Inflatable Paddle Board Reviews 2018

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THE VERDICT

Fanatic FlyAir Premium 10'4" 2018

Inflatable Paddle Board Review

A super stable traditional Allround inflatable paddle board.

 

You know what you are going to get with Fanatic.  Consistency in performance and great quality production.

 

At 33", the Fly Air is the widest board we tested in the Allround Category. This combined with the traditional rounded shape results in a assured and predictable feel on the water. Great for beginners and less confident paddlers.

 

It's not quick through the water but turns nicely and can pick up small waves.

 

As with previous boards, the paddle, bag, pump and valve are great quality.  

 

A traditional Allround iSUP. Great for beginners or more cautious paddlers looking for predictable performance.

A traditionally shaped allround board which delivers a reassuringly predictable performance against all our Allround Inflatable Paddle Board Performance Criteria.

 

The rounded shape restricts its speed through the water and we would prefer a larger central fin to improve tracking. However, it is an extremely stable board which turns easily and should appeal to beginners and occasional paddle boarders.

 

 

Expect to pay £929 (with aluminium paddle included).

 

More information and where to buy at http://www.fanatic.com

PERFORMANCE

As with all the boards reviewed in 2018, the Fanatic Fly Air Premium 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 double layer polymer fusion construction with added rail tapes to add rigidity. This results in a 10.3kg extremely rigid board. The board also comes in a standard "Light" version. However, we prefer the more robust "Premium" board.

MANUFACTURE

The Fanatic Fly Air has a 2 + 1 fin set-up.

 

The centre fin is Fanatic's own 7" fin. We would prefer a longer fin which would greatly improve tracking. The standard US Fin Box does allow you to change the fin and we would recommend this.

FIN SET-UP

The Fanatic Fly Air Premium comes with a Fanatic 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.

 

The paddle supplied is a standard aluminium paddle.  Some retailers offer free or discounted upgrades to a glass fibre paddle. We would strongly recommend an upgrade as it will greatly improve your paddle boarding experience over a standard aluminium or alloy paddle. A carbon paddle would be an upgrade but not really an essential expense, other than for the most experienced paddle boarders.

PUMP, BAG & PADDLE

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