One of the most important decisions you’ll make as a standup paddler is deciding which SUP paddle is right for you. While you don’t need to limit yourself to one paddle, you’ll still want to choose the best paddle to help you achieve a particular goal or experience.
Our trio of high-performance SUP racing, touring and training paddles features the most innovative blade designs and top performance in the sport. While the Hydro FlowX was our original game-changing SUP race paddle, we’ve expanded the collection to include our lightning-fast Hydro SprintX for sprinting and our hyper-smooth Hydro TempoX for recreational flat-water paddlers.
The question is: Which Hydro is best for you?
To make the best decision, you’ll need to consider a few factors including skill level, paddling goals, injury history, budget, and paddling discipline—racing, sprinting, touring, etc. This quick guide to race and touring paddles is intended to help you make the best decision to advance your paddling goals, but if you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to send us a question.
RACING, TOURING & FITNESS PADDLE COMPARISON
|Best For:||Competitive and professional racers looking maximum speed during sprint or short distance races.||Serious paddlers who want the very best performace for racing & touring with reduced fatigue.||Ideal for enthusiasts looking to take their flat water paddling to the next step.|
|Suitable For:||Advanced to professional athletes.||Advanced to professional athletes.||Intermediate to advanced paddlers|
|Ideal cadence:||High to Very High||Medium to High||Medium to High|
|Sizes Available||XL, Large, Medium & Small||XL, Large, Medium, Small & XS||XL, Large, Medium & Small|
|Shaft||TEXCARBON||TEXCARBON||REFLEX100 or REFLEX90|
|Construction||TEXCARBON 30T||TEXCARBON 30T||REFLEX100|
|Options||1-Piece||1-Piece & 3-Piece Travel||1-Piece, 2-Piece Adjustable & 3-Piece Travel Adjustable|
|3-Piece Join Type||N/A||2 x HEX||1 x HEX|
|Blade Angle (degrees)||7.5°||9.33°||10°|
|Weight (gr / oz)||From 375 / 13.2||From 340 / 12.0||From 450 / 15.9|
|USA Retail (Ex Tax)||$625||$625||From $450|
|Buy Now||Buy Now||Buy Now|
SUP PADDLE FOR RACING, ENDURANCE, TOURING & FITNESS
Featuring a revolutionary new blade design, the test winning, and world recored breaking Hydro FlowX redefines what a paddle stroke feels like—a fluid movement which reduces energy usage while increasing forward thrust. Whether you are training, racing or cruising, this paddle will enhance every moment spent on the water—both in terms of performance and pleasure.
Ideal Paddler for Hydro FlowX:
You are passionate about standup paddling and want to improve both your performance and on-water experience. It’s likely that you regularly compete in SUP races, but perhaps you simply get on the water to train for fitness and fun. Long distance paddling is something you regularly participate in, whether it be in flat-water or downwind conditions.
You are looking for a paddle that not only improves your overall performance, but also reduces fatigue and protects your body from injury—ultimately allowing you to spend more time on the water.
You want the best paddle money can buy.
Best For: Professional Paddlers, Advanced Paddlers, Middle / Longer Distance Racing >5km, Endurance Events & Races, Donwwinding.
PADDLE TECHNOLOGY & FEATURES
If you have any questions about the Hydro FlowX paddle and whether it is suitable for your paddling needs, please get in touch and we can discuss via chat, email or arrange a personal consultation.
A SUP PADDLE FOR SPRINTING & SHORT DISTANCE RACING
A first-of-its-kind SUP paddle designed for sprinting and short-distance racing, our all-new Hydro SprintX enables you to maximize speed and acceleration over a short distance. Developed in collaboration with APP World Champion Arthur Arutkin.
Ideal Paddler for Hydro SprintX:
You’re an advanced or professional standup paddler that will be competing in SUP sprint racing or short distance and technical style racing. Finding a performance advantage is your main goal—especially important considering SUP sprint races are decided by tenths of a second. You possess excellent paddle stroke technique and are simply looking to maximize your speed and acceleration over a short distance.
The Hydro SprintX is unlikely to be your first or only Black Project paddle, it is ideally paired in your quiver with the Hydro FlowX.
You are in search of the fastest and most explosive SUP paddle in the sport. Win or lose, you’ll be holding the most lethal paddle on the start line.
Best For: Professional Paddles, Sprinting, Short Distance Racing <5km, Technical & Beach Races, 200m races, Time Trials, Downwind Foiling.
PADDLE TECHNOLOGY & FEATURES
SUP PADDLE FOR FITNESS, TOURING & RECREATIONAL RACING
Inspired by the revolutionary blade design of our top-rated Hydro FlowX paddle, but at a more affordable price point that will appeal to a wider market—the Hydro TempoX is the perfect choice for flat-water paddlers searching for a mix of premium performance and high value.
Ideal Paddler for Hydro TempoX:
You have been standup paddling for a while with an all-around recreational paddle, like our Lava, but are ready to step up to the next level. While you may occasionally enter a race for fun, your main motivation is getting on the water for touring or fitness paddling. You are beginning to paddle longer distances, but fatigue or soreness is holding you back from paddling further and/or more regularly.
You are looking for a carbon SUP paddle that’s forgiving and naturally helps correct your form, while still providing maximum performance and reduced fatigue for long distance flat-water paddling. You may have heard about the revolutionary performance of our Hydro FlowX and wanted to experience it for yourself, but are looking for a more budget-friendly option.
The adjustable option will be attractive for those looking to experiment with paddle length or share their paddle with others.
Best For: Intermediate Paddlers, Advanced Padders, Touring, Fitness, Middle & Long Distance Paddling, Recreational Racing.