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Bullet Proof Surf Alloy Review

This sturdy product wins our Best Buy award for a multitude of reasons.
Bullet Proof Surf Alloy
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Price:  $80 List | $47.97 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, large adjustment range, durable nylon blade
Cons:  Heavy, locking mechanism can get in the way of hands when switching hands and/or paddling
Manufacturer:   Bullet Proof
By Shey Kiester and Valentine Cullen  ⋅  Aug 4, 2017
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  • Locking Mechanism - 20% 7
  • Aesthetics - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The Best Buy award-winning Bullet Proof Surf 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. On the heavier side, this paddle is excellent for those that don't demand quite as much performance and instead want a paddle that is affordable. The Alloy is heavier than most of the other contenders. Still, because it has one of the longest adjustment ranges of the paddles we tested, it's ideal for a broad range of paddler heights. It is family friendly because of this, and its nylon blade means it is very rugged and well, practically, bulletproof.

If you're looking for something lighter, check out the Own the Wave model, which is a bit less expensive but not quite as durable.


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Pros Inexpensive, large adjustment range, durable nylon bladeCuts cleanly through water, durable bladeEasy and sturdy adjustment, lightweight, high performanceLightweight, strong, easy on the body to useHigh performance, relatively inexpensive
Cons Heavy, locking mechanism can get in the way of hands when switching hands and/or paddlingHeavy, looks like a toySmaller adjustment rangeThe handle allows excellent grip but can become uncomfortableHeavy, not adjustable
Bottom Line This sturdy product wins our Best Buy award for a multitude of reasons.The 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.The high-performer Makai was a favorite among some of our testers, while others felt it was too heavy.
Rating Categories Bullet Proof Surf Alloy Werner Vibe Aqua-Bound Challenge 85 KIALOA Insanity KIALOA Makai
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Specs Bullet Proof Surf... Werner Vibe Aqua-Bound... KIALOA Insanity KIALOA Makai
Weight 2.2 lbs 1.7 lbs 1.3 lbs 1.56 lbs 2 lbs
Blade Design Dihedral Dihedral Dihedral Dihedral Dihedral
Blade Shape Teardrop Rectangular Rectangular Teardrop Teardrop
Offset 10.5 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees 10 degrees 8 degrees
Blade Material Nylon composite Injection molded fiberglass epX engineered polymer reinforced with carbon Fiberglass fibrlite Nylon reinforced fiberglass
Blade Dimensions 95 sq in 100 sq in 85 sq in 83 sq in 85 sq in
Shaft Material Lightweight aluminium Fiberglass Carbon Durable fiberglass Textured fiberglass
Adjustablility (inches) 18" 16" 10.5" 16" 16"
Length Range (inches) 71"- 83" 68" - 84" 70" - 80" 70"-86" 70" - 86"
Number of Pieces 2-piece 3-piece (available in 1, 2, or 3) 2-piece 1-piece (avaliable in 1 or 3) 1-piece
Compact Size 65" 34.5" 66" NA NA
Warranty 12 months 1 year 2 years 12 months 1 year
Comes with cover Yes No No No No
Locking Mechanism "TwinPin" Collar Clamp Handle LeverLock "Performance" Snap Button Handle LeverLock Handle LeverLock

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Alloy is a family and budget friendly two-piece paddle that is tough and durable. It has a very long adjustable length range of 18" that makes it usable for many different people of different heights. If you have a big family or you know that a lot of people are going to be using the paddle, this might be the product for you. The nylon blade is strong and won't get beat up if it is used to push off of rocks or other rough surfaces. The Alloy's wide, sturdy dihedral nylon blade resists scratches and dings and pushes through water quickly. Its broad blade 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


The BPS and Werner paddles in action.
The BPS and Werner paddles in action.

Performance


The Alloy has one of the widest blades tested and pushes a lot of water, especially excelling on the back paddle. The wider blade makes turning via back paddle easier than some products. However, the Alloy is a heavy paddle.


Our lead tester is 5' 9" and when the Alloy is extended to a length of 74" (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 impede your paddling when switching back and forth between hands. The Alloy has a large, comfortable handle. It is easy to grip and isn't too small.

The BPS blade.
The BPS blade.

Weight


At 2 lbs. 2 oz. the Alloy was one of the heaviest paddles tested. The Werner Trance is the lightest model we tested at 1.2 pounds, thanks to its all-carbon construction. (This also means it is quite a bit more expensive.)


Ease of Adjustment


The Alloy is easy to adjust, thanks to its TwinPin adjustment system.


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 and the peg will snap firmly into the nearest hole. For a paddle that is even easier to adjust, we recommend the Werner Vibe.

The BPS's adjustment system shown popped out and ready to adjust.
The BPS's adjustment system shown popped out and ready to adjust.

Locking Mechanism


The Alloy has a TwinPin locking mechanism/adjustment system. To adjust the length of the shaft, you must 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 nice thing about the collar clamp on this paddle is that when you pull it out, you can also tilt it up a bit, which enables you to see inside and line up where the stainless steel peg is going to go. Most similar adjustment systems do not tilt out, which makes it harder to line up the peg with the hole and scratches the paint from the shaft as you move it around to snap back into place.

The cool thing about the Alloy's adjustment system is that it opens farther than most.
The cool thing about the Alloy's adjustment system is that it opens farther than most.

Compactability


The Alloy is a two-piece paddle with its shortest adjustment distance being 66". This is plenty of room for storage in a car or your basement. However, the most compact models in this review are the IGK products. These models split into three pieces and come with a carrying case. If you are planning on air travel time with your SUP setup, we recommend either one of these paddles. The Werner, NRS, and Own the Wave paddles also offer 3-piece versions.

Best Applications


The Alloy would make a great paddle for a family or group with a wide range of heights. It would also work well for paddlers who are hard on their gear as its blade is one of the toughest tested.

Value


The Bullet Proof website's guarantees: "If it doesn't deliver what it is supposed to at any time within twelve months it will be replaced or refunded." The Alloy is a good deal. It has an 18" adjustment length, which is among the longest range we tested.

The blade is sturdy and can take a beating, and the adjustment system/ locking mechanism works well. While not the cheapest paddle in our test, this paddle is an excellent option for users on a budget.

Conclusion


The Best Buy award-winning Alloy is a budget-friendly option that's great for groups, as it has the widest range of adjustment of all of the contenders we tested. It is a heavy paddle, so keep that in mind. It has an aluminum shaft and a super durable nylon blade that is among the widest we tested and moves water easily. The Alloy comes with a one-year warranty.


Shey Kiester and Valentine Cullen