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I am still paddling with my Werner Kauai 230cm bought at Kittery Trading Post in 2003! It has held up to much abuse, freeing my kayak stuck against a bridge on there outgoing tide to other tight spots. I went to the KTP Watersport Show two years ago and the younger Werner rep's did not know what a Kauai was...After reading online specifications, I think the fiberglass Werner Shuna is a reincarnation of the Kauai - I do prefer the modern ferrule of Werner's current paddles.
Joint is tight with very little play. I'm not easy on paddles and this one is certainly holding it's own. This is my third Werner and I remain impressed with regard to quality vs. investment. I've noticed no change in muscle fatigue or joint discomfort even though this paddle is rather aggressive. I'd like to try a Molokai sometime and see if I'm tough enough!
The Kauai is a paddle that anyone who prefers a higher active stroke will enjoy. It really performs in rough water and I use it when river running the Crossover in Class III conditions. In my experience, the Kauai is the best all around paddle. I'd definitely buy one again.