Only best products in a given category receive “A” grade.
Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you're looking for fast and stable board for touring and travel, then the inflatable Starboard Touring Deluxe Double Chamber is worth a look. This standup paddle board is designed with Starboard's Deluxe Double Chamber technology, which gives the board added firmness and stability on the water. The design of the board is quite thoughtful and its shape and add-ons makes it best suited for touring and cruising, however it also has a fast glide which is unique compared to other boards in this category. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid-range distance paddling up to 3-5 miles. Retailing at $1,399, the Starboard Touring Deluxe Double Chamber is in the mid price point range and offers an incredible value for its price, earning it an A Grade rating.
That is just a phenomenal A-Grade board all around. It has incredible construction and feels really solid. It has a dual-chamber build, meaning that you have to inflate the outer chamber and then the inner chamber separately, which for a touring board is excellent because if you’re out and about and you have lots of things loaded on the board and the board starts deflating, the middle chamber will make sure that you’re still floating and so it serves as an excellent safety mechanism. The traction pad is very comfortable, there are lots of bungee cords for all your gear, the board bag comes with wheels which is really nice and convenient for transporting. It’s a beautiful package. The board does not come with a paddle so you want to make sure to buy a good paddle to go along with this board. The board also has a nice handle on the tail which helps make it easier to move it around. The pump that comes with it is also very nice and it comes with a leash and an FCS II Dolphin Fin which is another added bonus as this fin system requires no tools.
Primary UseTouring 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.
Dimensions12'6" x 31" 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).
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 / FCS II / D Ring / Paddle Holder / Leash Included / Tiki Allen Key / Repair Kit
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 6 Inches||30 Inches||6 Inches||299 L|
|12 Feet 6 Inches||31 Inches||6 Inches||321 L|
|14 Feet 0 Inches||31 Inches||6 Inches||354 L|
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