Cosmetic Seconds FAQs

What does “Cosmetic Second” mean?

Our quality assurance department has extremely stringent standards when it comes to our products. A paddle identified to be “first” quality has no more than one minor cosmetic imperfection per blade. Ideally, there are no imperfections, and often this is the case. A Cosmetic Second paddle is allowed only 2-4 minor imperfections per blade. The shaft and all other components of the paddle are first quality. Rest assured, these blemishes are in appearance only and in no way affect the function or structural integrity of the paddle. Examples include (but are not limited to) minor scratches, resin bubbles or scuff marks caught by our quality team. 

Do I still get a warranty with my Cosmetic Second paddle?

Every Bending Branches paddle is given the same warranty guarantee as the first quality paddles. We stand behind our products, no matter what price you pay.

How much are the Cosmetic Second paddles?

Our Cosmetic Second paddles are sold at a 20% discounted rate. Once you add the paddle to your cart, your discount will automatically be applied. It’s hard to find a better deal on an extremely high-quality paddle elsewhere!

Which patterns are available?

Cosmetic second paddle options are the same as our first quality options, as those blades were originally intended for regular retail sale. The color options vary from time-to-time because Cosmetic Second blades are never produced in a predictable manner. We sometimes have a select number of discontinued patterns available for sale in Cosmetic Second fashion, depending on our current inventory position. Always check our website for the most up-to-date pattern availability.

Are seconds paddles also experiencing production delays?

Our operations team is prioritizing our dealer orders and helping them stock their shelves above everything else. Buying a cosmetic second paddles is a great way to jump the line when it comes to receiving your paddle. As an American-made-to-order manufacturer, we build every paddle from scratch. However, our cosmetic second blades have the advantage of already being built – meaning all you must do is place the order, and we can get started putting your paddle together immediately. Bottom line, you can get out on the water sooner with a seconds paddle. No more waiting for fun on the water!

What do the cosmetic imperfections look like?

While it is not possible to give an exact look at each of our cosmetic second blades due to the variance in blemishes, we can give you a look below at what a cosmetic blemish might look like. For more information, check out our Cosmetic Seconds landing page.

Angler Pro Radiant pattern with a long scratch across the bottom of the front of the blade

Still have questions? Get in touch with our Wisconsin-based Customer Service Team: 715-755-3405 • [email protected]