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Lightweight Carbon Fiber SUP Paddle - Mana Ellipse
Lightweight Carbon Fiber SUP Paddle
 
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Sawyer's new ultra lightweight carbon fiber SUP paddle features a hollow core shaft. It's a little trade-off in terms of durability in exchange for the lightest SUP paddle possible that still possesses the quality associated with the Sawyer name. The Ellipse blade is ideal for SUP surfing.
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Mana Ellipse Lightweight Carbon Fiber SUP Paddle

This is the lightest weight carbon fiber stand up paddle that Sawyer makes. If your number one concern is getting the lowest weight paddle, while also retaining strength, this is the paddle for you. The Mana Ellipse design prioritizes low weight, so compared to most of Sawyers other wood reinforced carbon fiber SUP paddles, this paddle is not as bullet proof. Nonetheless, just because its not AS DURABLE as some of Sawyers other carbon fiber paddles, its still quite durable. Sawyer has set the bar pretty high on the durability front! This paddle is simply made more similar to other high-end carbon fiber paddles on the market.

The lightweight Mana paddle also comes in a configuration with the RIP SUP blade.

Ellipse SUP Paddle Blade

This is the preferred stand up paddle surfing blade. It features a powerful, outrigger style blade which is great for making quick accelerations. The ellipse SUP blade features a wide tip and narrow shoulders.

Blade dimensions: 14.5 length by 9 width

About Sawyer Stand Up Paddles

Sawyer has been making performance driven paddles made out of the highest quality materials since 1967. Their philosophy and attention to detail in stand up paddle production is multi-dimensional. Instead of just focusing on a single dimension in SUP paddle construction like weight, which many would argue that too many SUP paddle manufacturers do, they factor in superior looks, feel, and perhaps the most important - toughness. In our opinion, thats really what makes Sawyer paddles the premier stand up paddle on the market an uncompromised balance of toughness and weight, matched with their unique attention to feel and beauty. The pride of craftsmanship shows thru.

In the world of SUP paddles, there are wooden SUP paddle companies a carbon fiber stand up paddle companies. Sawyer being in the paddle production business for over forty years in the United States encapsulates the best of both the wood and carbon fiber companies, and innovatively mixes the two where advantageous. Thus Sawyer SUP paddles have a natural expertise advantage over most all SUP paddle manufacturers.

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.

Stand up paddles like Sawyers Bonzai Zephyr, which has a wood core shaft that is reinforced with a braided carbon sleeve take full advantage of the flex, beauty, and strength of wood and purposefully augment this with carbon fiber composite technology. For the SUP paddle blades, they use a construction of laminated wood reinforced with fiberglass, carbon fiber, and a Dynel Tough Edge around the perimeter (which provides built in protection from dings to the blade).

Where many SUP paddle brands just make a paddle with some carbon fiber thrown in it, often times they arent 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. Ive 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 dont.

With over four decades of experience, Sawyer understands the demands and abuse that paddles can take and what that necessitates when building a carbon fiber stand up paddle, a wooden SUP paddle, or a fiberglass paddleboard paddle that will last. They understand the tradeoffs. It not always the wisest move to make a 16 oz paddle and cut a few corners when you could make a still very lightweight 20 oz paddle (with optimized swing weight, which translates to a lighter feel) that is designed to far outlast the 16 oz paddle.

Go with a Sawyer stand up paddle and you wont be sorry. Thats their business, and thats why we recommend them without hesitation at Tower Paddle Boards.


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