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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for an incredibly stable inflatable paddle board with a very strong construction, then the NRS Thrive is a great option. The Thrive is a board that can fit a wide-variety of needs and works great for a larger-bodied paddler or as a board that works for everyone in the family. The size of the board does make it more difficult to carry with its weight of 31 lbs but is definitely manageable. The Thrive retails at $995 and is a great affordable option for something that everyone in the family is able to have fun with and enjoy.
With a triple layer of PVC, a special valve system, reinforced rails, and a fairly flexible fin setup with lots of options to paddle on either a single-fin or thruster, this board is something that should last you a while. The board has a premium-quality build and is one of the widest inflatable paddle boards that we’ve seen in the market. But do keep in mind that given the extra width this is also a fairly slow board when it comes to glide which is expected due to the 36 in. width and is meant primarily for close range paddles between 3-5 miles max from the shoreline. So, if you want to run whitewater or just want a comfortable, stable board then check this out.
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.
Dimensions11' x 36" 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, Pressure relief valve, extra straps on deck, fin set
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 install.
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.
|9 Feet 10 Inches||30 Inches||5 Inches||229 L|
|10 Feet 3 Inches||32 Inches||5 Inches||253 L|
|10 Feet 8 Inches||34 Inches||6 Inches||350 L|
|11 Feet 0 Inches||36 Inches||6 Inches||380 L|
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