This 10’8″ board is an all-around inflatable that tries to bring all the best elements of different paddle board styles together into one. Flat water and straightaways, light chop in the river, even long-distance touring—the NRS Thrive seeks to do it all well, and in many respects it succeeds.
This all starts with the design and construction of the board. Like many of the best inflatables, the NRS Thrive uses a PVC drop-stitch to achieve superior durability, equal to that of many comparable hard boards. That durability is further bolstered by the double sidewall construction that helps the board stand up to abrasion and contact with hard surfaces.
Thanks to the superior thickness of this board, six inches, it’s extraordinarily stable when out on the water and has a very high weight capacity—250 pounds. The ideal 20 PSI grants maximum performance for this board that is nearly indistinguishable from a similar hard board.
To give the NRS Thrive the most versatility possible, it’s been equipped with a host of features. The board comes with a removable three-fin setup that includes a nine inch center fin along with 2 five inch and 2 two inch side fins. This provides a superior level of customization for varying water conditions and gives riders the ability to tackle multiple scenarios with the use of a single board.
This board also comes with a bundled accessory pack which includes a carrying backpack, hand pump, repair kit, a carry sling, a 12 foot leash, bumper straps, and a HydroLock dry bag.
- Central Carry Handle — Located in the center of the board, the NRS Thrive features a “webbing handle” that facilitates easy carrying while the board is inflated. There are also two handles on the front of the board for grasping the board while you’re in the water.
- 3 Fin Setup — Allows for superior versatility and ability to handle multiple water conditions. You can just use the center fin if you want, or attach either of the side fine sets in conjunction with the center fin for better tracking.
- D-Ring Attachment System — The Thrive features and impressive seven D-rings that allow for plenty of places to attach gear, leashes, and other accessories. Particularly useful for longer excursions where you’ll need lots of equipment.
- Acrylic Deck Pad — Integrated into the deck’s surface, the “proprietary acrylic” makes the board stiffer and easier to grip to without making it heavier or more difficult to roll up when deflated.
- Thick Board — The Thrive is a whopping six inches thick, giving it superior stability all-around and adding to its ability to support heavier riders in varying water conditions.
What We Like
- It’s A Sturdy Board — The high PSI and tough PVC drop stitch come together to create a stiff board that can hold up to the rigors of the water. You can take this board anywhere you’d take a hardboard without fear of excess damage.
- Good Weight Capacity — 250 pounds is nothing to sneeze at, and heavier riders will appreciate the fact that this board is accommodating to them.
- It’s Versatile — The whole point of the Thrive was to create a board that could handle multiple scenarios well, and on that front, its succeeded. It’s not the best in any particular category, but it holds its own with no glaring weaknesses.
- Comes With Accessories — The accessory bundle includes some pretty useful items, including several carrying options and a long leash to keep you attached to your board.
What We Don’t Like
- No Paddle — It would have been nice if they had thrown a nice carbon fiber paddle into the bundle, but alas.
- Limited Color Options — If you like blue, you’ll love this board, but if you were hoping for alternate color schemes this one might leave a bit to be desired.
Best Suited For
- All-Around Use — As an all-around board with no major faults, this board hits the mark. You can take it with you on almost any kind of adventure and be well-off with a solid board.
Not So Great For
- Specialist Riders — If you’re hyper-focused on one particular style of riding, you might be able to find a board more tailored to your specialty than this one.
This is a great board, no two ways about it. Beginners and experienced riders will be attracted by its versatility and ease of use. Its inflatable nature makes it easy to store and transport, and its lack of any real weaknesses makes it perfect to use as an all-around board, a backup for specialist riders, or an intro board for those just getting into paddle boarding for the first time.