The STAGE SwitchBlade SUP paddle is used similar to a kayak paddle while stand up paddleboarding. This method creates a steady rhythm, which provides better balance and increased maneuverability. These 2-sided SUP paddles are great for beginners learning to balance and for experts running rivers or paddling into currents and small waves. Once you try the STAGE Switchblade double bladed paddleboard paddle, you will not want to go back to a single paddle again.
Overall, this paddle works well. Being able to use it for 2-sided paddling while standing is nice, but works your muscles in a different way that I personally dislike when compared to conventional paddles. My only complaint is that the shape of the paddle itself is sloped more than I would prefer, which makes it somewhat harder to control.
Easy assembly, easy to handle
I bought my first paddleboard this spring and it immediately changed my life. On about my second run, I immediately realized the inefficiency of the classic single blade SUP paddle. I thought, "Wouldn't it be great to have an extended double-bladed kayak paddle to be more efficient?" I went home and searched online and found the Stage Switchblade 2.0 paddle and ordered it. I fell in love with it on my first outing. Simply put, it allows you to generate more power with less work so you can go faster and stay at speed without losing power (especially going into a headwind). It's easy to assemble, disassemble, store and transport. The adjustable length is great when you switch from sitting or kneeling and paddling to standing and paddling. You can extend the length so when standing you can achieve maximum efficiency with minimum effort. I am 6' 3" inches tall and I live in a world where nearly everything is designed first for people shorter than I so I appreciate things that meet my height requirements. I live in Austin, Texas, and paddleboarding is a very popular activity. Oddly enough, I don't see many double bladed oars and the Switchblade 2.0 gets lots of looks and questions. My customer experience with Stage has been stellar and they have been very quick, responsive and helpful. Since the paddle is made up of 5 separate parts, there is a bit of give in each stroke. Personally, I'd like to see a version that might be heavier but is sturdier in the water with less give.