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Shuna Carbon Straight Shaft Paddle

by Werner Paddles

The Shuna is Werner's best-selling premium High Angle blade, designed for those who want mid-sized power for strokes in all directions. The perfect paddle for the coastal play environment, or for those who want a conservative feel through the water to make the miles pass with ease.

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I recently purchased the GI Jackson colored Werner Shuna Hooked paddle. In…

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I recently purchased the GI Jackson colored Werner Shuna Hooked paddle. In recent trips I have used a Bending Branches Scout angler and the stock Hobie carbon shafted paddle.

As soon as I put the paddle in my hands I could feel the difference. Lightweight and yet comparing it to the started Bending Branches paddle the Fiberglass blade was solid and has almost no flex at all. After paddling my yak around the lake and river several times searching I can honestly say it is one of the best purchases I have made for my time on the water. Now at the end of my trip when I've been paddling my shoulders feel fine and wrists are not sore from constantly readjusting my position. The Smart-View Ferrule system let me easily put the paddle into an offset while maintaining the solid 1 piece feel. Do yourself a favor and pick up this paddle just to feel its weight and swing. I guarantee you'll be impressed!

Just used my carbon/glass Shuna for the first time and was glad…

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Just used my carbon/glass Shuna for the first time and was glad I decided on Werner and specifically this one. Maybe not fair to give such a good review after just one half day paddle but I enjoyed it immensely so I'm going to do it anyhow. The carbon/glass version is really lightweight for the cost. I might decide in the future that the full carbon version is worth the extra ~100 bucks...maybe not. I had to paddle pretty hard into the wind at times today and felt no flutter whatsoever. The two piece has a very secure ferrule where the two pieces meet making it feel like a one piece but with the flexibility of feathering into the wind. Also, the joint where the two pieces meet is smooth so I didn't have to worry about a level or latch catching on anything.

Overall the Shuna just feels good in the hand and was a delight to paddle today. Glad I bought it!

I originally got this paddle to use until my custom paddle arrived…

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I originally got this paddle to use until my custom paddle arrived and then as a spare. But since using it I really like it. It is very light and there is no noticeable flutter when paddling hard. I've been using it while practicing bracing and re-entries, so it seems to be holding up well. I still have not received my custom paddle and can't wait for it to get here. But after paddling with this for a while, if I had to do it again I would not order the custom (especially the wait I'm having to go through).

I love this paddle and just bought another one in blue. My…

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I love this paddle and just bought another one in blue. My old one is getting quite worn. This one has the narrow shaft for smaller hands. It is the best low angle paddle.

I have used the Werner Shuna paddle for five years now and…

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I have used the Werner Shuna paddle for five years now and love it!I have the narrow shaft which is very comfortable for my hand size. The feathering adjustment is easy to use and continues to work well after lots of use. I have the amber color paddle blade and love the way it looks with the sun coming through it - the color definitely adds some "pop" to photos too.

Have the Shuna carbon/fibre glass version. Blade size is right size for…

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Have the Shuna carbon/fibre glass version. Blade size is right size for moderate pace over an hour or more. It has a good catch for its blade size, but when pushed with power it has a tendency to flutter, so not really a blade for sprinting. The new type of joiner is quite a precise fit, feels as one.

I'm returning to sea kayaking after a few years away and needed…

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I'm returning to sea kayaking after a few years away and needed to restock my paddle quiver. I used to paddle with a 210cm carbon Lendal Nordkapp modified crank shaft one-piece as my primary paddle and the same thing in a two piece for my spare. As a result, I'm used to a high-angle, aggressive, fast cadence forward stroke. I'm on a bit of a budget, so I ordered the fiberglass blades with a carbon straight shaft. I also decided to purchase a slightly smaller blade than the Nordkapp equivalent (which would be the Corryveken or Ikelos) since I'm not as well conditioned as I was 5 years ago and, let's face it, I'm 5 years older.

Even with the fiberglass blades, the paddle is significantly lighter than the Nordkapp. Honestly, I never thought that the weight of the Nordkapp was a problem, nor did my paddling suffer from it. If anything, the extra heft gave me confidence in it's durability and reliability. So far, the Shuna has also proven durable, though I haven't abused it anywhere near as much as I did my Lendal.

The carbon shaft has just enough flex to be comfortable but not so much that it feels noodley or inefficient. The ovaling on both the left and right sides is subtle, but sufficient, and it's nice to have the feather indication on my non-control side for offside rolling. I miss the crank shaft and may upgrade next season, but the straight shaft hasn't posed any issues.

The blade is well made. It enters the water smoothly with a fairly clean entry. The pronounced spine on the backside does pull some air down with it, but it's not excessive. If I keep a loose grip on the shaft, I do notice some blade flutter when I'm paddling forcefully, so I've slightly increased my grip and tend to use a faster cadence rather than a more powerful stroke with this paddle. The blade has enough surface area for good acceleration and high cruising speeds, but if I sprint, paddle through surf, or do intervals, I can tell that there's less grip. That said, it's still a powerful paddle and is extremely comfortable for long distances at regular paddling speeds. I usually cruise around 4 to 4.25 miles per hour for full day paddles and the Shuna accommodates this well if I use a high cadence rather than a powerful stroke.

When rolling and bracing, the blade is perfectly sufficient. I have no issues with it's movement through the water when performing support or maneuvering strokes, and it links strokes smoothly.
Overall, I'm very happy with it's performance and quality.

This is a follow up to my earlier review. No fault…

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This is a follow up to my earlier review. No fault of the Werner Shuna, but this paddle is causing me to work harder at torso rotation or I feel the pain of bad form. I have experienced shoulder, elbow, wrist inflammation that is resulting in some numbness after a work out of an hour or more of paddling. I now alternate with a greenland stick to lighten the load on my right arm. I may end up trading 'down' if I can't recover from the effects of the Shuna. I like the paddle, its use doesn't seem to like me. Be smart and be healthy.

I recently bought this paddle as a 55th birthday present to myself…

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I recently bought this paddle as a 55th birthday present to myself. At 210cm, it is a much more aggressive paddle than I was using (MID Swift 230). The Werner Shuna carbon straight shaft is very light and the feathering ferrule is spot on.

The index numbers are a bit lame. It's just a decal that will not stand a chance of remaining over the life of the paddle. A minor quibble. The paddle is beautifully made, crisp and clean. Since the blade is laser cut it leaves a sharp square edge.

I got a tip from Alder Creek Kayak in Portland to "detune" the blade by gently rubbing a round over to the edge of the paddle with some fine (180) sandpaper. The paddle does it's job, but it works me more, at least early in the season as I get in shape.

I have also noticed that as a high angle paddle, the blade traveling close to the gunwale, that I get wetter than with a low angle, longer stick. Just a consequence of angle and arch.