There are no two ways about it: The Aqua-Bound Challenge 85 is a high-performance paddle. With a shaft constructed from carbon and a blade made of polymer-reinforced carbon, this model is both light and durable. A long, rectangular blade allows this product to maneuver quickly and nimbly. Plus, the Performance adjust system makes the paddle quick, intuitive, and simple to change lengths. Unlike other locking mechanisms in our test fleet, this model's does not get in the way of the user's hand during paddling or while changing hands.
The excellent Werner Vibe performs similarly at a slightly lower price point.