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Own the Wave Adjustable Alloy Review
Bottom line: A heavy paddle, the Own the Wave Adjustable has the lowest retail price in our review.
The Own the Wave model was not a favorite for most of our testers because of its heavier weight. This model weighs in at 2 pounds, which is almost a full pound heavier than the lightest model in this review. However, the nylon blade and alloy shaft are durable and withstood an onslaught of abuse when subjected to white water and choppy waves. This model features a TwinPin adjustment system, which was a favorite among our testers, next to the Performance adjustment system, because it is versatile, intuitive, and easy to use. Although this model did not excel in ou performance metric, it has the lowest price point in our test, at just $42. This model definitely won't break the bank. With that said, you can get spend just a few more dollars and get the BPS alloy, which has a bit more performance value added in.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Own the Wave model stood out for three reasons: It was one of the heaviest models in our test fleet, it had one of the widest adjustment ranges of the group, and it was the cheapest model tested. All of this combined makes this paddle a great option for families who will share the paddle between many users and who don't want to spend a ton of cash.
While this model didn't earn top scores in every metric, it performed admirably, and it is a good option for families.
Ease of Adjustment
With a TwinPin locking mechanism, this model is easy and intuitive to adjust. Our testers never had a problem with this locking mechanism, which is a huge bonus. Plus, the Own the Wave has numbers marking each adjustment hole, so when you are switching the paddle between many users, you can remember which height worked best for you and simply adjust the paddle to that height. With an 18-inch adjustment range, this paddle represented one of the widest adjustment ranges in our test fleet. If you're looking for a paddle that has a bit less adjustability and makes up for it in performance, we recommend the Werner Trance or the BPS Alloy.
This model performed in the middle of the pack when it came to how compactable it was. While obviously not as capable of shrinking down as the three-piece paddles in this review, this model was able to come down to a total height of 65 inches. Most of our testers found that this provided plenty of room to stow the model in a car or truck. If you plan on flying with your SUP setup, look at the IDK or Super Paddle offerings, which are three-piece products that break down efficiently.
This model features a TwinPin adjustment system. While not as easy to adjust as the Performance adjustment system found on the Aqua-Bound and Werner models, this adjustment was intuitive and straightforward and did not require the screwdriver that the LeverLock adjustment system did. This system operates by pushing out a "C" shaped collar clamp that releases an attached stainless steel pin from its adjustment hole and allows the handle end of the shaft to be adjusted up or down. When you've reached your desired length you push the clamp back in towards the shaft and the pin goes into the nearest hole.
The Own the Wave model was not an all-star regarding performance, but it got the job done. With a large, rectangular shaped paddle, testers found that they were able to manipulate their course with the paddle, but its heavy weight made it difficult to enact quick movements and tight turns with.
This product was one of the heavier ones in our review, weighing in at 2 pounds. This shouldn't be a concern for users who aren't heavily focused on performance, but if you are looking for a top-shelf paddle, this isn't the right choice for you.
Perfect for families who plan on letting many users of varying heights use the SUP setup, this paddle is adjustable and affordable.
At just $42, this is the cheapest paddle in our review. If you are looking to get out on the water and don't mind a bit of extra bulk and lower performance, then this paddle will work just fine for your needs.
A sturdy model that is a bit on the heavier side, the Own the Wave paddle has an intuitive adjutsment system and a large adjustment range, making it good for families who don't demand the highest level of performance.
— Shey Kiester
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