Pour qui Une planche de paddle polyvalente pour les riders à la recherche d'une facilité de rangement et de transport ultime, sans compromis sur la performance.
Réduite de moitié, aventure doublée.
Fruit de 10 ans d’efforts, nous sommes fiers de vous présenter la Compact 9’6” (brevet déposé), notre planche de paddle révolutionnaire de taille standard qui, une fois repliée, prend deux fois moins de place qu’une planche gonflable classique.
Inspirée de notre planche polyvalente Ride 10’6″ MSL primée, la Compact 9’6” affiche une largeur de 813 mm et une épaisseur de 120 mm, et représente la combinaison parfaite entre la stabilité et la manœuvrabilité, vous permettant de profiter au maximum de toutes les destinations par toutes les conditions ! La planche seule pèse 8 kg et peut supporter les riders pesant jusqu’à 95 kg. Il n’a jamais été aussi facile de plier et enrouler votre planche pour embarquer vers votre prochaine aventure sur l’eau !
Cette technologie déposée complètement novatrice, exclusive à la Compact 9’6″, présente un procédé de tissage créant une matrice de fils ultra résistants au cœur de la planche. Combiné à une couche externe très solide mais malléable, et à un système de lisse quatre cœurs, on obtient une planche extra rigide qui devient extrêmement petite une fois dégonflée et rangée.
LE PACK DE LA COMPACT 9’6” CONTIENT LA PLANCHE, LE SAC, LA PAGAIE EN CINQ PARTIES, LA POMPE TITAN ET LE LEASH.
(Le poids total est d’approximativement 12.7 kg)
First up I have to confess; the nice new shiny SUP in my living room hasn’t yet been christened - so I can’t even begin to say how it paddles but suffice to say, it’s a RED and I have total confidence that it’ll paddle better than I can.
So why the review then? Well I’m super stoked to have one of the new Compact 9’6’s in my possession. I’m a recreational paddler and have happily lugged my 2014 Ride 10’6 from my car to the river bank, or from the top of hill outside Carbis Bay down onto the beach for the past 4 years. But it’s heavy. It’s a pre MSL construction board and although it paddles nicely, the effort it takes to lug around was wearing me down.
I had originally wanted to upgrade to a Sport but then the Compact was announced. My wife questioned why I wanted to go faster (my reason for wanting the Sport) when my SUP-buddy and I were happy paddling at our own pace as opposed to the (faster) pace of a larger group. Most of our paddles are either 6-10Km river paddles or simple coastal spashabouts - nothing hugely adventures (yet!). The more I looked at the Compact and the rationale behind it, the more I realised that it suited my needs better - as an enabler for me to get more out of my time spent SUP’ing. It’s compact size means that it better fits in the boot of my car - along with my Camping gear. The board itself is laughably lightweight (under 8kg) and at 5ft 7 and 70kg, it’s much easier for me to lift and carry when inflated than my old board - which had a tendency to drag it’s nose on the sand when coming back up the beach after a paddle. The backpack seems comfortable enough to wear and at a total weight of under 13Kg including the pump and paddle, it is much more portable than my old board is for that gruelling lug back up the hill from Carbis at the end of the day.
Rolling the board back up around the Titan pump is made a touch trickier with the stiffness of the quad stringers but they really do appear to work as the board feels much stiffer than my old Ride at 15-18PSI. I counted 175 pump strokes in total to get to about 17PSI. 75 on the initial setting and then a further 100 with the bypass valve removed. Seemed a bit quicker to inflate than my old board but that might also be due to improvements over my early 2015 Titan pump (according to the blurb).
It’s great that everything fit into the one bag - so no more separate paddle bag and everything does get back into the bag easily enough although you do need to make sure you get all the air out of the board which seems to entail me rolling it up and unrolling it a couple of times - but I’m getting the hang of it.
The 5 piece carbon Paddle is exquisite (and a super touch) and the whole concept comes together as a really well thought out solution to the problem of moving your SUP equipment around when you’re between paddles. As a recreational paddler, I want a board that’ll do a variety of things; from lazy river paddles to messing around in small surf and exploring coastal bays but it all has to be portable and easy to live with when I’m not on the water and I think the Compact 9’6 will prove to meet all my needs for a long time to come.
I'm not normally a big ones for reviews but I feel compelled to write a quick one for the Compact. I picked mine up last week before heading off on a family holiday. This board is brilliant. So easy to travel with (we checked all the families luggage onto the plane and the Compact was tagged and sent on it's way easily, which is more than can be said for our suitcase, which we had to haul to Oversize - Something ironic about that!). We've been on the board all day since we have arrived. I love the features like the 5 piece paddle and the click fins - both are easy to use and make the difference. We've been packing the board up every night as we don't have anywhere to store it and once you've rolled it a couple of times you get the hang of it.
All in all this is a great board that we are really enjoying.