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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re on the market for a group SUP that gears towards surfing, check out the Crusader from Body Glove. The Crusader can fit up to 6 people (1,0000 lbs) and is clearly a very stable board due to its 66 in. width. The board is very difficult to carry alone due to its size but with a few people able to chip in carrying is easy. Retailed at $1,999 the Crusader is an excellent choice for a surf-specific group SUP.
The Body Glove Crusader is a group SUP board that is in a really nice position because even though it’s a group SUP, it is not massive in size as many group SUPs tend to be. The board is still quite manageable in terms of being able to handle it despite it being larger in size. It has a nice big rocker up towards the nose of the board which allows you to clear a lot of sections whether you’re riding rapids or out in the surf. The board is very stable and has a good construction to it. The board holds about four to five adults comfortably and can fit double that amount if kids are riding it. The shallow, small fins on the bottom of the board allow you to get a lot of clearance if you’re paddling in shallower waters. So, if you’re looking for a group SUP that can clear shallow rivers and also handle itself in the surf but is still manageable for the whole family check this board out. It will be a great choice.
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.
Dimensions15' x 66" x 6"
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, D Ring, Paddle Holder, Paddle Included, Leash Included, 8 Handle’s, 2 pumps, 4 paddles, anchor attachments
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.
|15 Feet 0 Inches||66 Inches||6 Inches||790 L|
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