Neptune’s carbon/bamboo adjustable paddle is simplistic in design yet functional to boot. Easy on the eyes, with an efficient adjust to height system (a nice touch), it’s a svelte and aesthetically pleasing bit of kit. There are no bells and whistles with this one, which isn’t to say performance is lacking. Neptune simply focus on delivering what’s necessary: paddling performance.
Available as paddle only or supplied as part of a package it’s nice to see a brand offering more than just a cheap alloy version with its ‘get you on the water’ bundles. Here punters have access to a mid-range sweeper that’ll last a lot longer and take you further.
Featuring a medium flex shaft Neptune’s paddle offers moderate power and will therefore appeal to beginners and intermediates alike. Advanced SUPers will also benefit, especially if used as a wave weapon, where we found performance was optimum. Racers or downwind aficionados may require something more powerful.
The blade isn’t the narrowest but this doesn’t affect rail to rail changes and with its admirable swing weight paddlers will enjoy chucking the Neptune carbon adjustable around. Beginners, having never used any kind of paddle, won’t know how good they’ve got it if starting with this baby. And due to its adjustable nature multiple SUPers can benefit from the same piece of kit – great for those on a budget.
As a mid-range paddle, and the only one in Neptune’s range, the brand deliver an efficient performance orientated bit of kit that beginner, intermediates and advanced SUPers will love. Utilising a select, adjust to height and lock mechanism, as opposed to sliding incremental system, there’s no slippage once shaft length is set and the moderate flex will deliver enough power, but not to the extent of wearing down joints and muscles. If you’re a seasoned racer or downwind paddler, searching for the ultimate in paddle technology, then you may be better served elsewhere. For everyone else looking to simply get out and SUP, with a paddle that won’t break the bank but displays great sweeping properties, apply within. Wave heads will also enjoy what Neptune’s carbon adjustable blade can offers.
Price: £149 (£100 when purchased in conjunction with any Neptune SUP)