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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for an inflatable that is suited for river running but can also handle a wide variety of adventures check out the NSP Pioneer. The Pioneer is great for Whitewater paddling, SUP Fishing, Touring, Camping, and more. This board loves adventure. Because the Pioneer was built with river paddling first and foremost, you know it is a very durable inflatable that is able to withstand a beating. It utilizes NSP’s FS technology which features fusion reinforced double layer glueless pre-lamination and a double-layer rail construction with double sealing rail band. Because of the durability here the board starts to tip towards the heavier end for inflatables weighing 28.13lbs. Priced at $1,220 this board is a quality board at a reasonable price.
Visually, this paddleboard has a beautiful design with a dark green/forest green coloring with a map on the nose of the board playing into the adventure that the board is meant for. You can tell that a lot of thought was put in here. The deckpad is a thermoformed EVA deckpad, very comfortable, that lays on the majority of the board making it again, great for whitewater paddling as well as touring/camping when you need to haul a good amount of gear. One great feature to note here is that the board has two paddle holders, one in the middle of the deckpad and one on the tail which is very useful when fishing. This board also comes with three mounts for attaching fishing gear, GSP, or a seat. There are three fins, you have two side bites and one larger center fin. And on the nose and the tail there are heavy duty tie-down belts for safety gear which adds a nice touch. When carrying this board it felt fairly easy to carry down to the water. On the water the board felt very stable, which is exactly what you need on the river, and had an easy glide that would be good for beginner to intermediate paddlers. The thought behind the design, the price point and durability combined all point to the Pioneer deserving Supconnect’s A-Grade.
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 35.5" 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'sD Ring, Handle on nose, Handle on tail, Double air chamber, nose and tail heavy duty tie down belts, 3 standard Scotty mounts for attaching fishing gear or seat, GPS
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.
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