|Hybrid SUP Paddle by Boardworks|
|Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00|
Hybrid Carbon/Fiberglass Paddle by Boardworks.
The Boardworks Hybrid Carbon/Fiberglass SUP Paddle features a shaft that is ovalized for a more ergonomic feel, with a reduced diameter that fits a wide range of paddlers and greatly reduces fatigue. The handle is a comfort grip T handle that curves into the palm of your hand. It has excellent strength to weight ratio with performance flex characteristics. The blade has less surface area high up where it passes the rail, with more "meat" in the water where you need it for that extra power in every stroke. The blade width is 8.25". Available blade colors are Natural Black, Painted Gloss White and Gloss Yellow. (Join the Gear Talk Group on Sup Connect.)
Equipment: Stand Up Paddle
Equipment Use: Multi-Use
MSRP: US $200
Pieces: 1-piece Paddle
Weight: 1lbs 12oz
Blade Width: 8.25"
Blade Type: Teardrop
Blade Extra: Dyhedral
Construction: Carbon/Fiberglass Hybrid
Manufacturers: Contact Boardworks SUP
Andre Niemeyer's Notes
The Hybrid Carbon/Fiberglass SUP Paddle offers an impressively attractive balance among performance, durability, and price point. The lightweight properties of carbon mixed with the durability and affordability features of firberglass makes this paddle an excellent choice for those looking for affordable performance and durability in a SUP paddle. (Become friends with Boardworks on Sup Connect.)
For US $200, this is an amazing deal! Typically for that price the options tend to be aluminum or purely fiberglass paddles, if you do happen to find paddles that affordable. The problem is that normally these entry-level paddles (like the aluminum and firberglass paddles) are the heaviest SUP paddles in the market, scoring ridiculously low on performance. The Boardworks Hybrid paddle keeps the price point of entry-level paddles while still offering more performance, which comes from the properties of carbon. At the same time, the stand up paddle still has fiberglass, which is notably more durable than carbon when it comes down to SUP paddles and their constructions. So, if you're looking for an affordable paddle that still offers some performance and durability, the carbon/fiberglass SUP paddle by Boardworks should be on top of your list. (Sign up to Sup Connect Newsletter to stay in the sup loop.)
If you're looking for either the most durable or the highest performance paddle in the market, then this Hybrid paddle is not it. The most durable SUP paddles in the market tend to be pure fiberglass paddles. These are typically heavier than their counterparts but still fairly affordable. And the highest performance paddles tend to be the carbon paddles, which normally are the most expensive paddles in the market. The Hybrid SUP Paddle by Boardworks strikes an attractive balance among these two extremes. For an entry-level price point, it gives you the durability of firberglass but with the added performance of carbon. That's what makes this paddle so attractive. Carbon adds performance to the paddle without raising the price tag, making it an incredible value for those looking for an affordable paddle that still offers more performance than your run-of-the-mill entry-level paddle. (Join the SUP Racing Group on Sup Connect.)
Disclaimer: Andre Niemeyer's notes are typically taken from a one-time use and assessment. Several features were gauged, ranging from design and construction to pricepoint and usability. Now some of these features, such as durability, may receive an initial assessment based on the construction materials and foil, among other things. But this is not a final and definitive assessment. For some features, durability included, any final and definitive assessment requires a longitudinal study. No such study has been made for Andre Niemeyer's notes. These notes are initial, not final, assessment reports.
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