The SUP Supply Alloy sup paddle is perfect for users of all skill levels and can be used for a variety of applications including touring and surfing. The paddle is highly adjustable, so it can be used by more than one paddler in the home, or it can be lengthened or shortened based on application. The highly adjustable design will give paddlers every incentive to buy. However, if you’ve done your homework, then you know a heavier paddle is a bad choice for certain applications. The manufacturer has clearly designed the paddle for beginners who are in need of an affordable, durable paddle that can withstand heavy use. If durability is more of a priority than a lower weight, then you’ll appreciate the paddle’s aluminum nylon design, complete with a beginner-friendly length adjustment locking mechanism, which allows users to change the length of the shaft in a matter of seconds.
Our Verdict: The paddle may be heavier than what some SUP users are looking for, but the durable design and lower price will give the beginner every reason to buy. Adjusting the length of the shaft is fast and easy, while the comfortable grip and aluminum shaft allow you to easily paddle around on calm lakes and rivers. The hefty weight of the paddle can slow some users down, which is why it’s not recommended for long-distance touring or racing. However, if you’re new to paddle boarding, then the versatile design and overall quality make this model a steal for the price.
Overview and Features
If you’re shopping for a basic paddle you can practice with, one that will help you practice paddling straight and navigating your new board through challenging waters, then you couldn’t ask for a more user-friendly, durable model.
This paddle isn’t all flash and it’s not the best SUP paddle on the market. It doesn’t feature the type of lightweight design that some SUP users are searching for, especially those who race or tour. The fact is, this paddle weighs two pounds. While two pounds may not sound like much, when you first learn how to paddle board, using a heavier paddle can really slow you down, and may have a negative impact on your performance and stamina. If you’re in relatively good shape and searching for an affordable paddle for long-distance touring, then the weight won’t be a big deal, but beginners may struggle to use this paddle for long-distance adventures.
The shaft is made out of marine-grade aluminum, which is very durable and naturally rust-resistant. The nylon blade is designed to help you efficiently slice through the water. The heavier weight of the paddle may be an issue for certain applications, but if you’re a beginner who only plans on paddling around on a lake or calm river, then the two-pound weight shouldn’t be an issue. However, a paddle of this weight isn’t recommended for surfing or racing, since both types of applications will require a lighter paddle for optimal speed.
Aluminum paddles are significantly lighter than plastic models and more durable. For some, the aluminum and nylon materials used will be a drawback, but a beginner can take advantage of the durable design that will allow them to use this paddle for a variety of applications, without the fear of damaging it.
The large comfortable ergonomic grip is suitable for users of all sizes and is designed to help you effortlessly transfer power and energy to the blade, for more powerful strokes.
Using the right paddle board size and right paddle length can have an impact on your performance and can even enhance your SUP’ing experience. If a paddle is too short or long, you’ll have trouble guiding the board in the right direction, or your strokes may not be powerful enough to propel your SUP. That’s why adjustable paddles are so popular. This type of versatility allows you to change up the length of the shaft to suit your needs and your height.
This type of adjustability makes it perfect for paddlers four feet, eight inches tall and up. The adjustable design will also allow you to fully collapse the paddle for easier storage and transport. If you plan on using this model for surfing, then you can lengthen the shaft or shorten it for touring. It offers a better adjustability range compared to other models in this price bracket, such as the Own the Wave 2-Piece SUP Paddle, and offers a more forgiving design that makes it one of the most beginner-friendly models on my list.
The manufacturer offers a twelve-month money-back guarantee, for buyers who are unsatisfied with this paddle’s performance. Considering the paddle’s low price, the fact that the manufacturer offers this type of guarantee is a nice surprise.
This model is designed to float in water in the event the paddle is dropped or you fall off your board. The floatable design will make it easier to spot and retrieve your paddle.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Three-piece design
- Perfect for beginners
- Twelve-month guarantee
- Not recommended for racing
- Weighs two pounds
Conclusion and Rating
The simple design and durable materials used will allow you to take on more challenging waters, focus on your paddling technique, and try out a variety of applications. The SUP Supply alloy paddle is designed with the beginner in mind. It’s an affordable model that’s highly adjustable, but the heavier two-pound weight may be a deal-breaker for the long-distance tourer or the racer in need of a lightweight paddle that won’t slow them down. The adjustable design will allow you to collapse the paddle for transport, and lengthen or shorten the shaft based on your height and intended use. The aluminum and nylon design ensures the paddle will last season after season, so you’re getting a durable paddle that costs a fraction of the price of a carbon fiber paddle. I gave this model a rating of four and a half stars out of five.