We liked it because it's so versatile and easy to use by anyone. Also, it includes the majority of the important accessories and it has proven to be very sturdy and durable.
In the world of stand up paddle boards, there are some brands that manage to stand out from the crowd due to an innovative construction technology, quality materials, or prompt customer service. Atoll is one of those brands that accustomed surfers with the highest quality products and their 11′ board, also called Cruiser Deluxe, is proof that they are constantly improving their offer. This is one of the longest inflatable paddle boards on the market so it resembles stability and a wide range of uses. However, the price is also noticeable, exceeding the $1,000 range but thankfully, it can be acquired for less if it enjoys discounts.
The entire construction is of a solid yet portable board. Although it’s inflatable to increase portability, it’s made of a resistant and lightweight dual-layer PVC that is 30% lighter than the one used in the majority of the models. The dual-layer means that it is reinforced with a second PVC layer on both the top and the bottom to ensure more rigidity, thus, a more stable surface. For maximum resistance to pressure, Atoll has used the famous Korean drop-stitch to connect the top and bottom layer.
The capacity is important in learning the volume and buoyancy of a SUP board, meaning how well it will float on water without sinking under the weight of the user. The Atoll paddle board has supported riders weighing a maximum of 300 lbs so it’s quite sturdy for one heavy person, two lighter persons, or a person and a dog. The volume is not listed anywhere but it refers to the density of the foam in relation to the user’s weight and height. Given that it can support heavy riders, we can assume that the volume exceeds 250 liters, like in similar models.
The shape indicates the suitability of an inflatable paddle board for a variety of activities on the water. Cruiser Deluxe is best suited for all-round and flatwater cruising, waves surfing, and it can also be ridden during water yoga classes. It’s a board that can be used by novice and experienced surfers alike although it’s a little bigger than the average models. The size can compensate for a lack of skills and will provide extra stability.
Aside from the paddle board itself, the accessories that come with it influence its versatility and ease of use. This one comes with all the necessary and important ones, such as a black aluminum paddle that can be height-adjusted to suit various rider heights. The paddle is incredibly lightweight, at only 2.2 lbs, and has a solid nylon blade that allows it to cut through the water. You will also find an extra removable fin that easily slips out of place without the need of a screwdriver. You can also match any other type of fin found on the market. For easy transportation, you will also receive a heavy-duty nylon backpack that can fit the board deflated and all the included accessories, among which we mention the hand pump, the repair kit, and the front and back bungee cords. The backpack includes a waist strap to secure the board during transportation. What it doesn’t include is a leash for safety in use but it can always be purchased separately.
When it comes to durability, you can rest assured with this SUP board because it’s made of lasting and quality materials. It’s so resistant that not even dogs’ claws can break it and it can even be hit by rocks and it will not deflate or tear. However, for any incident that might occur, there is a helpful repair kit included for fixing minor tears. Moreover, the manufacturer backs the product with a 2-year warranty, which is the standard found in most models. The official website can be consulted for details on customer service or for any kind of accessories or similar products.