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Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a very stable, inflatable, all-around board to paddle that’s in the affordable price range of under $1,000 then the Air Glide Flow is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the DSC construction which durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 34 inches the board is extremely stable and its construction is relatively lightweight weighing 21.8 lbs, with 2.08 lbs per foot. Its shape makes the Air Glide Flow an all-around board that can be used by everyone and was designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for paddling short distances, around the beach and dock or on the river. Retailing at $999, this board is in the affordable mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are very simple, the shape design is quite commonplace and the construction strikes as durable. The Air Glide Flow has a very clean look and takes a simplistic approach with graphics and colors. The packaging that the board comes in is stunning and has a very high-quality, premium feel to it. The shape design is standard for boards in these categories and offers features tailored primarily for recreational paddling. The construction appears durable, as something that can handle constant yet careful use. This paddle board is easy to carry due to its weight being only 21.8 lbs and the glide feels slow which is to be expected since speed-centric design is not the focus. The board comes with a leash and repair kit and also has compatibility with FCS II fins which is very convenient being that it’s tool-less. With everything put together the Air Glide Flow is a very stable, premium inflatable board for an affordable price that everyone should be able to paddle with ease no matter the skill level.
Primary UseAll-Around 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.
Dimensions10.6' x 34"
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, D-Ring, FCS II
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.
|9 Feet 6 Inches||29.5 Inches||6 Inches||250 L|
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|11 Feet 6 Inches||34 Inches||6 Inches||360 L|
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