Every Stand Up Paddle surfer knows that missing a good wave because of a slick and slippery (you name it …) paddle shaft is part of the game. Not to mention, a slippery shaft can turn even a simple cruising session into a less than rewarding experience, to say the least. The bottom line is that a cheap and ugly paddle that feels good in your hand is better than a beautiful and expensive one that doesn't. Indeed, a slick paddle belongs to the latter category without doubt.
That’s why improving the paddle grip is mandatory even for the recreational paddler. That in turn can be done in three different ways: by waxing the shaft, by wearing paddle gloves and - last but not least! - by gripping the paddle. The first two solutions have drawbacks though. Waxing the shaft is a poor remedy as the paddle may shift under traction, not to mention it gets dirty (sands etc.) just after a couple of sessions and wax tends to melt on hot days. Gloves are OK but not everyone would wear them in Summer. That’s why you may want to grip your paddle with a specific tape. EVA paddle grips have been available for a while but now there is an entirely different option in terms of material, quality and functionality: the RailSaverPro Paddle Grip. First things first, It’s incredibly thin and light (just 21 grams, that’s it!). Secondly, the high tech water-repellant rubber tape of the RSPRO Paddle Grip is milled, thus greatly improving the grip of the paddle. Lastly, it fits every paddle on the market with a length and width of respectively 28 cm and 10 cm (11’’ X 3.9’’).
First things first, It’s incredibly thin and light (just 21 grams, that’s it!). Secondly, the high tech water-repellant rubber tape of the RSPRO Paddle Grip is milled, thus greatly improving the grip of the paddle. Lastly, it fits every paddle on the market with a length and width of respectively 28 cm and 10 cm (11’’ X 3.9’’).
Installing the paddle grip turned out to be absolutely straightforward. The video below walked us through the entire process and we were able to install the grip in less than 10 minutes.
The detailed instructions along with the video are also available here .
On the water
Right after the very first strokes we were blown away by the outstanding grip provided by the RSPRO Paddle Grip. Thanks to the increased grip using the paddle as a pivot in slidey cutbacks and roundhouses was easier than ever. We only wish that a similar option was implemented for T or D handles as the contrast between their slick (carbon or wooden) surface and the shaft covered by the RSPRO Paddle Grip is striking. Yet we are pretty sure that Rail Saver Pro will release sooner or later a grip option for the handle too.
Conclusions % Verdict
In the end, The RSPRO paddle grip is by far the best we’ve used so far as far as grip and lightness are concerned. Recreational and competitive SUPpers who are serious about improving paddling and wave riding performance should consider this great option. At 29 € (there is a special offer if you order a pair though) it’s a little pricey compared to common EVA Paddle Grips but rest assured, the RSPRO Paddle Grip is worth every single cent.
Effective in improving the grip, light, thin, easy to install,it fits every paddle