I just purchased a Werner Skagit and have used it with my new Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120. I like it. I have had an Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Carbon for years and loved it. There is a style difference in the paddles, and each one is great for it's style.
Werner Skagit FG 2-Piece Paddle is durable and light. I have had mine for 4 summers and the kids often 'borrow' my paddle in the rocky and sometimes strong current of the Allegheny River and Georgia's Chattahoochee. Even tho' it has white paddle face, the red Georgia mud has not changed it's color. Paddles are still tight at connections and look great! Paddles could be lighter, but are plenty light for our use and hey, they're about $130 - not $400+ for ultra high performance paddles.
I needed an extra paddle and did not want to spend a lot of money. I was pleasantly surprised by this paddle. I choose the small shaft because my hands get tired quickly with the standard shaft. This was supposed to be my backup paddle but I like it so much I use it all the time. I love the smart view adjustable ferrule for adjusting the precise angle for paddling
I bought my carbon shaft Skagit FG five years ago. I used it about 40 hours per year for easy ocean day trips and stored it indoors. Although the feathering feature was quite effective, I seldom used it, and after a year the decal showing the degrees of feather came off so the angle was guesswork after that. As a relatively new recreational user, I liked the weight and feel. Unfortunately the shaft broke at the joint last month while paddling slowly in calm conditions, so I can't recommend the carbon shaft for longevity. My friendly local specialty kayak retailer, after checking with the Werner rep, offered a small discount on a similar paddle with a one year warranty. I've moved on to another retailer with a better warranty policy, and I chose a fiberglass shaft on my new paddle.
I upgraded kayaks to a wider boat with a raised seat. The cheap aluminum paddle I had been using was too short. During my internet search, I found that the options of paddles longer than 240cm and in my price range was limited. Found the Werner Skagit FG IM Reg Shaft in 260cm on Amazon for a good price. The paddle is very light compared to the cheap paddle from Academy Sports and feels very ridged in hand its hard to tell its a 2 piece paddle. If you are in the market for a great low angle paddle at a good price, take a look at the Werner Skagit.
Strong, adjustable, powerful. I'm very pleased with it's performance. I would recommend this paddle. Works great for even recreational use.
As a value-priced, low-angle touring paddle, I would give this a 10, but outside of that particular category, I found it pretty meh (like a 5). Felt great at cruising speed, but I personally felt flutter when digging in for top speed or accelerating from a stop. And since this is priced and targeted at the "quality beginner's blade" segment, I think it should have a little better all-around performance. If you just got a steal on a hardcore touring boat on Craigslist and want a specialized paddle for cheap, this is definitely the pick. But if you have more cash there are better touring paddles out there, and if you're looking for something more all-around in the same price range, there are better options as well. I have used Aquabound StingRay and felt it had less flutter, as does the Bending Branches Slice (although it does flutter a bit).
Being new to Kayaking, I purchased a low end Kayak and Paddle from one of the local sports stores just because the price was right. In less then 30 days I knew I had to up-grade, so I sold my first Kayak and purchased another, keeping the old paddle. Two trips on the lake with my new yak I knew I needed a new paddle, the old one (aluminum) was wearing me out. So I did what most people do, searched the internet, looked at the demo tapes, read the reviews and became more and more confused. Taking my confusion with me I headed to REI to just talk with someone, 20 min. later I bought the Werner Skagit FGIM 230cm.
I have used the paddle everyday (see I am retired and fish every day) since and believe it is the best addition I have made, the paddle is GREAT! Even if it only lasted a season, it is money well spent, however it is more likely to last for sometime due to the fine workmanship. You can not go wrong with this paddle.
I bought the Skagit as a back up paddle. I had used my wife's (although short for me) and I liked it. My primary paddle is a Camano and while it is basically the same, the blade materials make it a little heavier.
I feel it is a good buy for the price. It has the same features - adjustable paddle angles, etc.) as it's more expensive brothers. My uses for it is for a back paddle and a loaner paddle for guests that use one of our boats. I feel the blade material will actually be more durable than Werner's next price point, which is over double the price!
Very good buy for the money and good for many levels of paddle experience.
This is an outstanding kayak paddle for the money. Great for a beginning paddler who needs to match usability with economy. It's not the lightest paddle, but its weight isn't unreasonable at 34oz. This straight shaft paddle is also a great buy for the more experienced paddler who wants to toy with feathering. Adjustable to 60 degrees right or left at 15 degree increments, the Skagit allows lots of options to discover your best set up for paddling. It was this option that made me replace a lighter wooden paddle with the Skagit on an endurance paddle because I could adjust to head winds much easier.
This paddle is so versatile and great. Very light weight and work great for all around kayaking. I love how the paddle is collapsible for easy storage and the shaft fits great in my hands with no blisters and great grip even in rough water.
I purchased the Skagit after using a Seven for 5 years and have not been disappointed. The weight and design make paddling a very comfortable experience without any arm fatigue. I have also found the connection and feathering mechanism to be as advertised - easy to connect, adjust, and take apart.
I acquired a pair of Werner Skagit paddles which had been used by a kayak/canoe rental and excursion company. They were in great shape and none the worse for wear. These are fiberglass and are extremely light. The amount of feathering allows for adjustment in increasing increments of 15 degrees and the paddle is very easy to take apart. The paddle blade is medium in size (e.g. not as large as the Aquabound paddle I use for sea kayaking).
I have a Werner Skagit FG IM in 230cm that I bought in 2011 to use with my Tsunami 140 kayak. It seem like an excellent paddle, far better than most other paddles I have used on borrowed boats. The current model ferrule system is brilliant, allowing the paddler to set nearly any angle of feathering you can imagine. Unlike my pricier Nimbus Mistral paddle, the ferrule on the Skagit is easier to break down for transport. Weight is nicely light compared to aluminum shafted paddles.
In use, I find the 230cm length is great for low angle paddling and the dihedral of the blade on the Skagit makes for smooth pulling action. The perfectly round shaft is OK for gripping but I do prefer the oval cross section shaft of the Mistral.
So now I use the Skagit as my emergency spare paddle and keep it on the foredeck of my boat. I plan to get a longer 240cm Skagit for my husband to use next summer when he gets a kayak. He also likes the 230cm, but thinks it is too short for him.
Nice, lightweight, fiberglass paddle. I got mine on sale online at REI. I've used it a dozen times or more on lakes and it is very nice.
Mine is adjustable in 15 degree increments from 0 to 75 left/right. I like the slightly flattened shaft for the grip.
I purchased the Skagit through mail order based on Werner's fine reputation. It has the old style three position ferrule, which has a fair amount of movement at the joint. I realize this is only an entry level paddle but I had expected better from a leader in paddle design. If you must impress your paddling partners with the Werner name on your paddle, the Skagit should work well for you but there are many other quality brands in the same weight range for a lot less money.
Really comfortable paddle. Once I stopped trying to muscle it, my kayak moved along with little effort. I too like the slightly flattened spot for your right hand. The newer ones have more feathering options than mine - my fiberglass handle only has the two 45 degree positions. Very light swing weight for the price, and the blade is sturdy - I have the bad habit of pushing off of things with it, so no carbon fiber for me...
I got the paddle as part of a package deal with my kayak, so price was not a factor. Well made, light weight, performs well, adjustable. I like it and might buy another with my next kayak.
I just used my new Skagit paddle for the first time today and I am impressed. I got it relatively cheap at one of the more popular online retailers and it would have been worth paying full price of $125.00 if I had to. The fiberglass reinforced nylon blades are very smooth in the water and the fiberglass shaft is easy on the hands and relatively light. I paddled a quick 5 miles today with no fatigue whatsoever. The flattened grip helps a little with that too. There is no flex whatsoever, which I like and you can feather it 22 degrees in either direction. The Skagit doesn't move quite as much water as I would like but it moves my Tsunami 145 along at a good rate of speed. Great paddle for the price.
I have a werner mid tour and i may not know much about paddles but this paddle is light and rugged.i have a dagger bayou II and it moves me at about 5mph average according to my gps.thats good enough for me.i was cutting through some ice just sun. apr 7 and man can that paddle take a good beatin'!