The Tower Ultralight Carbon Fiber SUP paddle weighs in at a mere 21.5 ounces
when cut to a length of 80 inches, a good length for a six foot tall person.
If youre a bit shorter than that and cutting the paddle down a bit, it
will even be lighter. The paddle starts at 87 inches and you cut it down to
fit your size. Its an ultralight SUP paddle, but also extremely durable
and well designed. This paddle is made in the same factory as SUP paddles youll
find in retail stores selling in the range of $250-$300 due to the wholesale
plus retail markup thru 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. The attachment point for the blade goes 6 up
the shaft so the stress point on the paddle is not at a joint.
When we set out to add a carbon fiber paddle to the Tower line-up, we didnt
look to get the cheapest paddle available that we could still call carbon
fiber, which is what youll find out there from many companies.
Be especially careful of the companies that bundle in paddles with boards. Ive
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 wasnt 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 isnt 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 didnt
cut any corners on building in durability and a quality construction to an ultralight