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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
Bullet Proof Surf Adjustable 2-Piece Fiberglass SUP Paddle
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Price:  $90 List | $64.99 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, durableCuts cleanly through water, durable bladeInexpensive, large adjustment range, durable nylon bladeFunctional, low costInexpensive, easy to transport
Cons Hard to adjust, bendyHeavy, looks like a toyHeavy, locking mechanism can get in the way of hands when switching hands and/or paddlingHeavySo-so performance, looks cheap
Bottom Line The BPS Fiberglass is just a bit better than an alloy paddle but not by muchThe Vibe is a great all-around paddle that moves water well and is easy to manageThis sturdy product wins our Best Buy award for a multitude of reasonsA heavy paddle, the Own the Wave Adjustable has the lowest retail price in our reviewThis paddle is one of the least expensive options but performed commensurate to its price tag
Rating Categories Bullet Proof Surf A... Werner Vibe Bullet Proof Surf A... Own the Wave Adjust... SUPply Co 3-Piece P...
Performance (30%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Weight (20%)
6.0
6.0
3.0
4.0
3.0
Ease Of Adjustment (20%)
5.0
10.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
Locking Mechanism (20%)
7.0
10.0
7.0
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Aesthetics (10%)
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6.0
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Specs Bullet Proof Surf A... Werner Vibe Bullet Proof Surf A... Own the Wave Adjust... SUPply Co 3-Piece P...
Paddle Weight 1.7 lbs 1.7 lbs 2.2 lbs 2.0 lbs 2.1 lbs
Shaft Material Carbon Fiberglass Aluminum Alloy Aluminum
Blade Dimensions 95 sq in 100 sq in 95 sq in 95 sq in Not listed
Blade Material Nylon composite Injection molded fiberglass Nylon composite Nylon composite Nylon
Blade Design Dihedral Dihedral Dihedral Concave Concave/Flat
Blade Shape Teardrop Rectangular Teardrop Teardrop Teardrop
Offset 10.5 degrees 10 degrees 10.5 degrees Not listed Not listed
Adjustablility (inches) 18 in 16 in 18 in 18 in 18 in
Length Range (inches) 71 in - 83 in 68 in - 84 in 71 in - 83 in 71 in - 83 in 67-85
Number of Pieces 2-piece 3-piece (available in 1, 2, or 3) 2-piece 2-piece (available in 2 or 3) 3-piece
Compact Size 65 in 34.5 in 65 in 65 in
Includes Cover Yes No Yes No No
Locking Mechanism "TwinPin" Collar Clamp Handle LeverLock "TwinPin" Collar Clamp "TwinPin" Collar Clamp Dual-Pin Collar Clamp

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

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.
Photo: Jenna Ammerman

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.
Photo: Jenna Ammerman

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

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

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