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Review: Robson SUP-Race Paddle

review-seaeagel-robson20110605limmat0563An Independent Review of the full carbon Robson ‘SUP-Race’ Paddle.

Intro

Robson has been making kayak and canoe paddles for well over a decade. Recently they added five SUP paddles to their line-up, of which I tested the full carbon SUP-Race.

Test Environment

I have been using the paddle almost daily on flatwater, easy whitewater and on a wave for approximately 3 months. I just started SUPing this year, so I can’t compare it to other SUP paddles, but I have been kayaking since the mid nineties have used and owned dozens of kayak paddles, so I think I’m in a position to judge a paddle :)

Strength

As a personal preference I tend to like stiff paddles, so that explains why I tested a full carbon paddle. SUP paddles are long, so even carbon paddles bend under stress, but that’s mostly noticeable on photos - it does feel very stiff. See the photos below.

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Robustness

The test environment was shallow and rocky, and since I mostly paddled upstream (that’s my daily workout these days) close to the river banks, I hit a lot of rocks. You can see the result  on the photos below. Apart from some scratches, no damage was done - the edges are strong and and didn’t break or wear.

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Details

The grip is made of nylon and feels strong and offer good grip. Not very fancy, but it does its job well.

The shaft is a little slippery for my taste, especially if your hands are wet or sweaty. I’m a bit picky in that respect. On kayak paddles, one of the first things I normally to is enhancing the grips with tennis overgrip, but I’m not quite sure yet where to stick that to an SUP shaft, because my hand position changes a lot. Anyway, good grip on an SUP paddle is not quite as important as on a kayak paddle because the top grip helps avoid unwanted rotations.

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Conclusion

The Robson SUP-Race is a high quality carbon paddle, strong, sturdy and well manufactured.

For Playak,
Jeroen

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