WHAT: Wooden travel SUP paddle
WHY: Handcrafted with a beautiful design for stand-up paddleboarding
Made from Peruvian walnut, red cedar, and guanacaste, the Deppen Lalani travel paddles ($469) feature linear designs created with different combinations of the woods (“lalani” is Hawaiian for line). All of Deppen’s paddles feature a carbon-fiber core, an 11-degree blade bend, and a hand-carved dihedral for more efficient paddling. The blades are wrapped in fiberglass cloth and then the whole paddle is coated in polyurethane for added strength. Deppen’s patented grips give your hands better positioning for increased stability and less energy use. The carved finger grips let you know right away that your hands are in the best position. The travel model slides apart with the press of a stainless-steel button. An adjustable travel model, with a shaft that expands in 2-inch increments, can be had for $569.