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Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a fast, non-inflatable, premium race board to paddle competitively then the Javelin Maliko from Naish is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Carbon Elite construction which is durable and also lightweight. Due to its 28 inch width the board is slightly unstable, however the board is fast. It has 1.94 lbs per foot and weighs 27.11 lbs total which is very lightweight for a 14 foot board. Its shape makes the Javelin Maliko a race board that can be used by intermediate paddlers and is designed primarily for competitive racing. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for racing in various conditions. Retailing at $3,199, the board is among the premium price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are great, the shape design is quite thoughtful and the construction strikes as durable. The Javelin Maliko looks great and has detailed graphics that are displayed all throughout the board that are rather eye-catching. The shape design is unique for boards in these categories, offering features tailored primarily for SUP racing, and the construction appears light yet durable, as something that will survive constant but delicate use. This paddle board is pretty easy to carry considering its size and the glide feels fast, which is no surprise since lightweight construction and speed-centric design are at the core of this board model. The board was really fun to paddle and stood out compared to other boards in the category. And once you put it all together, the Javelin Maliko is a fast board that SUP race enthusiasts will have fun on and paddle with ease.
Primary UseRace Use
Paddle Boards fall into two broad categories, All-Around and Specialty boards, with all-around designed primarily for recreation while speciality boards for top performance in specific disciplines
Durability is largely a result of the board construction and shape, with more durable boards typically carrying more materials (added layers, PVC, etc) and as such adding to the weight.
Stability is a product of construction and shape, where boards w/ 30”+ wide and 200+ liters in volume offer plenty of stability for your AVG adult while a board under 26” wide is a challenge.
Glide is a result of board shape and construction, w/ boards weighing under 30lbs and designed for racing offering best glide while recreational boards normally being on the slow side.
Dimensions14' x 28" x 6.37"
Industry standard in board dimensions reads: L (length, from nose to tail) x W (width, from rail to rail at midpoint length), and H (height, from top to bottom of board at midpoint length).
Standup paddle boards tend to fall into 4 different weight classes: extremely lightweight (under 20 lbs), lightweight (20-28 lbs), average weight (28-35 lbs), heavy (above 35 lbs).
Volume is a key metric to determine how much weight a board can carry. Boards w/ 200+ liters offer most floatation with boards under 150 liters typically for high-performance surf.
Capacity is the max cargo weight a stand up paddle board can carry, considering not only the paddler’s weight but whatever else the paddler may choose to carry alongside him/her.
Add-on’s include bungee cords, a minimalist way to haul things; connexsup, which allows for all sorts of attachments, even fishing rods; and FCS II/Connect, for easy fin instal.
HandleInternal Ergo Grip
Handles directly affect carrying ease, with external grip handles (Liftsup & EZgrab) offering most comfort, Internal Ergo Grip the mid-tier comfort, and box handles as least comfortable.
Fishing rod holders and/or paddle holders can make paddling that much more pleasant, esp. when needing holders for the rod or having a safe place for the paddle during yoga.
|14 Feet||28 Inches||6.38 Inches||281 L|
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