For anyone who has considered shopping for a standup paddle board, or SUP, most will agree they tend to be on the more expensive side for a regular foam core or similar type board. So, the idea of an inflatable SUP can be attractive for the budget conscious to the extent the product is actually viable. Most people will immediately assume an inflatable SUP is going to be a like a water air mattress and be unwieldy or hard to keep stable in the water. The PathFinder 9’9″ Inflatable SUP changes this myth entirely.
Specifications and Assembly
Buyers are going to find that once assembled and inflated the PathFinder 9’9″ Inflatable SUP is easy to transport, put together, and put in the water. All the paddle components are designed to be user friendly and easy to connect. Adjustment is no issue either. The board will float confidently, it won’t sag or sink, and it can hold up to 240 lbs of weight, easily supporting teens and children. The inflation process is fairly straightforward and involves no great effort. And the deflation process is very quick and complete, so a user won’t be stuck with trying to wrestle the board to get all the air out. Then, one just folds everything up, packs the board and paddle, and go home.
Measurement wise the PathFinder 9’9″ Inflatable SUP reaches approximately 10 feet long and sits in the water 5 inches thick. A buyer is going to receive the inflatable board itself, a matching air pump (a great addition meaning no need to use a bike pump), a center tracking fin that is removable, tie-downs, an aluminum paddle that can be changed for height needs, a valve wrench for air control, and a carry bag to put everything into. The board skin itself is thick PVC, not thin puncture-style plastic. In addition, each seam and section is sealed with a multi-layer professional stitching to make sure the PVC stays together properly.
- Measures 10' x 31" x 6"; Portable and easy to store
- Great for wide range of water and use conditions.
- Amazing Durability - PVC material and strong multi-layer drop stitch.
The one person who might be disappointed with the PathFinder 9’9″ Inflatable SUP will be a big person. Again, the Pathfinder board has a maximum weight capacity of 240 lbs. So larger people are likely not going to be able to use the Board well or will cause it to start sinking. This is a matter of buoyancy and weight, not the board design or product performance. Also, when multiple people try to get on the board at the same time, the same issue can occur. It will likely hold a reasonable adult size and small child well, but no more than that.
Maintenance and care of the PathFinder 9’9″ Inflatable SUP follows most of the common issues with inflatables. The kit should be kept out of direct sun exposure when not in use. It should be stored in its carry bag and in a dry location. It should not be placed near anything that gives off heat or flame. If a applying a cleaner for some reason, soap and water are best. Solvent-based cleaners tend to have a negative effect on plastics and PVC, causing them to dry out and crack. The PathFinder 9’9″ Inflatable SUP should also be taken out at least every few months and inflated just to stretch out the form. Long-term storage can cause kinks to settle in as the inflatable begins to lose flexibility.
Usage and Safety
Buyers are going to enjoy the PathFinder 9’9″ Inflatable SUP considerably, and the product life can be prolonged by maintaining basic care as described above. This is a durable product designed for regular, repeat use under normal conditions, and it’s a great cost alternative to a standard foam core SUP.
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