Reviewed by Paddle Grrrrrrl from Bay Area, CA on Thursday, April 10, 2014
I've only taken this board out once, but it turned into a way more epic journey than planned and the board performed great! I took it on the Napa River and except for the fins hitting the bottom in really shallow spots (might look into getting shorter fins for future river trips), the board stayed s...
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Reviewed by Bob from Marblehead MA on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
I'd been looking for a new SUP for a while and this Tahoe model had been one of the leading contenders. When I saw it on STP I was stoked. Then I had another email discount so I pulled the trigger. Awesome!
Reviewed by tahoe greg from San Rafael on Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Appears very well made and durable. From what I've read, this board doesn't share the problems that many inflatable boards experience. Filling the hull chamber to the minimum pressure, 7.5#, makes it VERY firm and inflating the stringer chamber adds more stiffness. This is sufficient pressure for someone around 120#, but think it necessary to fill the hull to the max rating, 15 psi for my 180# weight to prevent the hull sagging a bit in the middle. As expected, with the provided pump filling is slow and reaching the higher pressure takes some effort. With the 2 deep fins the board tracks very well. The product literature says it's 30" wide, not 31 and max capacity is 220#.
Reviewed by mojo from Colorado on Monday, August 25, 2014
This gorgeous inflatable is great for flat water touring. The 6 inch thickness makes it nice and stiff and the twin fins add to it's stability and tracking. It glides well for an inflatable. The center inflatable tube is slightly annoying, as it creates a raised tube down the center of the board (which my SUP dog gives a paws down). The travel bag is very nice. The included pump is satisfactory, but not the best that I've used.
Reviewed by Goldino from Northern CA on Saturday, August 02, 2014
I am very pleased with this board. The board appears very well made and comes with a good quality pump with PSI gauge. The backpack is GREAT! Board and pump fit in there easily and it has nice wide, well padded straps that make for a comfortable carrying experience. There are straps on the side of the backpack which were handy for strapping on my paddle (could have probably fit it inside if I wanted to - note that paddle is not included!).
Pumping it up is not too bad. I had meant to bring an electric pump to get it started but I forgot it. We counted ~175 pumps to get to 10 PSI which felt really solid and ended up being plenty of air support my 120lb body without any sagging. Those last few pumps were quite difficult. You really need to lean your whole body into it. A heavier person would probably need to go to a higher PSI (they recommend 12-15) but then again, a heavier/stronger person would probably have an easier time leaning into an extra few strokes of the pump.
Tip for deflation: obviously you want to roll it up toward the valve end so you can push the air out as you roll it, but even if it seems like you've got it rolled up pretty tight, if you unroll it and re-roll it a second time once you've deflated it, it will fit into the backpack much easier.
I have only two relatively minor issues: I do not understand the purpose of the extra little air chamber down the center of the board. It doesn't seem useful at all and meanwhile it gets in the way if, say, you want to sit down on the board to take a rest, or maybe have a kid on it with you, or stuff strapped down. I will probably just not inflate that part (it has a separate valve) next time and see how it goes. Also the owner's manual I received is terrible! Almost every step of the directions is cut off mid sentence. Excerpt from the maintenance section: "Make sure that no sand nor gravel remains inside th" I would say for the most part you really don't need the instructions though I would have liked it if the section on how to repair punctures wasn't cut off in the middle.
Reviewed by Tahoe Love from Carson City, NV on Monday, April 14, 2014
only got it out once so far, but it is a super fun board. Sturdy. Didn't weigh it but it seemed a little heavier than I was expecting but still very managable. Took it out in choppy water and was pretty stable. Easy to pack up and throw in the car.
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