The paddle blade on Quickblade UV Hex Flex is made in a hybrid construction of carbon fiber and fiberglass with an edge in ABS that increases impact resistance. The shaft is Quickblade’s conical Diamond Elite shaft. A shaft that tapers up towards the handle and has an oval cross section for increased precision when inserting and steering. The shaft is made entirely of carbon fiber as well as the handle, which is designed to minimize incorrect loading on the wrist when you put pressure on the paddle.
The conical shape of the shaft reduces the weight of the SUP paddle while the conical shape controls the bending of the shaft and you get a firmer grip on the shaft if you choose to grip down to increase your paddle frequency.
The evenly narrow contour of the paddle blade provides an easy and smooth insertion. The back of the blade has a markedly concave UV shape that gives a very good grip in the water and maximum effect during the driving phase of the paddle cycle. At the front there is a bulge that helps to stabilize the paddle and you get a flexible recess in the paddle cycle.
Quickblade UV Hex Flex has a slightly softer blade than Quickblade UV All Carbon, which has a stiffer paddle blade made entirely of carbon fiber.
If you’re wondering which UV is for you, here’s a quick guide:
UV77: up to 65kg (up to ~143 lbs)
UV82: 65-80kg (~143-176 lbs)
UV88: 80kg plus (~176 lbs plus)
Hybrid weight is 16 ounces
UV-77 is 77 sq/in 6.5” wide x 17” tall blade
UV-82 is 82 sq/in 6.75” wide x 17.5” tall blade
UV-88 is 88 sq/in 7” wide x 18” tall blade