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BPS Koru 2-Piece Alloy Review

An affordable and highly adjustable paddle that will stand up to multiple users and rough usage
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BPS Koru 2-Piece Alloy Review (This affordable paddle will stand up to multiple users and many adjustments.)
This affordable paddle will stand up to multiple users and many adjustments.
Credit: Jenay Aiksnoras
Price:  $65 List
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Manufacturer:   Barrel Point Surf
By Jenay Aiksnoras ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 17, 2023
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RANKED
#11 of 13
  • Performance - 30% 6.0
  • Weight - 20% 4.0
  • Ease of Adjustment - 20% 5.0
  • Locking Mechanism - 20% 6.0
  • Construction Quality - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

The BPS Koru 2-Piece Alloy is a sturdy product with a nylon blade and an aluminum shaft. It has an extended length range and is among the most budget-friendly SUP paddles we tested. Although it is heavier, the Koru is excellent for those seeking a durable and affordable paddle. It impressed us by having one of the longest adjustment ranges of those we tested. Paddlers shorter than 5 feet in height could find a comfortable length, while taller paddlers could also find a suitable length. The nylon blade is very rugged, making this a fantastic option for kids or teens who might not be the gentlest with gear or as a good backup or loaner option that won't break the bank. See it rated versus top competitors in our full review of the best SUP paddles.
REASONS TO BUY
Inexpensive
Large adjustment range
Durable nylon blade
REASONS TO AVOID
Heavy
Top grip feels cheap
Shaft bends during power stroke
Editor's Note: Our paddling team updated this review for accuracy on October 17, 2023.

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Bottom Line Scoring well across the board, this eye-catching paddle is budget-friendly, tough, and durableThis is an excellent and well-priced women's-specific paddle that's easy to adjust and performs like a champThis is a durable paddle with a unique shape and easy to use locking mechanismWhile a fine option if you want to spend as little as possible, the performance was also bare minimumThis is a burly but heavy paddle that may be nice to keep around as a spare but isn't very appealing otherwise
Rating Categories BPS Koru 2-Piece Alloy Kialoa Tiare Fiberg... Werner Vibe SUP Supply 3-Piece... Abahub 3-Piece Alum...
Performance (30%)
6.0
8.0
9.0
5.0
4.0
Weight (20%)
4.0
7.9
5.6
4.4
4.1
Ease of Adjustment (20%)
5.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
6.0
Locking Mechanism (20%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Construction Quality (10%)
6.0
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Specs BPS Koru 2-Piece Alloy Kialoa Tiare Fiberg... Werner Vibe SUP Supply 3-Piece... Abahub 3-Piece Alum...
Measured Weight 35.2 oz 24.0 oz 30.5 oz 34.0 oz 35.0 oz
Number of Pieces 2-piece 2-piece 2-piece 3-piece 3-piece
Shaft Material Aluminum Fiberglass Fiberglass Aluminum Aluminum
Length Range 65-83 in 66-82 in 68-84 in 67-85 in 68-84 in
Shaft Adjustablility Range 18 in 16 in 16 in 18 in 16 in
Blade Material Nylon composite Fiberglass Fibrlite Fiberglass reinforced injected molded nylon Nylon Polypropylene reinforced with fiberglass
Blade Surface Area 95 sq in 80 sq in 100 sq in Not listed 102 sq in
Blade Shape Teardrop Teardrop Teardrop Teardrop Teardrop
Blade Design Dihedral Dihedral Dihedral Concave/Flat Concave
Offset 10.5 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees Not listed Not listed
Packed Size 65 in 66 in 34.5 in N/A 24.5 in
Cover Included? Yes No No No No
Locking Mechanism TwinPin collar clamp Handle LeverLock Handle LeverLock Dual-pin collar clamp Clamp and locking pin system

Our Analysis and Test Results

The BPS Alloy is a family and budget-friendly two-piece paddle that is tough and durable. It has a significant adjustable length range of 18 inches, making it usable for many people of different heights. It is perfect for sharing with your family or visitors, as the nylon blade is strong and won't get beat up if it is used to push off rocks or other rough surfaces. The wide, sturdy, dihedral nylon blade resists scratches and dings and pushes through the water quickly. The broad blade also makes turning via back paddle a breeze.

Something to consider about this product is that if you are tall and need your paddle to be adjusted to an extended length, the adjustment system might end up near your hand grip area.

Performance Comparison


bps koru 2-piece alloy - the bps alloy 2-piece is a heavier paddle that performs well for...
The BPS Alloy 2-Piece is a heavier paddle that performs well for most paddlers.
Credit: Jenay Aiksnoras

Performance


In terms of paddling performance, the BPS Alloy simply can't match top-tier composite paddles. While we like the shape of the blade, which aids in very clean entry and exit, flaws became very noticeable during the power stroke. It does a great job propelling you around casually on a paddleboard without a significant amount of effort, but there are better options out there if you are willing to spend the money.


The BPS Alloy has one of the widest blades out of the entire test group. This pushes plenty of water and makes it particularly effective when it comes to back-paddling. This paddle makes it much easier to turn and maneuver your board in confined areas but takes quite a bit of force to pull through the water, which can be fatiguing for paddlers with less upper-body strength. The dihedral angle and scoop shape make for a solid catch, and we never really noticed any issues with paddle flutter — surprising, given the wider blade.

We found that the shaft on this paddle isn't the most rigid that we have seen. This caused us to feel that energy was wasted due to the bending of the shaft when power was put into our stroke. There was also concern regarding the grip, which feels cheaply produced and as though it could snap under pressure (which, to be clear, did not happen during our testing or since — this is just speculation based on extensive experience with various paddles).

Our lead tester is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, and when the Koru Alloy is extended to a length of 74 inches (which is the recommended length for that height), the adjustment system ends up being approximately one-quarter of the way down the shaft, which could result in the locking mechanism being at your gripping point.

bps koru 2-piece alloy - the shape and size of the alloy blade give it good catch in the water.
The shape and size of the Alloy blade give it good catch in the water.
Credit: Jenay Aiksnoras

Ease of Adjustment


The TwinPin adjustment limits you to locking in at the specific pin-points but also makes the Alloy easy to adjust.


To change the length of the shaft, you need to pull out the plastic adjustment locking mechanism that releases a peg from a hole. With the blade on the ground or the SUP, slide the handle up or down to the desired length, then push the plastic adjustment mechanism back in towards the shaft. The peg will snap firmly into the nearest hole.

BPS TwinPin locking system requires two hands to release and adjust.
BPS TwinPin locking system requires two hands to release and adjust.
Press the TwinPin locking system away from the shaft to release the...
Press the TwinPin locking system away from the shaft to release the locking mechanism and adjust your paddle.

Locking Mechanism


The Alloy has a TwinPin locking mechanism/adjustment system. To adjust the length of the shaft, you must press or pull the plastic clip away from the paddle shaft, which disengages the stainless steel peg from an adjustment hole. Next, you pull the handle up or down to your desired length and then push the plastic clip back in, which snaps the peg back into one of the holes.


The BPS Alloy uses an aluminum alloy shaft, which is the most scratch and abrasion-resistant type. Even after multiple adjustments, the shaft did not have any significant scratching or damage.

bps koru 2-piece alloy - adjusting the bps 2-piece alloy is made easy with the twinpin system.
Adjusting the BPS 2-piece alloy is made easy with the TwinPin system.
Credit: Jenay Aiksnoras

Weight


At 35.2 ounces, the BPS Alloy is the heaviest paddle we tested. It isn't overly noticeable with short paddles, but the additional weight can prove to be fatiguing over long distances compared to lighter carbon or fiberglass options.

This paddle also lacks the kind of balance that some of the other heftier paddles have, which makes them feel much lighter. Those paddles concentrate weight in the blade, which helps build momentum and leads to an even paddling cadence; the weight in the blade draws it down into the water, similar to how the weight of a hammer or axe draws it downward. The BPS Alloy lacks this, making it feel heftier.


Construction Quality


When it comes to SUP paddles, the BPS Koru Alloy is fairly generic, though the design elements on the blade are nice. The overall construction is solid, though typical for the price range of this paddle. This paddle will do just fine if you only get out occasionally and casually or if you want a loaner for friends and family. For truly premium features and performance, you'll need to spend more. Additionally, as with all paddles, the Koru will last you longer if you clean it and keep it relatively sand-free between uses.



Should You Buy the BPS Koru 2-Piece Alloy?


The BPS Alloy is a great value and one of our top recommendations for anyone who is shopping for a new SUP paddle on a skinnier budget. It's great for sharing as it has the widest range of adjustment of all of the contenders we tested. It is a heavier paddle, but this adds to its durability. The aluminum shaft and super durable nylon blade, which is among the widest we tested, move water easily. If you are looking for a SUP paddle that can get tossed around a bit, the BPS Alloy can take a beating that would irreparably damage higher-end composite models. It might not be the absolute least expensive paddle of the group, but we think you will be disappointed if you spend any less.

What Other SUP Paddles Should You Consider?


If you need to spend even less, you could consider the Abahub 3-Piece Aluminum Alloy or SUP Supply 3-Piece Paddle. Neither is anything to write home about, but if you're stashing extra paddles for friends, they are fine. If, on the other hand, you can spend a little more, we love the Werner Vibe. It's still very well-priced for the performance you will get. If money is no object and you want the best, the Aqua Bound Malta Carbon 2-Piece is our favorite all-around SUP paddle.

Jenay Aiksnoras