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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re on the market for a starter touring board that is very stable and durable check out the Cross Tough from BIC. The Cross Tough is just that: tough. The board can handle being roughed up and is perfect for beginners. The board is quite heavy though and is pretty difficult to carry with its weight being 39 lbs, so that is something to keep in mind. This board is very stable at 34 in. wide but the weight tends to take a toll on the glide, making it pretty slow. The Cross Tough is offered in two sizes (10’ and 11’) and retails for just $779 making it a great board to get started.
The BIC Cross in Tough Tec is a great price point board that is very strong and is a bit wider and more stable than almost anything that you’ll find on the market. This board can be used for the family: load up the kids and use it as a platform for them to jump from and have a great time. The board doesn’t have a very long range in terms of distance paddling but you’ll still be able to get a blast out of this when loading up tons of people, gear, working on your footwork and being able to go one to two miles from the shoreline. This is a board that everyone will be able to use and you won’t have to worry too much about damaging or breaking the board as the construction is solid.
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 34" x 5.5"
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).
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, FCS II, D Ring x5
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 install.
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 0 Inches||33 Inches||4.75 Inches||195 L|
|11 Feet 0 Inches||34 Inches||5.5 Inches||260 L|
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