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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a very stable, inflatable touring board to paddle mid to long-range distances, then the Sport from Red Paddle Co. is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the MSL construction, which is really durable. Due to its width (32 inches) the board is very stable and has 1.54 lbs per foot weighing only 18.9 lbs total making the board very lightweight. Its shape makes the Sport perfect for paddlers of all skill levels and it’s designed primarily for touring and exploring. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid to long-range distance paddling between 3-10 miles. Retailing at $1,499 the board sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are rather plain, the shape design is quite average and the construction strikes as very strong. The board has a very clean look to it with minimal colors and graphics keeping it very simple and clean. The shape design is commonplace for boards in these categories with features tailored primarily for recreation and touring. The construction does appear very strong, as something that can handle heavy use. This paddle board is easy to carry since it’s under 20 lbs and the glide is average. And once you put it all together, the Sport is a very stable board so everyone who can walk should be able to easily stand on it 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.
Dimensions11'3" x 32" x 4.72"
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/Rear Handle
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.
|11 Feet||30 Inches||4.72 Inches||300 L|
|11 Feet 3 Inches||32 Inches||4.72 Inches||306 L|
|12 Feet 6 Inches||30 Inches||5.9 Inches||350 L|
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