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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for an entry-level inflatable touring paddle board that is cheap and comes as a package deal then the Mutt from Jimmy Styks is worth a look. The 10’4” paddle board was designed for touring and is very stable which is perfect for the beginner paddlers. The board is lightweight and easy to carry and is designed for paddling short to mid-range distances. The board comes with a paddle, leash and backpack making it an awesome package for under $500.
On first impressions, the board appears durable with a nice display of colors on the deck and traction pad that make the board pop. The design does appear a bit awkward with a lot of width carried from the center of the board through to the tail. The board is very easy to carry and is also very stable making it great for beginner paddlers. The glide feels average which is to be expected. The board does come as a full package including a leash, click-n-go fin, bag, 2-piece adjustable paddle, pump and repair kit making this a solid deal.
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.
Dimensions10'4" x 34" x 5.9"
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/Comes with Click-n-Go fin, Backpack, 2-way Pump, and 2-piece adjustable 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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