Own the Wave Adjustable Alloy Review
Manufacturer: Own the Wave
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Own the Wave Adjustable Alloy
|Price||$34.99 at Amazon||$199 List|
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|Check Price at Amazon||$36.95 at Amazon|
|Pros||Functional, low cost||Easy to adjust, sleek, great paddle performance||Cuts cleanly through water, durable blade||Inexpensive, large adjustment range, durable nylon blade||Inexpensive, easy to transport|
|Cons||Heavy||Handle more prone to hotspots||Heavy, looks like a toy||Heavy, locking mechanism can get in the way of hands when switching hands and/or paddling||So-so performance, looks cheap|
|Bottom Line||A heavy paddle, the Own the Wave Adjustable has the lowest retail price in our review||This top-tier SUP paddle is designed with female paddlers in mind, offering easy adjustability and excellent paddling performance||The Vibe is a great all-around paddle that moves water well and is easy to manage||This sturdy product wins our Best Buy award for a multitude of reasons||This paddle is one of the least expensive options but performed commensurate to its price tag|
|Rating Categories||Own the Wave Adjust...||Kialoa Tiare Fiberg...||Werner Vibe||Bullet Proof Surf A...||SUPply Co 3-Piece P...|
|Ease Of Adjustment (20%)|
|Locking Mechanism (20%)|
|Specs||Own the Wave Adjust...||Kialoa Tiare Fiberg...||Werner Vibe||Bullet Proof Surf A...||SUPply Co 3-Piece P...|
|Paddle Weight||2.0 lbs||1.5 lbs||1.7 lbs||2.2 lbs||2.1 lbs|
|Blade Dimensions||95 sq in||80 sq in||100 sq in||95 sq in||Not listed|
|Blade Material||Nylon composite||Fiberglass Fibrlite||Injection molded fiberglass||Nylon composite||Nylon|
|Offset||Not listed||10 degrees||10 degrees||10.5 degrees||Not listed|
|Adjustablility (inches)||18 in||16 in||16 in||18 in||18 in|
|Length Range (inches)||71 in - 83 in||66 in - 82 in||68 in - 84 in||71 in - 83 in||67-85|
|Number of Pieces||2-piece (available in 2 or 3)||2-piece||3-piece (available in 1, 2, or 3)||2-piece||3-piece|
|Compact Size||65 in||66 in||34.5 in||65 in|
|Locking Mechanism||"TwinPin" Collar Clamp||Handle LeverLock||Handle LeverLock||"TwinPin" Collar Clamp||Dual-Pin Collar Clamp|
Our Analysis and Test Results
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.
While this model didn't earn top scores in every metric, it performed admirably and is a good option for families.
The Own the Wave model was not an all-star performer, but it gets the job done. With a large, teardrop-shaped paddle, testers found that they were able to manipulate their course with the paddle, but its heft made it difficult to enact quick movements and tight turns.
This product was one of the heavier paddles 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.
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.
This model features a TwinPin adjustment system. While not as easy to adjust as the LeverLock system found on the top-tier models, this adjustment was intuitive and straightforward. Even better, it does not require a screwdriver to set the clamping pressure.
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.
In terms of looks, The Own The Wave is about as plain as they come. This paddle is far from the most visually appealing adjustable SUP paddle that we have tested, earning it a lower score in this metric. Its generic black and silver look can't really match the futuristic carbon, decorative graphics, or natural wood veneer of other products we have tried.
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.
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