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BIC Performer Tough

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Overview:

Paddle Board Highlights

Who is it for?

If you’re looking for an affordable, non-inflatable paddle board that is perfect for beginners check out the BIC Performer Tough. Offered in three sizes (9’2”, 10’6”, 11’6”) and just as its name suggests, the BIC Performer Tough is extremely tough and durable. The durability does affect the weight of the board making it a bit heavy (32 lbs) but it’s well worth the beating it’s able to handle. The board is also very stable with a width of 31.2 in. making it perfect for beginner paddlers and is something the entire family can enjoy. Meant primarily for all around paddling, the Performer Tough is best used when paddled in short distances, near the beach or shoreline. Starting at just $699, the Performer Tough is an excellent option for someone looking for something affordable, durable and something that paddlers of all skill levels can enjoy.

First Impressions

The BIC Performer Tough Tec is the beater in the BIC line. It’s built a bit heavier than the usual paddle board but is intended to take a beating. So if you’re looking for a board that the entire family can use where you can have a complete piece of mind when it comes to durability and an all-around shape that can be in the surf, with primarily flat-water use, and sticking close to the shoreline, then this is your board. The BIC Performer Tough Tec is at a great price point and for 2019 features new colors with a blue base and orange accent colors which adds nice graphics to what has typically been just a white board, making it a bit more lively.

Benefits

  • Primary Use

    All Around

    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

    Rugged

    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

    Difficult

    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

    Average

    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

    Slow

    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 BIC website.

Features

  • Dimensions

    10'6" x 31.5" 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

    32 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

    185 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

    200 lbs

    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 Nose, D Ring

    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.

  • Handle

    Ergo Well

    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
9 Feet 2 Inches 31.5 Inches 4.25 Inches 145 L
10 Feet 6 Inches 31.5 Inches 4.5 Inches 185 L
11 Feet 6 Inches 31.5 Inches 4.75 Inches 215 L

 

Learn more on the BIC website.

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