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Werner Sherpa

Popular White Water Kayak Paddles

Manufactured by legendary paddle makers Werner, these paddles are extremely lightweight and durable. Preferred by smaller, lighter paddlers and suitable for all grades of white-water.

Glass Blades & Straight Shaft:
£305.99 (RRP £339.99 - Saving £34.00)

Carbon Blades & Straight Shaft:
£341.99 (RRP £379.99 - Saving £38.00)

Glass Blades & Neutral Bent Shaft: £413.99 (RRP £459.99 - Saving £46.00)

Carbon Blades & Neutral Bent Shaft: £467.99 (RRP £519.99 - Saving £52.00)

Glass Blades & 4 Piece Straight Shaft : £359.99 (RRP £399.99 - Saving £40.00)

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Werner Sherpa

Paddlers looking for smooth, responsive river running paddles, then the Sherpa's could be the answer. Based on the popular Powerhouse blade shape, these paddles have a reduced blade surface area. This translates to a less powerful paddle, making them easier to use for lighter/smaller paddlers.

The middle-sized blades are evenly balanced to create a clean catch on executing strokes on moving water. Available in various lengths for paddlers of different heights, they also have a choice of materials and shaft types to suit every paddler.

Reliable, durable and lightweight, these paddles are very popular across the UK, and can often be seen on the classic white-water rivers and rapids throughout the country.

For stronger paddlers requiring a larger, more powerful sized blade, that's the same classic shape and having the same choice of material layups- we would recommend the Werner Powerhouse.


  • Premium Werner performance provides a great  combination of light weight, stiffness and durability.
  • Mid-sized river running blades are well balanced and fit the widest range of paddlers.
  • Standard 45 Degree Feather (please contact us for availability on 30 Degrees)
  • Optimized flex and strength. Choose Fibreglass Straight or a Carbon Neutral Bent Shaft.
  • Brightly coloured translucent fibreglass laminate blades in Amber colour.
  • Dihedral shaped blades allow for smooth forward and directional paddling strokes.
  • Custom shaped, low profile, reinforcement spine allows for enhanced blade manoeuvrability when linking several strokes and provides blade stiffness and overall strength.


  • Surface Area 680 sq cm
  • Blade Length x Width 46 x 19.5cm
  • Weight for 197cm length paddle:
    • Straight Shaft Weight 985g/34.75oz
    • Neutral Bent Shaft 1056g/37.75oz.

Shaft Type

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

  • 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.


  • 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.


Nationwide delivery available for the Werner Sherpa. 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 Sherpa. 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 Sherpa, please call us on 01925 818437