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Created by 1fox > 9 months ago, 15 Jun 2019
1fox
151 posts
15 Jun 2019 9:59PM
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Hi,

My 9 years old QB Kanaha snapped in the blade yesterday.

The QB Kanaha is a very reliable paddle. I surely go for a new QB.

Anyone tried the new UV88? Have you also tried the V drive?

Opinions appreciated :)


Area10
1478 posts
16 Jun 2019 2:57AM
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I haven't tried the UV88, but I'd be seriously tempted to buy it if I was buying a paddle now. The only thing that would stop me is that I prefer a smaller blade than 88 these days. I have a 71 v-drive and it never slips.

in fact, I have each of the v-drive blades (101, 91, 81,71) and I also have every size in the all-carbon Trifectas. My favourite is the 71 vdrive.

However YMMV. If they made a UV71 or even a UV61, I would buy it immediately.

I have lots of other brands' paddies. But I keep coming back to QB. They aren't the lightest or best value, but they are quality all-round.

1fox
151 posts
16 Jun 2019 3:30AM
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Area10 said..
I haven't tried the UV88, but I'd be seriously tempted to buy it if I was buying a paddle now. The only thing that would stop me is that I prefer a smaller blade than 88 these days. I have a 71 v-drive and it never slips.

in fact, I have each of the v-drive blades (101, 91, 81,71) and I also have every size in the all-carbon Trifectas. My favourite is the 71 vdrive.

However YMMV. If they made a UV71 or even a UV61, I would buy it immediately.

I have lots of other brands' paddies. But I keep coming back to QB. They aren't the lightest or best value, but they are quality all-round.


Hi Area10,

Thank you for the prompt feedback!
Usually I use a Kanaha 83 and I prefer it for the surf than the snapped 91. The 91 I usually used for bigger boards, to have all that volume starting...
I'm 185 lbs 6'1. Don't you think 71 is too small for me?
What I appreciate the most about QB is the reliability. However, as far as I understood, they took out some weight from the UV88, which means less material, and as consequence less resiliance.

1fox
151 posts
21 Jul 2019 6:32AM
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Made my mind and went with the QB UV88.
Light, balanced, nice shaft shape and traction.
Deep groove blade.
I'm used to teardrop blades, this has different power output.
Definitely has an output equivalent to a larger one.
For my longboard sups it's great. For smaller boards I'd prefer a smaller one. Hope they make it.

In short: a great paddle.




Balsaboards N.Z.
77 posts
21 Jul 2019 9:38AM
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Sunova balsa/bamboo are very strong

JEG
VIC, 1469 posts
21 Jul 2019 6:28PM
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1fox said..
Made my mind and went with the QB UV88.
Light, balanced, nice shaft shape and traction.
Deep groove blade.
I'm used to teardrop blades, this has different power output.
Definitely has an output equivalent to a larger one.
For my longboard sups it's great. For smaller boards I'd prefer a smaller one. Hope they make it.

In short: a great paddle.





I was gonna say QB, it does cost but thier soo good and that new UV blade will be my next paddle for sure.

bazzaf
NSW, 10 posts
25 Jul 2019 12:41PM
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Pretty paddle...if you have trouble gripping the small diameter shaft , try rubbing same with ordinary surfboard wax. If you want a STRONG paddle at the same weight, try a kelvar/carbon one.

Nugdam
QLD, 478 posts
25 Jul 2019 1:23PM
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1fox said..
Made my mind and went with the QB UV88.
Light, balanced, nice shaft shape and traction.
Deep groove blade.
I'm used to teardrop blades, this has different power output.
Definitely has an output equivalent to a larger one.
For my longboard sups it's great. For smaller boards I'd prefer a smaller one. Hope they make it.

In short: a great paddle.





I'm sure they are doing a 82 model

JEG
VIC, 1469 posts
25 Jul 2019 1:42PM
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82 is already here for some.

1fox
151 posts
25 Jul 2019 5:10PM
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JEG said..
82 is already here for some.


yes... just 2 weeks later...
I'm 81kg. I'd recommend 82 for surf. 88 is not high cadence for me. is nevertheless a great piece of equipment.
(I was still in Kanaha and of course there's a big leap).

simultaneously Gong start selling again their carbon pro which have a killer price. Sooner I'll go for a Gong or an 82.

Themoke
QLD, 48 posts
26 Jul 2019 10:22AM
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I am thinking about upgrading to the UV82 from my Vdrive 81. Is there much of a difference? Its a big investment if theres not much difference

26 Jul 2019 12:36PM
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Just got a new QuickBlade UV88 whilst on Maui & worth every cent....Love it for foiling or downwinding...Highly recommend it...






1fox
151 posts
19 Aug 2019 2:01AM
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some weeks later I have accumulated enough sessions to have a better opinion.
I've been using the uv88 and the old kanaha and now feels a bit night and day.
the uv88 is nimble but quite powerful. the texture and size of the shaft are both great and even the handle is quite ergonomic. last bot not least, light.

It was hard for me to spend so much but now I'm completely sold to it :)

KarlLQ
26 posts
14 Jun 2020 1:05PM
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1fox said..
some weeks later I have accumulated enough sessions to have a better opinion.
I've been using the uv88 and the old kanaha and now feels a bit night and day.
the uv88 is nimble but quite powerful. the texture and size of the shaft are both great and even the handle is quite ergonomic. last bot not least, light.

It was hard for me to spend so much but now I'm completely sold to it :)


Hi
How is the UV88 going for surfing?

Would you go for the 82 if buying again?

Karl

1fox
151 posts
16 Jun 2020 6:23AM
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Hi Karl,

I think I'd keep the 88.
For someone in general, it depends on the weight, size of the board and cadence vs power preference. For my current 80Kgs and typically surfing longboards, the paddle is great. If I was surfing mainly under 8'0, I'd find it too powerfull.
I'd say that the 88 is suited for someone >=75kg.
Purely for surfing I think I'd go for the 82...but the 88 is a also a winner.

josc
QLD, 34 posts
24 Jul 2020 6:05AM
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I got a new stick last week still haven't used it anyone got any comments about them


slsurf
3 posts
25 Jul 2020 1:12AM
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I have the 82 black project surge for surf sup, love this paddle, very fast return due to light weight blade and great hold on the catch. Good quality although I did snap the shaft when it got between the board and the whitewater in a wipeout but don't fault the paddle for that. Sometimes its better to let go...

Area10
1478 posts
25 Jul 2020 7:41AM
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I have the 82 BP Surge. The handle isn't very comfortable and its pretty average in most other ways IMO. Very expensive for what it is, I think. I tried the other BP paddle (Hydro?) and felt it was better. Sometimes I wonder how much the BP guys actually use their own products. The QB paddles are far better IMO.

Btw a surprise great race paddle turns out to be the RRD race pro. Nothing special for surf but great value for racing. The Gong Pro paddles are incredible value and are crazily good for downwind, for reasons I don't fully understand. OK for other things.

But if I was only allowed one paddle for everything (and all disciplines) I'd go with a QB vdrive. Maybe a UV but I prefer sub-80 blades.

burchas
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26 Jul 2020 9:36AM
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Area10 said..
I have the 82 BP Surge. The handle isn't very comfortable and its pretty average in most other ways IMO. Very expensive for what it is, I think. I tried the other BP paddle (Hydro?) and felt it was better. Sometimes I wonder how much the BP guys actually use their own products. The QB paddles are far better IMO.

Btw a surprise great race paddle turns out to be the RRD race pro. Nothing special for surf but great value for racing. The Gong Pro paddles are incredible value and are crazily good for downwind, for reasons I don't fully understand. OK for other things.

But if I was only allowed one paddle for everything (and all disciplines) I'd go with a QB vdrive. Maybe a UV but I prefer sub-80 blades.



Not a fan of the Black Project my self. Tried their recent offerings and even-though I'm a paddle hoarder, I wasn't tempted to buy one.

The QB UV 82 on the other hand is quickly becoming a favorite of mine for certain application. I wasn't a big fan of the V-Drive and I was skeptical this one will be substantially different but it is. Give you all the Power of the V-Drive minus the shoulder wrecking affect of it.

I deliberately went with the Hex Flex construction rather than the All carbon since this blade has some "give" in it. I matched it with a custom shaft that has my desired flex in it and the result is impressive. Feels better than all my other paddles in the 82 range in power to comfort ratio.

I'm sure by now most know that QB as a 77 version of the UV so that is a most welcome addition.

Word of caution though about the Hex flex construction - It is heavy. double the weight of my 4.5oz ZRE blade or just over 9oz. (my second heaviest blade after the Blue Planet KayZen at 10.1 oz!!!)I made sure to match it with an equivalent shaft/handle weight so not throw-off the swing balance as with a light shaft the combo feels odd and imbalanced. But at 18oz overall, it is solid and not too heavy.



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