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Naish One

Price: $1,249 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race/Touring
Weight: 25.1 lbs Sizes: 12'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable inflatable, race/touring board to paddle then the One from Naish is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in a double drop stitch technology, which is durable and has its ups and downs. The board is 30 inches wide making the board pretty stable and the board has 2.01 lbs per foot and weighs 25.1 lbs total which is lightweight for a board that is 12’6”. Its shape makes the One a race/touring board that can be used by intermediate paddlers and was designed for both recreation and competition. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid to long-distance paddling between 3-10 miles plus. Retailing at $1,249, the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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Boardworks Kraken Touring

Price: $1,599 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 34.09 lbs Sizes: 12'6

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, non-inflatable board to paddle mid-long range distances the the Kraken Touring paddle board from Boardworks is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Tec-V (Thermal Epoxy Compression-Veneer) technology which is considerably durable and has its positives and negatives. Due to its width of 29.5 inches the board is pretty stable. Its construction is moderately heavy coming in at 2.73 lbs per foot weighing 34.09 lbs. Its shape makes the Kraken Touring an all-around touring board that can be used by just about anyone and is designed for recreational touring. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid-long-range distances between 3-10 miles. Retailing at $1,599 this board is among the high-tier price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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Pau Hana Mini Sport

Price: $1,299 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 26.1 lbs Sizes: 10'10"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, non-inflatable, touring board to paddle mid to long-range distances then the Pau Hana Mini Sport is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the EPX Standard Epoxy construction which is durable and has its ups and downs. The board is 29 inches wide which makes it somewhat stable, not ideal for beginners. It has 2.43 lbs per foot and weighs 26.1 lbs total which puts the board at an average weight for its length of 10’10”. Its shape makes the Mini Sport touring board that can be used by intermediate paddlers and was designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid to long-range distance paddling between 3-10 miles. Retailing at $1,299, the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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NSP Performance Touring

Price: $1,499 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 39.7 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, non-inflatable, touring board to paddle mid to long range distances then the NSP Performance Touring is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the E-Tech constriction, which is durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its 30 inch width the board is relatively stable. Its construction is on the heavier side (above 35 lbs) and has 2.82 lbs per foot, weighing 39.7 lbs. (It is worth noting that when we tested this board it was a non-production board so it is heavier than what the production boards should be.) Its shape makes the Performance Touring a touring board that can be used by intermediate paddlers and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid to long range distances of 5-10 miles. Retailing at $1,499, the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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Starboard Touring Elite

Price: $1,999 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 27.9 lbs Sizes: 10', 11'6", 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, non-inflatable touring board to paddle mid to long range distances then the Touring Elite by Starboard is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board has the Starlite construction which is durable and has both positives and negatives. Due to its width of 29 inches the board is somewhat stable. The board has 2.79 lbs per foot and weighs a total of 27.9 lbs which is slightly heavy for only a 10ft board. Its shape makes the Touring Elite a touring board best for intermediate paddlers designed with touring in mind. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for recreational paddling between 3 to 10 miles max. Retailing at $1,999, the board is among the high-price point boards but is among the best of what the brand has to offer.

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BOTE Traveller

Price: $1,799 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 25.5 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, non-inflatable, premium touring board to paddle mid to long-range distances then the Traveller from BOTE is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the chainmail construction, which is durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 28 inches the board is somewhat stable and it has 2.04 lbs per foot weighing 25.5 lbs total which is pretty lightweight for a 12’6” board. Its shape makes the Traveller perfect for touring and best for intermediate and advanced paddlers to enjoy recreationally. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid to long-range distance paddling of 5-10 miles plus. Retailing at $1,799, the board is at a premium price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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