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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
Want a lightweight inflatable SUP that comes with everything you need and is affordable? Check out the Nautical from iRocker. Designed primarily for all around paddling, the Nautical is great for beginner paddlers looking for something stable and easy to use. The board comes with all the necessary tools needed: paddle, pump, leash, and fins so you’re all set to hit the water. The Nautical comes in two different sizes, 10’6” and 11’6” and has four color options to choose from. Keep in mind, if you’re a larger paddler, 200+ lbs, you’ll likely want to go for the 11’6” as it will provide more stability. Best for shorter distances, the Nautical is something you’ll want to paddle closer to the shore and in flatwater conditions. Priced at $549.99 the Nautical is a nice option for those looking for something that’s both affordable and beginner friendly.
The overall package was nice in that the design on the board carried through to the included accessories so everything matched well. Graphics were simple and the colors had a nice range of blues throughout. The 3-piece paddle that’s included was really light which was nice and had a good grip to it. For the fins, the package comes with 3 - one center and two side bites - that lock in which is a nice feature since with many other price point inflatables you’re usually just getting one fin or the fins are built into the board. You can feel the difference on the water with the glide and turning when using one fin vs. three. Now on to the bells and whistles. For a price point board, the Nautical comes packed with a lot of nice features. The board comes with bungee cords on both the nose and tail and even has nice grab points on the sides of the bungee which are useful for kids to hold onto. There’s also two additional handles, one on the nose and one on the tail that are helpful when carrying the board or even can be used for towing. Then, there’s a ton of D rings throughout the deck and bottom of the board which allow for endless attachment opportunities. And finally, towards the nose of the board there’s an action camera mount so you can bring along your GoPro to capture the memories. So, like we said, lots of features packed into this price point board. Carrying the board down to the water was a breeze. The board weighed in at 21.4 lbs so just about anyone should be able to handle carrying the board. In the case someone does need help, that’s where those extra handles on the nose and tail of the board come in handy. On the water, the board felt fairly stable but if you’re a beginner paddler over 5’9” and/or over 190lbs the 10’6”, which is what we tested, might be slightly unstable for you. If that’s the case, size up and go for the 11’6” to get that added stability. Overall, if you’re looking for a board that comes in a nice package, has everything you need to get going and is priced affordably, the Nautical is a good option.
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.
Dimensions10'6" x 32" 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, Bungee Tail, D Ring, Paddle Included, Leash Included, Camera Holder, Handle on nose, Handle on tail, Padding on bungees.
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.
|10 Feet 6 Inches||32 Inches||6 Inches||221 L|
|11 Feet 6 Inches||32 Inches||6 Inches||232 L|
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