The Ikelos is Werner's most advanced high-angle paddle, with their best paddling design and construction features. You’ll feel exceptionally light, buoyant strokes while the smooth back face gives a quiet entrance and exit from the water. The award-winning Ikelos is the smart choice for those playing or cruising with a high-angle style of paddling and wanting the powerful feel of a full-sized blade.
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Werner paddles had its humble beginning back in 1959 and has been in production and handcrafted in the State of Washington for over 40 years. The paddle I recently purchased is a straight shaft, standard grip, high angle, 210cm Ikelos carbon paddle. The Ikelos’ shaft, like all of Werner’s touring shafts, is handmade, and is available in one, two, or four piece configurations. Each of the multi-piece paddles has a button built into the shaft for disassembling the paddle for storage and transport. This new style button, which replaced the older button, is recessed into the shaft thus removing the protruding button some paddlers found annoying. Along with the recessed button, Werner has made a slight, but welcome change, to the ferrule assembly with a “Smart View Adjustable” ferrule. This assembly replaces the older blade alignment method of a piece of tape wrapped around the shaft. While the tape worked well, this redesign provides a more convenient method for setting the angle of the blade. The ferrule itself appears to be unchanged and still consists of a spline assembly. This spline allows for not only feathering the blades from zero degrees to 60 degrees for either left or right handed paddles, but also provides anti-rotational strength for the entire paddling shaft.
Moving from the shaft to the blades, the Ikelos has a large surface area, 691 cm2, which allows the paddler to catch a ton of water. In comparison, a standard high angle blade will have approximately 610 cm2 of surface area. The larger blade does offer some advantages including initial paddling strokes, stopping, and possibly in bracing and rolling because of the larger surface area. Of course one of the downsides to a larger blade is the increase in swing weight when compared to a standard blade. However, when you compare a standard non-carbon paddle, 1000 - 1100g, to the larger bladed Ikelos paddle at 670g, we see a massive reduction in swing weight despite Ikelos’ larger paddle blades.
Another feature, beyond their light weight design found in Werner Ultimate performance line of paddles, is they are exceptionally buoyant. So while the reduction in swing weight aides the paddler with the initiation of the stroke, the buoyancy of the paddle helps lift the paddle out of the water at the completion of the stroke. So what else can Werner add to this paddle? Simply, a small but highly functional dihedral on the power face of the blade and a smooth curved surface to the back of the blade. The dihedral allows for a smooth and stable forward paddling stroke by balancing the water pressure across the face of the blade, while the smooth curved back helps mitigate, if not eliminate, small eddies that can form on backside of any paddle, robbing the paddler of their efficiency and power. Finally to complete the blade, Werner has added drip rings and a Dynel edge to the paddle. This is a roping material designed to be impact and abrasion resistant.
The Ikelos paddle is offered in a variety of single and multi-piece shaft configurations, including both straight and bent shaft. To be honest the Ikelos model is not the least expensive choice on the market. It retails, depending on shaft configuration, from $400 to $490. For my money, it was worth every penny spent. If you haven’t paddled an Ikelos paddle, or even a Werner carbon paddle, do yourself a favor and visit your local Werner dealer and take one out for a demo.
A complete list of specifications can be found on Werner Paddles website at www.wernerpaddles.com/paddles/touring/ikelos
I have been using a Warner Cyprus for several seasons, and absolutely loved it. I recently purchased an Ikelos and found it to be equally wonderful, but with even more power in each stroke. Warner's Carbon paddles are incredibly light, and feel very comfortable in the hand. If you never want to own a carbon paddle, I would suggest never trying one, because once you do, you won't want to go back to any other type.
I got this paddle new a month ago, and have put about 100 km on it since then on a tidal inlet.
I bought it so that I could give my wife my Cyprus (reviewed) rather than argue over who gets the light weight carbon fiber paddle!
Rather than get another Cyprus, I wanted to move to a larger blade area, as I was finding the Cyprus was not grabbing the water completely under full throttle.
The Ikelos at first felt like more work than the Cyprus, but according to my GPS that's because it was also making me 5% faster in my 14' Manitou (reviewed)! It is more work, and I'm more used to it now, but it is a harder paddle to use. It just grabs the water so well with so little slippage. If you're looking for a bit more speed, or a slower cadence than the Cyprus allows, this is an excellent paddle.
I really like how it feels more stable than the Cyprus under hard paddling close to hull speed. I use the kayak for a cardio workout, averaging 8 kph over 12 km runs, and for that this is a great paddle.
This is my 5th Werner paddle and I love them all!
I have the carbon fiber bent shaft, 210. It has such strong solid catch. It\\'s totally silent when it enters and exits the water. The large blade size gets tons of grip for acceleration and braces. It helps keep my paddling form in good shape with it's slower cadence.
I like the improved joint. With the view port for the degree offset. Nice improvement to the old decal.
The bent shaft helps a lot with my thumb issues. Moch more comfortable to be able to paddle all day.
The Ikelos' knifelike edge and light weight offers a clean entry and hookup when grabbing that first handful of water, and a smooth stability throughout the stroke, with no tendency to flutter when under a strong pull. With its big barndoor blades, the Ikelos feels solid even when bracing in rough water. Despite its large surface area and solid plant, the Ikelos does not place undue strain on the shoulders or arms when driven with good paddling form and torso rotation, even on touring days of many miles with a loaded boat. And, with their buoyant foam-cores and broad surface area, the blades practically set themselves up for a roll.
I've paddled the Ikelos for two full seasons now, in a variety of conditions. My only minor complaint involves Werner's Adjustable Ferrule System. It's a slick feature, but both of my Werner paddles which utilize this fine-tolerance mechanism have experienced intermittent problems with jamming in the open position, allowing the paddle to slip apart and refusing to remain together. Despite avid care to keep the ferrule free of dirt, sand, and the lubricants which attract them, this has happened to me and a couple of friends, the only cure being to blast the recessed device with a garden hose and pry it loose with a long screwdriver. If this minor problem persists, I'll consider calling or sending the paddle in for Werner's highly-respected customer service.
Hits: light weight, quality construction, smooth hydrodynamics, solid on-the-water feel Misses: intermittent jamming of adjustable ferrule system
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Hands down the smoothest bite and largest catch you'll ever find. This paddle cuts through the water so sweetly and putting the paddle in the water locks it in place. How you pull is up to you. Incredibly light and strong, worth every single penny. Anyone who has ever spent any time pulling water with something this light, strong and smooth can't go backwards.
I find that the Ikelos does all things well, but it really shines when you are linking strokes. If you think it might have to much surface area for you, try a Werner Cypress (sp?). A last suggestion, once you have choosen an angle of feather, never change it. It is important to know where you blades are realative to the water surface, if you are changing your feather than this changes. The next time you go for that big brace it may not work.
Some people on P.net have indicated that the high/low angle dichotomization of paddles is a marketing technique. I disagree and feel that the performance of this paddle is enhanced in a high-angle venue.
The paddle has a nice powerful catch. It is easy to brace with it. The ferrule system is excellent with many options for paddling angles.
Not quite as silent as the Kalliste, but a big improvement (and a lot easier to use) than the bulky Corryvecken. I use a 220cm...probably go with a 215 if I get a skinnier boat someday. But don't feel that you need to get a short paddle, as swing weight and friction are extremely low. I liken it to sticking a velvet knife in butter: plants firmly and the YAK moves...not the water!