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Quick Draw Zephyr Sawyer Stand Up Paddle
Quick Draw Zephyr Sawyer Stand Up Paddle
Quick Draw Zephyr
Sawyer Stand Up Paddle
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The thin, ultra-light Zephyr blade is extremely durable and is a favorite among distance paddlers. Add in the innovatively adjustable Quick Draw carbon fiber shaft and youve got one of the most versatile high-end SUP paddles on the market.
Our Price: $329.00

Product Code: PDL-S-QDZ-L

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The thin, ultra-light Zephyr blade is extremely durable and is a favorite among distance paddlers. Add in the innovatively adjustable Quick Draw carbon fiber shaft and youve got one of the most versatile high-end SUP paddles on the market.

Quick Draw Zephyr Sawyer Stand Up Paddle

This is an ideal paddle for stand up paddle boarders who plan to use their SUP primarily for flat water paddling, yet who plan to do long distance treks on a frequent basis. It a great SUP paddle for the exercise motivated crowd! The Zephyr blade is a thin, ultra-light blade that is also extremely durable. Its less powerful than that larger Ellipse blade, but that also means its friendly to a higher cadence paddler which is more typical of efficient distance paddling. The on the fly adjustable SUP paddle shaft means a single SUP paddle can be used as a perfect length paddle by the whole family (or guests), and it also sizes down for easier storage or transportation in the car.

Zephyr Stand Up Paddle Blade

The Zephyr is a thin, ultra-light stand up paddle blade with a semi-teardrop shape. Before the advent of stand up paddle boarding, the Zephyr blade proved itself as a favorite among distance racers such as canoe marathoners. Sawyer instantly recognized that this blade would be well received by the distance SUP paddler market. While it features a slightly narrower and longer SUP paddle blade than the Sawyer Ellipse, the Zephyr still delivers plenty of power while still remaining efficient for a rapid stroke cadence.

Blade dimensions: 18 length by 8.75 width

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.

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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