The Super Paddles Alloy Elite carbon fiber SUP paddle offers a lightweight, durable design, comfortable grip, and a teardrop-shaped blade that can easily and quickly slice through the water. The paddle’s durability, combined with the lightweight design encourages longer use and promotes user comfort, preventing strain and fatigue, especially on those long-distance touring adventures. This is one of the most affordable carbon-fiber paddles on the market, and it’s manufactured by one of the biggest names in the paddle board industry. But can this model really deliver an outstanding performance like the manufacturer claims?
Our Verdict: This all-carbon paddle by Super Paddles received mixed reviews, mainly due to the difficult locking mechanism that needs to be tightened with a screwdriver occasionally, and its bulky design that can throw off your stroke in the beginning. Aside from these issues, the paddle performs exactly how you’d expect a lightweight SUP paddle to. It allows you to cover more distance, without causing user fatigue, thanks to its low weight that comes in at a little over one and a half pounds. It’s priced lower than your average carbon fiber paddle, which is a big plus for the SUP user on a budget, however, the paddle is far from perfect. Overall, it does offer a reliable performance, but I do recommend checking the tightness of the locking mechanism system before you take your SUP for a day out on the water.
Overview and Features
Carbon fiber paddles are often top-sellers because they allow you to get more power per stroke, help you cover more ground since their lightweight design won’t tire you out quickly, and the paddles are perfect for those who need a durable model they can use for different types of applications.
This is one of the top-selling models in Super Paddles’ line of carbon fiber SUP paddles. It’s designed to handle a variety of applications including surfing, racing, fishing, and touring. It’s more expensive than a standard plastic or aluminum paddle, but it’s outstanding performance and durability makes it a worthy investment for the experienced paddler in search of an all-carbon model that’s reliable and affordable. This model’s lightweight design will help you paddle faster and more efficiently, so you can get the most out of each stroke, without straining your joints or muscles. Many touring enthusiasts will appreciate the lighter design that won’t slow down their stroke and allows them to cover more distance, thanks to the lighter weight and blade design.
This model features a teardrop blade with a gentle offset. The design of the blade works to efficiently and effortlessly power every stroke. The three-piece construction makes the paddle highly adjustable so you can lengthen or shorten the shaft based on your height or whether you’re heading out for a day of touring, fishing, racing, or surfing. The paddle weighs in at a little over one and a half pounds, which makes it one of the lightest paddles on the market. However, the heavy locking mechanism makes the paddle feel somewhat bulky.
The paddle adjusts by lifting a lever placed on the handle. The lever will release the tension, allowing the handle to be moved in order to shorten or lengthen it. You can tighten the locking mechanism using a screwdriver. If the mechanism is left loose then the handle tends to remain loose, which can make it very difficult to paddle straight. The paddle offers a fifteen-inch adjustability range, which is impressive and definitely makes this one of the most versatile models on the market, however, it could use a better locking system. The length of the shaft can be shortened down to just thirty-nine inches, which is almost half the size of competing models. If you’re looking for a paddle that’s easier to adjust and more beginner-friendly, I recommend the SUP Supply Alloy SUP paddle, which is one of the top competing models and it has a reputation for its durable, beginner-friendly design.
Like many lightweight, adjustable paddles, this model will float in the water, which will make it easier for you to locate, should you drop the paddle or fall off your board.
The heavy design can throw off your balance until you become accustomed to it. The mechanism itself is somewhat bulky, which can slow you down in the beginning. For most buyers this won’t be a deal-breaker, especially considering the low price.
This model is covered by a one-year product warranty that protects against manufacturing defects. So, if you run into any serious issues with the locking mechanism, you can contact the manufacturer for a replacement or a full refund.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- All-carbon design
- Highly adjustable
- Gentle blade offset
- Teardrop blade design
- Doesn’t come with a carrying case
- Locking mechanism is bulky and can throw the user’s balance off
- Can be difficult to adjust
- Not recommended for beginners
Conclusion and Rating
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly lightweight paddle that’s adjustable and designed for a wide range of applications, then you’ll love what this model has to offer, although it’s not without its drawbacks. The Super Paddles Alloy Elite carbon fiber paddle may not be the best SUP paddle on the market, due to the tricky locking mechanism that needs to be tightened with a screwdriver from time to time, or considering the locking mechanism’s bulky design can throw off your stroke in the beginning, but the durability and overall quality does make this an excellent paddle for seasoned SUP users.
It’s definitely not beginner-friendly, considering adjustments can be tricky, but if you’re looking for a more affordable all-carbon paddle, and one that’s designed to last, this model is a great option. I gave this paddle a rating of four and a half out of five stars.