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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a stable, non-inflatable, touring board to paddle mid to long-range distances then the Pau Hana Mini Sport is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the EPX Standard Epoxy construction which is durable and has its ups and downs. The board is 29 inches wide which makes it somewhat stable, not ideal for beginners. It has 2.43 lbs per foot and weighs 26.1 lbs total which puts the board at an average weight for its length of 10’10”. Its shape makes the Mini Sport touring board that can be used by intermediate paddlers and was designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid to long-range distance paddling between 3-10 miles. Retailing at $1,299, the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are stunning, the shape design is thoughtful and the construction strikes as relatively durable. The Mini Sport looks great, coming with an exceptionally beautiful play on color and graphics, intended to be potent and yet with class. The shape design is different for boards in these categories, offering features tailored primarily for recreation. The construction does appear pretty durable but does appear to need to be handled delicately. This paddle board is pretty easy to carry and the glide feels fast. Putting it all together, the Mini Sport is a somewhat stable and fast board that most people should be able to easily stand on and paddle away.
Primary UseTouring 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.
Dimensions10'10" x 29" 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'sSea Mounts
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.
|10 Feet 10 Inches||29 Inches||6 Inches||225 L|
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