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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
The Flow inflatable paddle board from BOTE is a SUP geared towards youth and lightweight paddlers. At an affordable price point in the $700’s the Flow is a great starter board for your kid. The board comes in a complete package with the board, carrying bag, paddle and pump. The only thing missing is a leash and PFD. The Flow is an all-around shape that will work in both flatwater and small waves with ease. At 8 feet in length the Flow is a great pick to get the younger kids going and comfortable on the water.
For first impressions, the board is bright and colorful, definitely eye-catching and gender-neutral that both young girls and boys will enjoy. The construction of the board seems pretty strong and durable for inflatables and seems like it’ll be able to take a beating and still last. The board is really lightweight and easy to carry so adults should have no problem carrying the board and kids should be able to do so as well. At 28 inches wide the board is nice and stable for a youth paddler and can even hold someone up to 200 lbs. (When testing the board this was the ballpark weight of the adult paddler.) All in all, the Flow from BOTE is a nice option to get your kids started and because it’s an inflatable it folds up and is easily stored when not in 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.
Dimensions8' x 28" 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 / Backpack / D-Ring / 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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