Top positive review
Price is amazing for the quality, £400 is more like it
7 April 2018
I’ve been on a few solid sups before, surfed and owned a kayak but fancied an inflatable sup because my car can’t get roof bars.
Having not used an inflatable sup before I was skeptical about which to buy, spent a good week or 2 reading reviews on various websites, watching videos of testing and comparing ratings and prices...
After a solid amount of research and having been somewhat persuaded by the comments on this page I gave in a week ago and bought it.
It arrived this week (also bought a new wetsuit)... and it arrived really very fast (uk Cardiff, 3/4 days. My wetsuit came early this morning, and I couldn’t wait for the weekend so tried it out today...
I previously pumped the board up on instant arrival, and from opening it and inflating all the gear was incredibly well made. Period. If you’re sceptical about the price like I was - really, it is a bargain.
Inflation was around 3minutes maybe slightly less, although I might mention the last 10 pumps are a workout.
Super light weight to carry (obviously)... having used it on a river today & in an open bay I can safely say this thing is worth your money. If you’re comparing a few, and are below intermediate standard, maybe just getting into it, or thinking about buying it as a gift - I highly reccomend.
Made of incredibly thick material, all sealed and manufactured well. All accessories are pretty high end stuff (especially the large bag). After maybe 5 minutes of understanding the balance require for an inflatable you’ll be over the moon. Super relaxing when just paddling along, and also pretty killer when thrashing it for some speed!
Can safely say this things gunna bring me some joy this summer.
Hope this review helps anyone
So I’ve had this kit for maybe 2/3 months now. And previously wrote my car couldn’t get roof bars- I could - so I bought some, and a kayak... I’ve been out on this board maybe 8/10 times now, some alone some with a mate- I can happily say if you’re debating this or a kayak go for this. You’d think this is a bit more boring but it really isn’t, when out on the kayak with a mate on this after 10 minutes I’m dying to stand up and paddle. There really is no comparing it in terms of relaxing and going at your own pace on the water - it’s great.
Some things I might add:
The pump broke a few weeks ago while I was out with a club- I was gutted. The nozzle end glue was pretty poor so it just needed glueing back on with some better stuff so this was an easy fix.. although the last 3 times I’ve used the pump I’m not sure whether the seals broken or whether I’m going crazy, but it seems to play up some times.
Finally - I can’t remeber the recommended max weight for this thing, but I think it’s heavier than me. I’m 12.2 stone, 5’9 and I’d say I’m over heavy for it- when out with a sup club the guys all said I looked too heavy for it (with 16 psi in it- recommended is 15-17). It dips a fair amount in the middle with my weight, weirdly comparing it to other boards the thickness/height of it (not length or width) is pretty shallow- almost half of that of most boards- think this has something to do with it.
If you’re looking for something to go on the open sea with every week I’d say go for something else (for safety, buoyancy & balance) - though for general paddling & some enjoyment over summer on some lakes, rivers or in a bay id say this is well worth it if you don’t wanna pay 500+
For me, despite the small negatives, I bl**dy love it!