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Medium inflatable paddle boards
These boards are more suited for general use. They usually are (9 to 12 feet) long (weight should also be accounted) and perform quite well both in calm and rough waters. Usual activities that they are perfect for would be – recreational paddling, joga, fishing and to some extent racing and fishing. Below you can find a table with their main feats and characteristics.
Medium board comparison among themselves regarding length:
|length (feet)||maneuverability||speed||rigidity ***|
|closer to 9||excellent||slower||best|
|around 10 to 11||somewhere in between *||somewhere in between **||good|
|closer to 12||less maneuverable||excellent||average|
* affected by width and fins
** affected by the width
*** As these are inflatable boards then it’s just basic physics – if it’s longer then it will flex more. But do not be alarmed. If inflated to correct pressure then the board is very stiff and will perform very well.
A single fin will give more resistance in water then multiple fins. But at the same time, it will give a straighter paddle for beginner paddlers. In rough, choppy waters it will be very noticable.
Check out our recommended best inflatable medium boards:
iROCKER inflatable stand up paddle board
Tower inflatable stand up paddle board
Atoll inflatable stand up paddle board
Listed medium boards are of really great quality and contain extra accessories and they do come at a very decent price which makes them a tempting purchase. If you want to find a great all-around board then you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Long inflatable paddle boards
These boards are best used for touring and racing but aren’t necessarily limited to just that. But due note that they will be a bit harder to handle for a beginner paddler as they are narrower, longer and not so stable as the medium-sized boards. But if you’re up for a little challenge at the beginning while you get comfortable then you can surely go for one.
Basically, the same things apply to long boards:
|length (feet)||maneuverability||speed||rigidity **|
|closer to 12||excellent||slower*||best|
|around the middle||somewhere in between *||somewhere in between *||good|
|closer to 14||less maneuverable||excellent *||average|
* affected by width and fins – if the board is narrower it will be faster.
** As these are inflatable boards then it’s just basic physics – if it’s longer then it will flex more. But do not be alarmed. If inflated to correct pressure then the board is very stiff and will perform very well.
As long boards are intended more for racing and touring, then take its width into account when choosing your board. If it will be wider it will be more stable but it will lose some speed.
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