Almost immediately upon beginning our testing, the Werner Trance 95 Performance established itself as a top performer. After hours of trials and comparison, we compiled our stats, and this model came out decisively on top, and our team had little choice but to award it the Editors' Choice honor. The lightest paddle in our test, it features both a carbon shaft and carbon paddle. With a long rectangular blade shape, this model sliced through the water despite choppy conditions and turbulent waves. Testers appreciated the adjustment system, which was superior to any other adjustment system in our test.
This model does feature a somewhat controversial construction, as carbon is known to be slightly less durable than fiberglass and significantly less flexible than aluminum. For a model with a higher level of durability and with similar performance, consider the KIALOA Insanity. If you're after a highly durable model, we recommend our Best Buy award-winning BPS Alloy.