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hobie paddle board reviews
Hobie Alter (Yes, that is his real name!) turned a ‘fun’ endeavor in the 1950’s into a huge board business that now spans the globe. Hobie stand up paddle boards are highly sought after. In the article below, we take a closer look at a variety of Hobie boards available on the market today.
Hobie did an interview with Surfermag and is a pretty interesting read if you are interested in learning more about the man and his business.
The tour inflatable is one of the toughest iSUPs on the market. Suppers have tested the Hobie Tour board in the Indian Ocean for many weeks and found that it just plain refused to crack under extreme use and continued to impress us. You can inflate and deflate this board multiple times a day with no issues at all. It is crazy tough.
The board runs around $1,400 which might seem a little steep for an inflatable board. It is hard to argue that you can get a quality solid SUP for that price, but the portability of the Tour Inflatable and the durability is the selling point for any hiker or traveler. The board package includes:
- 12’6” inflatable SUP
- 3-piece adjustable paddle
- Pump with gauge
- Gear bag that can hold everything above.
It weighs 28 pounds with a width of 32 inches fully inflated. This is mainly a recreational SUP and would not be a competition style board. With these points made, the Tour Inflatable is actually a pretty good value for money at this price. Because It is an inflatable, it can double as an inflatable mattress if you so choose for camping.
This board is very stable for flat water boarding and is ideal for beginners. You could also use this for mild whitewater due to it being as stable as it is. This can seriously withstand a tremendous wear and tear so I wouldn’t worry about hurting it if you are considering an inflatable SUP.
This Stand Up Paddle Board is one of the Hobie Race RAW series. It’s construction uses a ESF Technology that is made with fibers a lot like Kevlar. The end result is an extremely tough and durable board due to fact that the material is 8 times stronger than steel and makes nylon and fiberglass look weak!
If you take a closer look at the board, you can see the amount of detail that has been put into it. The Apex has a center box for a single fin and a EVA traction pad for a soft comfortable feel. There are even extra plugs on the board for optional handles in case you want to instal them to punch through the surf easier.
Seeing how the Hobie Apex is a custom board, it may not fit everyone, so you may want to look for a wider board or a narrower board depending on your needs. Hobie designed the apex for easy transportation. This board is definitely more sooted for the experienced rider and with the price being around $2,000, you may have to weigh your options before you pull the trigger on it. High performance is what it is built for.
This board is one of the ‘Recreational’ Hobie board lines and is an extension of its CM Raw Series. This Hobie paddle board is mainly designed for a larger individual who is looking for a little extra stability in a board. The board comes in a few sizes: 9’, 9’8” and 10’6” so that you can pick and choose to fit.
This is also one of Hobie’s board series that legendary Colin McPhillips has endorsed and decided to put his name on. The 9’ version is ultra light and only 30 inches in width. It includes a nice deck pad, hand hold, deck plugs, leash port, and vent plug.
The board is constructed of bamboo and epoxy so is really durable and can take a harder hit than just your standard fiberglass board. The CMLB has a nice deep concave in the front of the board, so it planes nicely and makes hard quick turns simple and easy.
The one downside to this board is the stability. It is a little harder to balance on compared to most paddle boards on the market, so if you need a more stable board, this is probably not the best board for you. However, if you are after a high performance board that you can really snap off the lip of a wave, then the Hobie 9’ CMLB is what you may want to buy and it comes in around $1,399.
Like all Hobie boards in the Elite series, this paddle board has been tested and developed by world class boarders. Hobie really made an effort with this board due to the amount of extreme testing it has gone through.
One of the main athletes involved in the rigorous testing of the Elite Flatwater SUP is Byron Kurt. The Elite is extremely fast and smooth in all conditions, even choppy waters and bigger surf. It is said to be one of the best all-around racing and touring boards on the market today.
What surprises most about Hobie Elite is its ability to be fast but still so stable at only 28″ wide. Because the board glides so well and offers superb stability, you can let a little loose and give more power to your strokes with deeper sweeps and you can worry less about keeping your balance. After testing the Elite, you will soon find your ‘sweet spot’ and be able to focus more on riding rougher conditions. At $1,900, this board isn’t such a bad deal considering the quality.
Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board For Sale
I have personally noticed that there are a lot of new inflatable paddle boards on the market, so I wanted to just go over 2 of them really quick. I wanted to give an inexpensive option (which I am asked about a lot!) and one all around great inflatable that is super durable. These seem to be the 2 biggest factors that I see people ask about lately, so here you go…
#1 Pathfinder Inflatable SUP
The Pathfinder is about your lowest budget entry point into an inflatable stand up paddle board when you need to save a few bucks.
Best For: Getting started on a budget
Lets take a look at some of the details:
- It Measures 9’9″ in length by 30″ wide and is 5″ thick
- Great for general open water paddle boarding use.
- Amazingly Durable – Tough PVC material with a strong multi-layer drop stitch
- Large padded deck, D-ring for your leash, and a bungee for securing extra cargo.
- Includes: Pump, aluminum adjustable paddle, detachable center fin, valve wrench, and a carrying bag (with shoulder straps).
The Verdict: Lowest price point inflatable paddle board!
#2 Isle Airtech Inflatable Paddle Board
This is a super lightweight inflatable which is great for packing around or if you have to hike a ways to get to your destination. It is ultra durable, handles a good amount of weight (240 lbs) and comes with a 30 day full return policy.
Best For: durable travel board.
Lets look at some more specks and details:
- Dimentions: 10′ x 31″ x 6″. It is up to 30% Lighter (Only 18.6 Lbs.) and Stiffer along with more durable.
- Has an all around design so it is great for flat water, small waves, or river runs.
- Can support riders up to 240 Pounds.
- Deck bungee for extra gear with a nose mounted handlece!
- Super high durability! No worries about damage or dings. You can run it over with a car, throw it off a cliff or ram it into a piling, the military grade material is almost impossible to damage.
- Comes with: 3 piece adjustable aluminum Paddle, travel carry pack, high pressure pump with gauge, removable fin and a repair kit.
- 30 DAY RIDE AND LOVE IT GUARANTEE – Ride it and Love it or Return it! If you don’t love your board we will take it back! We stand behind every product we make 100%!
The Verdict: Great all around board that is durable!
Hobie Stand Up Paddle Boards For Sale
Hobie Paddle Boards For Sale
Hobie has hopped into the stand up paddle boarding market. Here are a few of the boards:
Hobie 10’9″ Sportsman
Best Used For: Landing Fish!
The Test: Fishing on SUPs has been going on for years, but there were never any purpose-made paddle boards for it until now. Hobie saw the opening in the market and launched the inflatable Sportsman back in 2014 and has been working diligently to perfect it. The board is 38 inches wide, and holds 300 liters of air volume. This board is designed to help you land big fish like a 20-pound striper. It has many D-ring tie-downs so you can tie down a cooler (for fish of course) and anything else you might want. You can also add rod holders using Ram Mount’s mounting pads. It has a heavy-duty PVC construction as well as skid plates under the two outer chambers that help protect the board for landings on the beach. The board does come with a three-piece paddle. Back Pack sold separately.
The Verdict: Real fish slayer.
Hobie 10’6″ Tour Inflatable
Best Used For: Touring Board!
The Test: This stand up paddle board is perfect for families or world travelers who enjoy paddle boarding the world. The Hobie Inflatable Series is very well built and stores neatly away and is compact enough to travel with. It is equipped with all stainless steel D-rings, it has a built in carry handle and a removable center fin. When you buy this board, you will also receive a back pack storage bag, pump w/ pressure gauge, 3 piece Hobie Explorer
Paddle, and a repair kit.
The Verdict: Great for beginners and travel.
Hobie Mirage Eclipse 10.5
Best Used For: Adventure and speed!
The Test: Now I can’t write about Hobie boards without including the Mirage Eclipse. Even though this is sort of not a paddle board (it is a stand up pedal board) It can still be used as a paddle board by removing the handle bars and fin system. People do use it this way, so we will include it here. Not to mention it is just awesome. Now if you can get past the sticker shock, you will see the great board that this is. It is 10′ 6″ and 33.5″ wide. The bars and drive system are easily removable so you can transport it just like a normal paddle board. Apparently people are coming out with different fins for higher performance as well. We have a great review on the Hobie Mirage Eclipse here if you would like to read it and watch the videos included. In the videos, you can see some of the speed you can get with this and how easy it is to operate.
The Verdict: Awesome!
Bic Paddle Boards
BIC, yes BIC the pen & lighter manufacturer, makes a terrific paddle board. They have a wide range of products for every possible type of SUP’ing. Each line has a unique purpose, and as you might expect each comes in several sizes.
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Hobie mirage eclipse stand up pedal board video!
I prefer video’s most of the time, so here is the official sales video from Hobie:
Be sure to see the availability of these here: Hobie Mirage Eclipse
Choosing The Right Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)
What Is The Right Board For You?
Rather than just writing about how to choose the right paddle board, I’ll just share this great video that I found on the 3 different types of paddle boards you should consider. Also See our recommended paddle boards.