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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for an extremely lightweight all around inflatable paddleboard that is under the $1,000 price point, look at the Chasm-Lite from Kokopelli. The Chasm-Lite is an all around paddleboard that was designed with the ultimate packability in mind. So, if you’re looking for something that fits in tight places or if you want something small to travel with this could be something to consider. The board is best for shorter range paddling near the shoreline and in calm conditions where there isn’t too much bump on the water. Priced at $999, the Chasm-Lite comes as a complete package with everything you need to get on the water.
Upon first encountering the board, its weight, or rather, its lack thereof, immediately caught our attention. This board was remarkably light! Weighing in at just 14.6 lbs, it might just be the lightest board we've ever tested. Once inflated, the board's graphics showcased basic yet appealing blue and black colors. The package includes a paddle, pump, and leash, all branded by Kokopelli. The paddle is a convenient 4-piece carbon fiber design, allowing for easy breakdown and storage in the accompanying bag. Speaking of the bag, it doubles as a dry bag, providing a practical and thoughtful feature. Due to its small size, the board inflated quickly and effortlessly. However, it is worth noting that the material appears to be on the thinner side, which contributes to its lightweight nature but may compromise its durability. On the water, we noticed that the board offered less stability compared to other inflatables. Nevertheless, its impressive lightness was a standout feature that was truly appreciated. This board would be an excellent choice for avid travelers seeking something lightweight or for someone who needs a board that can store in a small space. Additionally, it serves as a suitable option for children or petite paddlers who may struggle with larger and heavier boards.
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' x 30" 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, D Ring, Paddle Included, Leash Included
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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