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- Item model number: ISUP16_PER
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Body Glove Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Board, White, 11'
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- 11 Foot inflatable stand-up Paddleboard with a stable 34 inch wide platform
- Package includes the board, pump, Paddle, leash, backpack, repair kit, and cell phone Dry bag
- A performance feature rich design for everyday fitness and family use
- Patented multi-purpose handle to carry a Paddle or water bottle
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Paddle Body Glove best-in-class performer 11 inflatable stand up paddleboard, an all-in-one package that offers great stability, incredible rigidity and excellent performance.
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GREAT VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY. I USE IT ALMOST DAILY!
If you were a kid growing up in Southern California, you knew very well that Body Glove was a company not only made for surfers, but also created by surfers. They were the real deal, and no other wetsuit could ever compete with the one that "fit like a glove". Boards were also a coveted item as a young kid, and a respectable quiver was not only cool, it was practical. Skate boards, body-boards, surf boards, long boards... A surfboard for every condition, and for a friend should someone need a loaner. Owning your own board meant freedom, and the reasons you had for choosing your board were very personal. Buying my first brand new short board was an experience I'll never forget. This surfboard went straight to the front of the class. All the other boards were kept outside under cover, but this new board got to sleep in my bedroom, where I could stare at it until I fell asleep, and wake up to it just as the day's first light hit my window.
I still feel this way when I find a special board, although now my wife won't let me bring a board into the bedroom. But whether it's a killer new long board, or a local shaper's pintail, the love affair between a waterman and his board is an authentic experience and should be respected. I still remember my first bodyboard and how it felt to hit the water, and I just recently had an experience with a board that brought me full circle. From my very first wetsuit, to my latest ISUP love affair, Body Glove has helped me find some real joy out on the water.
Body Glove has recently released what I consider a huge contender for the championship of the emerging world of the ISUP, the inflatable stand-up paddle board. I've always enjoyed the freedom and flexibility of a stand-up paddle board, or SUP. It's a great work out, it's not dependent on waves, it can enjoy waves, it's an explorer, it's a way of seeing vantage points that aren't typically available. I've seen the older generation enjoying the calm waters of Florida on an SUP, and I've personally shared an overhead right at Ho-okipa with Laird Hamilton as he screamed by on his SUP. The range and appeal of this board is universal, and, once you've had a chance to experience it yourself, you'll find the draw difficult to deny.
I ran into my fellow waterman George Patterson, who let me borrow the Body Glove ISUP for several days. The Body Glove Challenger is marketed as a board designed for adventure, family, fitness, and travel. This board is a unique opportunity to spend more time on the water, as the convenience of having an ISUP of this quality is something that's hard to ignore as it sits in your trunk or hatchback, ready for your next adventure.
Recently, I've been riding an 11' fiberglass hardboard on the Ohio river, really enjoying the time on the water and reaping the benefits of regular exercise. I've been an avid SUP rider on vacations as well, having surfed smaller waves on Maui and Grand Cayman, explored shorelines of both US coasts in San Diego and on Long Island, and visited with marine life at sunset in Rincon, Puerto Rico. I've ridden many SUPs and have always enjoyed my time on the grand-daddy of all long boards. But until now, I've never had the chance to ride an inflatable.
The Body Glove Challenger measures 11' long, by 34" wide, by 6" thick. It comes with a backpack, adjustable 3-piece aluminum paddle, hand pump, dry phone pouch, coil leash, and a repair kit. It has a fixed tri-fin design, dual layer durable construction with a triple-layer stringer which really does maximize stiffness and rigidity as Body Glove advertises on their website.
George and I met on the banks of the Ohio river just down river of the city of Pittsburgh. He had two boards with him, and I immediately recognized the Body Glove logo, something I had long ago learned to respect. Right off, I was a big fan of the color and graphics of the board. The design, in my opinion, works well with the sporty attitude that these boards exude. They look serious, they look like they mean business, but they also say you're gone have a heck of a lot of fun when you do get down to business. I want a board that looks cool as well as works well, your attitude on a board is closely linked to how you look on that board. And I could tell that these boards were going to look great on the water, but how would they perform?
For the next four days, I was fortunate enough to travel with the Challenger 11, and try it out in four different bodies of water.
Day 1: The Ohio River, Pittsburgh. We meet at a local dock, and within 10 minutes, we've pumped up our boards, stowed our equipment, and are ready to go. What I notice first, with a smile, is how the board is incredibly lightweight. The handle has extra padding and is perfectly sized for the board, well balanced in the middle, and makes it a pleasure to carry this board to the water. When I first stand on the board, I notice that there is a very small amount of bounce and I wonder if this will affect the performance on the water. It does not, in fact, after about 15 minutes on the water, I no longer think of board as an inflatable, it has successfully tricked me into thinking that it is a rigid board. Okay, but how about tracking? Surely the oversized rails, and smaller set of three fins must affect this board adversely when trying to track a straight line across a river with moderate chop and a light 5-7 knot wind? The board's design helps it track just as well as the rigid board I had been riding the week before, but feels lighter on the water which allows for me to get more return on my investment when pushing this board through the water. I thoroughly enjoy the evening paddle with George, and I practically beg him to let me keep it a few days while I drive to Cincinnati for a job. He agrees, and I'm stoked.
Day 2: Caesar Creek State Park, Ohio. After driving about two and half hours out of Pittsburgh, I can't stop thinking of the special package in my hatchback. I can't wait to get back on the Body Glove Performer, and start pulling up some options on my GPS of upcoming lakes and rivers which could afford me the ultimate rest stop. Caeser Lake fills my requirements nicely, and I add a detour to my navigation. I pull into the state park and immediately look for an appealing little cove in which to launch, something not too crowded, and scenic. I luck out, Wednesday's are apparently not one of the most popular days for the lake, and I find myself a secluded spot, with a small lawn on which to prepare the board for launching.
This is the first time that I ready the board alone, and I find it to be very intuitive and straight forward. I attach the pump, adjust it to the double pump option, and begin. It takes 7 minutes for me to pump the board to the suggested 15 PSI, and another 30 seconds to assemble the paddle. I throw everything I don't need back into my hatchback, and fill my dry bag with the essentials: my phone in it's waterproof sleeve, my car key, a bottle of water, a granola bar, and sunscreen. I'm on the water in mere minutes after having first parked my car, and immediately feel the stress of the highway slip away as I slip away from the shore myself.
The wind is a bit stronger today than it was yesterday, about 8-10 knots, and the board handles it well. In fact, I'd have to say that I feel no affect in the board at all with this wind, and it doesn't deter me from exploring across the lake once I've left the protection of the original cove. It's a beautiful afternoon, and with such little traffic, I feel like I have the lake all to myself. Without this board I'd probably be standing in a rest stop parking lot, drinking a soda and munching on a candy bar, but instead I'm exploring a beautiful lake for the very first time and having a blast. I appreciate the much needed exercise and the break from the road.
Day 3: Little Miami River, Cincinnati, Ohio. After a 9 hour day of shooting a commercial, I am ready to hit the water once again. Fortunately for me, I am about 10 minutes from a launch site on the Little Miami River. This river is perfect for an SUP like the Performer for several reasons. The launch site is a short walk from the parking lot, on a great little path through a wooded area. I weigh my options and decide to wear the Body Glove backpack with all of it's contents to the river. As soon as I put the pack on, I realize that I could wear this for quite a intense hike without any problem. The padding on the straps are comfortable, and the extra padding against my back is just perfect. The weight is fine and not a problem as I excitedly make my way down to the river.
I find the river, unpack and pump up the board, assemble the paddle, pack me essential into the backpack which I strap to the front of the board, and I'm off in no time at all. It's a little warmer today, and the river feels heavenly as I take a quick dip to cool off. I decide to head upriver until I tire, and then let the current return me to my launch site. As I approach my first set of small rapids on my way upriver, I decide to try a little portage along the river bank. I throw the backpack on, pick up the board, and easily circumvent the rapids to drop back into the river at a calmer spot. I continue paddling up until I find my next set of rapids, and repeat the procedure until I find myself clear of those as well. This works well, and I am disappointed that I don't have more time to explore this river before sunset.
After about an hour of up river travel, I decide to make way back to my launch site and see how this board handles small rapids while heading down river. I realize now that the tri-fin design works so well in these conditions. I don't worry about snags or hitting rocks as I glide quickly along the surface of the river, handling the rapids with a surprising ease and maneuverability, that frankly, I did not expect from an inflatable. But there it was, tackling the river as though it was made specifically for this reason, and me loving every moment of it. I suggest using the included leash if you decide to ride any rapids.
Day 4: Salt Fork State Park Lake, Ohio. I left Cincinnati after a leisurely breakfast and hit the road towards Pittsburgh. About two hours from Pittsburgh lies a decent sized body of water with many forks and bays. It looked perfect for my last adventure, and it was only 10 minutes out of the way. You'll find that once this board is in your trunk, you'll be strongly motivated to find every nearby body of water and get out and explore. I couldn't wait to get off the highway and relax by paddling around my own private cove or explore some unknown corner of this new lake.
With my Mapquest running, I was able to find an entrance to the park and a quiet cove with parking and a grassy spot perfect for inflating my board and accessing the water. Within 10 minutes I was walking towards the water and a new adventure. The cove I found was indeed quiet and isolated, a perfect antidote to the busy highway I had left behind only minutes before. I hit the water and paddled around the cove a bit, exploring the shoreline for wildlife, and finding various fish and birds including a Great Blue Heron fishing for it's lunch along the banks of the Salt Fork Lake.
As I headed out towards the center of the lake, I realized that the wind was the strongest that I had been exposed to on this board, and I wondered if the Performer 11 could handle this sort of gust, or if I'd end up downwind without an option other than walking back to the car! Typically, I'll begin by heading upwind, or upriver, so that the return trip to my put-in spot is less of a struggle once I've been out on the water for some time. But I saw an appealing little cove around the corner and under a bridge ahead, downwind... I decided to risk it and headed downwind, and I was happy that I did. The views were beautiful and worth the extra effort to head back upwind. And the board did indeed head back upwind without a problem.
After exploring downwind a bit, I decided to push an upwind run and, in turn, push myself to see how far I could make it. The winds were gusting to about 12-15 knots, and I was concerned about the larger profile of the Body Glove ISUP, but those concerns were soon forgotten as the board kept it's heading into the wind, or even a beam reach at about 45 degrees into the wind. I had no issues at all with being blown of course and I pushed it for about 45 minutes into the wind. What a great workout. You can have the indoor gyms, but give me mother nature every time! The afternoon was memorable, and I felt like the lake my private playground as I only saw two other boats on the water the entire time. By the time I was done and returning to my original put-in spot, I was recharged, revitalized, and re-energized to drive the last two hours back to Pittsburgh.
I've decided that I'll always pack this board in my trunk for any road trips, and check it as luggage for any flight I'll take in the future. Who knows what adventures await me and my new Body Glove Performer 11? Let's find out.
Pros and Cons
• portability, what a dream to roll up an 11' board into a backpack!
• more time on the water as a result
• more locations to access as a result, walk, hike, or even climb to your next destination if you like. You won't be burdened by carrying a large and unwieldy hardboard over rocks, wet and slippery mud, or sand. Just throw the backpack on and get moving.
• perfectly centered carry handle on the board, which is padded and doubles as a velcro strap to hold your water bottle.
• Can be checked as regular luggage on an airline. Think of the possibilities!
• the backpack is serious, really serious. It's got all the right padding in the right places, adjustable padded shoulder straps, and a chest clip to keep everything in place. An extra smaller zippered pocket on the front with clear plastic, and extra straps inside the pack to snug everything down tight before moving out. Plenty of room to add a water bottle, sunscreen, an extra shirt or shorts, and a towel.
• storage, I can store this practically anywhere in my house or garage. It takes up very little space once packed away in the backpack.
• cool colors and graphics! Compared to other inflatable SUPs, this board has a real surfboard influenced design and style. Appeals to my surf sensibilities.
• serious design consideration, although you'll have a lot of fun on this board, this is definitely not a toy. Early inflatables didn't have this commitment to R&D, but Body Glove really created a serious board with the Performer 11. There are extra angles on the deck to really add to the surfboard style of this inflatable, and I would not describe this board as boxy at all, compared to others on the market today.
• light weight, either the board alone or the backpack fully packed, makes it easy to carry down long paths to the water, or a necessary portage to get past rapids.
• quick setup, about 10 minutes from trunk to water
• pump has two options, a double pump and a single pump for air. The double pump is great for the initial inflation, and switch it to single pump when you need a little more force to fill the last 5 lbs of pressure. Only 15 PSI total.
• solid construction with extra rigidity and stiffness, does have some flex as pretty much all boards do. But you don't lose power or speed due to any excessive flex in the board.
• super extra stability! I found this board extremely stable compared to a rigid board of the same size, without feeling heavy or hard to maneuver.
• great agility on the water, I found this board easier to turn on the water, even being able to use my weight and legs to help make a change in direction.
• ease of connection to the pump, and solid plug for the board
• extra storage area with bungee chords forward on the board
• lack of "D" rings on bungee chords will probably reduce wear over time on the surface of the board
• triple rail construction means less wear as your paddle occasionally rubs along the edge of the board
• triple stringer means more rigid of a board.
• durability. I don't imagine that I would take a fiberglass or composite board over rocks and rapids, fearing that I would scratch the surface. This board doesn't show any of that wear. No dings! Rocks, coral, sand... no problem.
• easy to clean. I tried a Mr Clean Magic Eraser sponge on it, and the marks wiped right off.
• more comfortable to stand on over time than a fiberglass or rigid board
• more comfortable to kneel on for those times when you need extra power
• tracks just as well as a rigid board while paddling. This I had to test to believe, but it passed with flying colors. Having ridden a hardboard for a week before trying the ISUP for four days in a row, I could easily compare the two boards. For a reasonably "straight" heading, I average about 6 strokes of the paddle per side on both the rigid and inflatable board. Everyone has a dominant side, and you'll find this affects your paddling. Try different angles of attack with your paddle, changing the amount of pressure you use with your legs to balance yourself, or even try a different stance with perhaps one foot in front of the other like a racing stance.
• tracks well in moving water such as rapids, and most likely on waves. The three fins are plenty to keep the nose of this board headed downriver or down the face of a wave. And the rails do their job.
• 3 fin fixed design was at first a concern compared to a removable and longer single fin. But not having an extra pin to lose, and drafting a much smaller profile has been fantastic for launches off the beach or moving over more shallow water such as through grasses or over rapids. The blades of grass just slip off and don't get hung up on the fins like they would on a larger fin.
• large padded traction pad for your to stand on, comfortable and large enough to accommodate many different stances while standing or kneeling on the board. Stand on the kick-tail pad and have some fun with the nose out of the water.
• good rocker design. Aesthetically pleasing by resembling the curves of a surfboard, but also efficient as it glides over the water. I can't wait to try this on some waves. The upturned nose looks more like a traditional board for me, and that's important, but also helps in maneuvering the board around in the water.
• GLIDES over the water. Because of the fact that it's inflatable, but also due to it's 6" overall thickness, this board glides above the water with very little drag. Because of this, it's faster on the water.
• The 6" thickness allows for you to keep all your bags and stuff dry on the board as you paddle along. Also creates a great spot to just sit and relax while you have your lunch out on the water.
• Lying down on your back as you glide down a stream or river, or float along some ocean currents! This board is inflatable, and although it feels rigid to ride, it's comfortable! Really comfortable. So just lie back and enjoy the ride, you've earned it after paddling your heart out to get to this beautiful spot.
• GREAT VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY. I USE IT ALMOST DAILY!
• It's difficult to find fault in such a great board that's brought me so much joy in such a small amount of time. But here goes my best shot..
• The pump. It's a bit of an effort to get the board pumped up to the 15 PSI after the 3rd consecutive day. Though it is a great opportunity to warm up before you get on the board. But I'll probably be looking for an electrical supplement that I can plug into my car for a bit more convenience.
• The fins could be of stronger material like the ULI boards, but they work fine and stay straight. They're may be some cavitation or vibration at higher speeds. But nothing noticeable when you're under your own power.
• The paddle is aluminum, 3 piece. Great for traveling and fits in the bag, but does have some movement in the connections, and is a bit heavy compared to a 2-piece carbon fiber paddle. Also, the blade is not reversible and can only be used in one direction.
• It most likely won't have as strong of an attack on a wave due to its fatter rails, but that's not really why you buy this SUP. But I imagine that once you become more familiar with the board, that throwing it around on the face of a wave would be a lot of fun.
• You'll probably want to skip out of work and/or school once you have a board that is so convenient to use.
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