Hands-on Gear Review

Own the Wave Adjustable Alloy Review

A heavy paddle, the Own the Wave Adjustable has the lowest retail price in our review.
Own the Wave Adjustable Alloy
By: Shey Kiester ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 4, 2017
Price:  $60 List  |  $39.99 at Amazon - 33% Off
Pros:  Functional, low cost
Cons:  Heavy
Manufacturer:   Own the Wave
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  • Performance - 30% 6
  • Ease of adjustment - 20% 7
  • Locking Mechanism - 20% 7
  • Weight - 20% 5
  • Compactability - 10% 7
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Our Verdict

The Own the Wave model was not a favorite for most of our testers because of its heavy weight. This model weighs in at 2 pounds, which is almost a full pound heavier than the lightest model in this review. However, the nylon blade and alloy shaft are durable and withstood an onslaught of abuse when subjected to whitewater and choppy waves. This model features a TwinPin adjustment system, which is versatile, intuitive, and easy to use. Although this model did not excel in any performance metric, it has the lowest price point in our test. This model definitely won't break the bank. With that said, you can get spend just a few more dollars and get the Bullet Proof Surf Alloy, which has more performance value.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

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The Own the Wave model stood out for three reasons. It was one of the heaviest models in our test fleet. It had one of the widest adjustment ranges of the group. And, it was the cheapest model tested. All of this combined makes this paddle a great option for families who will share the paddle between many users and who don't want to spend a ton of cash.

The Own the Wave is so inexpensive it's hard to get picky about performance. It works.
The Own the Wave is so inexpensive it's hard to get picky about performance. It works.

Performance Comparison


While this model didn't earn top scores in every metric, it performed admirably and is a good option for families.

Performance


The Own the Wave model was not an all-star performer, but it got the job done. With a large, teardrop-shaped paddle, testers found that they were able to manipulate their course with the paddle, but its heavy weight made it difficult to enact quick movements and tight turns.

Ease of Adjustment


With a TwinPin locking mechanism, this model is easy and intuitive to adjust. Our testers never had a problem with this locking mechanism, which is a huge bonus. Plus, the Own the Wave has numbers marking each adjustment hole, so when you are switching the paddle between many users, you can remember which height worked best for you and simply adjust the paddle to that height.

With an 18-inch adjustment range, this paddle represented one of the widest adjustment ranges in our test fleet. If you're looking for a paddle that has a bit less adjustability and makes up for it in performance, we recommend the Werner Vibe or the BPS Alloy.

The TwinPin adjustment of the Own the Wave
The TwinPin adjustment of the Own the Wave

Compactability


This model performed in the middle of the pack when it came to how compactable it was. While obviously not as capable of shrinking down as the three-piece paddles in this review, this model was able to come down to a total height of 65 inches. Most of our testers found that this provided plenty of room to stow the model in a car or truck. If you plan on flying with your SUP setup, look at the iGK or Super Paddle offerings, which are three-piece products that break down efficiently.

Locking Mechanism


This model features a TwinPin adjustment system. While not as easy to adjust as the LeverLock system found on the Werner Vibe and Kialoa Makai models, this adjustment was intuitive and straightforward and did not require a screwdriver.

This system operates by pushing out a "C" shaped collar clamp that releases an attached stainless steel pin from its adjustment hole and allows the shaft to be adjusted up or down. When you've reached your desired length, you push the clamp back in towards the shaft and the pin goes into the nearest hole.

Weight


This product was one of the heavier ones in our review, weighing in at 2 pounds. This shouldn't be a concern for users who don't focus heavily on performance, but if you are looking for a top-shelf paddle, this isn't the right choice for you.

The large  teardrop blade demands power but is fine for brief or playful family paddles.
The large, teardrop blade demands power but is fine for brief or playful family paddles.

Best Applications


Perfect for families who plan on letting many users of varying heights use the SUP setup, this paddle is adjustable and affordable.

Value


This is the cheapest paddle in our review. If you are looking to get out on the water and don't mind a bit of extra bulk and lower performance, then this paddle will work just fine for your needs.

Conclusion


A sturdy model that is a bit on the heavier side, the Own the Wave paddle has an intuitive adjustment system and a large adjustment range, making it good for families who don't demand the highest level of performance.

Shey Kiester

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