Look at this review from CKS, good honest review and not a sales pitch for Werner. I have a two piece adjustable Nitro. There are only two things I dislike about this paddle:
- Like other carbon fiber shafts, this thing is slick as grease. If you have sunscreen on your hands, forget about getting a good, light grip. You have to add some wax, tape or something to hold on to. I'm going to try some Monster Paint Traction that I recently picked up from my new friends at South Tahoe Standup Paddle.
- One section of the paddle is a bit sharp. When the adjustment piece is in the lowest position, there's no problem but once it is extended, there is a 90 degree ridge between the top layer and the part that inserts into the receiving end of the paddle. It's small, just a few millimeters, but you really feel it when sliding your hands quickly up the shaft. A little bit of that sharp edge should be taken off.
Edit: I taped off my paddle and added 2 coats of Monster Paint Traction. I think it's going to be great. You can't really see it and it gives you some texture without being too rough. I also taped up my board and sprayed coats on the nose. I have not tried the board or paddle in the water yet but I think it's going to work well! Be warned, the stuff is expensive. It retails for $24.99 for one spray paint sized can. Make sure you read the instructions on the can before using it.
1/7/2014 UPDATE - A little follow-up on this Nitro review. First thing, I don't know how I missed this initially but my paddle is a two piece and NOT a one piece. I've bought two paddles since this one: a Ke Nalu Molokai and a Werner Spanker. Both of these blades are pretty big compared to the Nitro. The Nitro is my go-to paddle for surfing, it just allows me to take quicker strokes and feels really nice. I like the Ke Nalu better for downwinders.
The monster traction is fantastic. It's a little hard on my hands at first but after a few sessions, some of it wears off and it feels much better. After a few months, you have to re-apply it. I'm still on my original can though. I've done my board with it and my two Werner paddles twice and STILL have some left. It's really good stuff.