When you are ready to purchase a stand up paddle board, don’t forget to budget for a paddle. While some boards come with a paddle, it’s well-worth doing some research and seeing if you can upgrade for a fair price. My suggestion? Find a carbon fiber paddle, you’ll thank me later.
The RAVE Sports Glide Poly Carbon SUP paddle hits the sweet spot of performance and price, in my opinion. It features an adjustable Carbon Fiber shaft (from 69″-84″) with a durable polycarbonate blade (you’ll appreciate that durability after you’ve hit some hard objects). The Qwik Levr adjusting collet allows for infinite length adjustments, which means it’s easy to share. The EVA handle provides a comfortable grip, which means your hands will tire less quickly.
At a claimed weight of 1.8 lbs. (800 grams), this paddle feels lighter and, length aside, works for shorter and younger paddlers as well. Light weight is one of the great benefits of carbon fiber.
With a blade width of around 7.5″ and length of 16″, this paddle works great for a beginner like myself, giving plenty of power but not working me too hard.
Will this paddle work for you? As a rule of thumb, the paddle length should be less than a foot above your height. Stand barefoot, raise your arm, and the paddle handle should sit in your palm comfortably. Here’s where the adjustability really comes in handy. Though, should this paddle be too long, it’s not too hard to cut the relatively thin carbon fiber, though I’m sure that would void the warranty (RAVE Sports provides a Limited Lifetime Warranty, Limited 1 Year Warranty, or Limited 30 Day Warranty with all of their products).
Lightweight, adjustable, and a good beginner’s paddle – the RAVE Sports Glide Poly Carbon SUP paddle is a good initial paddle choice.
Want to spend a little less money? The Glide PolyGlass paddle features a carbon fiber reinforced Fiberglass shaft with durable polycarbonate blade. Need a slightly longer paddle? The Glide XL PolyCarbon paddle adds 5 more inches of shaft.