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Created by 1fox 2 months ago, 15 Jun 2019
1fox
147 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
1421 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
147 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
147 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.




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

JEG
VIC, 1206 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, 6 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, 296 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, 1206 posts
25 Jul 2019 1:42PM
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82 is already here for some.

1fox
147 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...








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