Spotted this today on Ebay – never knew that Werner made Aleutian style paddles. Post calls it a Greenland but at 254 cm and with those asymmetrical leaf-shaped blades I’d classify it as an Aleut. Anybody ever seen one of these before?
There is this mention of the paddle on the Foldingkayaks.org forum site:
"Werner Arctic Wind. Another discontinued design from Werner, probably because it didn’t sell too well. And that’s a pity, because this is a fine low angle paddle of what some call a “pseudo Greenland” design. It doesn’t have exactly the shape of a true Greenland style paddle; rather, it has long, very narrow (3″) tapered blades on a standard Werner shaft. You can’t grip the blades as you can on a real Greenland shaft.
Like the original Little Dipper it’s a very comfortable paddle to use for long periods of time, and it gets a lot of stares from other paddlers! Interestingly, salespeople at two different kayak stores told me it was a favorite of theirs. If you ask around in shops you might find a new old stock example for a good price. The Arctic Wind is my favorite paddle next to the Klatwa, and it’s a good thing I have two, as a friend I introduced to kayaking in the summer of ’02 tells me it’s her favorite as well.
I found my first Arctic Wind in a store as new old stock, and purchased my second one used, thanks to Ralph Hoehn. who read here that I was looking for one. Thanks, Ralph."