Along with its smaller bladed sibling the Sherpa, the Werner Powerhouse is our toughest and highest performance 4-piece breakdown whitewater paddle. We recommend the Powerhouse for well-conditioned paddlers looking for extra power in a full-sized blade, and the Sherpa for paddlers wanting a quicker stroke and a little less power.
The full-size blade Werner Powerhouse is an all-time classic whitewater paddle. Watch most all whitewater kayak videos today, or footage where the paddler is being swallowed by massive holes amidst canyon walls. Now, what paddle do they have? Trusted on the hardest runs in the world and those firing up the hardest line on their local run are the Werner river running paddles the Powerhouse and its smaller sibling, the Sherpa.
For whitewater packrafters, we offer the Powerhouse’s full-size blades and bomber reliability in a 4-piece 197cm breakdown version. We have found 195-200cm an ideal length for whitewater packrafting and there is no tougher 4-piece whitewater paddle on the market. If you are looking for absolute reliability on difficult backcountry whitewater, the Powerhouse is a great choice. When comparing between the Powerhouse and the Sherpa, the Powerhouse’s larger blades deliver more power but are better for a stronger and well-conditioned paddler.