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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
The Jimmy Styks Miler is a non-inflatable touring board designed for beginner to intermediate level paddlers. Priced at just over $1,000, the Miler sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability and has a few unique features that sets it apart from other boards in this category. The board is pretty heavy and hard to carry but is seemingly strong in its construction. The board was designed for paddling mid-range to long distances and should be used primarily for touring and exploring.
At first look, the Miler has some really nice mix of colors and graphics that are desirable for both male and female paddlers. The design of the board is pretty average for boards in this category but there are a some unique features that make it stand out. The board has a really easy fin system unique to the brand called the click-n-go which makes putting your fin on and taking it off the board extremely easy. The board is pretty heavy weighing over 31lbs which makes it difficult to carry but the glide on the board is fast and it feels stable. The board also comes with a leash, paddle and board bag making it a great package at its price point.
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.
Dimensions12'6" x 30" x 7.6"
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/GoPro Mount/New Click-n-go fin system/Comes with Paddle, Leash, Fin, Boardbag
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.
|11 Feet 6 Inches||30 Inches||6.8 Inches||237 L|
|12 Feet 6 Inches||30 Inches||7.6 Inches||237 L|
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