| Submitted by: Scott Kushmaul on 2014-05-31
Summary: This is an excellent board for someone new to the sport. The 12' No Limits Aries is a quality board at an affordable price. It is made of plastic 8" thick in the center and narrows to the tips, which is only a couple inches thicker than some custom surf paddle boards. The Aries has two watertight storage compartments and two bungee cord gear tiedowns. This is my first stand up paddle board. I bought this board on sale at Academy Sports. I live on a river near the Atlantic ocean, it is tidal so the water is constantly moving. I was amazed at how well this board handles rough water. My six year old son and I easily tread 4 foot wakes from big container ships passing by. This board tracks farely well, I can progress against a mild current. It has decent stability for a board without fins. I can stand up through some rough conditions with my son sitting forward, We're both able to stand in calm conditions. Overall it is a quality board at a bottom dollar price as far as stand up paddle boards go.
Pros: The color. The storage hatches and bungee cord gear tiedowns. It handles rough water well.
Cons: No fins. Slightly recessed where you put your feet, not terribly uncomfortable but it would be better if the surface were flat covered in the same black foam material.
Usage: In a intercoastal river, the ocean and the marsh.
Submitted by: pamela on 2014-05-25
Summary: This was the first board I ever paddled on. It is very stable and easy to sit on to paddle. That's the only good thing I can say about it. My knees hurt after a little while when kneeling to paddle. I could not stand long on this board because the curved surface hurt my feet. I would not want this board.
Cons: Too heavy. Sratched easily when loading and unloading,every little bump seemed to make a mark Material is too firm on the section for kneeling and standing, there is no give
Usage: On lake
Submitted by: karen on 2014-05-19
Summary: I recently purchased this bright green no limits board (only color available at this time) from Academy Sports and, as I understand it, this is Academy's own brand. I bought this because it was the only 12 foot board that I could find locally and I thought a longer board would be better for use on mostly lakes. I am new to the sport and don't quite know what to look for. This is unusual for a SUP because it has 2 storage hatches and two bungee tie down areas. Also it has depressions on the top deck that I have used to put my feet in while paddeling kayak style with my kayak paddle and to turn around facing the other way (backwards?) on my knees with my feet in the depressions that way. It seems to be more comfortable to my ankles. It does not have a detachable rudder(skeg?) that I have seen on other boards but is made like a kayak on bottom. I thought this would mean that I couldn't loose it but it may not be as effective for stand up paddling, I don't know yet, I have only kayaked before now. The foot areas are small and slightly curved and hold water but I had no trouble standing up and paddling it even though it was a windy day. I found out afterwards, by watching some videos, that I held the paddle backwards! I think I can look forward to some improvement next time with that knowledge! It is listed as an SUP on their site but says sit on top paddleboard in the description . I guess it is a sort of hybrid but is not described as so. I had an idea of adding an ocean kayak seat to use it like a ocean kayak Nalu,I think it is called,that I saw online. Whatever coating is on the board seems to scratch very easily, don't know if it is something they put over the plastic or what, but my plastic kayak (heratige) does not do this. I have taken it out only one time and I was extremely careful with it, as one tends to be with a brand new boat. I'm not sure if it's the same kind of plastic as my kayak either. I guess only time will tell if it lasts like a plastic kayak. I just found out that there is no stated warranty. I guess I got too excited about getting a board. Note to self - check on warranty BEFORE making purchase! That is not like me at all but hey-it happens! I am giving it only three stars based on the lack of stated warranty, (when I called customer service they said there is a 30 day return policy and, when pressed, a vague "we would stand behind our product") otherwise I would give it 4 stars.
Pros: Versatility -You can stand, sit or kneel. Price (under $400) and length (12 foot)
Cons: There is no stated warranty at all (this may be a deal breaker) Heavy (55 pounds) Small foot areas are slightly curved and hold water along with the center grip cutout and foot depressions for use while sit down paddeling.(I assume since there is very little detail in their description)
Usage: So far just trying it out and playing around on a local lake.