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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a very stable, inflatable, all-around paddle board that is at an affordable price point of less than $1,000 then the Performer from Body Glove is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in a single layer construction and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 34 inches the board is very stable and weighs 23.1 lbs with 2.01 lbs per foot making this board lightweight for its size. Its shape makes the Performer an all-around board that can be used by everyone and is designed primarily for recreation. In the 2018 Blue Ocean edition, the board is designed with reinforced double layer rails and Body Glove's new proprietary Dura-Fin construction material. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling, around the beach and dock or on the river. Retailing at $949, the board fits in the affordable mid-tier market.
This package has everything you need. From the board bag to the board itself to the paddle and a leash, you’re ready to go right out of the gate. The board has reinforced rails, traction pad, bungee cords, and a fairly good pump. The paddle is definitely on the heavier side but is quite durable so if you’re looking for something that can take a beating, that’s definitely it. It’s also a 3-piece adjustable paddle so the whole family can use it but again, it is on the heavy side for sure. The shape of the board is quite unique and I give Luke Hopkins a lot of kudos here for trying something new. In the design a lot of the mid point (wide point of the board) has been shifted backwards towards the tail. So if you stand in the middle to back of the board you’ll find the board incredibly stable whereas if you place a lot of weight towards the front of the board where it’s quite a bit more pulled in, it will wobble and won’t have as much stability as boards that have more width on the nose.
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.
Dimensions11' x 34" 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 / D Ring / Paddle Holder / Paddle Included / Leash 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.
HoldersYes, Handle is Pattended
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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On first impressions, the graphics and color are good, the shape design is slightly awkward and the construction strikes as durable. The Performer has a nice mix of colors and graphics but the shape design is a bit different from boards in these categories having a very wide center-point and much narrower at the nose and tail. The construction does appear pretty durable as something that can handle heavy use. This paddle board feels easy to carry at 23 lbs and the glide does feel slow, which is to be expected since speed centric design is not at focus. The board has a strap in the center that holds the paddle which is helpful especially if you want to do SUP yoga and also comes with a repair kit. And once you put it all together, the Performer is a very stable board that everyone who can walk should be able to easily stand on it and paddle away.
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