An ideal starter paddle for a novice or anyone just getting into paddle boarding. It's light enough and strong enough for everyday paddling and it won't break the bank.
SUP PADDLES EXPLAINED
There are several different features of a paddle that you need to consider before purchasing. Below we take a look at the important aspects of the paddles.
Material- Paddles are commonly made from either aluminum, fiber glass, carbon, or a mix of both. Your standard paddle in a package would usually be aluminum, with fiber glass paddles being the most expensive. Always check the small print as many paddles say they are all carbon but have a fiver glass blade and grip or say they are all fiber glass but have a plastic blade.
Weight- Aluminum paddles are the heaviest with carbon being the lightest. You will certainly pay more for a lightweight paddle and this will make it easier to maneuver for Elite or smaller paddlers. 3-Piece paddles are heavier than 2-piece due to the additional connector pin.
Blade size- This is a very important factor to consider. Blade sizes might range from 80-90 for a small blade, 85-95 for a medium blade, and 90-100 for a large blade. A smaller blade is better for an Elite paddler because it will increase the turnover and feathering efficiency, and is also ideal for a smaller paddler as it puts less force through the arms and shoulders. A large blade is better for a novice paddler as it will catch more water with an inefficient stroke. A very strong paddler will also find a big blade faster as it can produce the power needed.
Blade angle- Something that is less commonly explored is blade angle. A smaller angle of 7 degrees works well for a novice paddler and makes it easier to catch the water. A 10 degree angle is very versatile for all abilities, whereas an Elite paddler might choose a 12 degree angle allowing them to get a longer reach and feather faster.
DESIGN PROCESS + LIMITED RUNS
Maho frames are all designed in-house to reflect timeless vintage Coastal style while delivering uncompromising performance and comfort. Every style is inspired by classic eyewear of the 1940s through 1990s and updated with modern materials, bold colors, and comfort enhancements.
We are driven by constant experimentation and innovation, so we continually introduce new frames and colorways and temporarily retire old ones every season. Not only is every frame a one-of-a-kind handmade piece, every style is also part of a limited edition run.
ZYL ACETATE HANDMADE FRAMES
The king of eyewear materials, Zyl acetate is a high quality material derived from wood pulp and natural cotton fibers -- both renewable resources. Unlike plastic frames, Zyl’s color will not fade over time as the hue is engrained in the material rather than printed or sprayed on. It is the standard material in high-end fashion frames because the color never peels or fades. Zyl is smooth, lightweight, and best of all -- keeps the wearer from putting petroleum-based products directly on the skin.
Maho’s handmade Zyl acetate frames permit any sun lens to be swapped out for a prescription lens. Your local optician will always prefer to work with handmade frames, because Zyl acetate can be heated and molded to achieve a perfect fit for any face. Maho utilizes its own lab, so that you can also order prescription lenses directly through our site.
People with sensitive skin often have trouble with common eyewear made from petroleum-based plastic and low quality metals. Maho’s handmade Zyl acetate frames and stainless steel hardware are hypoallergenic -- so anyone can wear and enjoy them for a lifetime.
ITALIAN BARREL HINGES
Many sunglasses are made with spring hinges that are likely to break or loosen over time. All Maho frames are built with riveted and barreled surgical stainless steel 316L hinges for a lifetime of adventures outdoors.
ULTRAMARINE™ TRIVEX LENSES
Traditional lenses are made from polycarbonate plastic, mineral glass, or CR39 plastic. Mineral glass and CR39 can crack or shatter, making them potentially dangerous for your eyes during outdoor high-impact activities. Polycarbonate is tough and durable, but has poor clarity. Maho Ultramarine lenses utilize premium trivex, which is extremely tough, durable, and scratch resistant, but also as clear and vibrant as the human eye can perceive.
Glare fades colors, reduces detail, and causes eye strain and fatigue. Every pair of Maho sunglasses feature polarized lenses eliminate over 99% of glare, allowing you to experience the outdoors at their best.
All of our lenses are treated with an anti-reflective coating that reduces the light that comes through the back of the frame. Our AR coating reduces glare and increases comfort and clarity.
Sweat and water are not welcome on our lenses. Our lenses are treated with a special layer that helps repel water and oil.
Most sunglasses simply darken the wearer’s view. Maho lenses enhance your view by saturating the colors you naturally perceive, so you achieve better contrast and greater depth perception.
Your eyes demand protection from exposure to the sun’s rays. Maho lenses eliminate 100% of UVA/UVB radiation, and protect against eye strain caused by glare, reflection, and distortion.
Designed in the Virgin Islands to optimize clarity and enrich color, Maho lenses stand alone. Designed and tested on the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, every pair is polarized, ultra-light weight, anti-reflective, and liquid repellent.