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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re on the market for an inflatable SUP that’s designed for SUP fishing and adventure paddling take a closer look at the Polaris from Aztron. The Polaris is fairly lightweight for a board of its size and has a capacity of 318 lbs which allows it to haul that added gear that’s needed for fishing. The Polaris is a good option for beginners and comes at a fairly affordable price of $599, equipped with everything you need to get on the water.
On par with other Aztron boards that we’ve tested, the overall package and detail carried throughout is impressive. The color coordination and graphics are consistent from the box that the board comes in all the way down to smaller details like the fin and leash that are included. The bag that the board comes in does seem fairly fragile though as the buckle on ours broke so be sure to take extra care when handling it. The board itself features Aztron’s signature double chamber technology, adding both safety and stiffness to the board which is a great value add. The board was slightly heavier than other boards in the Aztron lineup (27 lbs vs. low 20s) however the added weight makes sense with the added width that’s in the center of the board which contributes to the overwhelming stability that the board offers. As it’s intended, the board would be a great fishing SUP for beginners but it can also double as an option for SUP yoga, all around paddling with the family, kayaking and even for those that want to bring their pups on board. When it comes to the bells and whistles that the board offers there are a number of attachment points great for attaching a cooler, kayak seat or fishing poles. The paddle included is also interesting in that it comes as a 3-section or 4-section adjustable design which is a nice touch for those taller paddlers that need a little extra length. On the water, the board was extremely stable, so much so that we tried it with not one but two medium sized dogs on board without issue. At the end of the day, if you’re looking for a versatile Fishing SUP that’s great for beginners and family use, the Polaris is a contender.
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.
Dimensions11'2" x 36" 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, Bungee Tail, D Ring, Paddle Included, Leash Included
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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