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Who is it for?
If you’re looking for an affordable, very stable, inflatable paddle board that is under $1,000 then the Crossbreed Inflatable from Slingshot is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Air-Tech Triple Layer and V-Drop Stitch Constructions which are meant to be very durable. Because of its width of 34 inches the board is very stable and has 2 lbs per foot weighing only 22 lbs. Its shape makes the Crossbreed a touring board that can be used by everyone and is designed primarily for recreational paddling. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid-range distances, up to 3-5 miles max. Retailing at $799, the board sits at the lower-end of the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are great, the shape design is quite thoughtful, and the construction strikes as durable. The Crossbreed has some nice looks, coming with a solid yellow throughout most of the board keeping it simple and striking. (The board is also offered in three other colors: Blue, Red, and Green.) The shape design is thoughtful for boards in these categories, especially at this price point, and offers featured designed mainly for recreation. The construction does appear quite durable and you can notice the reinforcements on the rails to add strength. This paddle board is easy to carry due to it weighing only 22 lbs and the glide feels average. The board has bungee cords on both the nose and tail which is great for storing items during your paddle and it even comes with an FCS II fin (no tools required) and the backpack feels rather comfortable when carrying it all together. So, once you put it all together, the Crossbreed is a very stable board so everyone who can walk should be able to easily stand on it and paddle away.
Primary UseTouring 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.
Dimensions11' x 34" x 6"
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'sBungee/ Nose and Tail Bungees/ Comes with FCS Fins
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.
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.
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