The Tower Adjustable Ultralight Carbon Fiber SUP paddle ranges from 69.5" to 86.5". This is a huge advantage for families that want a high quality paddle without breaking the bank on multiple paddles. The streamlined adjustable clasp allows users to adjust to the perfect length for anyone from 5' tall to 6'2" tall. Very few adjustable paddles (especialy under $200!) have this large of a range for riders. At 25.75 oz, it's an ultralight SUP paddle, but also extremely durable
and well designed. This paddle is made in the same factory as SUP paddles you'll
find in retail stores selling in the range of $300-$350+ due to the wholesale
plus retail markup through the distribution channel.
The design of the blade is a teardrop shape with a slightly flattened bottom
edge. The face of the blade angles forward about 10 degrees and there is a slight
cupping back near the bottom. The stylish matte black blade has a width of 9.25"
and a depth of 16". We recommend keeping about 5.5" of the adjustable shaft piece in the wider shaft to maintain solid strength throughout the paddle. Extending the paddle longer than 86.5" can create a weak point.
When we set out to add an adjustable carbon fiber paddle to the Tower line-up, we didn't
look to get the cheapest paddle available that we could still call carbon
fiber, which is what you'll find out there from many companies.
Be especially careful of the companies that bundle in paddles with boards. I've
experienced the downside of this first hand in a board + paddle package I got
at what I thought was a discount rate. The paddle broke on the second day it
was used and stranded me in the middle of the bay with my 5 year old son on
the nose of the board. I had to paddle back to shore with my hands. Fortunately,
I wasn't in an area with strong currents or if could have been a dangerous
situation I was left in. My take away was that paddles are an important safety
component of stand up paddle boarding. Your board isn't going to fail
the middle of a bay and leave you stranded, but a broken paddle will do just
that. We took this to heart when developing our own carbon fiber paddles. We
cut a chunk out of the cost of paddles by selling direct, but we didn't
cut any corners on building in durability and a quality construction to an ultralight
adjustable SUP paddle.
NOTE: Be sure to rinse paddle with freshwater after each use. Metal parts of paddle will rust if not rinsed thoroughly.