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You can do it with the Camano.

For your flat-water and mellow-sea adventures, we recommend the easy-to-adjust and comfortable Werner Camano 2-Piece Paddle. Werner's Smart-View ferrule makes finding the most comfortable feather angle easy for any level paddler, while the two-piece design makes transport and storage a cinch.

  • Mid-sized fiberglass blades suit a low-angle paddle style with a casual cadence, while the dihedral profile offers low flutter and comfortable resistance
  • Smart-View adjustable ferrule features a viewing window to see the feather angle
  • Carbon blend straight shaft is the ideal mix of low weight and strength for long-distance, more-aggressive paddling

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5 5

Going Strong...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this paddle for going on 4 years now, so this more in-depth review is an update to my previous review.

I love this paddle. (Take note of the period.)

Right now I'm working on a year of paddling- going for 300+ days of paddling this year and nearing the 70 day mark. I paddle in all kinds of weather, including strong consistent wind and strong wind gusts, and waves (non-breaking waves) of all sizes including wind generated chop and large swell. Our temps are pretty mild, maybe cold by some standards, with winter time temps between 25F and 45F and summer between 45F and 65F. I usually start on beaches with small rocks rather than sand, and paddle in the salty sea. So there's that for putting the amount and type of use into perspective.

I'm 6 feet tall with a wider grip and paddle a boat that's 22 inches wide. I've got the 240cm, which- according to the sizing chart- is a bit long for my situation. Regardless, I think it's an outstanding fit.

This paddle is exactly what it says it is, a low angle touring paddle, and is perfect for that. Its boundaries can be stretched to rougher days and speedier paddling, but the performance declines in situations when a fatter blade is needed.

On a calm day the Camano's blade is the perfect combination of width, length, curve, and overall shape. The blade pulls through the water easily and provides consistent and un-fluttering propulsion. The blade allows good water entry and exit, and also has sufficient surface area for strong supportive bracing when needed. I've had this paddle out in plenty of days that were or became less than calm. In rougher seas more of a high angle stroke is needed, and despite its narrow profile, the Camano holds its own. With waves, the longer blade tends to catch on the crest as it exits the water, and when you really need the power of a wider blade, there is some left to be desired. But, just as a skier with skis, a paddler should have a few paddles in their quiver!

The shaft of the Camano incorporates Werner's locking ferrule to adjust the feather angle of the blades. While my stickers with an arrow and the degree of angle are long gone, the inside of the ferrule has the numbers clearly printed where they have shown no wear. The big advantages this system really stand out in constant salt water use. Regardless of how a multi piece paddle locks, sand and dirt are the enemy, but paddles with the steel button tend to freeze up with all the salt exposure. I'm not sure exactly what's inside of the paddle working the mechanism (it's sealed so that it floats even when taken apart), but mine rarely has time to dry before the next day and is doing great. It goes together and comes apart without issue every day.

With all this use, the blade of my Camano is showing a bit of wear with scratches from loading and unloading on the beach, some on the back of the paddle, and very little around the edges. After 4 years of hard use, easily over 150 days, and probably nearing 1000 miles logged, this paddle is in outstanding shape and continues to provide high quality and light weight propulsion day in and day out.

This is an outstanding paddle.

2 5

Mine failed

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While it worked, it was *great*; lightweight, effective, strong paddle. BUT for $280 I expect perfection...and I didn't get it. After about four months of steady use, the locking mechanism that holds the paddle together froze up and would not lock the paddles in place. I used it at the beach, and perhaps the salt and sand were too much for what seems like an overly complicated mechanism for locking the paddle. Though I am meticulous about cleaning my gear at the beach, and the paddle was no exception. Bottom line, give me the simple snap button, not the spring loaded plastic latching thingamajig Werner uses. Junk in an otherwise fantastic piece.

I will say this, Back Country does not handle warranty claims for Werner, but they front-ended this one for me and toook it back on return - kudos to BC, you know how to build brand loyalty...I just wish the Werner was as solid as you guys are.

5 5

I'm in love.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Third year in my little tugboat (Native Watercraft Marvel 12), and time for me to have a for-reals paddle. After a less than stellar experience at my local outfitter, I turned to the web, and found backcountry.com. I asked for a paddle pro, and Lara came to my rescue! We had a long talk about my boat, my style, where we paddle. . . decided the Camano 240 was the best bet.

I've been out with it twice, and from the first moment, I knew it was the right choice. Lightweight, easy swing, comfortable grip, and long enough for my wide recreational kayak with an elevated seat. My BFF has the Pungo 140, and has decided this is her next paddle, too. The 230 paddles are just a little too short for chubby girls in chubby boats!

We paddle on bays of Lake Michigan, some inland lakes, and slow to moderate rivers.

Thanks for all your help, Lara!

5 5

strength/weight/price combo

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this paddle for two years now, in all 4 seasons of paddling, and it has been stellar. Great for the price. Pretty lightweight and perfect for a good strength/weight/price combo. highly recommended!

5 5

Werner Camano Fiberglass/Straight Shaft

Love my new paddle. Had the Werner Skagit but wanted a step up. This paddle is much lighter which makes my paddling more enjoyable.