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Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, yoga-specific board to paddle short distances then the Lotus from Pau Hana is worth a look. This stand up paddle board comes in the EPS foam core construction which is pretty durable and has its ups and downs. Because the board is 34 inches wide the Lotus is very stable, which is ideal for practicing yoga on the water. The board has 3.53 lbs per foot and weighs 35.3 lbs total which is rather heavy for a 10ft board. Its shape makes the Lotus a yoga board that can be used by anyone and was designed primarily for SUP yoga and fitness. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling, usually around the beach or dock in flat water. Retailing at $1,149, the board sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are gorgeous, the design is thoughtful and the construction strikes as durable. The Lotus has some beautiful looks, suited exactly in line for what someone who enjoys Yoga might like. The shape design is unique for boards in this category and has a squared nose and tail, which is very uncommon to see. And the construction does appear somewhat strong as something that can withstand frequent but delicate use. This paddle board is difficult to carry because of its weight and the glide is slow and heavy which is to be expected because weight and speed are not at focus for this board design. The board also has multiple attachment points that can be used to hold you paddle or attach a number of your favorite accessories. Once everything is put together the Lotus is a yoga-specific SUP that everyone should be able to stand on and paddle with ease as well as throw in a yoga or fitness routine.
Primary UseYoga 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.
Dimensions10' x 34" x 4.25"
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'sPetal Band Yoga Ring/Paddle Clip
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.
|10 Feet||34 Inches||4.25 Inches||212 L|
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