Your SUP paddle choice is another critical part of the paddle board purchasing process. SUP paddles are sold at a variety of prices depending on the material used and the quality of build. Even
the most expensive carbon fiber stand up paddles can break. Some are more susceptible
than others. Ironically, some of the cheapest aluminum paddles are also the
most bulletproof but, of course, they're also the heaviest. It's
often a trade-off between weight, strength, and price. Selecting a SUP paddle
that best balances these trade-offs is the key. We've researched most
all of the SUP paddle brands, most of the underlying manufacturers, and numerous
construction types and hand selected what we feel are some of the best
fiber stand up paddles, the best economy
SUP paddles, and the best values in each of those ranges.
There are a few different materials that are used to make SUP paddles and each of them offer unique advantages and disadvantages. The majority you find on the market will be made of fiberglass or carbon fiber. Fiberglass paddles usually offer the best value as they are strong, relatively light and not too expensive. Carbon fiber paddles are the lightest weight and strongest SUP paddles on the market. Although they can be a bit more expensive, for paddle boarders who go long distances, the lighter weight sup paddle can make a huge difference.
Other sup paddles on the market can be made out of aluminum and plastic. These types of stand up paddles will not last you long because they are built using cheap materials. Aluminum SUP paddles are also heavier and will be more difficult to paddle with. Overall, these cheap SUP paddles will not be worth it as they will break easily leaving you needing to buy another one. We highly recommend spending the extra money on a high quality SUP paddle so that you paddle boarding adventures will be worthwhile!
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