Inflatable Paddle Board Reviews 2018

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THE VERDICT

Starboard  12 6 Touring Deluxe 2018

Inflatable Paddle Board Review

Starboard are known for their quality and innovation and the 2018 12'6" Touring Deluxe certainly adheres to Starboard's values.

 

With sleek lines, minimal nose rocker and at only 31" wide, the Deluxe 12 6's Glide Speed is good and ranks at the top end of the Touring iSUP category. Nicely balanced with the square tail adding extra stability, it paddles offers a predictable paddle. Manoeuvrability is good with the kickpad aiding your step back turns.

 

A well balanced, good looking board which would suit more experienced paddle boarders looking to add a bit of fun to their touring.

 

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

A well balanced board which delivers in all our performance categories. The presentation is typical Starboard and looks great. Plenty of storage for the longer trips but also nice and sporty for general paddling.

 

The 9" FCS Connect Tool-less Fin provides great tracking and is an improvement on the standard US Fin Box Fins.

 

Expect to pay £1175 (with an aluminium paddle included).

 

More information and where to buy at https://star-board-sup.com/2018/

PERFORMANCE

As with all the boards reviewed in 2018, the Starboard 12 6 Touring Deluxe 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 double layered rails. The board also features a second air chamber for added stiffness. We feel this is a bit of a gimmick, however, the result is a light weight (10kg) yet stiff and responsive board.

MANUFACTURE

The 12 6 Touring Deluxe comes with a single fin set-up.

 

The centre fin is a 9" FCS Connect Tool-less Fin. FCS are recognised as the leading fin manufacturer in the surf and SUP market and a number of companies favour these fins in their 2018 ranges. This is a move we welcome as a good fin is vital to a boards performance

FIN SET-UP

The Starboard 12 6 Touring Delux comes with a standard duel action hand pump.

 

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

Starboard Touring 12 6 Deluxe 2018