Well-known for eye-catching graphics and innovative technology, Hala Gear is one of the few standup paddle board companies focused on the inflatables market – most feature hard-shells with a few inflatables thrown into the mix.

Carbon Nass 12'6" with optional seat.

Founded in 2011 by Peter Hall, Hala Gear headquarters is based out of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The company philosophy is centered on performance, durability and quality – in fact, each of the Hala inflatable boards carries a three-year manufacturer’s warranty.

For 2018, Hala has 20 models for surfing, whitewater, recreation, touring and racing, ranging in size from 6’11” to 14’0″.  We awaited our first shipment of Hala inflatable SUPs, which included the Carbon Nass 12′ 6″.    

With its sleek lines, vibrant graphics and unique carbon stringer, we opted to try this out first. So, here is our product review on the Carbon Nass inflatable SUP, a 12’6″ by 30″ touring model from Hala Gear.

Hala Carbon Nass 12′ 6″: Getting Started

The box as received weighs 44 lbs, measuring 37 x 22 x 13 inches.

Carbon Nass - What's in the box

Inside the box is the SUP body, high-pressure dual-action pump, pressure gauge, roller backpack, cinch belt, removable blue race fin, instructions and repair kit with valve wrench and patch material (no glue) – as well as a bonus 12-volt car pump. Once rolled up, the SUP board and pumps fit into the backpack, as well as optional breakdown paddles under 37 inches.

Weight is 39 lbs for backpack, board and pump, which all easily fit in the back of a small car. The board alone is approximately 30 lbs, while the pump is 2.5 lbs and the backpack nearly 7 lbs.

Unfurling the Hala Carbon Nass

For your first set up, remove and unroll the SUP body. Lay it out face up so that you can access the military valve.

Closing the military valve.

The Hala Carbon Nass 12’6″ utilizes one spring-loaded military valve for inflation. These are very simple to use and feature an inflate mode (spring plunger is UP) and a deflate mode (spring plunger is DOWN). By using your finger to gently push on the plunger, it can be moved to the inflate mode (air goes in and doesn’t come back out) and deflate mode (air goes in and comes back out). Before you go to all the effort of inflating the board, PLEASE make sure the plunger is in the inflate position.

If using only the dual action pump, you will pump up the board in the UP (inflate mode) position.

Using the 12-volt pump

If you are near your vehicle, you can start off with the included 12-volt car pump, which uses a slightly different process. Insert the cord into the car power point, and then extend the pump to the board (it has a 6 foot cord), with valve in the DOWN (deflate mode) position. Why do you do that? The pump does not have enough torque to open the valve when running. While the pump does come with a couple of adaptors, they do not couple with the board’s valve, one just needs to hold it over the valve, and turn it on. Immediately the pump will start inflating the board until it fills out (about 1 to 2 PSI ) taking one minute – you can hear a change in the motor. At that point, turn the 12-volt off but QUICKLY turn the plunger into the UP (closed) position so that the air doesn’t come back out. (AirKayaks note: the included instructions are in Chinese, so not that helpful. But, the instructions for both pumps are imprinted on the dual action pump.)

Hala SUP pump

Now we move over to the dual action pump. The Hala boards come with a single action /double action hand pump. One selects the mode by moving the red lever on the pump. Begin with the lever pointing towards the right which is the double action side. This means the air is pushed in on the up and the down stroke. This can become tough to pump as you get up towards the 5 PSI range. With a simple “twist of the knob” towards the left, the pump becomes a single action pump – pushing air in on the down stroke only, making it easier to reach the higher ranges.

Attaching the hose

Attach the hose to the pump, making sure there is no cross-threading. (AirKayaks note – we did cross-thread the hose and lost some air).  Then attach the integrated adaptor on the end of the hose to the board by pushing in and turning. You’re ready to pump!

At this point, we made our first error. There are two sides to the pump – one says IN and the other says OUT – featuring an inflate mode and a deflate mode. Having used many inflatables for years, we attached the hose to the IN side, assuming that was short for “inflate.”

Wrong.

We merrily pumped along before noticing that the board was soft. At that point we started testing the air coming out of the hose, and realized that on this pump, IN meant air was sucked in, and OUT meant air was pumping out. So, we went back to the 12-volt technique to refill the board, and – older and wiser – attached the hose to the OUT side. A much easier way to tell is that the gauge will be upside-down if you have it on the wrong side.

Pumping up the Carbon Nass

That settled, we did 50 pumps using the double action side until it became somewhat tough – we were at 5 PSI. We switched to the single action mode, and with another 50 pumps were at 8 PSI. An additonal 50 pumps took us to 11 PSI – once again it was getting tough.

Pumping up the Carbon Nass

We then switched to single-action half-strokes – another 25 took us to 12 PSI.

The higher the pressure, the stiffer the board. Hala’s recommended pressure is 12 to 15 PSI; if you are a smaller person, you can easily get away with the lower-end PSI – no sense in spending more time pumping than one needs to. So, a total of about 175 strokes taking several minutes, along with the one-minute 12-volt prefill.

Those that really want to make it easy, should take a look at the AquaGlide 12-volt HP 2-Stage Turbo, which will fill up to 20 PSI.

Removable 9-inch center touring fin.

Last step, install the tracking fin. The 12′ 6″ Carbon Nass uses a US Fin Box – this is a common, slotted box that allows one to use various fin styles. The Carbon Nass comes with a blue 9-inch, Sarusurf race fin which quickly snaps into position without need for hardware or tools. The fin includes a finger screw to ensure the fin is secure.

Attaching the center fin

Note that one side of the fin has a pin, the other a screw and fin plate. Remove the fin plate and screw. Point the fin towards the tail, and insert the side with stainless steel pin into the rear slot – pushing back.

Attaching the center fin

Attach the screw into the fin plate, and use this to guide the plate into the “forward” slot. Push down on the fin, then screw through the fin hole, into the fin plate, tightening with your fingers – this gives a pretty snug fit. As a precaution, pull up on the fin to make sure it is truly attached.

Carrying the Carbon Nass iSUP

That’s it! About 10 minutes with an excellent upper arm workout, you’re ready for the water.

Hala Carbon Nass 12’6″ Inflatable SUP: Board Design and Construction

As shape, thickness and construction all make a difference in a board’s performance under varying conditions, we’ll first give a little insight into the thought-process behind Hala boards.

Drop stitch material

First, the Hala boards – like most inflatable SUPs – are constructed using “dropstitch” technology. The top of the board is held together with the bottom via thousands of “stitches.” These threads are “double stitched” so if one were to break, another holds. This allows the boards to be pumped up to high pressures of 15 PSI.

Carbon stringer on the Carbon Nass

Hala boards have three general construction types – carbon, core and fusion. Hala’s performance touring boards are constructed with Fusion Technology, a double-layer, machine-laminated process which reduces the amount of glue used, creating a lighter board that is structurally sound. This is beefed-up with the Carbon Technology. The Carbon series – including the Carbon Nass – feature a unique carbon/aramid (kevlar-type) woven stringer, strategically placed and machine compressed at 200,000 lbs to give an extra layer down the central length of the board, both top and bottom. Aramid is a light-yet-durable material well-known for its strength, and is used in bullet-proof vests and body armor. Aramid rolls more easily than carbon, but carbon creates the stiffness. Put the two together and think “rigidity, durability and performance.” Hala flex tests have shown the carbon technology to be up to 3 times more rigid than standard inflatable SUPs.

Side rails

The weakest link in an inflatable paddle board is the rail (side edge) area – where the top and bottom panels join together. Some iSUPS are constructed with one rail layer – Hala features two layers of taping to ensure minimal chance of air leakage due to punctures.

Besides construction type, the rocker (how straight or curved is the side view from nose to tail) makes a difference in board attributes. Hala has three generic types – glide, progressive and full. The Carbon Nass features the Glide Rocker, depicted by a slight rise in the nose and tail, which increases glide and speed, yet still allows some maneuverability.

Hala Carbon Nass 12-6 Features and Specifications

At first look, the board is actually incredibly simple and streamlined.

Military valve

There is one military valve for inflation, located a couple inches from the snout on top of the board. This sits next to a molded rubber nose handle.

Bungee deck lacing system

A bungee deck-lacing system with four metal d-rings begins 25 inches from the nose, measuring 18 to 22 inches wide and 15 inches deep – a perfect spot to attach gear.

Carbon stringer on the Carbon Nass

The woven carbon/aramid stringer is positioned on both sides of the board, beginning 28 inches from the nose and measuring 11 x 86 inches.

Diamond groove deck pad

A textured, traction deck pad is 88.5 x 24.5 inches, beginning 5.5 inches back from the bungee deck-lacing.

Central carrying handle

In the center is a soft, padded handle, positioned 26 inches from the top of the traction pad.

Attaching an optional kayak seat

Two more d-rings are located across from the central carrying handle, with another set located farther aft for a total of 4 sets of d-rings. These are positioned 25, 40, 79 and 104 inches from the snout. The two back sets can be used to attach gear, but also can be used to attach an optional kayak seat for “sit-on-top” paddling.

Cloth d-rings

At the top of the traction pad are two cloth loops, 1-inch in diameter, positioned 9.5 inches from the beginning of the deck pad. These can be used to attach gear, but are also strategically placed for use as a foot brace when paddling seated. AirKayaks note: Hala does offer an optional seat, but they do not offer an optional foot brace. This could easily be fashioned with a piece of piping covered with a pool noodle or pipe insulation.

Rear raised stomp pad

A rear stomp pad with 1 inch rise begins about 5 inches from the bottom of the deck pad. A “foot index” – basically a slightly raised 7 x 3 inch oblong – is located 7 inches before the stomp pad. This allows one to easily move back to the center of the board without having to look.

Rear handle and ankle leash d-ring

A rear carry handle with ankle-leash d-ring is located at the tail.

9" flexi touring fin

There is one removable, deep-water blue flexi fin measuring 9″ inches, in a US fin box.

Hala inflatable SUP pump

As previously mentioned, the board comes with a dual-action, high-pressure pump with gauge, featuring both inflate and deflate modes, as well as a small 12-volt pump. (AirKayaks note: There is an additional o-ring included with the pump. This allows you to use the pump with other board valves which might have slightly different configurations.)

Hala Backcountry Comfort Roller Pack

The included “Hala Backcountry Comfort Rolling Backpack” features a 2-way zipper with a neat slanted feature, that allows one to really open the bag enough to get the board back in easily. Integrated roller wheels allow one to pull the bag across harder surfaces such as sidewalks, parking lots and airports.

Backstrap stash system

A nifty velcro panel on the pack back houses padded, adjustable shoulder straps and waist strap; to use as a backpack, simply pull off the panel to easily pop out the straps, then velcro back into position. When traveling, the straps can quickly be hidden behind the panel so as not to “snag” on other objects. There is one interior zippering clear pocket measuring 14 x 9 inches, perfect for stashing the fin. Inside, an integrated cinch strap system allows one to strap the board into position, while five outer compression straps allow one to tighten up the load. One upper and one side handle allow one to carry the bag in alternate positions. The bag weighs nearly 7 lbs with approximate measurements of 37 x 18 x 11.

Hala Carbon Nass

We did measurements. The board length came in at roughly 12.5 feet, and just over 30 inches in width, and 6 inches deep – pretty much on target with the advertised specs. Carrying capacity is estimated at 350 lbs.

Hala Carbon Nass 12′ 6″ on the water.

We took out the Hala Carbon Nass for a short time on both calm water and some chop.

Hala Carbon Nass inflatable SUP on the water.

First off, the board felt a bit more stable than I expected (nice). On calm water, the Carbon Nass handles like a dream – very smooth glide, good tracking. The board was also fairly maneuverable. In chop, the board also handled well.

Attaching a kayak seat.

I headed back in to try a kayak seat. While not the seat sold by Hala (I had an AquaGlide Core seat) just about anything with good support will do. The seat straps can quickly clip to the two sets of rear d-rings. In sit-on-top mode, the Hala Nass handles just beautifully – smooth and fast with great turning capabilities.

Hala Carbon Nass inflatable SUP on the water.

As whitewater, waves and rivers are not an option here, I spoke with Jake Castle at Hala about his experiences with the board. First of all, this is Jake’s favorite touring board. Why? Having taken it on lakes and rivers, he feels the Nass 12’6″ offers a really good balance between stability and speed, that much more versatile and maneuverable than other touring boards such as the Nass T.

While I did not bring out my furry paddling buddy, Cleo, I would have no hesitations in bringing out a canine companion; doggy claws are no match for the board’s rugged construction, and the slightly wider silhouette is more forgiving to “sudden movements” when spying some fish.

Hala Carbon Nass 12′ 6″ Inflatable SUP: Packing it Up

Packing the board up is easy. Remove the tracking fin. (Make sure to screw the fin/plate back onto the fin so it doesn’t get lost. Then simply open the valve and much of the air will swoosh out.

Folding up the Hala Carbon Nass

The instructions suggest wrapping the board around the pump, but they also say you may need to pump any remaining air out. We opted to leave the pump out “just in case.” With the board face side-up and the valve still open, fold up the end of the board to the US fin box, then tuck the tail under. Once started, simply keep folding tightly, kneeling on the package to keep pressing out excess air.

Rolling up the Hala Carbon Nass inflatable SUP

At the end, loosely replace the valve cap to protect the valve. If you’ve rolled tightly, you can easily cinch the roll together and put into the pack, along with the pump.

Bottom line on the Hala Carbon Nass 12’6″ Inflatable SUP

The Carbon Nass 12′ 6″ is a great, all-around performance board – a recreational athlete that excels at coastline touring, lake crossings, downriver paddles or island-hopping expeditions.

Hala Carbon Nass Inflatable SUP

The Glide rocker – with a slight nose lift, flat center and minimal tail rise – optimizes speed, glide and traction.

Hala Carbon Nass inflatable SUP on the water.

The wider 30-inch bullet-shaped silhouette provides greater stability than many racing boards without sacrificing performance, though beginners might feel more comfortable on the wider Carbon Hoss.

Woven carbon stringer

Toss in the central carbon stringers, and you have rigidity and stiffness while still maintaining portability – and without adding unduly to weight.

Easy to store gear

Not limited to day trips, the Hala Carbon Nass has numerous features designed towards excursions. A front bungee deck lacing system and eight centralized rigging points can be used to stow gear, creating a speedy touring model for day trips or overnighters.

Hala Carbon Nass inflatable SUP as a sit-on-top

When the wind kicks up, or you need a break, by adding an optional kayak seat and paddle, the Carbon Nass makes a great sit-on-top vessel – zippy with great tracking – extending the usability.

Easily fits in the trunk of a small car.

And the included Backcountry Comfort roller bag easily fits in the trunk of a small car, yet quickly converts to a backpack, making it a great option for RVing, back-country treks or remote vacations.

MSRP is $1499. For more information or to purchase, visit the Hala Nass 12′ 6″ inflatable SUP product page at AirKayaks.com. Or give us a call at 707-998-0135. Stay tuned – we’ll have the Carbon Nass 12″6″ video out in a few weeks.

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Posted by: airkayaks | February 9, 2018

Closeout Sale on 2017 Red Paddle Co Inflatable Paddle Boards

AirKayaks is pleased to announce a special purchase of remaining 2017 Red Paddle Co inflatable standup paddle boards, now 20% off, with savings as high as $380 – including a carbon breakdown paddle.

Considered the number one inflatable paddle board, Red Paddle’s SUPS are known for their ruggedness, featuring quadruple rail construction, double layering, thick traction pads and fins. Each board comes with the Red Paddle Titan pump, allowing one to inflate a paddle board to 18 PSI in less than 10 minutes.

In 2017, Red Paddle SUPs racked up a number of accolades including Gear of the Year from both Backpacker Magazine and Men’s Journal. The newly-introduced Sport 11’3 was named Outside Magazine’s 2017 Board of the Year and the Digital Trends “2017 Best Recreation Gear of the Year” award went to Red Paddle’s Ride 10-6 inflatable SUP.

2017 Red Paddle Co Product Lineup

The 2017 line featured 22 models with the addition of five new boards in the U.S. – the 10’7″ Windsurf, the Sport 11’3, the Race 14′ and the multi-paddler Ride L and Dragon.

AirKayaks is  clearing out the 2017 inventory. Now is your chance to get one of the best inflatable SUPs on the market, with prices ranging from $939 to $1529. The incredibly popular Ride 10-6 is now $1039, the Explorer 12-6 is now $1279, while the Elite 12-6 is at an all-time low of $1299. AirKayaks also has a few remaining 2016 boards – such as the Sport 11 and the WindSUP 10-8 at $999 – as well as closeout Titan pumps ($99) and Roller Backpacks ($89.95).

If that isn’t enough, AirKayaks is throwing in a free adjustable, breakdown carbon SUP paddle – a $159 value with each 2017 board. Check out the remaining available inventory on the Red Paddle Co product pages on AirKayaks.com – but don’t hesitate. When they’re gone …. they’re gone.

Each board comes with the rugged Titan hand pump, cell phone case, repair kit, instructions and wheeled roller backpack. Not sure which one is right for you? See our 2017 Guide to Choosing Your Red Paddle Co Inflatable Paddle Board.  Or, give us a call at 707-998-0135, email info@airkayaks.com or visit the website at www.AirKayaks.com.

Up to 20% off, free paddle, free shipping in the continental US and no US tax – what are you waiting for!

 

This past spring, we received first-hand information on Advanced Elements’ new two-person inflatable kayak model, the 13-ft AdvancedFrame 2. Available in limited quantities, the AdvancedFrame 2 combines features from several current models. The kayak is a lightweight and compact version of the popular Convertible kayak with the silhouette of the Expedition, has a floor and seating setup similar to the Lagoon 2, with a higher 450 lbs weight capacity.

AdvancedFrame 2 versus Convertible kayak

Before they arrived, we began fielding numerous questions on which to choose – the Convertible (shown in blue on the bottom) or the AdvancedFrame 2 (shown in green on top). Here are some things to think about.

What’s the same?

Both the Convertible and AdvancedFrame 2 utilize the same type of hull material and three-layer construction, consisting of a kayak outer cover, with PVC side tubes in their own covered fabric sheath. Both have an integrated tracking fin, landing plate and beefed up bow and stern. Both have the removable bow and stern aluminum ribs, and plastic bow and stern stiffening sheets. Both kayaks come with two seats, repair kit, instructions and carrying case (though the carrying case for the AdvancedFrame 2 is generously oversized). Both have 6 inflation chambers – two military valves and four twistloks. Both have two molded rubber handles – bow and stern – and front bungee deck lacking with d-rings and quick-connect clips as well as four rear d-rings. Both have velcro paddleholders.

Both can use the optional rapidup sail, backbone, high-pressure floor and foot pegs.

This is where the similarities end.

AdvancedFrame 2 Seating and Floor

At 13 feet in length, the AdvancedFrame 2 is 2 feet shorter than the Convertible, and at 43 lbs with seats in the carrying case, weighs 9 lbs less. While the Convertible features a 1-PSI PVC inflatable floor with i-beam construction, the AdvancedFrame 2 floor does not inflate; it is constructed from a half-inch thick closed-cell foam – similar to that used under sleeping bags (see photo above). The lower “center of gravity” in the AdvancedFrame 2 is compensated for with inflatable seat bases, while the Convertible features a non-inflatable 1-inch seat base with a stiffer, higher back. As the foam floor “rolls” up, the folded dimensions are not quite as compact – hence the larger carrying case.

Convertible with double deck installed

While both kayaks have open seating areas, the AdvancedFrame 2 has a slim, one-inch coaming area that helps to keep out water, but can not use a deck or spray skirt. The Convertible features a zippered perimeter that allows one to attach optional single and double spray decks (shown above) as well as optional spray skirts.

The Convertible has more flexibility in seating positions, featuring front, rear and center clipping positions. The AdvancedFrame 2 does not have the center clipping position, and the seat straps are not quite long enough to adequately center the seat for solo paddling, unless one purchases the optional seat-link kit.

The AdvancedFrame 2 also includes one PVC-tube strapped to the side chamber which can be used as a fishing rod holder.

Weight limitations suggest 400 lbs for paddlers, or 450 lbs for paddler(s) and gear on the AdvancedFrame 2, while the Convertible has a 550 lb payload.

Bottom Line:

AdvancedFrame 2

If you plan on doing mostly tandem recreational paddling on calmer waters, don’t need all the whiz-bangs, prefer to sit with a “knees slightly bent” position, don’t need the higher weight capacity or added interior length, prefer something slightly lighter-weight, or price is an issue, then the AdvancedFrame 2 (photo above) might be your best choice at $499.

If you plan on paddling in a variety of conditions both tandem and solo, like the optional flexibility of being enclosed with closer storage options and the ability to use a spray skirt, need the higher weight capacity and weight is not an issue, then by all means go with the Convertible at $699 (shown above), which is a long-term winner.

For more info, or to purchase, visit the AdvancedFrame 2 or the Convertible product pages on AirKayaks.com.

Posted by: airkayaks | January 26, 2018

Guide to Choosing Your 2018 Hala Gear Inflatable Paddle Board

Well-known for eye-catching graphics and innovative technology, Hala Gear is one of the handful of standup paddle board companies focused on the inflatables market – most feature hard-shells with a few inflatables thrown into the mix.

Founded in 2011 by Peter Hall, Hala Gear headquarters is based out of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The company philosophy is committed to performance, durability and quality – in fact, each of the Hala inflatable boards carries a three-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Hala 2018 Inflatable SUP Lineup

For 2018, Hala has 20 models for surfing, whitewater, recreation, touring and racing, ranging in size from 6’11” to 14’0″. This includes the introduction of 3 new models – the Carbon Playita 9’0″, Rival Nass 12’0″ and Rival Playa 11’0″ – and some minor revamped graphics on several of the boards. Boards range in price from $999 to $1599.

As shape, thickness and construction all make a difference in a board’s performance under varying conditions, we’ll first give a little insight into the thought-process behind Hala boards.

Hala boards have three general construction types – carbon, core and fusion. The Carbon boards feature a carbon/kevlar-type woven stringer, strategically placed to give an extra layer down the central length of the board – think “rigidity and performance.” The Core boards are constructed with two layers of drop-stitch material and are typically found in the boards that will see more hard “core” action – think “bombproof.” The Fusion SUPs utilize a newer laminating technology that saves material and weight, think “lighter” and “value-priced.”

Besides construction type, the rocker (how straight or curved is the side view from nose to tail) makes a difference in board attributes. Hala has three generic types – glide, progressive and full. The Glide Rocker feature a slight rise in the nose and tail, which increases glide and speed, yet still allows some maneuverability. The Full Rocker boards have a more precise and pronounced curvature from tip-to-tail for superior maneuverability and surfability – great for surf and whitewater. The Progressive Rocker sits in-between the two, allowing the boards to be playful yet maneuverable – more “all-round.” The photo above shows the Glide Rocker, followed by the Progressive Rocker, then Full Rocker.

Hala Back Country Comfort Rolling Backpack

All 2018 Hala iSUPs come with the Back Country Comfort Rolling Backpack or Travel Tough Backpack – both feature integrated wheels, making it easier to thread through airport lobbies, while still comfortable enough to pack into the remote country. All boards come with the Hala pump and pressure gauge, a nifty little 12-volt car pump that allows you to fill out the board quickly, repair kit and instructions. The Rival series and Asana fitness board – called the Straight-To-The-Water package – also include an adjustable, aluminum breakdown paddle.

With all the models, activity types, sizes and features, how does one choose the best board? We’ve put together a comparison chart on each of the boards – use this guide to take away some of the guesswork when looking at the myriad of options with Hala iSUPs.

How do you use the following tables? First, ascertain your size from the list:

  • Big & Tall – 210+ lbs and 6’1″ plus inches in height
  • Average – 140-200 lbs, 5’7″ to 6’0″ inches in height
  • Small – Under 140 lbs, Under 5’7″ inches in height
  • Child – Under 100 lbs, under 5’0 inches in height

 

Hala Carbon Hoss Inflatable SUP

Then decide the type(s) of paddling you want to do (paddling situations):

  • Touring – Ocean, waves, long paddles
  • Recreational – Lakes, sloughs, slower rivers, coastal, calm
  • Whitewater – Fast-moving maneuvering with eddies, drops.
  • Downriver – Wide-open moving water.
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Racing
  • Yoga/Athletic
  • Expedition – island hopping, camping, long paddles
  • Adaptive – boards more appropriate for handicapped paddlers or those with special needs

Determine what attributes are important (or not!) to you – do you want tracking or maneuverability? Stability or speed?

Rank your experience level, realizing that the more you get out on the water, the better you will get. More experienced paddlers can get away with smaller boards. (AirKayaks note: While several of the boards are “not recommended” for advanced paddlers, this is based on the premise that advanced paddlers are looking for more performance-oriented boards. Certainly, advanced paddlers would be able to use any of the boards.)

Last of all, will this be used by various members of the family? Do you want the ability to bring along a child, dog or gear? Might two people be on this together?

Follow the color key to decide what board is good for varying sizes and activities:

Blue – The board is great!
Green – The board is good.
Yellow – This board is not recommended.

Hala Radito

For instance, if you were 5 feet 10 inches with a weight of 180 lbs, and running whitewater rivers was the highest priority with a bit of recreational paddling, the Radito would be a good choice. But, if you wished to do predominantly recreational paddling with a bit of whitewater, surfing and a little bit of fishing thrown in, the Carbon Straight-Up 10’6″ would be a better all-round board.

For easier viewing, the Hala boards in the following tables have been separated into three categories: Carbon, Rival Fusion and Specialty/Core. If you are having trouble viewing the details in the three tables, follow this link for a larger, zoomable and printable PDF version of the Choosing Your 2018 Hala Inflatable Paddle Board iSUP.

And many thanks to Hala Gear’s technical guru, Jake Castle, who played an integral part in piecing together this information!

(AirKayaks note: There are an additional 6 Hala Boards focused on surfing, that we have not included in this list).

2018 Hala Carbon Inflatable SUPS

Hala Carbon Nass Inflatable SUP

This section outlines the Carbon models, featuring the carbon stringer for rigidity and performance. This includes the Carbon Nass-T 14’0″, Carbon Nass 12’6″, Carbon Playa 10’11”, Carbon Hoss 11’0″ and the Carbon Straight-Up 10’6″.

Hala Carbon Construction Paddle Boards2018 Hala Comparison - Carbon SUPS

2018 Hala Fusion Inflatable “Straight-to-the-Water” SUP Packages

This section outlines the Rival Fusion “price-point” models which are durable yet lighter-weight, and come packaged with an aluminum breakdown paddle and more streamlined backpack. This includes the Rival Hoss 10’10”, Rival Straight-Up 10’0″ and the two new models, the Rival Playa 11’0″ and Rival Nass 12’0″.Hala Fusion Construction Line UpHala 2018 Rival Fusion Inflatable SUPs

2018 Hala Specialty/Core Inflatable SUPS

Hala Asana Inflatable SUP

The table below outlines the specialty boards, which include the Core models with a more rugged construction. This includes the Asana 10’6″, Fame 11’3″, Daze 11’11”, Radito 10’0″ and Atcha 9’6″.

Hala Core Construction Paddle BoardsHala 2018 Core Inflatable SUPs

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, you can view details on the various Hala Inflatable SUPS at http://www.AirKayaks.com. Or feel free to contact us with questions at info@AirKayaks.com, or call 707-998-0135.

Posted by: airkayaks | January 12, 2018

Video: Red Paddle Co Sport 11’3″ Inflatable SUP

Our latest AirKayaks video on the Sport 11’3″ inflatable paddle board from Red Paddle Co.

The Sport 11-3 inflatable standup paddle board from Red Paddle Company – a sleek, streamlined flatwater cruiser for those wanting performance and carrying capacity.  Winner of Outside Magazine’s 2017 SUP of the Year award, the Sport 11-3 is rapidly becoming the SUP of choice for flat water paddling, just as the iconic Ride 10-6 is for all-water paddling. It’s one of our favorites!

The slightly wider 32-inch beam, bullet shape and long water line provide great performance, while the squared off tail enhances stability. Yet at a mere 21 lbs, it’s easily handled by smaller paddlers.

It’s great for shorelines, rivers, calm and choppy waters.

Also read our detailed writeup – Product Review: Sport 11’3 Inflatable Paddle Board from Red Paddle Co – which covers setup, features, specifications and performance.

To purchase or for more info, visit our Sport 11’3 Inflatable Paddle Board product page at AirKayaks.com.

Posted by: airkayaks | January 4, 2018

Video: Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Inflatable Kayak

Our latest AirKayaks video on the AE1012 AdvancedFrame inflatable touring kayak from Advanced Elements, which updates our previous video from 2007.

The AdvancedFrame inflatable kayak from Advanced Elements, a classic model blending performance, price and portability. At 10 ft 5 inches, a weight of 33 lbs and a 350 lb payload, the AdvancedFrame is perfect for all ages and experience levels. It’s maneuverable, speedy, and glides through the water. Great for lakes, small rapids, rivers, bays and coastlines.

Also read our detailed writeup – Product Review: New Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Inflatable Kayak – which covers setup, features, specifications and performance.

To purchase or for more info, visit our AE1012 AdvancedFrame product page at AirKayaks.com.

Posted by: airkayaks | December 22, 2017

Video: Advanced Elements Sport Inflatable Kayak – AE1017

Our latest AirKayaks video on the AE1017 Sport inflatable touring kayak from Advanced Elements, which updates our previous video from 2010.

Compact and lightweight, the Sport features a simpler, streamlined, open cockpit design best suited for lakes, bays, calm rivers and inland waters. At 10 feet 5 inches, 26 lbs and a payload of 250 lbs, the Sport is fun-on-the-water and will appeal to those price-conscious individuals who simply want performance.

Also read our detailed writeup – Product Review: New Advanced Elements Sport Inflatable Kayak – which covers setup, features, specifications and performance.

To purchase or for more info, visit our AE1017 AdvancedFrame Sport product page at AirKayaks.com.

Our latest AirKayaks video on the new Expedition Elite inflatable touring kayak from Advanced Elements.

At 13 ft in length and a capacity of 450 lbs, the 42 lb Expedition Elite is comfortable for long paddles along the ocean yet can carry enough gear for an extended trip. The streamlined body – in conjunction with the 4-6 PSI high pressure floor – provides great tracking and glide. Great for lakes, calmer rivers, bays and coastal ocean.

Also read our detailed writeup – Product Review: New Advanced Elements Expedition Elite Hi-Pressure Inflatable Kayak – which covers setup, features, specifications and performance.

To purchase or for more info, visit our AE1009-XE Expedition Elite product page at AirKayaks.com.

Posted by: airkayaks | December 7, 2017

Video: Red Paddle Co 2018 Voyager 12’6 Inflatable SUP

Our latest video on the 2018 Voyager 12’6″ inflatable SUP from Red Paddle Co.

At 150″ inches with a 32 inch beam and multiple gear attachment points, the Voyager 12’6″ is a true workhorse capable of carrying a 330 lb arsenal – or multiple paddlers. For more details, read our Product Review: New 2018 Red Paddle Co Voyager 12’6  Inflatable SUP which covers setup, features, specifications and performance.

To purchase, visit our Red Paddle Voyager 12-6 product page at AirKayaks.com.

It’s that time of year – AirKayaks is offering great buys or free gear on most of their inflatable kayaks and SUP lines starting now!

To kick it off, the entire in-stock AquaGlide product line is 20% off through December 1st. Great savings, with kayaks as low as $187 and SUPs starting at $499. Save up to 40% on past season models.

Aire Tributary Sawtooth kayak paddled solo.

Not to be outdone, all Aire Tributary inflatables are 15% off through December 20th, with prices starting at $534.

2018 Red Paddle Co Elite 12'6

Get a free paddle ($63.95 to $199 value) with purchase of a 2018 Red Paddle Co SUP (now in stock!) or save an additional 15% on 2017 past season models.

Innova Solar 410C in red

Paddlers will find in-stock Innova kayaks at 10% off, with past-season models up to 40% off.

With the backpacker in mind, all 2017 Kokopelli packrafts are 20% off through Dec. 5th, with prices as low as $580. This is a great time to pick up a lightweight inflatable before the 10% to 20% price increase in 2018.

Almost all Advanced Elements kayaks come with free gear – ranging from paddles, skegs and dry bags to foot pegs and braces (a $27.99 to $99 value). And check out the limited edition AE1009-AF2 AdvancedFrame 2, now $499.

The PFD price slash is on, with Stohlquist, NRS and Astral PFDs at 20% off as well as past-season MTI Adventurewear.

Need some paddling accessories such as a kayak cover, PFD, dry bag or paddle leash? Take 10% off additional paddling gear with purchase of an inflatable kayak (or paddle board) using coupon code 10% ACC at checkout.

Combine these with FREE shipping in continental US for orders over $99, and NO TAX. This is a great time to pick up a fantastic gift – for a friend, a relative, or yourself! Take a look at all AirKayaks inflatable kayaks and gear.

See the complete list of Specials and Promos on AirKayaks.com, or view our Holiday Shopping Guides.

Season’s Greetings from AirKayaks.com!

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