Trusted on the hardest runs in the world and those firing up the hardest line on their local run are the Werner river running paddles. The Sherpa and its larger counterpart the Powerhouse offer Bomber reliability, tested and proven where it counts. Fiberglass blade construction gives you a compromise between swing weight and value. The precise blade shape offers a more efficient forward stroke. Custom shaped, low profile, reinforcement spine allows for enhanced blade maneuverability when linking several strokes and provides blade stiffness and overall strength.
For me, the Sherpa is a perfect blade size - a happy medium between the relatively compact Stikine and the gigantic Sho-Gun & Powerhouse. I've had a chance to paddle this 200cm Sherpa in a tide rip, rock garden, surf launches/landings, and distances <10 mi. It's a little short for distance paddling (for me), but it's obviously a whitewater paddle, and it's reassuring to have a paddle designed to withstand contact with rocks.
I have the 1-piece straight shaft paddle, and there's no obvious weak point to the paddle even though it feels pretty light! Overall a solid WW paddle.