Bullet Proof Surf Alloy
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werner vibe
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Aqua-Bound Challenge 85
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KIALOA Insanity
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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award  Top Pick Award 
Price $69.99 at Amazon$270 List$135.99 at REI$189.95 at Amazon$199.00 at REI
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Pros Inexpensive, large adjustment range, durable nylon bladeGreat paddling performance, lightweight, compact for travelingCuts cleanly through water, durable bladeEasy and sturdy adjustment, lightweight, high performanceLightweight, strong, easy on the body to use
Cons Heavy, locking mechanism can get in the way of hands when switching hands and/or paddlingSlight paddle flutterHeavy, looks like a toySmaller adjustment rangeThe handle allows excellent grip but can become uncomfortable
Bottom Line Scoring well across the board, this Best Buy award winner is budget-friendly, tough, and durableThe Lock and Load is easily one of the best paddles we have tested to date and breaks down into 3 pieces for easy transportThe vibe provides excellent value for a high performing paddleHigh-performance with an easy locking mechanism, this paddle is for serious usersUsers will appreciate the Insanity's high performance and updated lever-lock adjustment system
Rating Categories Bullet Proof Surf Alloy Hala Travel Lock & Load Werner Vibe Aqua-Bound Challenge 85 KIALOA Insanity
Performance (30%)
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Weight (20%)
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Ease Of Adjustment (20%)
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Specs Bullet Proof Surf... Hala Travel Lock &... Werner Vibe Aqua-Bound... KIALOA Insanity
Paddle Weight 2.2 lbs 1.125 lbs 1.7 lbs 1.3 lbs 1.56 lbs
Blade Design Dihedral Dihedral Dihedral Dihedral Dihedral
Blade Shape Teardrop Teardrop Rectangular Rectangular Teardrop
Offset 10.5 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees
Blade Material Nylon composite Polycarbonate Injection molded fiberglass epX engineered polymer reinforced with carbon Fiberglass fibrlite
Blade Dimensions 95 sq in Unavailible 100 sq in 85 sq in 83 sq in
Shaft Material Lightweight aluminium Carbon Fiberglass Carbon Durable fiberglass
Adjustablility (inches) 18" 16" 16" 10.5" 16"
Length Range (inches) 71"- 83" 62"-78" 68" - 84" 70" - 80" 70"-86"
Number of Pieces 2-piece 3-piece 3-piece (available in 1, 2, or 3) 2-piece 1-piece (avaliable in 1 or 3)
Compact Size 65" 41" 34.5" 66" NA
Warranty 1 year 3 years 1 year 2 years 1 year
Comes with cover Yes No No No No
Locking Mechanism "TwinPin" Collar Clamp Handle LeverLock Handle LeverLock "Performance" Snap Button Handle LeverLock
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