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SIC Maui RS Air Glide

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Overview:

Paddle Board Highlights

Who is it for?

If you’re on the market for a premium race inflatable paddle board but look no further. The RS by SIC Maui is short for ‘Rocket Ship’ and the name suits the board perfectly. This race board is the inflatable version of its composite counterpart and is fast and lightweight. The inflatable RS is offered in multiple length and width combos, for both adult and youth paddlers. It’s best for intermediate and advanced racers looking for a board that excels on flatwater but can also handle some chop. Starting at $999, the RS sits in the affordable price point tier and is a premium choice that is worth every penny.

First Impressions

SIC Maui runs with the slogan ‘Best in Class’ and no doubt this is a best-in-class inflatable. It takes after the racing shape of it’s composite counter part and on the bottom of the board you even have two features that mimic the channels to help the board track. The tail on the board is a bit wider which help to make it more stable and the graphics stick to the minimalist and elegant look that SIC Maui is known for. The construction is very nice and seems quite durable, having reinforced rails and rocker. The board has lots of add-on’s with bungees and attachment points making the board more versatile. The package is beautiful all around — from the box to the backpack and pump. In summary, if you want a best-in-class inflatable that is one of the best the SUP market has on offer for racing then you’re going to want to consider this as your board.

Benefits

  • Primary Use

    Race

    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

    Above Average

    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.

  • Carrying

    Easy

    Carrying ease is determined by board weight and handle type, where a board weighing under 20lbs with a Liftsup handle is extremely easy to carry while a 35+lbs board quite difficult.

  • Stability

    Slightly Unstable

    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

    Fast

    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.

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Learn more on the SIC Maui website.

Features

  • Dimensions

    12'6" 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).

  • Weight

    24.7 lbs

    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

    320 L

    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

    unknown

    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

    Bungee Nose, Extra handles on deck

    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.

  • Handle

    Strap

    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.

  • Holders

    No

    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.

Sizes Available

LengthWidthThicknessVolume
11 Feet 0 Inches 24 Inches unknown Inches 230 L
12 Feet 6 Inches 29 Inches unknown Inches 320 L
14 Feet 0 Inches 26 Inches unknown Inches 320 L
14 Feet 0 Inches 28 Inches unknown Inches 350 L

 

Learn more on the SIC Maui website.

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Last modified onFriday, 12 April 2019 14:25
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