Every experienced paddler knows that a lightweight carbon paddle is the best choice if you want to test your endurance out on the water. The Super Paddles Elite 12k bamboo carbon fiber SUP paddle is the best in its class. If you’re looking for a paddle that’s specifically designed to enhance your long-distance touring experience, then this is it. Lightweight, beginner-friendly, and designed to get you where you need to go, in a hurry, this high-performance model is worth every penny.
Our Verdict: This is one of the best-selling paddles on the market for a variety of reasons. The carbon shaft combined with the nylon blade works to keep the weight of the paddle low, which is a huge priority for racers and long-distance paddlers. If you’re a beginner, then this paddle may be overkill, but the seasoned SUP user will appreciate the innovative design that comes complete with a beautiful bamboo veneer finish on the blade. The highly adjustable three-piece design will allow you to lengthen or shorten the shaft based on user height and application. If you’re looking for a lightweight paddle that allows you to cover more ground without tiring you out, then this model is an excellent choice.
Overview and Features
This model may come with a steep price tag, but once you take it out on the water for a test drive, you’ll understand why so many paddlers are willing to invest in this versatile model that’s both durable and lightweight. It’s perfect for a wide range of applications including touring, surfing, racing, and more. Using a lightweight paddle will allow you to cover more ground and paddle faster, while a standard aluminum or plastic paddle can quickly tire you out and can prevent you from reaching your desired destination or it can cut your trip short. This model is designed for users of all skill levels, but the experienced SUP user who spends several hours on the water paddling around, or those who race competitively will appreciate the lightweight design more and the fact that it can help to improve their performance out on the water.
The paddle weighs in at just one pound, eight ounces and comes equipped with stainless steel screws and a nylon blade and a carbon shaft, offering the best combination of durability and a lightweight design that promotes longer use and won’t quickly tire out the paddler. The model is described as super rugged and able to handle heavy-duty use.
The nylon blade is covered by a thick eye-catching bamboo veneer that gives the paddle a classic look that many users will love. The manufacturer’s Elite series gives buyer’s a wide selection of paddles to choose from. This bamboo veneer model is one of their best-sellers, however, if you’re looking for a more durable option, then I’d recommend the Super Paddles Alloy Elite Carbon Fiber SUP Paddle, which is available at a more affordable price and features an all-nylon blade design, so you won’t have to worry about damaging the surface of the blade like you will with this paddle’s bamboo veneer finish.
This is a three-piece paddle that’s highly adjustable, so you can lengthen the shaft for racing and shorten it based on paddle board size, intended application and the height of the user. This type of adjustability will also allow users of different heights to use the same paddle. The paddle can adjust from seventy-two inches up to eighty-six inches, which is perfect for users over five feet in height. Adjustments are fast and simple. The paddle can also be taken apart quickly, for easier transport and storage.
Dropping your paddle in the water is a total rookie mistake, and it can be a costly one if you’ve invested in the best SUP paddle, only to lose it your first time on the water. Fortunately, the manufacturer has thought of everything. When fully assembled, the paddle will float in the water, which will make it easy for you to locate, in the event you fall off your board or accidentally drop the paddle in the water.
Use the convenient carrying bag to protect the shaft and blade from nicks, chips, and dings. The included bag comes with three compartments so you can store each piece individually. The bag is made out of closed-cell foam padding with a nylon exterior. The baffle portion of the bag will protect the blade. The heat-reflective aluminum lining will keep the paddle nice and cool, protecting it from intense heat.
This model is covered by a twelve-month product warranty and money-back guarantee. This will give buyers more confidence in this type of purchase knowing that the manufacturer stands behind their products, especially considering the high price tag.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Highly adjustable
- Free carrying bag
- Designed for a wide range of applications
- Twelve-month warranty
- Paddle is designed to float in water
- Steep price tag
Conclusion and Rating
For some, the steep price tag will be a big drawback. Most beginners will stick with a standard plastic or aluminum paddle, since a lightweight design may not be a priority. But if you race or love long-distance touring, then you know the importance of a lightweight paddle and how it can allow you to cover more ground, without causing user fatigue. This model is the Cadillac of paddles. It features a carbon fiber shaft and nylon blade, complete with a beautiful bamboo veneer finish that gives it the type of classic look that most paddlers love. The highly adjustable design is also another reason to buy since the same paddle can be used for a variety of applications. Well-built, beginner-friendly, and designed to last, this model earned a rating of four and a half out of five stars.