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RS Pro Paddle Edge Saver
« on: September 12, 2019, 01:31:52 PM »
I couldn't find much info on the somewhat new RS Pro Paddle Blade Edge Saver product - https://www.rspro.org/products/edge-saver-jumbo-2pcs

Does anyone have any experience w/ this paddle edge product especially in combination with having RS Pro rail tape installed on your board?  I think I read somewhere that the rail saver tape can easily shred the RS Pro paddle edge saver product.

Many thanks!
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Re: RS Pro Paddle Edge Saver
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2019, 01:53:23 PM »
I use 3M Scotchguard door edge guard. Same stuff, basically, but much cheaper (and a little bit narrower). I apply two layers, then it lasts a long time, even when paddling with RSPro rail savers fitted. If you have just one layer it doesn’t last that long - two layers put on together last longer than one layer followed by another when the first one goes. You won’t notice it’s there - you can’t even see it from a short distance away.

I’d never use a blade without protection on it. Very soon your blade edge gets a nick or a split, or you cut your feet with the blade when changing hands. And impacts on your board can be brutal.

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Re: RS Pro Paddle Edge Saver
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2019, 02:30:32 PM »
Ditto on the 3M door guard, tho’ I haven’t yet done the two layer approach. Sounds like a good idea.
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Re: RS Pro Paddle Edge Saver
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2019, 02:32:49 PM »
I used to use electrical tape and it works great but had to replace it every six months or so because it would get nicks and tears in it.

I started using the PSPro and love it and it’s lasted years. I made this vid showing how I fitted it and back then they only had the short version. (Which I think is fine and plenty long enough) but since I’ve bought the new longer version and it’s the same but goes all the way the blade edge to the shaft.

I’ve had no issues with using it with the RSPro rail tape on the board but then I don’t regularly wack my rails and drag my paddle down my rail with every stroke like some people do.

It’s a great product in my opinion.


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Re: RS Pro Paddle Edge Saver
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2019, 03:02:10 PM »
If you put this on your paddle do you still need anything on your rails ? or use both ?
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Re: RS Pro Paddle Edge Saver
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2019, 03:17:33 PM »
Ditto on the 3M door guard, tho’ I haven’t yet done the two layer approach. Sounds like a good idea.

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Re: RS Pro Paddle Edge Saver
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2019, 07:33:02 PM »
If you put this on your paddle do you still need anything on your rails ? or use both ?
I do have boards that I haven’t fitted rail tape to, and because I tape my blade they are not chipped. Eventually you just gently wear away the paint where the paddle shaft runs against the rail, if you do touch your rails regularly (I seem to do it on some boards but not on others). But if you tape your rails as well as your paddle, both stay pristine pretty much forever, barring an accident. I actually run a short piece of the door edge protector tape up the side of the shaft for a few inches higher than the blade, which provides another piece of protection against paddle/rail connection: RSPro rail saver can be a little abrasive on the shaft of your paddle.

Whether you need, or want, to do these things will depend on your particular board and paddle stroke, and how much you care about your boards. DavidJohn takes beautiful care of his boards (so do I) so they still look almost like new even after several years of use.

These days I am mostly paddling boards that don’t have any paint on them. So they don’t chip. But I still use both blade and rail protector. And because I protect my blades, other people don’t mind me paddling their boards. It is IMO the height of lack of consideration to paddle someone else’s untaped board with your untaped paddle.

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Re: RS Pro Paddle Edge Saver
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2019, 12:34:58 AM »
I tried them all and started on electrical tape but only last a month then you need to replace them often, then RS pro but too expensive and tick and doesn't last as long and get knick easily. Also bought numerous tapes at hardware shop but there either too thick and peel off easily. The best by far is 3M tape Area 10 said or helicopter tape, it's thin and tuff than those other tapes I have tried.

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Re: RS Pro Paddle Edge Saver
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2019, 06:22:09 AM »
Another vote for the 3M tape. Is easy to apply and works like magic. I apply it on the paddle blade edge and also up the shaft a few inches. With this I never bother to apply rail tape on my board. I'm not much of a "rail banger" to start with, but when I do hit the rail, since my paddle has the 3M tape, my board is protected.
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Re: RS Pro Paddle Edge Saver
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2019, 06:40:26 AM »
always used 3m electrical tape--seal shaft/handle/blade connections---works well, nice colors

shreds relatively quickly but easy to remove reapply

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Re: RS Pro Paddle Edge Saver
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2019, 07:46:29 AM »
Are you getting the 3M tape online ?
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Re: RS Pro Paddle Edge Saver
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2019, 08:25:17 AM »
RSPRO makes GREAT PRODUCTS

But an inexpensive alternative blade edge protection is
3M Door Guard Clear, Tough and very thin!
and a roll does like 6 paddles so inexpensive to boot!

I DID NOT figure this out a "Lurker on the Zone here showed me...We put it on for free with paddles purchased at the shop
It is THAT EASY.

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Re: RS Pro Paddle Edge Saver
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2019, 09:11:40 AM »
JEGS also has it!

Racer's tape to protect EXPENSIVE paint jobs..
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