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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, all-around board to paddle mid-range distances then the Boardworks Kraken is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the EPX-Veneer construction which is durable having both positives and negatives. Due to it’s 33 inches in width the board is very stable. Its construction is moderately heavy coming in at 3.32 lbs per foot weighing 34.08 lbs. Its shape makes the Kraken an all-around board that can be used by all skill levels and is primarily designed for recreational paddling and/or paddle surfing. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid-range distance paddling between 3 - 5 miles max. Retailing at $1,299 the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are good, the shape design is quite average, and the construction strikes as durable. The Kraken has some nice looks coming with an interesting mix of colors and graphics making the board appear quite lively. The shape design is commonplace for boards in this category offering features tailored primarily for recreational paddling and the construction does appear durable as something that can withstand a lot of time on the water. This paddle board is difficult to carry weighing 34.08 lbs. However, the LiftSUP handle makes the board much easier to carry compared to boards with a standard ergonomic handle. When paddling, the glide feels average which is to be expected since lightweight construction and speed-centric design are minimally incorporated. So when you put it all together, the Kraken is an all-around board that paddlers of all skill levels should be able to stand on and paddle away with ease.
Primary UseAll-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 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
Dimensions10'3" x 34" x 4.75"
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/FCS II/Arch Bar/5 Fin Setup/2+1 Fin Set 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.
|9 Feet 3 Inches||32 Inches||4.25 Inches||136 L|
|9 Feet 9 Inches||34 Inches||4.5 Inches||180 L|
|10 Feet 3 Inches||32 Inches||4.75 Inches||200 L|
|11 Feet||32 Inches||4.75 Inches||299 L|
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