Vilano 12′ (6″ Thick) Inflatable Touring / Race Stand Up Paddle Board Review

61Zdx4UuOXL._SL1200_This model is manufactured using the highest quality PVC the Korean-drop stitch to make it more durable. It’s designed for high speed over flat surface water for longer distance paddling. This board is 12’ by 31”wide & 6” thick. It can support a maximum load of 350 lbs. When deflated, this board rolls to one foot diameter by 36” & is very easy to transport with included straps.

Features:

Fast and rigid: it’s same as a hard board. Its touring style has been designed for longer distance paddling & offers full speed over flat surface water.

Durability: it’s manufactured from high quality PVC material using Korean Drop –stitch construction; it is built to last longer.

Ultra portable: when deflated it is only its diameter is only 1 foot by 36’. It’s very easy to transport with its included straps. Inflated size is 12’ by 31”by 6”.

Deck: its comfortable diamond groove traction for grip & four stainless D-ring & bungee on its front deck for storage.

Complete package: paddle, board, carry bag, and pump with an integrated pressure gauge and removable fin.

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Pros 

Easy to carry when deflate & rolled up. It can fit into any car. It deflates very fast, rolls up easily & requires little effort to lift & put into the trunk.

It’s durable. It is made from the same heavy duty material as a river shaft. Even if it scraps over rocks, it won’t pop. Many other paddle boards dings, chips & are supposed to be handled with great care. The only option is the inflated boards for many rivers because paddling over rocks especially in low water spots is most likely.

Soft- in most cases, children normally fall down hard on any SUP. The soft and flexible surface of this model means it is less likely for anybody to bang up his face, head, knees or elbows while surfing, paddling or just playing.

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Not so fast- even race-style paddle boards that are inflated are still too broad to slide even closer to as efficient as an epoxy or fiberglass board.

Not good at surfing- its rail is very fat & this makes it not to surf very well.

Takes about 5 minutes to inflate- requires to always monitor the, fins pump, etc. to make sure it is in tip top shape & with no any weak spots in the seams. It may be tricky to identify the right pressure since the pump gauges generally do not work or will not register under 10 psi.

Conclusion 

Although it has some drawbacks, it’s still the best option especially when surfing over long distance.