What does a “cosmetic second” mean?
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 are minor scratches, resin bubbles or scuff marks caught by our quality team.
Do I still get a warranty with my “cosmetic second” paddle?
Every Aqua Bound/ 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!
What colors 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 do keep a select number of discontinued options available for sale in cosmetic second fashion, depending on our current inventory position.
How do “cosmetic second” composite paddles compare to the Ray Series?
Our “cosmetic seconds” paddles are available only in our compression molded composite blades like our Tango, Whiskey, and Malta. They offer a great opportunity to upgrade your paddling experience to our next-level paddles at a reduced cost. The entire paddle is structurally sound, and the imperfections in the blades are minor – so you have the chance to own our highest quality paddle without paying quite as much as you would for our “first” quality paddle. Whether you are hitting the ocean waves, or taking a lap around the lake, if you’re ready to make the jump from our ever-popular Ray Series then grab a “cosmetic second” paddles while they last!
Are “seconds” paddles also experiencing production delays?
Our American-made operations team is prioritizing our dealer orders and stocking 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 a 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.