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Ocean Kayak Nalu 12.5 photo4 stars (out of 5) Submitted by: knudson on 2014-03-28
Summary: This is a plastic molded paddleboard, making it lightweight and easy to carry. It sits high on the water and handles a good amount of weight. I am 250 lbs, but it is a bit narrower than other boards so it is not quite as stable with tall riders. Has a storage compartment. Shorter riders would have no problems at all.

Pros: Light, and tracks well on the water. Good for calm water. Great beginner to intermediate board. Fast in the water.
Cons: A tall rider might find this less stable than wider models.
Usage: Use on lakes and reservoirs where water is calmer.

5 stars (out of 5) Submitted by: shirlann on 2013-04-09
Summary: One can stand up, lay down on your tummy, or sit and paddle as an SOT. You can go from a good full body stand up workout or a relaxing cruise as a sit-on-top, should you tire from standing. I really enjoy the versatility of this boat.

4 stars (out of 5) Submitted by: cbnkhouse on 2012-08-03
Summary: Great paddleboard for the price. This is not a typical SUP but it is really fun to use. This is "roto-molded" and has a dry storage compartment built in. The SUP came with a removable seat that we have never used although it looks to be well made and comfortable. Even though it came with a seat it is indeed a stand up board. We use it a couple times a week at least on lakes and rivers. It is considerably more stable than our friendsí 11 foot inflatable board which may be due to the weight of this one, 45+ pounds. The dry storage is large enough to accommodate my paddle without having to break it down as well as our kids fishing poles and a small dry bag. This board is also large enough and strong enough for me to take my two kids along for the ride and they total about 110 pounds. My 8 year old is easily able to take this out on his own and keep up with anyone. The board tracks extremely well yet turns on a dime with the proper weight shift. I have been able to ride the small wake of ski boats passing by which makes me think this would be a great SUP for the ocean. I think it would be nice to have a flat top as opposed to the recessed (about 2 inches) foot wells in the mid section of the board.

Pros: Stability. Ability to go quite fast withouth much effort. Cost compared to typical SUP's. Storage space. Built in carry handles.
Cons: Weight.
Usage: We use the board for exercise, touring and just cruising around.

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