The Journey 10′ is the smaller brother of the Vilano iSUP family. Much like the larger boards in the Journey line, the Journey 10′ is an all-around board. It takes a stab at blending looks, performance, and affordability in a single lightweight package. The Journey is rigid, durable, stable, and constructed with multiple water conditions in mind.
The drop-stitch PVC construction lets the board stand up to even rough water conditions with ease. Inflated (12 PSI), the board measures 10′ x 30″ x 6″ and holds up to 200 lbs. Not as much as the Journey 11′, but still substantial. The weight limit is enough for average size riders, though larger riders will require a larger board to compensate. Vilano put an emphasis on portability. The center carry handle aids with inflated transport, and the board deflates to a compact size that’s easy to pack away in a vehicle or for long term storage.
When it comes to handling on the water, the Journey performs as expected. It’s mobile, with good turning capabilities. It remains stable on the surf, and users can maneuver through moderate chop with some success. You can get by on flat water, though the board’s straight tracking abilities aren’t as true as a dedicated race or touring board. You’ll also be wanting for speed if that’s your fancy. If you’re a beginner and are trying to gain your stripes, though, the stability on this board will be to your benefit.
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The board has a slick look, with a rounded nose and tapered end. The design and color scheme are simple but compelling for those who are fans of strong, subtle shapes. The Journey 10′ is more narrow than other boards, but for smaller riders, this won’t pose an issue.
- Drop stitch Korean PVC material – Durably constructed so the board can handle rough conditions. Stays rigid, handles a decent amount of weight, all around well done.
- Integrated center fin – Aids handling keeps the board on target. Straight tracking is improved with the fin engaged as well. The fin is strong and sturdy, but can be replaced just in case.
- Traction pad – Helps riders stay on the board even when the water is splashing heavily. The patterned surface keeps a firm grip without being uncomfortable, unlike some other traction pads that dig into the feet excessively.
- D-ring system – Comes with a bungee cord attachment for tying down gear and accessories while you’re on the water.
- Bundled with accessories – The Journey comes with an aluminum paddle, hand pump, and a carrying bag for easy transport.
- Center carry handle – Allows riders to easily move the board around while inflated.
- 1-year warranty – The manufacturer’s warranty covers the board in case of workmanship and material defects.
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What We Like About The Vilano Journey
- It’s easy to carry – Both inflated and deflated, Vilano made this board a cinch to handle. The center carry handle makes it manageable while inflated. The deflated board rolls up into a tight package.
- Handles a good amount of weight – For its size, the Journey 10′ does well. There are larger boards that have higher capacities, but at this size, the Journey is at the top of the heap.
- The board is balanced – It’s steady on the water. While it’s not the fastest board around, it can handle itself adequately across multiple water conditions.
What We Don’t Like About The Vilano Journey
- Paddle and pump leave something to be desired – They aren’t the worst around, but you’ll want to upgrade them shortly after acquiring your Journey.
- Straight tracking isn’t the greatest – Again, not the worst, but this board’s ability to stay on track could be improved.
This iSUP Is Best Suited For
- Beginners – The board is maneuverable, stable, and small enough for a newbie to handle with ease. If you’re trying to grasp the basics of paddle boarding, this board should be on your radar as a training board.
- Those looking for an affordable secondary board – Vilano gave the Journey 10′ a reasonable price point that some might even call a steal.
This iSUP Is Not So Great For
- Advanced and niche riders – If you’ve already got skills, you may get some use out of this board as a backup, but since it doesn’t outclass other boards in any one area of performance, you won’t be using this board much if you’ve got a specific purpose in mind.
As long as you know what you’re getting into with this board (multi-use, adequate but not standout performance, great value) it’s going to be a good purchase for you. Vilano succeeded in creating a board that appeals to as wide a base as possible. In particular, beginners and those that just need an extra board as a gift will be pleased.
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