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Super Paddles Carbon Fiber Review

The Super Paddle is a lightweight three-piece paddle that can travel virtually anywhere with you.
Super Paddles Carbon Fiber SUP Paddle - 3-Piece Adjustable
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Price:  $200 List | $185.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Compact, lightweight, comes with carrying case
Cons:  Locking mechanism requires adjustment
Manufacturer:   Super Paddles
By Shey Kiester ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 3, 2017
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RANKED
#9 of 10
  • Performance - 30% 6
  • Ease of adjustment - 20% 6
  • Locking Mechanism - 20% 6
  • Weight - 20% 6
  • Compactability - 10% 10

The Skinny

The Super Paddle impressed our testers with its high performance, especially as a three-piece paddle. However, with a locking mechanism that was annoying to use and often required readjustment with a screwdriver, this model performed poorly in our overall scores, as the adjustability and locking mechanism of each product factored heavily into its total score. With that said, for such a lightweight, this model is incredibly cheap, at just $120. If you are confident that occasional mechanical adjustments won't bother you, then don't let this paddle's lower overall score fool you — it's a quality product at a price that's hard to beat. If you're looking for an even more inexpensive board, consider the BPS Alloy, and if money isn't an option, upgrade to the Werner Trance.

Super Paddles is making a new version of their carbon paddle
See the details below.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Carbon Version Comparisons


The Super Paddles carbon paddle we tested is still available on Amazon, but the company redesigned their premium blade. See the new version below at left. The version we tested on the right.

2018 Super Paddles Carbon Fiber
Super Paddles Carbon Fiber SUP Paddle - 3-Piece Adjustable

The blade has changed markedly. The version we tested has a gentle teardrop shape. The new paddle is rectangular. That should shift its performance from generating power quickly to offering a soft catch and smooth pull, which is ideal for longer adventures. When combined with its lightweight carbon construction, this less strenuous blade shape is ideal for comfort and efficiency. But we haven't tested it. If you'd like to learn about the older version while it's still available, keep reading.

Performance Comparison


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.

Paddling on a sunny day  testing out contenders.
Paddling on a sunny day, testing out contenders.

Performance


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.

The Super Paddle Blade
The Super Paddle Blade

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.

The Super Paddle LeverLock adjustment system  which can be found on the Super Paddle.
The Super Paddle LeverLock adjustment system, which can be found on the Super Paddle.

Compactability


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 two three-piece paddles in the test  shown completely broken down and in their carrying cases (The IGK paddle and Super Paddle).
The two three-piece paddles in the test, shown completely broken down and in their carrying cases (The IGK paddle and Super Paddle).

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.

Locking Mechanism


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.

Weight


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.

Best Applications


This paddle is best for SUP users who are planning on flying with their setup or who want to hike into remote alpine lakes.

Value


At $120, this is an affordable paddle with high-end materials.

Conclusion


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