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Current Rating: 4.4 out of 5*
An Overview of the board
This particular SUP board comes complete with all of the kit you’ll need to get set up and begin your paddling journey. There is a manual pump, a patch tool for performing emergency board repairs, a foot lead or leash to ensure you don’t lose your board when you fall off, an adjustable paddle that you can make longer and shorter to fit whoever is paddling and a waterproof carry backpack to carry the board and all the gear.
Who and What Type of SUPing Is the XQ Max Inflatable SUP Board Designed for?
The board is designed for those wanting a leisurely paddle on lakes and even on the sea (water safety should be at the top of your list). Its a fairly standard size in length so will accommodate most teenagers and adults, and comes with a hefty weight limit of 150kg.
The detachable main fin gives this board additional stability and manoeuvrability whilst on the water, so it’s not a board for professional racing. However, its equipped with everything you need to have a great day paddling.
How Does The XQ Max Inflatable Paddleboard Perform?
In the water this board performs remarkably well according to all of the current reviews. Let’s be honest, you’re buying a sub £300 stand up paddleboard and getting all of the kit including a pump for that price. You need to ensure that the detachable fin is attached if you want the board to perform to it’s best ability and be as easy to use as possible.
What Are the Specifications of XQ Max iSUP Board?
Board thickness: 15cm or 5.9 inches
Board width: 75cm or 29,5 inches
Board length: 320cm or 10.5 foot
The board requires inflating to 15 PSI or 1 bar, which you can do using the manual pump, or by purchasing an additional electric pump (this really does speed things up).
The maximum load capacity of this board is 150kg, which is quite considerable, and probably due to the increased thickness of this board versus others in this class.
What Is The XQ Max Inflatable Paddle Board Made of?
The XQ Max iSUP is made from PVC rather than the rigid expoy fibreglass of its non-inflatable cousins. This means that the board will feel rigid at below 15 PSI (13 or 14), but you need to fully inflate it to 15 PSI in order to ensure it performs as expected on the water.
In conclusion its well worth considering the XQ Max iSUP board and kit, given the price and if you are a beginner looking for your first paddle board.
NB: this review has been updated for 2022