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Surftech Chameleon

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Who is it for?

If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, all-around/touring board to paddle short distances then the Surftech Chameleon is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the TEKEfx construction, which is moderately durable and has its ups and downs. Because of its width of 31 inches the board is very stable and its comes at an average weight with 2.41 lbs per foot, weighing 27.15 lbs total. Its shape makes the Chameleon an all-around/touring hybrid board that can be used by everyone with recreational paddling in mind. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid-range distance paddling, up to 3-5 miles max. Retailing at $1,199, the board is in the affordable mid-tier market.

First Impressions

On first impressions, the graphics and color are unique, the shape design is quite thoughtful and the construction strikes as strong. The Chameleon has some uncommon looks, coming with some interesting mix of color and graphics, intended to be quite lively. The shape design is unique for boards in these categories, offering features suited mainly for recreation and the construction does appear durable as something that can survive constant yet delicate use. This paddle board is somewhat easy to carry with its weight under 30 lbs and the glide feels average. There’s a plug insert on the nose which could be great for adding in a GoPro or other accessories of your choosing. And once you put it all together, the Chameleon is a very stable board that paddlers of all skill levels should be able to enjoy and have fun on.

Benefits

  • Primary Use

    All-Around 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

    Strong

    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.

  • Carrying

    Easy

    Carrying ease is determined by board weight and handle type, where a board weighing under 20lbs with a Liftsup handle is extremely easy to carry while a 35+lbs board quite difficult.

  • Stability

    Stable

    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

    Average

    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

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Learn more on the Surftech website.

Features

  • Dimensions

    11'4" x 31" x 4.5"

    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).

  • Weight

    27.15 lbs

    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

    207 L

    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

    Unknown

    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

    Bungee/plug Insert on Nose/3/4 Deck Pad/Bamboo Finish

    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.

  • Handle

    Internal 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.

  • Holders

    No

    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.

Sizes Available

LengthWidthThicknessVolume
10 Feet 4 Inches 31 Inches 4.3 Inches 181.6 L
11 Feet 4 Inches 31 Inches 4.5 Inches 207 L

 

Learn more on the Surftech website.

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