Only best products in a given category receive “A” grade.
Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
The Air Glide X from SIC Maui is a stable, inflatable board meant for intermediate paddlers who are looking for something that suits flatwater race and touring. The Air Glide X is sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability and retails for $1,299.95. The board will work best in flat water conditions but will definitely be able to handle some chop and cover some distance.
The SIC Maui X 12’6” inflatable is an incredible board all around. With its flatter rocker it’s meant to paddle really well in flat water. It has an incredibly strong construction for an inflatable with reinforced rails and also a reinforced stringer, so it has a very solid build. The packaging on this board is just phenomenal, from the box that you can just buy and put under the Christmas tree or a nice birthday gift for a loved one. The backpack and pump also are on another level that really make this board a beautiful package. It comes with bungees, inflates really well and has a strong hose on the pump which is a great plus. If you’re looking for a high-quality, premium, well-built inflatable board with nice packaging, this is definitely something to look at.
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.
Dimensions12'6" x 30"
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’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.
|12 Feet 6 Inches||30 Inches||n/a||n/a|
For more detailed reviews and to look at similar models, visit Supconnect.com. If you like this review, give us the thumbs up. Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments. And make sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you never miss the latest news and reviews from Supconnect.