tried it out on high water on a local river and was impressed. I had so much more control than the other paddles and could feel a big difference in pulling through the water. Especially when coming up through some fast water. It was well worth the $160 I spent.
I have tried the 230 size San Juan, Camamo and Little Dipper. For my efficient low fiberglass boat the San Juan was just too much paddle and it actually slowed me up, being so slow through the water. The Camano has been my choice, being enough paddle to both accelerate and cruise. The Little Dipper is perfect for cruising but in rougher water, leaves me looking for more bite. The Camano never flutters, or makes me grip hard, and it allows me to vary my stroke too. It is somewhat lightweight and strong in the ferrule. You can feather it or leave it straight. It is probably not a bad price for what it is at 220 bucks. It is also possible to remove the annoying stickers that say Werner, that are found on the paddle faces. Just peal them off and use citrus cleaner and 20 minutes elbow grease to get off the tenacious adhesive. When I am in the water, how many times do I need to be reminded that I am using a Werner Paddle? A little pure silicon spray makes it easier to use assemble and dissasemble. Wash and dissasemble after every use or it just might weld together. My friend has a Camano that she left assembled after salt water exposure and now it is very difficult to take appart and reassemble.