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Quickdraw Rip Adjustable Carbon Fiber SUP Paddle
Adjustable Carbon Fiber SUP Paddle - Quickdraw Rip
Adjustable Carbon Fiber SUP Paddle
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This is the paddle to get if you want the most versatile, high-quality carbon fiber SUP paddle on the market. It features lightweight carbon fiber technology, a powerful blade design, and an on the fly adjustable length shaft.
Our Price: $329.00

Product Code: PDL-S-QDR-L

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Quickdraw Rip Adjustable Carbon Fiber SUP Paddle

While this versatile carbon fiber SUP paddle is one of the most expensive paddles on the market, it features an adjustable length standup paddle shaft so it can be used by several different family members.

There is a naming convention to carbon Fiber SUP paddles made by Sawyer. The first part refers to the SUP paddle shaft type and the second part refers to the blade of the standup paddle. This SUP paddle uses the Quickdraw shaft with the Rip blade.

Quickdraw SUP Paddle Shaft

The basis (and distinguishing innovative feature) of the Quickdraw shaft is that it has an easily adjustable telescoping carbon fiber shaft. There are other adjustable carbon fiber SUP paddles on the market, but most all of them use the little metallic buttons on an inner shaft that pop thru a series of holes in the outer shaft. The problem with these is that they rust with use, especially with salt water use when not flushed afterwards every time. Like Sawyers stand up paddles in general, Sawyers Quickdraw adjustable SUP paddle shaft solution is far more elegant and built for the long haul. The locking mechanism is made of a plastic clamp-like feature (which doesnt rust, of course) that tightens and loosens a fitting between the inner and outer carbon fiber shafts. Its quick to release and minimize the paddle length for storage or for a smaller paddler.

Rip SUP Paddle Blade

The Rip blade was designed for strong paddlers in a surf environment, but works great for flat water paddling as well. It features a fan profile and dual scoop/dihedral power face that puts the maximum blade area at the tip of the blade. It also features a very solid no-flutter catch. The blade features a laminated wood core reinforced with fiberglass, carbon fiber technology, and a Dynel Tough Edge around the perimeter of the blade.

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.

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 1 Add your review

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Great Adjustable Paddle August 13, 2012
Review by: Ram from Dillon, CO United States  
This is a very nice paddle.  Great looking and performance.  The adjustable part is easy to use and make changes on the fly if you choose.  Great for many people to use.  It is a bit heavier compared to a light carbon non adjustable paddle.

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