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Surftech Hercules

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Overview:

Paddle Board Highlights

Who is it for?

If you’re on the lookout for an inflatable paddleboard that can be converted into a kayak and fit up to two persons, you need to check out the Hercules by Surftech. The Hercules is a very versatile board that allows for multiple paddlers as well as uses for the board. Going on an expedition? The board can lug a ton of gear, no problem. Want to standup paddle with a buddy and try the group SUP route? This board can do it. Want to convert it to a two-person kayak? Say no more. The board suits paddlers of all skills, age and size and is fairly affordable considering all that it can do.

First Impressions

This board is what the name suggests. If you're looking for an inflatable paddle board that can haul all your fishing gear, get two to three full-sized adults on it and is stable to where you won't have to worry about falling off, this is something to check out. Because of the size of the board you'll likely need some help carrying the board but it all folds into a neat inflatable package that can be easily stowed away without taking up a ton of space. The board is not as big as some of those group SUPs that are out on the market that fit up to five people or more but can definitely fit two comfortably and can be handled by a single person if needed. The Hercules strikes the balance between a multi-person, multi-use board that can hold a lot of weight but is still compact enough that you can put it in the trunk of your car.

Benefits

  • Primary Use

    Touring/Fishing

    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

    Very Difficult

    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.

  • Surftech Hercules Paddle Board Review 2020
  • Surftech Hercules Paddle Board Review 2020
  • Surftech Hercules Paddle Board Review 2020
  • Surftech Hercules Paddle Board Review 2020
  • Surftech Hercules Paddle Board Review 2020
  • Surftech Hercules Paddle Board Review 2020
  • Surftech Hercules Paddle Board Review 2020
  • Surftech Hercules Paddle Board Review 2020
  • Surftech Hercules Paddle Board Review 2020
  • Surftech Hercules Paddle Board Review 2020
  • Surftech Hercules Paddle Board Review 2020
  • Surftech Hercules Paddle Board Review 2020

 

Learn more on the Surftech website.

Features

  • Dimensions

    13'1" x 36" 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

    37.8 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

    438 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 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

    2 removable seats, front and rear deck tie downs, front/side/rear carry handles

    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
13 Feet 1 Inches 36 Inches 6 Inches 438 L

 

Learn more on the Surftech website.

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