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Comparing Starboard Touring SUPs – inflatable Touring Vs composite Touring

Compared by us on Jul 4, 2020

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Starboard Touring Lite Tech 12’6″x31″ (2020)

“Paddlers from 80-110kg will love the Lite Tech Touring board... so stable and at a very competitive price. ”

Starboard Touring Deluxe Double Chamber 12’6″x30″ (2020)

“Starboard Touring DDC is still the go to Touring iSUP for riders over 75kg... it has it all!”

Starboard Touring Deluxe Single Chamber 12’6″x30″ (2020)

“It's light and still very stiff. The DSC is a standout Touring iSUP from Starboard, that riders up to 75kg will really love.”

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Overall Glide
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Ease of use
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Fins & Fittings
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Open Water
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Bag & Pump
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Fins & Fittings
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Weight
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SUPboarder deflection test at 18PSI:  8mm

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Bag & Pump
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SUPboarder deflection test at 18PSI:  11mm


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Superhans
Superhans
3 months ago

Nice review. The inflatables look very nice. Few questions:
How much hassle was it to pump up a second chamber? The last thing I’d want to do once I’d pumped the first chamber!

Was the inflatable front bungee big enough for a red deck bag? The bungee looks smaller in photos compared to some other brands.

I see Starboard make a 12 6 touring board that doubles as a wind surfer. Have you guys got any experience with these boards? I can’t actually see any for sale anywhere but it sounds like a cool concept.

SupAms
SupAms
2 months ago

Did you do a head to head review between the Starboard Touring Delux and the Red Paddle Co Voyager? Would really be interested to see them being compared. Doubting between those two as for my next purchase. Looking for a board that is easy to store, goes fast for short trips (my standard round is 10-15km which I do a few times a week) and touring (multi day).
For upgrades, would they fit with a Black Project fin?

Will Rogers
2 months ago
Reply to  SupAms

We will be doing a full head to head as part of our SUPboarder PRO head to head tests next spring, both these boards will be included. When looking at these two boards now, the Yoyager 12’6 is a more stable and slower platform mainly due to its outline. The 13’2 is a much faster board but still a very parallel outline board and less fast than the starboard 12’6 Touring. This does however make it more stable and allow you to carry more gear. We will do into a lot more detail in the head to head test. These… Read more »

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