The Stand Up Paddleboard craze is sweeping the world. It's about time you joined in the fun! AIRHEAD's inflatable SUP measures 10 ft. 6 in. and is the best quality your money can buy. The extra rugged drop stitch construction allows a much higher air pressure than other inflatable technologies. Thousands of tiny threads connect the top and bottom layers. Consequently, it can hold 15 pounds of air pressure, more than double the working pressure of other technologies. When you're out on the water, Na Pali is rigid and will perform like a fiberglass board. A large anti-skid EVA pad provides secure footing. Strap your gear to the 4 D-rings up front. Three removable fins ensure straight tracking and precise maneuvering. Feel like sitting down? Install the seat in seconds and paddle kayak style. For convenience and portability, a backpack with mesh panels is included for stowing and carrying the SUP and all accessories. Accessories included: backpack w mesh panels, adjustable seat, high pressure hand pump, detachable leash, anemometer, valve wrench. AIRHEAD Adjustable SUP Paddle sold separately.
Na Pali Inflatable SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) From AirheadBy Allison Mac
After several enquiries about this inflatable SUP from visitors to ISUPworld.com I was lucky enough to get my hands on it and do a proper review. The Airhead Na Pali is a great board for an affordable price. I enjoyed testing it and reviewing it and think that it has a lot of positives that will make it quite popular. It is very well made, inflates easily and is a convenient size that will suit a large majority of people.
Here's the basic specs for the board:
The Na Pali has three removable skegs for good tracking, a removable seat for sit-down or stand-up paddling, has six D-rings up front and one D-ring at the back to secure gear. It is rigid, tough, compact and fits into a great backpack carry bag that can easily hold your board, the seat, the pump, a few accessories and your paddles if they come apart into two pieces.
What I like most about the Na Pali is its versatility. It is one of the few inflatable SUP's that comes with a removable seat. The seat attaches to the D-rings and gives you the option of sitting down and paddling kayak style or stand up paddling. The anti-skig surface is cushiony and I found comfortable when sitting on the seat but also provides great traction when standing.
Although I found the Na Pali a little on the heavy side compared to other models of similar size that I have tested, it was still manageable to carry on my back and bring to the water by myself.
When deflated it rolls into a nice compact package that can easily be stored and brought anywhere.
Inflation is simple. The valve works really well and I found that I could inflate it to 10 PSI quite fast. This SUP is capable of holding up to 15 pounds of air pressure but I found it wasn't necessary to inflate it to 15 PSI in order for it to be super rigid and perform well.
I used it a couple times when inflated to only 10 PSI and it was still extremely rigid and supported my weight as well as my dogs weight easily.
When inflated to the maximum air pressure of 15 PSI it is truly rock solid.
The fins slide into place and then you secure them with a bolt. The fins should be installed before the board is inflated. The fin attaching design for the 2014 Na Pali have been nicely improved upon. The base that is attached to the bottom has been changed for ease of install and removal. With this new base the fins are easier to attach and can be installed either before or after the SUP is inflated.
Overall the performance of this inflatable stand-up paddle board is good. I had no issues with stability. Right off the bat the Na Pali feels very solid and stable. It paddles well, is easy to maneuver and feels very comfortable. There is no flex when standing on this board, it is very rigid.
Allison Mac is the owner and founder of Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard World web site and blog. http://www.ISUPworld.com specializes in inflatable SUP reviews, insider tips and basically just paddling fun. Allison is a huge fan of paddle sports such as kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddling and particularly loves the convenience that inflatable boards and boats offer. ISUPworld.com is a site dedicated to those, like Allison who love to stand-up paddle and want to learn about the conveniences of using an inflatable board. ISUPworld.com is an extension to her other website: http://www.inflatablekayakworld.com.