Werner Sidekick - River Kayak Paddle with large-sized, down turned blades, all fiberglass, straight shaft, Std. Dia. 2-Pc

Werner Sidekick - River Kayak Paddle with large-sized, down turned blades, all fiberglass, straight shaft, Std. Dia. 2-Pc

$ 250.00 USD

Brief Description

The Sidekick is Werner's largest of three solid laminate white water paddles with "down turned" blades. Its size (comparable to the Side Kick in surface area) is best for large framed aggressive kayakers who weigh about 190 lbs or more.

In general, down turned blades are more forgiving (less prone to diving) than conventional blades when sculling and doing other combination strokes. This makes down turned blades especially popular with play boaters because in order to play in holes you have to be able to get out of them. And when you are trying to get out of a sticky hole, you can really feel the difference that a forgiving blade makes. For river runners, the advantages of a down turned blade may not be as noticeable as when hole riding, but the benefits are still there. So regardless of whether you are big on playing or just want to make it safely down the next rapids, down turned blades make things easier.

Detailed Description

The Sidekick is available in carbon or fiberglass. Carbon paddles are lighter, but they are also stiffer and less durable. For most people, Werner's fiberglass white water paddles are stiff enough, and anything stiffer just means more shock transmitted to your body. So we offer the carbon Sidekick by special order only (for those who are sure they want it).

The Sidekick is available in standard and small shaft diameters, but we wouldn't recommend the small shaft option for the Sidekick. For most people (men and women), even the standard shaft is too small and they do well to build it up with after-market grip tape etc. The small shaft option is for people who have a trouble finding gloves small enough to fit their hands (XS and smaller glove size); if that's not you, get the standard shaft size. If your hands are small enough to justify the small shaft option, then the Sidekick probably isn't the right size blade for you.

Specs

Blade dimensions: 48cm x 20cm, 725sq.cm

Weight for glass 197cm: 1-pc straight shaft = 964g

Color:

Fiberglass: Blue blades/Black shaft

Available in your choice of fiberglass or carbon (special order) laminate and standard or small diameter shaft (call us):

1-piece straight shaft (special order)
2-piece straight shaft
1-piece neutral bent shaft (call us)

Standard lengths are:
194cm, 197cm, 200cm (available by special order from 191cm - 203cm in 3cm increments)