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STAR Phase

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Overview:

Paddle Board Highlights

Who is it for?

If you’re looking for an incredibly stable, price-point inflatable with a construction still strong enough that it can last you a while, take a look at the STAR Phase. This board sits at a sweet spot right between the entry-level lowest price point and the premium level and retails for $769. The board is offered in three different sizes (10’2”, 10’6”, 10’8”) and colors and is very lightweight at only 19.8 lbs. Best for all around paddling, the Phase works best in short-range paddling and is great for paddlers of all skill levels.

First Impressions

The first thing that was noticed about this board was how stable it is, which makes sense with its width being 35 in, and how easy it ws to carry, with it being under 20 lbs. The board did paddle pretty slow and the graphics are fairly basic but if you’re looking to paddle something near shore for 2-5 miles max that you can put your kids on and just have some recreational fun with the family then this could be a great board for you in this price range.

Benefits

  • Primary Use

    All Around

    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

    Durable

    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

    Very 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

    Very Stable

    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

    Very Slow

    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 NRS website.

Features

  • Dimensions

    10'8" x 35" x 6"

    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

    19.8 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

    350 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

    250 lbs

    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

    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
10 Feet 2 Inches 32 Inches 5 Inches 241 L
10 Feet 6 Inches 34 Inches 5 Inches 263 L
10 Feet 8 Inches 35 Inches 6 Inches 350 L

 

Learn more on the NRS website.

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