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Werner Vibe Review

Vibe
Price:  $139 List | $111.16 at MooseJaw
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Pros:  Cuts cleanly through water, durable blade
Cons:  Heavy
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Weight:  1 lb 15 oz / 31 oz
Blade Material:  Fiberglass Reinforced - Injection Molded Nylon
Blade Dimensions:  19" x 7.25"
Manufacturer:   Werner

Our Verdict

The Vibe is a great all-around product and scored well in our testing. It's constructed with a wrapped fiberglass shaft and fiberglass reinforced injection molded nylon blade that can take a beating. It has a long and narrow blade with a significant arc and dihedral shape to it. It moves water well and is comfortable and easy to manage.

The Vibe.
The Vibe.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Valentine Cullen

Last Updated:
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July 7, 2016

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Performance Comparison


Werner paddle on the Raven iSUP.
Werner paddle on the Raven iSUP.

Ease of Adjustment


The nice thing about the adjustment system on the Vibe compared to similar models that we tested is that the markings on the handle end of the shaft are printed in inches on the left and it is marked "paddle length" and then also in feet and inches on the right where it is marked, "paddler height". Werner couldn't have made it easier to adjust to your proper height. In addition to these markings the whole length of this piece of the shaft is marked with a straight line that matches up to an arrow on the blade half of the shaft. This straight line and arrow system makes lining up the paddle handle with the blade a cinch.

The Vibe's adjustment measurements.
The Vibe's adjustment measurements.

The adjustment system on the Vibe is called the "family adjustment system" by the Werner website. This means that it is adjustable to a wide range of paddler heights. This same system is called the "LeverLock" on the Performer CF and the Insanity.

The adjustment range of the Vibe is 68" - 84". This 16" of adjustment distance is average. If you are looking for a wider range of adjustability, check out the Bullet Proof Alloy.

Compactability


The Vibe's smallest length is 68" with both pieces (paddle and blade ends of the shaft) together. Taken apart, the blade end of the shaft measures 65" and the handle end measures 24".

Locking Mechanism


Werner calls the Vibe's locking mechanism the "family adjustable" system because it has 16" of adjustment range. This adjustment system is the same system that the Insanity and the Performer CF uses except they call it the "LeverLock" system. The system operates by opening a lever located in the handle that releases tension and allows the handle end of the shaft to be moved up or down for adjustment.

Performance


The Vibe on the Shubu Raven inflatable SUP.
The Vibe on the Shubu Raven inflatable SUP.

The Vibe's wrapped fiberglass shaft is ribbed and comfortable to grip and the dihedral shape cuts through water easily. The Werner website states, (the) "Dihedral blade shape was created to direct water to flow evenly off each side of the blade creating a smooth and stable stroke."

The Vibe's blade is significantly arced. Werner describes this as a "10 degree blade to shaft offset".

Performer CF in front and Vibe in the back.
Performer CF in front and Vibe in the back.

We found the Vibe comfortable and easy to paddle. It moves water well and efficiently. We just wish that it was a little bit lighter.

One thing we should note is that the other two paddles with the same adjustment system, (only they call it the LeverLock) the Performer CF and the Insanity, have a T shaped handle grip and the Vibe has a rounded or arched shaped grip. Most testers liked the arched shape better than the T shape grip, but the rounded shaped grip on the Vibe is a bit smaller than the T grip. So if you have a very large hand you might like the larger T shaped handle grip better.

Handles left to right: Vibe  Zen 95   the (rubber coated) Insanity and the Performer CF  all of which have LeverLock locking mechanism except for the Zen 95.
Handles left to right: Vibe, Zen 95, the (rubber coated) Insanity and the Performer CF, all of which have LeverLock locking mechanism except for the Zen 95.

Weight


The Vibe weighs 1 lb 15 oz which is middle of the road for the selection of products we tested.

Best Applications


This product is best for casual lake paddling or river touring. It's a good product if you plan on lending your paddle out to your family or friends because the adjustment system has 16" of length range that can accommodate a wide range of paddler heights.

Value


At $139 the Vibe is a pretty good value. It outscored the Zen 95 and Performer CF which both cost significantly more.

Conclusion


The Vibe is a good paddle and we liked it. Its blade has a bit of flex to it and the shaft has a good feel to it, both of which make it comfortable to use. It cuts through water easily and moves it efficiently. The adjustment mechanism is located in the handle it's adjustment measurements go above and beyond all of the other products tested.

An interesting bit of information that we discovered when doing research for this review that we wanted to share:
Werner paddle logo.
Werner paddle logo.

The Werner logo = "W"for Werner and "M" for Martha Furrer and the "W" and "M" also stand for water and mountains. The circle stands for, "We are a family" and the birds are to symbolize that we feel free.
Valentine Cullen

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