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We’re going to be reviewing and comparing the SUPs we’ve got a 10 8 and a 12 foot we’ve got it in the normal cruise construction and the cruise carbon construction will give you a comparison of these two boards finding out which will be best for you to paddle and also which construction you should go for as well.
Even if you’ve got a nice up out there there’s a few features on this that you will find very interesting so it’s well worth checking out this full video are a relatively young sub brand that are based in the UK but we have been getting a lot of questions on our email and social media about this company because they are putting out a lot of marketing
Fact that it deflates makes it very lightweight for transporting too and you don’t need much space to store it so you can take it in your car this one’s the ten point eight foot version of the Cruze which is the smallest in the adult range and it’s designed for people under the height of six foot and can take a maximum weight st or 330 pounds so luckily enough our combined weight is just under that so we’re able to use this as a tandem SUP and it’s a lot of Fun both trying to stay on it and sink her far balanced it’s good for the core okay so talking about a few of the features then at the front we’ve got a handle here and this package actually comes with this waterproof case for your phone and belongings which is really nice you can attach it to whichever handle you like or even this cordage up here which is really cool to stick a jacket in or anything else you can think of really in the middle.
Handle and one at the back too and this is nice rubber soft padded section here which has got really good grip and it’s very good for kneeling on as well it’s very soft and comfortable that’s really good on the knees also at the front I forgot to mention it comes with a GoPro mount that’s quite nice if you do have a GoPro like we do you can attach it to there and then film yourself as you’ve been [Music]
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The SUP also comes with a kayak conversion kit which is essentially a seat which clips on rings and then you can use it by sitting down using it essentially like a kayak and this STP also comes which converts into a kayak it comes with a separate head that you can attach to the other end so you can use it properly like a-kind also finding this SCP to be really stable as well because it’s quite nice and wide so if
Your balance isn’t the best and it’s actually a pretty good SUP to go for and now I’m gonna jump back ashore and show you how easy it is and how fast it is to pump up some great things about having an inflatable SUP however firstly they’re very easy to store because you can deflate them and literally put them anywhere they’re very lightweight and the fact that you can deflate them and a light weight makes them very mobile as well so very easy to take with you on
Adventures we brought ours here within this bag here really cool you can stick it over your shoulder take it from the car to the lake which is where we are now okay so to give you some reference on how long it actually takes to pump up the SUP it’s just a temple in eight size version we’re gonna now demonstrate it and see how much effort it is that’s how long it takes I’m gonna set the timer now start stopwatch [Music] [Music] [Music] I’m just under five minutes so just under five minutes that’s a good workout but it’s worth it to be honest for the flexibility of being able to take the SUP with you in your car so there you go that’s your test well I hope you enjoyed this belief in inflatable SCP review definitely like this video if you enjoyed it really helps our channel grow and if you think a friend or like it as
Messages a lot of people buying their and obviously there’s more interest in around the and that’s really what this sub order review is about is to add some of those questions and help you understand if the cruise or cruise carbon is the right for you so there’s a few in the range but these are probably two of the most popular sizes we’ve got the 10 foot 8 in the cruise construction and we’ve got the 12 foot in the cruise Cartman construction the full specifications for these both are fairly similar in widths just over 32 inches wide advertise their as the 10 6 being 83.5 centimetres wide and the 12th foot being 83 centimetres wide both are 6 inches thick serves a large amount of volume in both they both come with two plus one fin boxes the 10a in the cruse construction weighs 12 kilograms and the
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Cruise carbon 12 foot here weighs 15 kilograms the 10-8 cruise is available online for 499 pounds and the 12 foot cruise carbon is available online for 899 pounds and remember both these come in both these constructions you can find the 10 8 and the 12 foot in the cruise and the cruise carbon construction so what going to do now is we’re going to talk about the constructions and the differences between the cruise and the cruise carbon And also then looking at the 10-8 compared to the 12 foot and then hopefully make you understand which will be best for you now it’s clear from the website they have put a lot of work into the materials and the manufacturing processes that go into these they say the internal core of drop stitch is the densest drop stitch on the market and they have also put multiple layers of PVC all heated
Bigger you can inflate that first it still takes up to the same PSI rating as the outside of the but it gives the overall much more stiffness and again and a little bit more to the safety because if the outside of your deflates you have still got that in a chamber that stays inflated the recommended psi for both these is 15 to 18 psi and they’ve got a maximum pressure of 28 psi which is one of the highest recommended maximum pressures We’ve seen on any ice up in general so they’re obviously happy to say go to that level these are really well made putting all that together does make these fairly stiff when we put these on on a flexion test which is where we put it on a gap of 1.5 meters apart and then we put a weight of 75 kilograms in the middle of the bore and then we measure how much it drops or the Flex both the are pumped up to 18 psi but the Cruz.
Dropped seven millimeters so it is a very stiff obviously the materials that they put on and around that and the process that they’ve done manufacturing really does make a difference to the overall stiffness and both those were pumped up to 18 psi so let’s talk about the fittings and the features that you’ve got on both these and then move on to the packages both the have got action camera mounts up at the front they take A GoPro or they take a ram mount fitting in the center nice to have a feature on the always good to be filming if you can bungees on both the up at the nodes the same size a big heavy-duty bungee system up on the nose on the cruise but also the 12th foot version has got the bunch of systems at the back as well so you can obviously take a bit more load the deck pad has got it all it’s a crocodile skinned Eevee a diamond grip deck pad so it’s
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Get a waterproof phone case as well so moving on to what these are like to on the water while both the are nice and wide they give a nice amount of width which means it’s really stable the 10a is your more of an all-round sized that’s the sort of that most people are going to go to get into boarding it’s going to be great you could catch some small waves you can take out your friends out you could take The kids out put the dog on the front just generally all-round paddling the basic difference between a 10 8 and a 12 foot or a longer is the longer the the more glide you’re gonna have the easier it’s going to be to put one paddle stroke in the water and you’re going to move further so if you’re looking at a for more flat water based things and not so much of the surf really going some places maybe taking some more weight hence there’s more dry
Play around and get into step-back turns a good amount of weight there so you don’t find the ball is too rocky and I put the nose there’s still a bit of width at the shoulders at the ball whooshes up at the top and again helps flat stability on the water you can’t really feel the difference between the fin boxes whether you’re paddling the US box or the smartlock fin box they both have a very similar feel but remember the nice thing about the u.s. Box is you could upgrade to a bigger fin so you can get a more swept back a bigger fin which again will help you with that straight line tracking and paddling further so looking at who these will best suit ability and weight range well both the are going to take a wide range of paddlers definitely you can be a complete first-time paddler getting into the sport on these they offer a good amount of width and they’re a good average size the 10-8 is Probably the default for most people most all round family fun you’re going to be looking at the ten eight right away it’s up to about 120 kilos obviously the heavier you go you then you might find the stability becomes a bit more of an issue but they can take the weight so if you’ve done two or three SUP lessons and you know that you’ve been using a 10-8 maybe by 33 34 this board will probably still suit you the bigger 12 foot will take.