We bought the Glide because we were looking for a large volume board suitable for heavier riders on river trips – or for expeditions where equipment needs to be carried. We have been using Naish One boards for a few years and they are one of our favourite air boards. Their drawback is that for heavier paddlers (over 80kg) and nervous beginners they can be unstable.
It’s an important consideration for us as we often introduce people to SUP on the Thames and canals where they prefer to stay out of the water if possible. We have been looking for a few larger volume, stable boards to add to the Active360 coaching fleet.
The first thing I noticed was how light this board is for its size. At just over 11kg it’s easy to move around both in the bag and out. It comes with a large carry pack, which is upgraded from the earlier Air carry bags, it’s a strong looking bag which looks like it will last and is comfortable for carrying distances.
We like the colours and particularly the practical grey deck strips which will not show muddy footprints. For years we have been telling manufacturers that white decks just look really bad after a few weeks of urban / river use.
The pump is good. At last air board manufacturers have started producing thinner pumps, which make pumping to high pressure easy. We have been asking for these for years and had become increasingly annoyed with the ineffective pumps supplied with almost all brands. We were able to easily take the board to 17psi, which is slightly above the recommended pressure – a small thing but this makes owning and using an air board more practical.
On water the Glide was very stable with lighter paddlers. At 30” wide the Naish One offers good stability but for a nervous or heavier beginner, the extra four inches of width the Glide offers dramatically increased stability. Our heaviest tester was well over 100kg and he found the board slightly less stable but still OK to paddle.
The Thames can get choppy with wind against tide and wash from commercial boats so the stability is welcome. This comes at a cost as this is obviously not a fast board, however, it’s 12’ long and is therefore faster than the shorter wide boards available. It turns well and is generally fun to paddle as are most of the latest generation of top quality air boards.
Paul Hyman Active360
Handling is good and we look forward to taking this board on an expedition in future, we’ll just have to start planning another Greenland trip. Meanwhile we will soon be giving it a more thorough testing at home on the choppy days of the Thames and a few coastal trips.
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