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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a standup paddle board that is TOUGH and great for cruising the NSP Cruiser is a great option. The Cruiser comes in a couple different size options and is just below $1,000 (depending on on the size you get it will range anywhere from $785 to $945). The board weighs just over 30lbs and is manageable to carry but can get difficult if carrying for longer distances. It’s a great choice for someone looking for a board that is good for beginners and can take a beating but is still good quality and a great board for the family.
The NSP Cruiser is primarily an all around board but can be great for yoga/fitness, fishing and will even double as a great rental board due to the HIT (High Impact Technology) construction utilized with this model. One nice feature on this board is the full EVA deck pad that runs the entire length of the deck making it great for kids and/or bringing your pup along for the ride. The nose of the board also features a bungee cord, great for hauling some gear along as well. Another great feature on the Cruiser is the locking anchor hole on the nose of the board. This can be used for retailers who want to lock the board up to the rest of their rental fleet or for the individual who wants to lock their board up for security purposes to their car or dock. You can even add an anchor weight here to use while you’re doing SUP yoga so that you don’t drift off. And yet another feature that makes this board unique is the standing guide M8 insert that you can attach any windsurf mast to so you can convert this board to be used for windsurfing as well. When taking the board to the water, for its size and shape it surprisingly had a very smooth glide. The board is on the heavier side so carrying it wasn’t as easy compared to other boards at the same size and the handle doesn’t allow for you to get a full grip. That being said, the durability and versatility of the Cruiser make it a great option for someone looking for a board that is tough and is able to be used in a variety of situations.
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
Dimensions11'2" x 32.5" x 4 7/8"
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, M8 insert to attach windsurf mast and locking anchor hole
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.
|9 Feet 8 Inches||31.5 Inches||4.625 Inches||180 L|
|10 Feet 2 Inches||32 Inches||4.875 Inches||203 L|
|11 Feet 2 Inches||32.5 Inches||4.875 Inches||226 L|
|11 Feet 6 Inches||33.5 Inches||5 Inches||250 L|
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