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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, all-around board to paddle short distances then the Cocomat Cruise from NSP is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in NSP’s Cocomat technology which is meant to be very durable and lightweight. Due to its 31 inch width the board is very stable and it has 2.1 lbs per foot weighing 23.1 lbs total. Its shape makes the Cocomat Cruise an all-around board that can be used by everyone and it’s designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling, around the beach and dock. Retailing at $1,399, the board is among the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are good, the shape design is pretty average and the construction strikes as durable. The Cocomat Cruise has some nice and interesting looks, haiving a very earth-y look to it due to the use of their technology, sort of looking like a coconut husk. The shape design is typical for boards in these categories with features suited mainly for recreation. The construction does appear strong as something that can survive heavy but careful use. This paddle board is very easy to carry due to it weighing slightly over 23 lbs and the glide feels average. The board does have an option for side bite fins which could be useful if you want to carry the board into the surf. Once you put it all together, the Cocomat Cruise is a very stable board that paddlers of all skill levels should be able to paddle and have fun.
Primary UseAll-Around Use
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
Dimensions101' x 31"
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/Side Bite Fin Option
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.
HandleInternal Ergo Grip
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 2 Inches||32 Inches||4.88 Inches||205 L|
|11 Feet||31 Inches||4.35 Inches||190 L|
|11 Feet 6 Inches||33 Inches||4.75 Inches||224 L|
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