Almost immediately upon beginning our testing, the Werner Trance 95 Performance established itself as a top performer. As a result, it's been a long-standing OutdoorGearLab favorite and our Editors' Choice in this review. The Trance is the lightest paddle in our test, featuring both a carbon shaft and carbon paddle. With a long rectangular blade shape, this model pulled smoothly and efficiently through the water. It also features a pleasant and straightforward adjustment system.
The Trance 95 has a new adjustment mechanism. Find out more below.
Carbon is slightly less durable than fiberglass and significantly less flexible than aluminum. For a model with a more durable paddle with similar performance, consider the fiberglass Werner Vibe. It offers nearly top-notch performance at a lower price than the Trance. The Trance is pricey, but if you're looking for a high performing paddle, it might just be worth it.