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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
Looking for an inflatable standup paddle board that can convert into a kayak? Check the Tahe SUP-Yak. The SUP-Yak is priced starting at $530 and is among the most affordable paddle boards of quality that you can find. The SUP-Yak is great for beginner and experienced paddlers alike, is stable and very easy to carry. The SUP-Yak is offered in two sizes: a 10’6” and 11’6”. The 10’6” works for one paddler but the 11’6” can hold two paddlers so keep size in mind when you’re checking out this board. The board is best for short distance paddling, up to one or two miles max.
The Tahe SUP-Yak is Tahe’s take on the latest trend to hit the SUP market: a SUP/Kayak hybrid board. The SUP-Yak reviewed was their 10’6'' model and is a great board for someone looking for just that: a SUP/Kayak hybrid. The SUP-Yak package comes fully loaded for standup paddling (board, pump, fin, repair kit, carry bag, paddle and leash) so if you’re looking to make it a hybrid be sure to grab the kayak attachments that are sold separately OR make sure you get the package that includes the full kit. With the kayak accessory attachments you are set with a paddle that can be used for both SUP and kayaking, a seat and footrest attachments. The board itself has three separate handles: one on the nose, tail and center of the board making carrying versatile and rather easy. The board also features reinforced rails which give it just a bit of added stiffness and durability. At 34 in. wide, the board is nice and stable and something new that we haven’t yet seen is a Daisey Rail Attachment system that allows for versatility and customization for adding attachments onto the board. The board is also versatile in the sense that it can be used for all around paddling, SUP yoga or fitness, and possibly even fishing. The color and graphics on the board are simple and clean with a nice mix of blues and greens and the accent pop of orange. Carrying the board down to the water was nice and easy and once on the water, the board in both the sitting and standing position felt stable. Overall, the SUP-Yak is a really nice option for a paddler looking for something that can be used in many different ways, is affordable and durable. At the price range it’s at and what it provides this is definitely a great package, deserving of Supconnect’s A-Grade.
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.
Dimensions10'6" x 34" 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 Nose, Bungee Tail, D Ring, Paddle Included, Leash Included, Handle on nose, Handle on tail, Daisy Chain Attachment System
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.
|10 Feet 6 Inches||34 Inches||6 Inches||325 L|
|11 Feet 6 Inches||36 Inches||6 Inches||375 L|
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