What is a Cosmetic Second?

Our quality assurance department has extremely stringent standards when it comes to our products. A first quality paddle is allowed one minor imperfection per blade. Ideally, there are no imperfections, and often this is the case. Our Cosmetic Second paddles are allowed only 2-4 imperfections per blade. The shaft and all other components of the paddle are first quality. Rest assured, these cosmetic blemishes in no way affect the function of the paddle – but could include porosity, streaking, scratches, or inconsistencies in the laminated finish caught by our quality team.

This Tango Fuego blade is considered a Cosmetic Second because of the circular bubble off the core of the dihedral. This is one of the more common imperfections in a Cosmetic Second.

This Tango Green Tide blade is considered a Cosmetic Second because of the multiple resin holes across the front of the blade. It's rare to see this many imperfections in one place, but possible.

This Whiskey Northern Lights blade has multiple small resin holes across the front. With a completely hand-built blade and molding process, these bubbles happen from time to time.

Cosmetic Seconds FAQs

Want to know more about our Cosmetic Second blades? This article discusses how we determine what is a Cosmetic Second and accompanying frequently asked questions.

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Aqua Bound’s Quality Assurance Process

Here at Aqua Bound our top priority is to be sure every kayak, stand-up or canoe paddle we sell is of the highest quality. That includes three main factors: cosmetic appeal, light weight and durability.

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