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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for an inflatable paddle board that comes as a complete package and is under $1,000 take a look at the Crusader by Hero SUP. The Crusader is an all around paddle board that can do a little bit of everything. It’s stable enough for anyone to be able to enjoy and is lightweight making it easy to haul around. Best for paddling in shorter distances, the Crusader will work great in calmer waters but can also head out in the surf if the waves are on the smaller side. At $749, the Hero SUP Crusader is a great choice for someone looking for a standard inflatable SUP that comes with everything you need.
This was actually a really nice surprise. At first, it looked like it maybe would be a bit too much on the lightweight side which would make it really flimsy but it was shockingly stiff given the lack of reinforcements on the deck and stringer however the rails do appear to be reinforced. That being said, the Crusader is a really nice combination of a very lightweight board that feels stiff and rigid. The color on the board is pretty basic with most of the design/color coming through on the deck pad. The paddle that comes in the package was a bit disappointing and it felt a little too flimsy. To improve your paddling experience we would recommend getting a paddle that has a bit higher quality but the board overall is great and comes in a complete package with everything you need to get on the water.
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.
Dimensions11'2" x 31" 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, Waterproof Storage, Paddle Included, Leash Included, Strap in back
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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