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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a fast, non-inflatable, multi-purpose board to paddle long distances then the Bullet from SIC Maui is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Tuff Carbon Wood (TWC) construction which is durable. The board is 28.25 inches wide making it somewhat stable and the board is fast. Its construction is at an average weight of 27.5 lbs and has 2.5 lbs per foot, which is average for an 11 foot board. Its construction and shape combined make this board diverse in its ability to be exceptional for downwind, touring and racing. Retailing at $1,599, the board sits just above the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are gorgeous, the shape design is very thoughtful and the construction strikes as durable. The graphics are simple yet stunning and give the board a premium look. The shape design is unique for boards in these categories, offering features tailored for both recreation and competition. The construction does appear rather strong and looks to be able to handle frequent use but needs to be handled carefully. Because the board is 27 lbs it’s slightly difficult to carry however the EZ grab handle makes carrying much easier because you’re able to fully grip the handle. The glide feels fast, which is to be expected since speed-centric designs are fully in place for this board model. Putting everything together, the Bullet is a board for intermediate and advanced paddlers that are interested in finding a multipurpose board great for racing, downwinding and touring.
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 28.25"
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.
|11 Feet 0 Inches||28.25 Inches||n/a||208 L|
|12 Feet 6 Inches||28.25 Inches||n/a||237 L|
|14 Feet 0 Inches||27.25 Inches||n/a||275 L|
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