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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re an intermediate paddler looking for a quality non-inflatable touring paddle board then check out the Boardworks Chinook. The Chinook is a fairly stable board meant for intermediate paddlers who are looking to paddle mid to long range distances up to 10 miles or more. The Chinook is also a board that’s solid and durable but it is somewhat difficult to carry. The board however is pretty affordable and sits at the higher end of the the popular mid-tier market.
For first impressions the Chinook has a nice mix of colors and graphics which are intended to be quite lively. The board has bungees on both the nose and tail of the board which is awesome for lugging gear with you on your paddles. While the board is somewhat heavy at slightly over 29lbs the LiftSUP handle makes the board a lot easier to carry since you’re able to have a full grip. The board did feel really stable for it being only 29in wide and the glide was nice and fast. The shape design also appeared to be very thoughtful. Overall, the Chinook is a paddle board that most people 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.
Dimensions12'6" x 29" x 6 13/16"
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/ Comes with FCS II 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.
|12 Feet 6 Inches||29 Inches||6 13/16 Inches||286 L|
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