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Bullet Proof Surf Adjustable 2-Piece Fiberglass SUP Paddle Review

The BPS Fiberglass is just a bit better than an alloy paddle but not by much
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Price:  $90 List | $89.97 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, durable
Cons:  Hard to adjust, bendy
Manufacturer:   BPS
By Marissa Fox ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 16, 2019
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  • Performance - 30% 6
  • Weight - 20% 6
  • Ease of Adjustment - 20% 5
  • Locking Mechanism - 20% 7
  • Aesthetics - 10% 5

Our Verdict

Overall, the BPS Adjustable 2-piece Fiberglass failed to meet our expectations once we got on the water. This paddle not only did it do fairly poorly in our performance test but it is also one of the more difficult paddles to adjust in length. Couple that with a bit more weight than the top-tier paddles and a rather uninspiring look and you get a paddle that we are fairly reticent to recommend. True, it will get you from Point A to Point B on a stand-up paddleboard but you will expend a decent amount of unnecessary energy in the process and you could save some money by going with comparable paddles that cost less.


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Pros Inexpensive, durableGreat 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 Hard to adjust, bendySlight paddle flutterHeavy, looks like a toySmaller adjustment rangeThe handle allows excellent grip but can become uncomfortable
Bottom Line The BPS Fiberglass is just a bit better than an alloy paddle but not by muchIf 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 Bullet Proof Surf Adjustable... Hala Travel Lock & Load Werner Vibe Aqua-Bound Challenge 85 KIALOA Insanity
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Specs Bullet Proof Surf... Hala Travel Lock &... Werner Vibe Aqua-Bound... KIALOA Insanity
Paddle Weight 1.7 lbs 1.125 lbs 1.7 lbs 1.3 lbs 1.56 lbs
Blade Design Dihedral Dihedral Dihedral Dihedral Dihedral
Blade Shape Teardrop Teardrop Rectangular Rectangular Teardrop
Offset 10.5 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees
Blade Material Nylon composite Polycarbonate Injection molded fiberglass epX engineered polymer reinforced with carbon Fiberglass fibrlite
Blade Dimensions 95 sq in Unavailible 100 sq in 85 sq in 83 sq in
Shaft Material Carbon Carbon Fiberglass Carbon Durable fiberglass
Adjustablility (inches) 18" 16" 16" 10.5" 16"
Length Range (inches) 71"- 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 65" 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 "TwinPin" Collar Clamp Handle LeverLock Handle LeverLock "Performance" Snap Button Handle LeverLock

Our Analysis and Test Results

While the BPS Adjustable Fiberglass paddle should be more rigid than an alloy paddle, we found this paddle to be quite flexible, exhibiting a noticeable bend if you put some effort into it while paddling. We honestly didn't notice that much of a difference between this composite paddle and an alloy one, so you might as well save some cash and get one of those if you are shopping on a budget.

Performance Comparison


The BPS 2-Piece is a decent paddle but can't come close to comparing to the top products.
The BPS 2-Piece is a decent paddle but can't come close to comparing to the top products.

Performance


Our first and most significant rating metric, Paddle Performance, accounts for 30% of the total score for the BPS Adjustable and the other paddles in this review. In this series of tests, we rated and compared how much power you can get out of the paddle, how well it catches the water, how smoothly it exits, and how it feels to recover or get set up for the next stroke. While this paddle will get you moving, it pales in comparison to the top-tier models and scored in the lower part of the group.


This SUP paddle has moderate amounts of dihedral and feels like it catches the water fairly well. We didn't get any noticeable flutter and it enters the water cleanly but it was in the power stroke when problems became prevalent. The grip is far from our favorite and the shaft of the paddle feels like it is flexing as soon as you start to put moderate amounts of power in it.

The shaft of the BPS tends to flex quite a bit when paddling hard.
The shaft of the BPS tends to flex quite a bit when paddling hard.

Its blade exits the water smoothly and it feels decently balanced — aside from being a little hefty — when setting up for the next stroke.

Weight


Our second assessment focused on the weight of each paddle, which accounts for 20% of the final score. While a weight difference of a pound or less may not sound — or feel — like much at first, you can definitely tell a difference between lighter and heavier paddles over marathon paddling trips. The BPS Adjustable isn't the lightest paddle we have tested nor the heaviest, falling just a bit lighter than average.


The BPS weighs around 1.7 pounds. For reference, the lightest paddles we have tried are around 1.2 pounds and the heaviest are about 2.25 pounds.

The TwinPin system is fine but isn't our favorite locking mechanism.
The TwinPin system is fine but isn't our favorite locking mechanism.

Ease of Adjustment


Next, we compared and scored how easy it is to adjust each paddle's length, which is also responsible for 20% of the final score.


This paddle feels a little clunky to adjust and is one of our least favorites to adjust on the water. You need to have it lined up perfectly both rotationally and lengthwise to get the locking mechanism to engage, which can be a bit of a pain on windy or wavy days.

We did like the blade shape of the BPS  with its scooped dihedral design catching the water easily and effectively.
We did like the blade shape of the BPS, with its scooped dihedral design catching the water easily and effectively.

Locking Mechanism


Speaking of the locking mechanism, our next metric focused solely on that, accounting for 20% of the BPS' score as well. This adjustable SUP paddles use a Twin Pin locking system, which is one of our least favorite mechanisms, earning it a relatively low score.


While this system does have a few merits — tool-free adjustment and security — it feels very hard to engage or disengage and takes a considerable amount of force. This can be quite unnerving and throw off your balance while you are on the board. The awkward grip to pull out the pins is made much worse when your hands are wet or cold. We vastly preferred the LeverLock system, though it is usually only on higher-end paddles.

The BPS is about as typical looking as they come for these products and is far from stylish.
The BPS is about as typical looking as they come for these products and is far from stylish.

Aesthetics


For the final 10% of the BPS Adjustable's score, we judged it on its looks. It did fine, but you definitely aren't making any style statements with this paddle's generic appearance. You can get this paddle with the logo on the blade printed in different accent colors but it is far from the prettiest paddle we have seen.


Value


We didn't think this paddle is a great value, as we found it fairly indistinguishable from some other less expensive paddles.

Conclusion


The BPS Fiberglass is supposed to be a slight upgrade from their alloy version for a slightly higher price, but overall we didn't really find it to be worth it.


Marissa Fox