Tower's 1-piece carbon/Kevlar SUP paddle presents an tremendous blend of strength, flexibility, and durability in a beautiful stand up paddle. The green, black, and yellow look of the paddle is without a doubt a head turner. Every design element of the paddle has been considered and optimized. The result is one of the nicest paddles you can buy for SUP. With our direct to consumer business model, it's price is about half of what you'd pay at retail for a comparable paddle.
A Well Designed Blade
The 16" x 8.5" size of the blade is ideal for most paddlers. The back of the blade features a subtle dihedral to ensure you maintain a smooth stoke, even when you are really putting a lot of power into your stroke. To best protect the blade (a weak point on many carbon fiber paddles), we have integrated a yellow ABS edging around the edge of the blade. The blade overlap goes 6" up the shaft for a super strong joint. There is a matte finish on the blade, which looks a lot better over time with use versus glossy finish blades.
A Comfortable, Non-slip Handle
We use a EVA wrapped handle on all our high-end paddles for both comfort and a better grip. Being the part you touch most, having a great feeling handle is of critical importance, and we've made that a priority on this paddle. Once you feel of the difference in comfort of an EVA wrapped handle, you won't go back.
A Strong, Durable, and Highly Flexible Shaft
The shaft employs a woven blend of 100% 3K prepreg carbon fiber and Kevlar to make an extremely durable shaft that also enjoys great flex characteristics. While the added Kevlar adds a slight bit of extra weight over a pure carbon fiber paddle, the extra durability is well worth the trade-off in a SUP paddle. If you just want the lightest paddle you can buy (without care about durability), go for our 17.6 oz carbon fiber high-end paddle. The finish of the shaft is glossy with a yellow and white Tower Paddle Boards logo.
A Word About Stand Up Paddle Toughness
SUP paddles are a lot longer than canoe or kayak paddles. Depending on where you frequently take your stand up paddle board, they also might be spending a considerable amount of time in the waves. Even outside of the SUP surfing zone, the sheer length of an SUP paddle means the amount of force they are subjected to is substantial. Toughness should be a major factor in your decision of which stand up paddle to rely on.
Where many SUP paddle brands just make a paddle with some carbon fiber thrown in it, often times they aren't doing this in a purposeful manner. Just because a paddle is labeled carbon fiber does not mean it is using carbon fiber in a logical manner. The result may be a paddle that snaps the second day you use it (which I have personal experience with), or it may be a paddle whose shaft strength or SUP blade strength can be severely compromised the first time you drop or nick the paddle (which happens frequently). There is actually a $25 SUP accessory product called a Paddle Guard that is a kind of rubber edge lining that is designed to fit around the perimeter of a carbon fiber SUP paddle to prevent damage to your paddle blade, and claims to not affect your performance. I've had SUP shop owners recommend this product to me. The natural question, of course, is, Why not just make paddles that are designed to self-protect? Surprisingly, many SUP paddle companies don't. We do. And we address our complete paddle design with the same holistic, logical approach.