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Werner Ikelos

Sea Kayaking Paddle with High Angle Blade Design

The Werner Ikelos is an advanced high-angle paddle that provides buoyant strokes whilst its smooth back face gives a quiet entrance and exit from the water. 

Neutral Bent Shaft:
£529.99

Straight Shaft:
£429.99

werner ikelos

 

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  • Features
  • Dimensions
  • Shaft Type
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Werner Ikelos

The Ikelos from Werner Paddles, represents the most advanced paddle technology to create perhaps their best touring/sea kayaking paddle. With a hidden foam core that offers a buoyant blade to provide effortless paddling strokes, support whilst bracing and also ensures the paddle finds the surface whilst rolling.

 

The outer surface of the blade construction and shaft is carbon fibre to provide strength, less flutter, higher performance due to less flex and also a significant weight reduction for longer journeys. The smooth rear face allows for a cleaner entry and exit from the water for an effortless, elegant feel to promote smooth forward paddling.

 

Available on either a straight or neutral-bent shaft (see more info.), and in a range of lengths to suit different height paddlers and boat length/width’s. The Ikelos, as with all the Werner’s touring range is only as available as a 2-part split so it can be taken apart for storage or transportation. The simple to use ferrule system provides the paddler with an easy to view feather angle, and can be adjusted quickly out on the water to suit left or right handed paddlers and adjust the feather when required.

 

For those looking for the same paddle, but with a mid-sized blade then perhaps look at the Werner Cyprus.

Features

  • Full-size blades offer a strong, powerful stroke for well-conditioned paddlers.
  • Performance Core blades are buoyant, and light weight.
  • Extremely stable bracing and rolling, powerful catch and smooth linking strokes
  • Dynel edges help to protect the blades from abrasion or impact, for added durability.
  • Smart-View, easy to adjust ferrule allows the paddles feather angle to be altered in seconds.

Dimensions

  • Surface Area: 710 sq cm
  • Blade Length x Width: 49 x 20cm
  • Weight for 210cm
    • Straight Shaft 695g/24.5oz
    • Neutral Bent Shaft 780g/27.5oz

 

Shaft Type

Why chose a modern style bent paddle shaft over a traditional straight paddle shaft?
Advantages:

  • The no.1 reason for a bend is to reduce the extreme angle between hand and paddle whilst making forward paddle strokes.  A well designed bend in the paddle shaft will allow a better ergonomic hand position and grip. In turn reducing fatigue and strain through the paddlers hand, wrist, and forearm all the way through to the shoulders. Especially useful to reduce injuries, protect joints and make life easier on a long day out where paddlers can use tens of thousands of repetitive forward paddle strokes.
  • A ‘Neutral Bend’ has been achieved by Werner by aligning all the paddle parts in a straight line allowing an easy transition from folks used to using  straight shafts to begin using bent shaft paddles.
  • With a reduced wrist angle, the paddler is able to have more contact with the shaft allowing a better grip allowing more control and comfort.
  • Bent carbon shafts should give an overall higher level of performance, strength and durability than straight fibreglass paddle shafts.
  • There are many schools of thought that a bent paddle will provide more power through the stroke. (see Google for many of hours of research results). In the real world, most racing paddlers whether slalom, white water/extreme racing and sprint paddlers performing at elite level, all appear to use bent paddle shafts.

Disadvantages:

  • Cost, the no. 1 factor why more paddlers don’t use bent paddles is due to the higher cost of manufacturing bent shafts and the carbon fibre material used is a higher priced, premium material than fibreglass. (see materials section)
  • A straight shaft will weigh slightly less than a bent shaft due to less material being used.
  • A carbon shaft will be stiffer and higher performing than a glass shaft which has more flex. Some paddlers will prefer a less responsive paddle shaft and benefit from a less stiff, more flexible glass fibre straight shaft.
  • Due to the positioning of the bend in a bent shaft, the paddlers hand position will be relatively in a ‘fixed’ position. Paddlers with an extra wide or narrow grip, or those that like to move their hands into different positions along the length of the paddle will need a straight shaft.

 

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Delivery

Nationwide delivery available for the Werner Ikelos. The price for delivery will be shown in the website basket prior to checkout. For full details on delivery please see: Delivery Information


Click & Collect - Stores Nationwide

Nationwide Click & Collect available for the Werner Ikelos. Collection for orders placed online can be made from any of our Canoe Shops UK Stores. For full details on our Click & Collect service, please see: Nationwide Click & Collect

For further help and information about the Werner Ikelos, please call us on 01925 818437