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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable board to paddle mid-range distances then the Muse from Boardworks is worth looking at. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in EPX construction, which is somewhat durable and has both positives and negatives. Due to its 32 inch width, the board is very stable making it easy for anyone to grab a paddle and enjoy. Its construction allows for the board to have an average weight with 2.6 lbs per foot, weighing 27.3 lbs total. Its shape make the Muse a classic all-around board that can be used by paddlers with any skill level. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid-range distance paddling of up to 5 miles. Retailing at $1,149 the board finds itself in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are alluring, the shape design is very thoughtful and the construction appears to be strong. The Muse has gorgeous graphics coming with an exceptional mix of bright colors and artwork that are eye-catching and nice to look at. The shape and design are thoughtful and unique for boards in these categories, offering features created primarily for recreation and fun. The construction on the Muse does appear durable and as something that can withstand frequent but careful use. This paddle board is easy to carry due to it being quite lightweight (between 20-30 lbs) coming in at 27.3 lbs and the glide feels average which is to be expected for an all-around board. With everything put together the Boardworks Muse is a very stable and affordable board that is great for paddlers of all skill levels.
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
Dimensions10'6" x 32" x 4.25"
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/Single Fin
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.
HandleInternal Ergo Grip
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 6 Inches||32 Inches||4.25 Inches||183 L|
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