I bought the glassblade Corryvrecken (straight shaft 215 cm) a few weeks ago and used it for touring (about 150 km total) and for river racing (about 10 km). I was very satisfied with the feel during racing. I think it's a good paddle for stronger paddlers (big blades!). It's very light and has a nice catch.
There are a few disadvantages:
- not suitable for rocky whitewater (tips of blades are not reinforced with kevlar or metal).
- the joint of the two paddle parts has too much tolerance. The joint is not stiff.
- the price is too high (I paid 300 Euro's) for this paddle.
When I need a new paddle I'll probably look for another one.I got a full carbon, cranked shaft at 210cm and at 800g love this paddle, it is superb in every way! I now paddle on the 45 degree feather (so I get no minor confusion when rolling LH forward as this feather is the same as my WW boat)and the paddle weighs virtually nothing yet has a super clean catch and exit from the water, very little splash. It suits my build and I can put down the power when needed.
The build quality is utterly brilliant and Werner should be recognized as "the best" in my opinion!
(My "spare" is a 210cm, Glass bladed Lendal Kinetic Touring which is also very good, but the paddle blade area is less and the build quality not on par with Werner IMHO). Well worth the money...I have had this paddle for over a month now and itís fantastic. I have not developed any shoulder joint pain but I am more fatigued after using it.
The reason for this is I am going faster and farther I am enjoying myself so I paddle longer. This is such an efficient paddle. Itís not the lightest I have a carbon fiber Kaui thatís lighter but it doesnít have the power of the Vrecken.
I have had one problem. The salt water seems to have disintegrated the glue that holds the plastic feather angle indicator on. Now I have no idea what the feather angle is. I feel that 1 Month is too soon for something like this to happen.
Would have easily given a 10 but defective angle indicator so...I use this paddle more than any of the other paddles I own. I have the fiberglass straight-shaft version (215 cm).
I find it has enough bite for rock gardening and surfing, yet I do not get fatigued when I use it on long paddles. I have done crossings up to 38 NM with this paddle without feeling a strain in my shoulders.
The weight of the paddle is reassuring. It is relatively light, but has a solid feel. I have a carbon fiber paddle that is lighter. You'd think the lighter paddle would be better for long crossings, but my fiberglass Corryvrecken has the right weight to give it a solid feel and it contributes to a nice rhythm.
I use the straight shaft because it permits me to move my hands to any location quickly. I also have a bent-shaft paddle but I seldom use it any more.
The Corryvrecken is probably the most useful and versatile paddle I have ever used. I would buy another.