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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a premium inflatable paddleboard at an affordable price then the Yarra Elite from Jobe is a must-see. This paddleboard comes with a full kit meaning it has everything you need to get on the water. Included in the package is the board, paddle, leash, pump, drybag x2, fins x2, Padded Quick Release Waist Belt and repair kit. The Yarra Elite is best suited for recreational paddling of shorter distances. The board is stable and well suited for paddlers of all skill levels and ages. Priced at $1,099.99 this package sits in the mid tier price point in terms of affordability.
Right out of the gates this package piqued our interests. Just the packaging alone was gorgeous with great visuals of the board and graphics showing exactly what you get in the box. After opening the box and getting the gear all set up it was clear that this is one of the most complete packages that we've ever seen that all items included are really good quality. Let’s start off with the included accessories. What really stands out the most is the bag that it comes in. The bag is not just your typical zip up backpack bag but rather it is a very well-built dry bag for the board and it even has an additional dry bag for accessories! This is a nice feature that really does make a difference in the long run. Next, it comes with not one, but two fins, one more for recreational paddling and another for distance/touring. This is a really nice and thoughtful detail that helps the board adapt to different conditions and paddling types. The package also comes with a really nice 3-piece carbon paddle so you can easily stow away. And what’s more - you also get a Padded Quick Release Waist Belt included which is a great safety feature. All these included accessories also feature the same graphics and branding to really make this look like a complete kit. Now let’s get to the board. The graphics feature a really nice dark blue with pops of bold orange accents throughout. Nothing too flashy and very clean. The board has three grab handles: one in the center of the deck, one on the nose and one on the tail making the board versatile in carrying options. On the deck of the board the nose and tail both have bungee cords as well so that’s nice for stowing away any added gear you want to bring on board with you. Then, on the tail you have some loops that are meant to serve as attachment points which are unique as you typically see D rings here. Another unique little touch. Now let’s talk about the rails and reinforcements. The deck and bottom of the board has a reinforced stringer in the center to help with rigidity and durability. The rails are also reinforced with a carbon sidewall that helps with the stiffness. They look like carbon but don't feel like carbon so that's interesting. And finally, one last feature that really makes this package stand out is the board has a 5 years warranty which is pretty rare. The typical warranty on most inflatables is 1-2 years so the fact that they offer a 5-year warranty here shows the quality and durability of this product. Handling the board was a breeze. The board was pretty lightweight, only 23 lbs which for the quality of materials you’d think it would be heavier so this was a nice surprise. On the water, it was really stable and had a nice glide. We preferred the touring fin over the standard fin as it gave it a little more edge. Overall, the Yarra Elite from Jobe is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a high-quality SUP package that is suitable for all ages and skill levels. This board is meant to last and it is a great value with everything that you get included and is well deserving of our A-grade rating.
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, Paddle Holder, Paddle Included, FCS deck plug, Shoulder Strap, Handle on nose, Handle on tail, Padded quick release, paddle dry bag, 2 carbon fins
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||310 L|
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