The Abahub 3-piece adjustable alloy paddle is designed for beginners, which is evident once you take a closer look at what the paddle is made out of and learn how much it weighs. Typically, an experienced paddler will want to invest in a model that’s lightweight, since a lighter paddle can allow them to cover more ground, without negatively impacting their stroke or causing user fatigue. This paddle’s heavier design can make it a poor choice for the racer or touring enthusiast but its lower price and more durable design will be a great fit for the casual paddle boarder or the beginner.
Our Verdict: The paddle weighs just under two and a half pounds, which makes it a poor candidate for touring and racing, but the durable design and easy to use locking mechanism system is what makes it perfect for beginners in need of a paddle that can handle a variety of water conditions. The model is a great choice for the casual paddle boarder or any buyer in search of a budget-friendly model that’s designed to last. However, if you’re looking for a paddle for long-distance touring or racing, you’ll be better off choosing a model that weighs significantly less.
Overview and Features
This model is made out of a combination of materials that improve durability, but don’t do much in terms of keeping the weight low. For the casual paddler or beginner, the higher weight won’t be a drawback, but the long-distance tourer will want to pass this model by in favor of a lightweight carbon paddle that won’t slow them down or cause user fatigue. This model is priced affordably and features a durable design that allows you to efficiently and cleanly slice through the water. The paddle’s adjustable design makes it suitable for paddlers of all heights and adds to its versatility, allowing you to adjust the shaft length based on application. If you’re new to paddle boarding then this is the type of durable paddle you need. The rugged design will allow you to experiment with your stroke in freshwater and saltwater, with a blade that will not chip or crack.
The paddle is made out of fiberglass, polypropylene, and aluminum. The shaft of the paddle is made out of high-grade aluminum, which is naturally rust-resistant and more durable than lighter weight materials, such as carbon. Weighing just under two and a half pounds, this is not the best SUP paddle for touring or racing since this type of weight can quickly tire out the user and can also have a negative impact on stroke performance and efficiency. But the durable design can allow you to use this paddle in a variety of water conditions and applications such as paddle board yoga, or paddling around on a calm river or lake. Competing models, such as the Ocean Board SUP paddle, features a lighter design but doesn’t offer the same level of durability. The Ocean Board paddle has a shaft that’s made out of fiberglass instead of aluminum, which means it will be more prone to chips and cracking, compared to this paddle’s durable aluminum shaft.
The blade is made out of plastic and fiberglass and is UV protected, which ensures the integrity of the blade will not be impacted by constant exposure to harmful UV rays.
This model measures in at one hundred and two inches and features a concave groove design. While the overall weight of the paddle may be too heavy for some users, the blade design will ensure a more stable and powerful stroke.
The shaft is made out of high-grade aluminum that measures in at a little under one and a half millimeters thick. On the lower portion of the shaft, you’ll find a rubber coating, which is designed to improve durability and user comfort.
This is a three-piece model that’s highly adjustable, so you should have no trouble finding the perfect length based on your height or intended use. The paddle has a range of sixty-eight inches up to eighty-four inches. The ability to break it down will allow you to easily transport and store it.
The locking mechanism is pretty standard, but its simplicity is also what makes it so beginner-friendly. You can easily adjust the length of the shaft by engaging the locking mechanism, so you can collapse the paddle for transport or lengthen it if you’re planning on paddling around in deep waters. The right length of the paddle is just as important as the right paddle board size, since a paddle that’s too long can make it difficult to guide the board, and a paddle that’s too short can have an impact on your speed and stroke efficiency.
This model is covered by what the manufacturer calls a “no questions asked warranty”. This means if you’re unsatisfied with the paddle’s performance you can contact the manufacturer for a full refund.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Fiberglass and PP blade design
- Designed for beginners
- Easy to use locking mechanism system
- Not recommended for experienced paddlers
Conclusion and Rating
The Abahub three-piece SUP paddle is very basic in design. It’s heavier compared to other leading models, but this also adds to its durability, making it a better choice for choppy water conditions. The locking mechanism system is very easy to use, allowing you to make fast adjustments, while the rubber coating on the shaft improves user comfort and paddle durability. If you’re on a tight budget and searching for a durable paddle that can take plenty of use and abuse out on the water, then your search is over. I gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.