Inflatable Paddle Board Reviews 2018

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THE VERDICT

Bic Wing Air 12' 6" 2018

Inflatable Paddle Board Review

Bic are a major European SUP brand, known for producing affordable performance hard and inflatable SUPs. The 2018 Wing Air 12 6 delivers great affordable performance.

 

The 2018 Wing Air is sleek fast and stable with just enough nose rocker to ensure it performs well in all conditions. The square tail adds stability and at 30" wide, the board has a sleek and glides extremely well.

 

The board is a single skin which makes it less robust some of the other boards tested. However, the stinger band down the length of the board ensures rigidity. One negative is having to buy the paddle separately which increases the cost.

 

A great touring iSUP which is fast and fun.

 

Little to choose between the top boards in this category. 4 boards scored 4.6 out of 5.

 

 

A great sporty tourer which delivers against all our Touring Inflatable Paddle Board Performance Criteria.

 

The sleek shaping and 9" centre fin produces great speed on the water.  Despite being one of the narrower boards in the Touring Category, the square tail gives plenty of stability and the Wing Air will even easily catch small waves. Tracking and glide are superior to the traditional 32" touring boards.

 

PERFORMANCE

As with all the boards reviewed in 2018, the Bic Wing Air is manufactured at one of the World's top iSUP factories. We can therefore guarantee the materials, accessories and manufacturing processes are of the highest quality.

 

The board has a single layer construction with double layered rails. This results in a stiff light weight (11kg) board but it's not as robust as the other boards included in our reviews.

MANUFACTURE

The Bic Wing Air has a single fin set-up.

 

The centre 9" Touring Fin is housed in a standard US Fin Box, using the traditional screw plate to secure it. The fin is large enough to provide excellent tracking and stability.

 

FIN SET-UP

The Bic Wing Air 6 comes with a Bic branded 2 way pump. As with most pumps on the market, it's manufactured by Bravo (version 4) and inflates the board easily and quickly. In our experience the Red Paddle Titan is the only hand pump currently included in iSUP packages which out performs the Bravo SUP 4.

The bag is a hardwearing wheeled back pack. Suitable for travel and general storage. Little to differentiate from most similar wheeled iSUP bags.

 

It doesn't come with a paddle but an aluminium 3 pcs paddle can be bought separately for approx. £80

 

PUMP, BAG & PADDLE

BIC Wing 12 6