Stingray Hybrid Fiberglass SUP Paddle 2021
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- 3-Piece or 2-Piece shaft options
- Super stiff fiber glass shaft
- Fiber glass/plastic hybrid blade with carbon finish
- Anti twist lock
- Maximum length: 226cm/89 inches
- Blade area: 99 square inches
- Blade angle: 10 degrees
- 2-Piece weight: 800g
- 3-Piece weight: 850g
This is a killer SUP paddle that delivers! Great for beginners, but also good enough for advanced touring and racing. Designed and tested for high performance, but at a reasonable price. 3-piece design is ideal for travel, whereas the 2-piece is very slightly lighter and stiffer.
SUP PADDLES EXPLAINED
There are several different features of a paddle that you need to consider before purchasing. Below we take a look at the important aspects of the paddles.
- Material- Paddles are commonly made from either aluminum, fiber glass, carbon, or a mix of both. Your standard paddle in a package would usually be aluminum, with fiber glass paddles being the most expensive. Always check the small print as many paddles say they are all carbon but have a fiver glass blade and grip or say they are all fiber glass but have a plastic blade.
- Weight- Aluminum paddles are the heaviest with carbon being the lightest. You will certainly pay more for a lightweight paddle and this will make it easier to maneuver for Elite or smaller paddlers. 3-Piece paddles are heavier than 2-piece due to the additional connector pin.
- Blade size- This is a very important factor to consider. Blade sizes might range from 80-90 for a small blade, 85-95 for a medium blade, and 90-100 for a large blade. A smaller blade is better for an Elite paddler because it will increase the turnover and feathering efficiency, and is also ideal for a smaller paddler as it puts less force through the arms and shoulders. A large blade is better for a novice paddler as it will catch more water with an inefficient stroke. A very strong paddler will also find a big blade faster as it can produce the power needed.
- Blade angle- Something that is less commonly explored is blade angle. A smaller angle of 7 degrees works well for a novice paddler and makes it easier to catch the water. A 10 degree angle is very versatile for all abilities, whereas an Elite paddler might choose a 12 degree angle allowing them to get a longer reach and feather faster.