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Player

by Werner Paddles

The Player, developed alongside its larger counterpart the Side Kick, was a major innovation to play boaters by setting the standard with downturned blades. This Werner design innovation gives immediate directional control in rudder and draw strokes, for surfing or setting up todays’ most advanced tricks. On the wave or throwing down river, we’re along for the ride.

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We recently purchased two Werner Players: A 197cm bentshaft for my fiance…

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We recently purchased two Werner Players: A 197cm bentshaft for my fiance and a 200cm straightshaft for me. First let me say that the bentshaft works great for my fiance, who has sore wrists from computer work. If I had it to do over, I would have gotten a bentshaft, too. It does feel better on your forearms and wrists! As for the paddles' performance, it is a very comfortable, reliable WW paddle. There are no extremes, meaning it won't disappoint you and it won't do anything spectacular, either. For a lady kayaker or someone with good moves and finesse, I think the Player would be 1005 perfect. My only concern is it's ability to power a "big move", meaning fast acceleration to catch a wave or wrestling to get the boat on one end or the other. Please take this "concern" with a grain of salt - I have fairly strong arms and like a big, powerful blade. So maybe, for someone like me, the Sidekick would be a better choice; even though it's too much for someone else. All in all, I recommend the Player for someone who wants a paddle they can rely on, that will neither disappoint nor wow you - just do exactly what you ask it to do. Given the cost of a good paddle - and I recommend you spend the extra money for a bentshaft model - what more can you ask of the Player?