Know Your Paddles : Material Technology of PaddlesDecember 21, 2015
There are many different materials being used to make paddle shafts and blades. Each of them has benefits and limitations. Let we show you which one is best for you.
Fiberglass is normally used for both shafts and blades as it is stiff and light. Fiberglass gives a great balance, ideal material for performance and value.
Wood can be used to craft the whole paddle or just the blade of paddle. Wood paddles normally look very classy and usually are lightweight. In general, wood paddles can cost a little more but can also be very performance oriented and attractive on the water.
3. Carbon Fiber
Carbon fiber is the lightest and strongest material used in paddles. Carbon fiber paddles are higher performance and come in fixed length and adjustable option. If you really want to go on longer SUP trips, carbon fiber paddle could be a better choice as it is less tiring on your shoulders.
An economical material used for shafts, aluminum is very versatile and it pairs well with plastic, polycarbonate, fiberglass, and other polymers. Aluminum is inexpensive but slightly heavier.
Typically found on more affordable paddles in the blades and grips but heavier than other materials. A plastic blade is usually paired up with an aluminum shaft for an economical paddle option.