Bending Branches Balance
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werner vibe
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Aqua-Bound Challenge 85
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KIALOA Insanity
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Price $285 List$270 List$170.00 at REI$190 List$200 List
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Pros Beautifully crafted, lightweight, well-balancedGreat 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 Snap-button adjustment system isn't the easiest to useSlight paddle flutterHeavy, looks like a toySmaller adjustment rangeThe handle allows excellent grip but can become uncomfortable
Bottom Line Not just another pretty paddle! This model combines aesthetics and high performance materialsThe 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 Bending Branches Balance Hala Travel Lock & Load Werner Vibe Aqua-Bound Challenge 85 KIALOA Insanity
Performance (30%)
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8
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8
Weight (20%)
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Ease Of Adjustment (20%)
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Locking Mechanism (20%)
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Aesthetics (10%)
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Specs Bending Branches... Hala Travel Lock &... Werner Vibe Aqua-Bound... KIALOA Insanity
Paddle Weight 1.6 lbs 1.125 lbs 1.7 lbs 1.3 lbs 1.56 lbs
Blade Design Flat Dihedral Dihedral Dihedral Dihedral
Blade Shape Rectangular Teardrop Rectangular Rectangular Teardrop
Offset 10 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees
Blade Material Red Alder, Basswood, Roasted Basswood Polycarbonate Injection molded fiberglass epX engineered polymer reinforced with carbon Fiberglass fibrlite
Blade Dimensions 85 sq in Unavailible 100 sq in 85 sq in 83 sq in
Shaft Material Carbon Carbon Fiberglass Carbon Durable fiberglass
Adjustablility (inches) 10" 16" 16" 10.5" 16"
Length Range (inches) 70"-80" 62"-78" 68" - 84" 70" - 80" 70"-86"
Number of Pieces 1-piece (available in 1 or 2) 3-piece 3-piece (available in 1, 2, or 3) 2-piece 1-piece (avaliable in 1 or 3)
Compact Size NA 41" 34.5" 66" NA
Warranty 1 year 3 years 1 year 2 years 1 year
Comes with cover No No No No No
Locking Mechanism Snap Button Handle LeverLock Handle LeverLock "Performance" Snap Button Handle LeverLock
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