Super Paddles Carbon Fiber Review
Cons: Locking mechanism requires adjustment
Manufacturer: Super Paddles
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Super Paddle Carbon Fiber was an impressive paddle, constructed entirely from carbon fiber, which made it one of the lightest paddles in the test. With a high-performance rating, this model is useful for serious users, especially if you are planning on traveling with your SUP setup, as this model breaks into three pieces and comes with a carrying case.
This model features a somewhat teardrop blade with a gentle offset. Users found that it performed extremely well, powering quickly and efficiently. Although the product's heavy locking mechanism threw the balance off on first use, many of our testers were able to become accustomed to this, and the paddle's lightweight construction won them over. However, this paddle did lose some points because of the play in the system introduced because of the three-piece construction. If you're looking for a true high-performance paddle, we recommend the Werner Trance. If performance isn't the focus and you're on a budget, consider the BPS Alloy.
Ease of Adjustment
This metric was a weak point for this model. With a Family Adjustable adjustment system, the Super Paddle adjusts by lifting a lever located in the handle that releases tension and allows the handle end of the shaft to be moved to create a longer or shorter distance. This system's tightness can be adjusted with a screwdriver, and our testers found that the system often became loose, which required a screwdriver to tighten and rendered the adjustment useless. When the system was loose, the handle was essentially loose within the shaft, so it made paddling extremely difficult. While this was frustrating, some of our testers worked around it.
This model's 15" adjustability sat in the middle of our test. For a more adjustable paddle with a better locking system, look at the Werner Vibe or Kialoa Makai offerings.
This is not our fav locking mechanism. It's a little too heavy which throws off paddle balance. It's also just kinda bulky. We prefer the LeverLock system, on the Werner Vibe and Kiaola Makai.
At 1.6 pounds, this product was on the lighter end of the spectrum in our test. However, the heavy locking mechanism through off the balance of this paddle.
10 points! As a three-piece model, this product compacted down to just 39 inches, which was nearly half of the size of less compactable models.
The Super Paddle has an offset blade and shaft connection that adds a little more wiggle than we liked. If you aren't planning to fly or hike with your SUP setup and are looking for a paddle that isn't quite as compactable as the Super Paddle or iGK, we recommend the Werner Trance.
This paddle is best for SUP users who are planning on flying with their setup or who want to hike into remote alpine lakes.
At $120, this is an affordable paddle with high-end materials.
The Super Paddle is a surprising high performer in some areas, but its locking mechanism gave some testers serious trouble. If you're willing to fiddle with the locking mechanism every once in a while, this could be the paddle for you.
— Shey Kiester