Good for money
Firstly very easy to inflate. It is very easy to inflate and takes about 4-7 minutes. I couldn’t of done a review until I took it out this morning around the harbour. It was very windy 20mph winds and was abit wobly but handled very well. The bag is good quality as the board rolles up and fits nicely into the bag. The bag also has enough room to put the waterproof phone case,repair kit and the wetsuit thing. Definitely reccomend for beginers and experience paddleboarders. Make sure to check tides and weather before heading out on it. I will be using this as much as i can and very please with it. Thanks Please tick the box below where it is asking if this review was helpfull it will mean alot to me thanks
Great quality at a great price
There were many 6 inch inflatable boards at this price but having researched the advantages of a 5 inch board I opted for this one because the stability on the water comes through the use of higher quality materials. The box contained just about everything you need for SUP days out and I started by inflating / assembling it in my front room rather than face the potential embarrassment of inflating it with an audience 'riverside'. I need not have worried as it was inflated very easily in under 5 minutes and with only a little effort from the manual pump provided. The pressure monitor gives an accurate guide to the correct level of inflation with a green tolerance band. The fin simply slots in and is secured by a plastic sliding pin through the underside. The paddle comes in three pieces, two of which slot together easily and securely with a spring-loaded nub (like a tent pole) the third piece is the handle which is fully adjustable to suit even the tallest people. For this I needed a cross-head screwdriver and I have added one to the provided portable repair kit which comes in a cylindrical orange tube. There is also a handy (if not a tad flimsy) waterproof holder for your smartphone device with a securing cord. The SUP comes with a strong, velcro-secured, coiled leash which attaches comfortably around the ankle and then to the back of the board. In addition to the carry bag for the accessories and pump there is a smaller drawstring bag which looks like it might be waterproof for putting all the kit items (including the pump) in, before securing it under the front crossed bungee cords. As for the board it is very stable and sits nicely in the water. The quality is superb and the tapered nose looks the business. The board handles well (even for a beginner like me). I also purchased an optional seat to attach which I also tried out. It's probably less than essential as sitting, kneeling and standing on the board without it all work well. The benefit of the seat is that after a session of heavy paddling you can lean back and chill and then when you are ready to go again it simply folds down. The seat attaches to the four provided accessory D rings on the board. Dismantling at the side of the river was very easy and took under 5 minutes to deflate, roll and pack away. I've only had it a couple of weeks but already have around 8 hours of paddling under my belt. A great buy and highly recommended.
Solid entry level board
Took this out on the Thames for the first time yesterday with mixed expectations - I usually kayak - and had been warned by friends who paddle board regularly that I should have bought a deeper board than this for rigidity. Inflating it to 15psi with the hand pump is a workout in itself, and far higher pressure than for an inflatable kayak. In fact I began to think the pressure gauge on the pump wasn’t working but it takes a while to even start registering - so do persevere! Nevertheless it was ridgidly inflated within 5-10 mins and the keel fitted with a locking pin that slides in laterally. This is a good feature to ensure you don’t lose the main keel but I have seen better integrated locking mechanisms on my Intex kayaks that don’t require a separate piece that could get lost over time. The paddle fits together very easily, there is a little play where the lower section slides over the upper which could be improved with better fitting materials and a longer sleeve overlap; but you don’t actually notice this play in the water. The leash is robust and good quality material and easily attaches securely to the board via a mini bungee cord. If like me you are a little puzzled how to attach this there are good ‘how to’ videos online. Inflated this a good looking paddle board! I attached a dry bag with my car keys to the bungee cords at the front and headed to the water. There is a carry handle on the face of the board but I was surprised to find this was not located at the board’s centre of gravity, and so despite the weight of my house and car keys at the front, there was still more weight tilting the back down making carrying what is a light board more difficult than it needed to be, especially with the paddle in my other hand. Launching was easy via a boat ramp - best do this backwards so you have the main keel in deeper water and don’t damage it on the bottom. Not having paddle boarded for over a year I was a little apprehensive but got up ok and found the board pleasantly stable. It sits quite high in the water despite my 83kgs and shows no sign of any of the mid board flex that my friends were warning me about. It also rides the wake from passing boats very well and I ended up doing almost 6 kms over 2 hours and only fell in once - my own fault for getting distracted by river traffic! All in all a good, solid entry level board for anyone wanting to get into the sport without breaking the bank. There is a repair kit included which is helpful, but I’m not sure I would have opted for the water proof change mat or phone case which seem somewhat gimmicky, and would prefer the value of these was instead invested in the board and paddle. I will post further as I get more use from the board but so far I’m very pleased with this for the price! Added 8/8/19: Second time on the water and still very pleased - did almost 2 hrs and didn’t fall in today! One thing I realised is how easy this is to deflate and repack. You simply press to release the inflation valve and once sufficient air pressure has been released it stays open. You then simply roll it from the front to the back and the air is automatically released. A great addition is an adjustable strap that you then wrap around the rolled up board, clip it together, and it holds it nicely rolled up - very handy when packing it back into the carry bag! Added 28/8/19: took this on a trip to Marseilles and was very pleased with how it performed in some quite choppy seas! Far beyond my skills to stand up but very stable while kneeling and and I ended up spending a couple of hours on the water. When the winds dropped and on returning to the harbour I was up on my feet again and found the board very stable despite the wake from some quite large boats passing. This board is light enough to carry through airports too but I have now invested in a large canvas wheelie bag off Amazon to pack the board & pump together with my clothing - a great way to wind down after a day of work! Still the gripe about the carry handle not being located at the boards centre of gravity making it more difficult to carry, but otherwise very happy with this board! I have also just bought a SUP air valve inflation adapter off Amazon which allows inflation with an electric car tyre pump, but this is very slow due to the large volume - I would suggest at least using the hand pump until it gets difficult then switch to the electric pump!
Great board for stater to intermediate
Love this paddle board. It’s our first but we have used our gyms which they loan out. This is by far better. Easier to turn and can get more speed. We will be buying another one soon. It is hard to inflate towards the end but no different to others. Easy to store away and the bag seems sufficient and I hope it all has a long life. It does look like it will
Great for keeping active and fit
Bought this for keeping kids (and me) active during summer. Great for beginners. Very stable. Have practiced yoga on it so it is very stable. Paddle does not float as my 14 yr old found out so having to purchase new paddle! Would recommend the purchase of a paddle keeper to keep paddle attached to board and person. Easy to inflate and deflate. Packs away into bag nicely. We've all had great fun on it. Good in lochs and calm seas. Will upgrade to better boards for expeditions further afield next summer.
Great paddle board!
What a brilliant stand up paddle board, blown away by the quality of the actual board, the items it comes with are ok ish but the board is quality, took it down the river and swam next to a seal, get it, you won�t be disappointed, starts off as an idea but when you�re actually on the water it�s something much better.
Aqua Spirit Tempo
Great fun on a good quality mid range board
Bought for my partner as a present and we’ve all used it. Feels much sturdier than some friends boards I have tried. Definitely a good beginners board. He loves it. I recently had a SUP lesson on a 12 foot board which I found easier so I’ll be getting one if those (probably because I struggle with balance and co-ordination ha ha) I am purchasing another of this board thou for my daughter so would definitely recommend as a purchase. The pump that comes with this is good quality (definitely a work out in itself pumping it up - but is only a few minutes to do it.) bag and paddle are robust and no problems to report since we’ve had it.
Great piece of kit
Really enjoyed using the aqua spirit on both the river and the sea. I’ve never had one before, so difficult to compare to others, but as a beginner I found it stable and easily manoeuvrable…the whole kit seems to be of good quality and I like how backpackable it is…very happy to recommend
Great for the summer
Bought this for our kids. They loved it.