Author Topic: Naish Alana 75 Vario Adjustable Backup Paddle: Good Find: Great Price  (Read 1147 times)

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After my right shoulder was surgically repaired back in March of 2017, my orthopedic surgeon told me to ditch my Werner all carbon Trance 85 adjustable paddle since it was too much square inch blade for my right shoulder. He told me to look for a small diameter shaft paddle with a 75 blade size. Basically a woman's paddle.

A few months later in the summer of 2017, while I was rehabbing my right shoulder, I demoed a woman's 2009 year model Starboard Blend 11'2" x 30" x 4.4" @ 168 liters sup. I never said what paddle she was using, but it was a Naish Alana Vario 75 adjustable carbon paddle with a small diameter shaft. In essence, a paddle made for a woman. I have a small skeletal frame since I weighed 146 pounds at that time.

I liked the feel of that paddle back then (and still do to this day). So I searched online for a Naish dealer who had this Alana paddle and the dealer where I found this paddle was Stand On Liquid in Bend, Oregon. At that time, I paid $339 for that paddle with $24.99 for shipping, my total purchase price was ($363.99). After my one year of shoulder rehab was over and I had my 11'1" One World, I enjoyed paddling my OW with my Alana paddle.

Fast forward to 8 days ago. I decided I was going to get a second Alana paddle so I visited Stand On Liquid's website again and found to my delight, another 2017 Naish Alana Vario 75 adjustable carbon paddle. But, as an added bonus, since it was a 2017 model and looked just like my other Alana paddle, the price was only ($179). So with the same $24.99 shipping charge, my backup Alana paddle only cost me ($203.99).

https://www.standonliquid.com/sup-paddles/recreational/naish-alana-vario-adjustable-paddle

Even though I'm 5'8" in height; I prefer an adjustable length paddle because for flat water paddling with my cranky lower back, I like a 77" length and when I'm sup surfing, I like a 75" length. So in essence, for a second Alana 75, a good find with a great price for an all carbon paddle. It arrived at my home today at 5:40 pm via UPS.

« Last Edit: May 30, 2019, 09:59:06 PM by Night Wing »
Blue Planet Duke: 10'5" x 32" x 4.5" @ 190 Liters
Sup Sports Hammer: 8'11" x 31" x 4" @ 140 Liters
SUP Sports One World: 11'1" x 30" x 4.5" @ 173 Liters

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Nice NW. Probably no better adjustable paddle. I lucked into two of the yellow version from a rental place divesting itself of equipment. Super light weight, appropriate diameter shaft, nice tahitian handle. Just feels right. I have two 'guest boards' and these are their paddles. 
Bullet V2; RS 14x26; New Deal 9'6; BluePlanet 9'4

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I might get one.  What are its shortest and longest adjustments?  This has a small shaft?

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Yes  - small diameter shaft.  In the Naish world 'RDS" = reduced diameter shaft.

Length range is 65" to 84".

There is also a version that would match your blue board : )

https://www.standonliquid.com/stand-up-paddle-boards-for-sale/sup-paddles-sale/naish-carbon-plus-vario-rds-paddle 
Bullet V2; RS 14x26; New Deal 9'6; BluePlanet 9'4

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Yes  - small diameter shaft.  In the Naish world 'RDS" = reduced diameter shaft.

Length range is 65" to 84".

You are correct.

Blue Planet Duke: 10'5" x 32" x 4.5" @ 190 Liters
Sup Sports Hammer: 8'11" x 31" x 4" @ 140 Liters
SUP Sports One World: 11'1" x 30" x 4.5" @ 173 Liters

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I can’t spring for it right now.  I have to pay off my board!  I do have the Ke Nalu Konihi, but I’d rather have an adjustable paddle like this.  I could sell the Konihi with xTuff shaft, I guess.

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Darn it, they’re sold out.

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How about the "Performance Jr" version? , still 75 sq in and 17.6 OZ AND  $126...

https://www.standonliquid.com/naish-performance-jr-vario-rds-adjustable-paddle
Bullet V2; RS 14x26; New Deal 9'6; BluePlanet 9'4

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How about the "Performance Jr" version? , still 75 sq in and 17.6 OZ AND  $126...

https://www.standonliquid.com/naish-performance-jr-vario-rds-adjustable-paddle

Since it is a "Jr" version, what is the adjustment range? As they say, "the devil is in the details".  ;)
Blue Planet Duke: 10'5" x 32" x 4.5" @ 190 Liters
Sup Sports Hammer: 8'11" x 31" x 4" @ 140 Liters
SUP Sports One World: 11'1" x 30" x 4.5" @ 173 Liters

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NW, yours are carbon, right?  The Jr is part fiberglass, I think.

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Re: Naish Alana 75 Vario Adjustable Backup Paddle: Good Find: Great Price
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2019, 05:13:16 PM »
Even the Naish website doesn’t say what the lengths are.

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Re: Naish Alana 75 Vario Adjustable Backup Paddle: Good Find: Great Price
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2019, 05:40:02 PM »
NW, yours are carbon, right?  The Jr is part fiberglass, I think.

Both of my Alana 75 Vario RDS paddles are all carbon.
Blue Planet Duke: 10'5" x 32" x 4.5" @ 190 Liters
Sup Sports Hammer: 8'11" x 31" x 4" @ 140 Liters
SUP Sports One World: 11'1" x 30" x 4.5" @ 173 Liters

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Re: Naish Alana 75 Vario Adjustable Backup Paddle: Good Find: Great Price
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2019, 05:48:00 PM »
Even the Naish website doesn’t say what the lengths are.

Call Naish and ask what the adjustment range is in inches for this particular paddle.

The link below is where you'll find the contact info.

https://www.naishusa.com/home/contact/1400.0.1.1
Blue Planet Duke: 10'5" x 32" x 4.5" @ 190 Liters
Sup Sports Hammer: 8'11" x 31" x 4" @ 140 Liters
SUP Sports One World: 11'1" x 30" x 4.5" @ 173 Liters