Stand Up Paddles – Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber has a phenomenal strength to weight ratio, and thus is an ideal material for making stand up paddles. Although SUP paddles built with carbon fiber tend to get grouped into one homogeneous group, there are various ways that carbon fiber is used in stand up paddle construction and it’s often used in conjunction with fiberglass, wood, and other materials. It’s folly to just shop for the word “carbon fiber” in a paddle description and go for the lowest (or highest) price, or the lowest weight. The $150 “carbon fiber” paddle with free shipping may well be a piece of junk that will easily crack, just as the $399 lightest carbon fiber paddle on the market may not be the “best” carbon fiber paddle out there. We’ve sorted thru all the hype and tried to bring you the absolute best, as well as the absolute best value for the money, stand up paddles that use carbon fiber in their construction.