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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a non-inflatable touring board that looks and feels good under your feet, check out the Okeanos from SIC Maui. Starting at $1,499, the Okeanos sits in the mid-tier price point and is a solid board for its price. The board is 29 in. wide and is best for intermediate-level paddlers looking for mid-range to long-distance paddling. The board is offered in four sizes (11’, 12’6” x 27”, 12’6” x 29”, 14’) and has two different color variations to choose from.
If we could describe the SIC Maui Okeanos in one word it would be: fun. The Okeanos is brand new model for SIC Maui that we’re really stoked on. Primarily meant for touring, the Okeanos is really stable and has a huge traction pad area that allows you to move towards the nose and tail with ease. The way the volume is distributed throughout the board makes for a very stable platform so you can have fun all throughout the board whether you are doing fancy footwork or loading it up with gear. The graphics branch out from what SIC has done in the past and add a bit more flare to the look of the board but keeping it classy. If you’re looking for a board that allows you to take on an extra passenger where you’re still able to paddle a decent distance with no problem (~5ish miles) or if you want to paddle solo where you can cover a bit more distance (~10, 20, 30ish miles) this is your board. The board works best primarily in flat water in a very competent way.
Disclaimer: The Supconnect team reviewed a pre-production Okeanos model at Outdoor Retailer 2018. Since the time of the review, SIC Maui reshaped the board specifically to remove the physical and visual weight prior to final production, making the board even lighter and sleeker, while maintaining its stability.
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 29"
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 Nose, Bungee Tail, FCS 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.
|11 Feet 0 Inches||28 Inches||Unknown||220 L|
|12 Feet 6 Inches||27 Inches||Unknown||240 L|
|12 Feet 6 Inches||29 Inches||Unknown||275 L|
|14 Feet 0 Inches||28 Inches||Unknown||305 L|
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