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BIC Sport Original FP Review

The BIC Sport Original FP is a great entry level paddle that can take a beating but is a bit heavy
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Price:  $100 List
Pros:  Durable, good paddling power
Cons:  Heavy
Manufacturer:   BIC Sport
By Marissa Fox ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 15, 2019
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  • Performance - 30% 7
  • Weight - 20% 3
  • Ease of Adjustment - 20% 8
  • Locking Mechanism - 20% 7
  • Aesthetics - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The BIC Sport Original FP is a great introductory paddle that is plenty durable and won't bash your budget quite as hard as the top-tier paddles are prone to do. It has plenty of paddling performance with a good catch and power stroke, but it is on the recovery where you notice this paddle's primary flaw: its weight. This paddle is a bit heavier than many of the other products, which becomes particularly evident during long paddling sessions. The BIC's extra weight did bring it down a bit in the score, but it is still a good option if you don't mind your paddle having a little extra heft.


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Pros Durable, good paddling powerGreat 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 HeavySlight paddle flutterHeavy, looks like a toySmaller adjustment rangeThe handle allows excellent grip but can become uncomfortable
Bottom Line The BIC Sport Original FP is a great entry level paddle that can take a beating but is a bit heavyIf you need a travel paddle and don’t want to sacrifice paddling performance, the Lock and Load is the right choiceThe Vibe is a great all-around paddle that moves water well and is easy to manage.The Aqua-Bound Challenge has a a high-performance paddle for serious paddlers.This is a high-performance paddle that is easy to pull through the water.
Rating Categories BIC Sport Original FP Hala Travel Lock & Load Werner Vibe Aqua-Bound Challenge 85 KIALOA Insanity
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Specs BIC Sport Original... Hala Travel Lock &... Werner Vibe Aqua-Bound... KIALOA Insanity
Paddle Weight 2.25 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 10.5 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees
Blade Material Polycarbonate Polycarbonate Injection molded fiberglass epX engineered polymer reinforced with carbon Fiberglass fibrlite
Blade Dimensions 90 sq in Unavailible 100 sq in 85 sq in 83 sq in
Shaft Material Fiberglass Carbon Fiberglass Carbon Durable fiberglass
Adjustablility (inches) 16" 16" 16" 10.5" 16"
Length Range (inches) 67-83" 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 67" 41" 34.5" 66" NA
Warranty 2 years 3 years 1 year 2 years 1 year
Comes with cover No No No No No
Locking Mechanism Pin Lock Handle LeverLock Handle LeverLock "Performance" Snap Button Handle LeverLock

Our Analysis and Test Results

We think the BIC Sport is essentially a great baseline to compare other paddles against. It does well across the board, looks alright, and its main flaw is just the added bulk. Throw all this together for a reasonable price and you have a great option for a new paddler who doesn't want to shell out a ton of cash for a premium paddle but is also willing to invest a bit more than the cheapest options out there.

Performance Comparison


You can see some slight flex when paddling hard with the BIC Sport but it's nothing compared to an alloy aluminum model.
You can see some slight flex when paddling hard with the BIC Sport but it's nothing compared to an alloy aluminum model.

Performance


First and foremost, we rated and compared the paddling performance of each of these adjustable SUP paddles. This accounts for 30% of the total score for the BIC Sport and the other paddles in the review. We took these paddles out in all sorts of different conditions and on different paddling excursions, comparing their performance. Specifically, we looked at how each paddle did with each of the three components to a typical SUP paddle stroke: the catch, the power stroke, and the exit, as well as how well it recovered to set up for the next paddle. The BIC Sport Original FP did well, scoring in the upper portion of this group.


The Original FP has a longer and slimmer blade that is more rectangular than teardrop-shaped. It enters the water smoothly but its flatter blade doesn't quite compare to the dihedral blades when it comes to catching the water.

You can get a decent amount of power out of the BIC with its great blade design but this paddle is held back by its higher than average weight.
You can get a decent amount of power out of the BIC with its great blade design but this paddle is held back by its higher than average weight.

You can get plenty of power out of this paddle and it generally has a clean exit. It also recovers well for such a heavy paddle, as it is very nicely balanced and weighted, Truth be told, we wouldn't have necessarily thought it was one of the heaviest paddles until we weighed everything side-by-side, which brings us to our next metric.

Weight


Accounting for 20% of each paddle's final score, our next metric dealt with the weight of each paddle. While it might not seem like there is much of a change in performance when the weight difference is only a pound or two, it becomes very noticeable after extended use. As mentioned above, the BIC Sport Original is fairly heavy, earning it one of the lower scores of the lineup.


This adjustable paddle weighs in at 2.25 lbs.


Ease of Adjustment


The next two metrics of our review are each worth 20% of the total score for each paddle and have to do with the ease of altering each paddle's length. The BIC Sport Original is a 2-piece paddle that is fairly easy to adjust, earning it high marks in this metric.


The Sport Original can change in height from 67" to 83" and relies on the TwinPin locking system. It is fairly simple to change the length but the length can't be adjusted on a continuous scale — you are limited to ½" increments.

It can be a little finicky to adjust the length of the BIC Sport while you are on the water if conditions are rough.
It can be a little finicky to adjust the length of the BIC Sport while you are on the water if conditions are rough.

Locking Mechanism


The TwinPin locking mechanism utilized by the BIC Sport is far from our favorite type, easily overshadowed by other systems — particularly the LeverLock. However, the BIC does do a fairly good implementation of it, earning it a so-so score.


It can be a bit more finicky to change the length of this paddle on the water due to this mechanism. The upper portion of the paddle slides easily enough, but the extra effort to ensure that it is aligned correctly when it comes to rotation and length to snap the pins in can be a bit harrowing in choppy conditions. It also takes a bit more force to engage or disengage the mechanism.

The BIC Sport Fiberglass is a great entry-level paddle that is durable  paddles well  and doesn't look half bad.
The BIC Sport Fiberglass is a great entry-level paddle that is durable, paddles well, and doesn't look half bad.

Aesthetics


For the remaining 10% of the score, we compared and contrasted the style of each paddle. The BIC Sport is far from being the favorite of the group when it comes to aesthetics but isn't bad looking, earning it a mediocre score.


The BIC is about as plain as it comes in the looks department, with only a small graphic accent on the blade for visual appeal. Its minimalistic design looks a little cheaper than other options and there are fewer color options available but it at least is a little more striking than the paddles of the monochromatic variety.

Value


The BIC Sport is a solid value, offering a considerably more impressive performance than its price would suggest.

Conclusion


All in all, the BIC Sport Original FP is a solid adjustable SUP paddle that would have scored very well if it was only a bit lighter.


Marissa Fox