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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
The Radito from Hala Gear is an inflatable SUP perfect for running rivers. The board is wide (34 in.) making it very stable, and rugged, which are necessities for paddling down the river. Carrying the board can be on the more difficult side as it weighs 31 pounds but the weight does come from the incredibly durable construction so the difficulty in carrying the board is totally worth it when you’re on the river. When not running the river the board can easily be transitioned to all around paddling and be used as a great family board that can take a beating. Retailed at $1,299, the Radito fits perfectly into the mid-level price point tier in terms of affordability.
If you’re looking for an all-around inflatable that can competently do river running, look no further. On top of that, this board arguably has the most stiff, most rugged construction of all inflatables in the market. There is something about the drop-stitch that is about 50% stiffer per layer and the reinforced rails and stringer makes this board just a beast in terms of its durability. The board is perfect for river running as you bounce off rocks and ride over shallow water, largely in part due to its retractable fin. The shape gives you a lot of stability as you step back towards the tail of the board which is essential for river running and if you need to maneuver in tight spots and at the same time there is a lot of rocker towards the nose which helps clear whitewater and bump. So if you want to be close to the shore (1-2 miles) for all around paddling and have a board that also works well for river running then this is your board.
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.
Dimensions10' 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 Nose, D Ring, 5 Handle’s + soft rigging; quad side bites, removable retractable center fin
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.
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