2-Piece Carbon Kevlar SUP Paddle
The best value on one of the highest-end adjustable, 2-piece paddles you can find. A head-turning paddle that encompasses the flexible, lightweight strength benefits of carbon fiber with the added durability of Kevlar.
- Two piece, adjustable paddle
- 100% 3K prepreg carbon/Kevlar shaft
- Yellow ABS edge built in to protect blade
- Subtle dihedral blade to ensure smooth stroke
- EVA wrapped handle for comfort & grip
Weight: 25.3 ounces
Paddle Length: Adjustable from 69" to 85"
Blade Dimensions: 20.5 cm wide by 42 cm deep
Blade Angle: 10 Degrees
Extended Product Information
Tower's adjustable, 2-piece carbon/Kevlar SUP paddle presents an tremendous blend of strength, flexibility, and durability in a beautiful stand up paddle. The green, black, and yellow look of the paddle is without a doubt a head turner. Every design element of the paddle has been considered and optimized. The result is one of the nicest paddles you can buy for SUP. With our direct to consumer business model, it's price is about half of what you'd pay at retail for a comparable paddle.
The 16" x 8.5" size of the blade is ideal for most paddlers. The back of the blade features a subtle dihedral to ensure you maintain a smooth stoke, even when you are really putting a lot of power into your stroke. To best protect the blade (a weak point on many carbon fiber paddles), we have integrated a yellow ABS edging around the edge of the blade. The blade overlap goes 6" up the shaft for a super strong joint. There is a matte finish on the blade, which looks a lot better over time with use versus glossy finish blades.
We use a EVA wrapped handle on all our high-end paddles for both comfort and a better grip. Being the part you touch most, having a great feeling handle is of critical importance, and we've made that a priority on this paddle. Once you feel of the difference in comfort of an EVA wrapped handle, you won't go back.
The shaft employs a woven blend of 100% 3K prepreg carbon fiber and Kevlar to make an extremely durable shaft that also enjoys great flex characteristics. While the added Kevlar adds a slight bit of extra weight over a pure carbon fiber paddle, the extra durability is well worth the trade-off in a SUP paddle. The length adjustment clasp on the shaft features two hinge points for added durability of the clasp. The inner shaft has numbered tick marks every 3 cm so you can quickly adjust the paddle to your desired height, and remember where you had it for next time. The finish of the shaft is glossy with a yellow and white Tower Paddle Boards logo.
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.
Where many SUP paddle brands just make a paddle with some carbon fiber thrown in it, often times they aren't 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. I've 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 don't. We do. And we address our complete paddle design with the same holistic, logical approach.NOTE: Be sure to rinse paddle with freshwater after each use. Metal parts of paddle will rust if not rinsed thoroughly.
The Reviews Are In!
This is a supper light and flexible paddle. I would of given it five stars, but the top half kept spinning until I tightened the hex bolts down all the way on the clamp. Time will tell if it keeps, but so far so good.
I've only been out with it once but what an improvement over my original aluminum paddle. And it's really cool looking as you see the carbon fiber weave. I think max length works for someone 6' tall but would be short if taller.
Great value for the price and quality. I decided not to go cheap to avoid cumbersome weight, rusting and possible sinking.