The Werner Pack-Tour M is a 4 piece paddle designed specifically for packrafting. It provides packability and durability while still being lightweight and stiff. A great all-round paddle that will perform well for most creeks and flatwater.
Werner Pack-Tour M Paddle Observations:
As someone who is new to packrafting, with some experience canoeing and kayaking, my needs for a paddle are for it to be lightweight, efficient and easy to attach to a backpack. The Werner Pack-Tour M definitely ticks all of these boxes. I had the opportunity to take the Pack-Tour M on some packrating trips of different lengths this past summer, both lake and river, and was extremely impressed with it.
The most important factor for me was packability and weight, as I would potentially be carrying the paddle on trails over long distances. You can’t really go wrong with the 4 piece set up of the Pack-Tour M paddle. Even with the additional weight of the attachment points of a 4 piece paddle, it still only came in at just over 2 lbs in total. The paddle is so packable, the longest piece being 80cm (31.5in) and the weight is negligible in my opinion. My entire packraft touring setup probably weighs in at 8.5lbs total (inc. packraft, paddle, pfd).
The mid-sized high angle blade increases the all round use of this blade. It’s engineered enough to be efficient in the water but not so much that I need to be an expert paddler to be able to use the paddle at its greatest efficiency.
The ability to change the length was also super helpful when transitioning from lake to river where you need a shorter paddle for quicker, more nimble movement. Despite not being designed for whitewater use, one of my trips took me down the Athabasca River in Jasper, AB, where we encountered some Class 2+ rapids and the paddle performed well. Due to the Werner Pack-Tour M paddle being stiff with light swing weight I found it easy to maneuver.
Length Range: 210-225 cm
Weight: 978 g (34.5oz)
Blades: Mid-sized high angle
Construction: Carbon shaft with fibreglass blades
Packable: The paddle breaks down into 4 easily packable pieces which are extremely easy to attach to a backpack. Some of the shorter pieces of the paddle can fit inside your pack if required.
Lightweight: At just over 2 lbs the weight is negligible considering that the paddle works so well in a variety of situations.
Versatile: Although not specifically designed for whitewater the Pack-Tour M can be used on flat water and river with some minor rapids.
The joints can get sticky. Due to the precise engineering of this paddle it fits together extremely well. After a few hours on the lake or river it can create almost a vacuum seal making it difficult to pull apart.
Buy It If:
You are looking for a durable, precise, lightweight paddle that can be used in a lot of different situations and has the versatility to carry on a backpack without added bulk.
Werner Link: Werner Pack-Tour M Paddle
Cost (at time of writing): USD $335.00