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Aqua-Bound Challenge 85
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KIALOA Insanity
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Pros Looks great, compact travel sizeGreat 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 Paddling performance could be better, handle shape isn’t for everyoneSlight paddle flutterHeavy, looks like a toySmaller adjustment rangeThe handle allows excellent grip but can become uncomfortable
Bottom Line This sleek and stylish paddle breaks down into 3 pieces for ease of transport but we wished it paddled a bit betterThe 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 Elite 12K Bamboo 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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Locking Mechanism (20%)
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Specs Elite 12K Bamboo Hala Travel Lock &... Werner Vibe Aqua-Bound... KIALOA Insanity
Paddle Weight 1.5 lbs 1.125 lbs 1.7 lbs 1.3 lbs 1.56 lbs
Blade Design Concave Dihedral Dihedral Dihedral Dihedral
Blade Shape Rectangular Teardrop Rectangular Rectangular Teardrop
Offset 10 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees
Blade Material Bamboo Polycarbonate Injection molded fiberglass epX engineered polymer reinforced with carbon Fiberglass fibrlite
Blade Dimensions Unavailible Unavailible 100 sq in 85 sq in 83 sq in
Shaft Material 12K Carbon fiber Carbon Fiberglass Carbon Durable fiberglass
Adjustablility (inches) 14" 16" 16" 10.5" 16"
Length Range (inches) 72"-86" 62"-78" 68" - 84" 70" - 80" 70"-86"
Number of Pieces 3-piece 3-piece 3-piece (available in 1, 2, or 3) 2-piece 1-piece (avaliable in 1 or 3)
Compact Size 37" 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 Handle LeverLock Handle LeverLock Handle LeverLock "Performance" Snap Button Handle LeverLock
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