Reviews for Bali by Solstice
Submitted by: DLE on 2015-03-22
Summary: We wanted to try SUPs, so we bought 2 Balis. One leaked as soon as we inflated it, but was still usable for an hour or so. After this we needed to top it up. Swimline (the distributor has given us great service and will replace the board when we return from our vacation. The Bali is not a beginner board on anything but flat water. My partner is 190 lbs and he says unless the water is flat, the Bali is like balancing on jello. On smooth water the Bali is fun, on choppy water it is slow and I find it a bit bouncy. And it really is about 30 lbs.
Pros: Easy to lift out of the water, and packs up nicely.
Cons: Limited to fair weather conditions, I wouldn't want to be far from shore in big water. It does flex when the water is choppy.
Usage: Playing in the waves, exercise and touring.
Submitted by: Katrina on 2015-02-19
Summary: Great inflatable. I own a 11'6" SUPLOVE Explorer fiberglass board but wanted a second board. I inflated and deflated handily. It is rigid at 14 PSI. Had no problems re packing back into bag!!! For the price it is a great board. I don't surf just tour in lakes, rivers, bays and open ocean.
Pros: Ease of transport. Don't have to worry about scratching my fiberglass board. Great for inviting a friend along. Stable. Sturdy. Nice tie downs and platform. Easy to get on from a swim. Portable!!! My pooch rides in front.
Cons: I was hoping for orange and gray but what arrived was yellow and gray. Not that big of deal just surprised. My package did not include a paddle-so have to get a second one.
Usage: Tiouring. Flat water. Fun. Exercise.
Submitted by: Darlene on 2014-12-12
Summary: After years of kayaking, my friend invited me to go paddle boarding. I loved it! Since it was my first time I can't really compare this with other boards, but it was easy to use and after a very short time I was cruising along with no problems and beginning balance exercises to add some fun!
Pros: Stable comfortable deck. Easy to re-mount after a swim.
Cons: With my limited experience, I can't think of anything not to like about this board.
Submitted by: J. Shableski on 2014-10-31
Summary: The Bali is a fun board for getting started...more like addicted, to SUP. Without daily access to true surfing I've been withering away here in North Central PA. My Bali inflatable has brought me back to life and made the river in front of my house a source of peaceful respite and focus.
Pros: Easy to inflate, use, and store. As a life-long surfer I find that inflatables are really great entry level boards. Lots of fun to paddle around on a river or lake. They are easy to pack and travel with. Easy to carry as well.
Cons: Inflatable seems to also mean slow. The flexibility vs the rigidity of a hard board creates a bit more drag than I now care for. Also, not rigid enough for surfing smaller waves(1-2ft). I'm ready to move up to a hard board!
Usage: I usually do a daily 5-7 mile trek up and down river from my house. It's really nice just to get out of the office and 'find my center'. I'd like to go farther and do more exploring.
Submitted by: kayakmatt on 2014-10-14
Summary: Pretty good for a inflatable paddle board which are typicaly not my thing. Seems to be vary stable so long as the waves are small. Performs best on flat water. Its very reasonable for the price however i am more of a fan of hard boards...
Cons: Position of carying handle is unbalanced
Usage: Used it for touring
Submitted by: AJ on 2014-07-17
Summary: I tried this board out today and absolutely loved it. I had my doubts with an inflatable board but found this one to be very solid. I had a great time riding it solo as well as taking my kids out with me.
Pros: Very solid Great workout
Usage: Exercise Touring
Submitted by: Kelly on 2014-03-31
Summary: I love this inflatable paddle board. I don't have a lot of storage room in my townhome so this was a good option for me. When inflated this board feels like a solid board and it sits high enough in the water to provide a good amount of balance. It's not built for speed, but great for a recreational user. Also, at $600 it would be a great option for someone new to the sport.
Pros: balance and maneuverability is good, low cost, easy to transport, fits in a trunk of closet
Cons: takes 10-15 minutes to inflate and you have to have the pump with you, also it's pretty heavy. The manufacturer says 25 pounds but I would say it's closer to 50. It comes with a backpack so fine for carrying a short distance but I wouldn't take it hiking.
Usage: still water, slow moving water (river), exercise, social