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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re a beginner paddler looking for an inflatable all around paddle board with a budget close to $1,000 then the Body Glove Outfitter is something to take a look at. The Outfitter is a very stable board with its 34in width and is great for beginner paddlers who need that extra stability. The board is pretty lightweight and easy to carry and is designed to be used by paddlers of all sizes and skill levels. The Outfitter works best when paddling short distances and sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
For first impressions, the Outfitter has some nice graphics on the deck and traction pad that flow well together. The design appears pretty standard for boards in this category and the construction seems durable. At just over 25lbs the board is easy to carry and on the water the board is really stable with an average glide. The board does include a 3-piece paddle and the strap on the board also doubles as a paddle holder which is pretty cool and unique.
Primary UseAll 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 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.
Dimensions11' x 34" x 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).
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/Paddle Holder/3-Piece Paddle
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.
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