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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
The Bayonet by SIC Maui is a premium downwind specific paddle board that also doubles as a race board and works best for advanced paddlers. At 26 in. wide the board is unstable for inexperienced paddlers but can feel pretty stable for paddlers who are experienced. The Bayonet is great for paddling long distances and is fast, lightweight and easy to carry. The board weighs roughly 24.6 lbs and has a volume of 295L. This board is offered in four sizes (12’6”, 14’ x 24.5”, 14’ x 26”, 17’1”) and starts at $2,499, placing it in the high price point tier in terms of affordability.
If you’re looking for a premium downwind board that can surf and also be quite versatile on flat water then take a look at the Bayonet from SIC Maui. Designed as a downwind board, the Bayonet has an extra rocker on the nose to really catch that bump out in the ocean or the river/lake. The board handles bumps and chop really well because of that extra rocker but the tail is fairly flat making the Bayonet pretty well-rounded. The graphics are classic and clean, keeping on point with what SIC is known for and is fairly easy to handle with it being lightweight. The Bayonet has a really beautiful, minimalist design that is shockingly stable for a 26in wide board. As expected, the board is very fast with a beautiful construction that looks to be quite durable. The board glides incredibly well and has some nice add-on’s where you can mount tools to your liking whether it be navigation, coaching or GPS device, the options are endless. The board is fairly lightweight and is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a board that does well in flatwater and bumps. If you want a board that is primarily for downwinding but can also be used elsewhere check out the Bayonet.
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.
Dimensions14' x 26"
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'sFCS deck plug
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.
|12 Feet 6 Inches||26 Inches||unknown Inches||264 L|
|14 Feet 0 Inches||24.5 Inches||unknown Inches||278 L|
|14 Feet 0 Inches||26 Inches||unknown Inches||295 L|
|17 Feet 1 Inches||25 Inches||unknown Inches||350 L|
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