Sleek and simple – Kialoa Pupu adjustable paddle review

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Kialoa’s entry level adjustable Pupu SUP paddle is a feature packed product hailing from a brand with a firm heritage embedded in paddle sports. With a stiff fibreglass shaft, well thought out spring loaded LeverLock adjustment shaft and Ergo-Palm grip, this is one wallet friendly piece of kit that looks the biz.

Incremental refinements of paddle length make it super easy to locate your desired setting while the stiffness of the Pupu delivers defined feedback during all parts of the stroke – not too shabby for an all round weapon.

The Pupu isn’t the lightest of sweepers on the market but it’s certainly not heavy and having used it for extended periods of time it remained comfortable and efficient without adding to any feelings of fatigue. Working well on flat water it propels you over distance with ease and is great for less intimidating surf environments.

If you’re a family of SUPers on a budget, or looking for an affordable stick for travelling, the Pupu fits the bill nicely offering plenty of bang for your buck and a decent level of performance to boot. Applicable to various stand up environments, the Kialoa is a great piece of kit whatever scenario you choose to chuck it at.

The LeverLock shaft adjustment allows users to tinker with length while on the fly. Sometimes paddlers may feel like lengthening or shortening their paddles to be more or less reactive. Kialoa’s lever locking system allows for this in a quick, smooth and hassle free manner.

If you’re looking for a well priced, efficient and feature packed engine for your stand up paddle board then Kialoa’s Pupu will fit the bill nicely. Super comfy to use with a revolutionary shaft adjustment system, it’s a well thought out design with plenty of performance to unlock. Great for travelling, as a back up stick or your main recreational tool.

Price: £159

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