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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a very stable, inflatable, all-around/touring paddle board that is at an affordable price point of less than $1,000 then the Performer 11 from Body Glove is worth a look. Due to its width of 34 inches the board is very stable and weighed in at 22.5 lbs, which is fairly lightweight and easy to carry. Its shape makes the Performer a board that can be used by everyone, no matter the age or skill level, and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling, around the beach and dock or on the river. Retailing at $999, the board fits in the affordable mid-tier market.
Updated for 2020, the Performer 11 has received a nice makeover. It's not the most premium, but when it comes to value it's definitely among the top ones. The graphics have a really nice color coordination and the traction pad is comfortable on your feet. The shape is fairly good and the board feels incredibly stable and the pulled in nose does give a bit more glide. The fins are permanently attached to the board so keep that in mind since you'll have to be a bit more careful as to not damage the fins or the board. The board also features a carbon reinforced strip which definitely stiffens it up. This comes with a leash and a paddle making it a complete package. The only thing that seems slightly off about the board is the nose is slightly pulled in for my taste but other than that this board seems like an amazing inflatable touring paddle board at a good price point. Excellent job to Body Glove on putting this together.
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 5.4"
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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Previous Models 2018
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.
Previous Models 2017
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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