Ocean Kayak Nalu Hybrid Stand-Up-Sit-On-Top Paddleboard Review

Ocean Kayak Nalu Hybrid Stand-Up-Sit-On-Top Paddleboard Review

If you are a beginner attempting to learn to paddle, the Ocean Kayak Nalu Hybrid Stand-Up-Sit-On-Top Paddleboard is what you are looking for.

This is a product that will also be great for an instructor who makes their income teaching others how to use a sit-on-top kayak. The people at Ocean Kaya have especially designed this SOT kayak to be used in water that is flat whether you want to paddle sitting or standing up.

The material used in the manufacture of the Ocean Kayak Nalu Hybrid Stand-Up-Sit-On-Top Paddleboard is polyethylene. When compared to composite boards, this SUP is a lot tougher. This is the reason why it handles crashes and bumps a lot better than kayaks made from other materials.

Your balanced is optimized by a foot area, which is textured. The textured layer also allows you to maintain your balance when you are paddling in those rough waters.

Features

When you look at the features of the Ocean Kayak Nalu Hybrid, the objectives of the manufacturer become clear: to create a hybrid kayak where you can paddle both seated and standing.

  • Equipped with two handles mounted on the side for transportation
  • Designed to allow you to paddle both seated and standing
  • Hull is designed with a bow that displaces waves
  • Convenience items can be stored on the stern deck
  • The bottom of the foot well is padded flat to allow for balance
  • Product dimensions are 18 x 31 x 132 inches and it weighs approximately 44 pounds

Pros

  • The bottom of the kayak is designed in such a way that it glides through the water fast just like a boat
  • The fact that you can paddle either seated of standing up allows it to be a good kayak for learning and also for use in those rough waters
  • The deck allows you to store items you need to take out for your day out in the water
  • The built-in handles make it easier to carry the kayak, you will never have to resort to those methods like dragging that could damage your little boat

Cons

  • It takes a bit of some time to get used to the foot rests as the room to move the feet is limited

Summary

After trying the Ocean Kayak Nalu Hybrid Stand-Up-Sit-On-Top Paddleboard, you will be excused for thinking that this is the best-designed paddle board you have every laid your eyes on.

Add to this the fact that it comes at a price that is averagely low and you will know you are getting value for your money. If speed excites you, this is the kayak that will give you exactly that.

We know that foot placement will need some getting used to but we do not think that this is a big deal as you will often notice that many sit-on-top kayaks do not offer a lot of space for the foot.

The main feature you will love about this product is that when you are paddling in rough waters, you can always stand up. The place where your foot rests, has been specially designed to offer support.

Comparison

If the Ocean Kayak Nalu Hybrid Stand-Up-Sit-On-Top Paddleboard is not exactly your cup of tea, then you can check out other products in the same class such as the ISLE Airtech Inflatable 10′ All Around Stand Up Paddle Board.

It comes at a price that is slightly lower but is delivered with a package that includes a pump and carry-case.  It is lightweight and you can carry it out easily. If you buy this one and are not happy with it within 30 days, you will return it with no questions asked.

Another product you can compare to is the Bamboo Epoxy Stand Up Paddle Board from JK Paddleboards. This one is designed mostly for paddling in flat water. Trying it in big waves will certainly end in disappointment. This paddleboard is also recommended for someone who wants to do Yoga.

Verdict

For its stability in the water, even during those conditions that are not totally ideal, we can safely recommend the Ocean Kayak Nalu Hybrid Stand-Up-Sit-On-Top Paddleboard.

We will also recommend it for someone who loves a sit-on-top paddleboard that moves at a speed that makes them feel as if they were traveling on a boat. This paddleboard is also manufactured from a material that ensures it is able to withstand the impact. Just ensure, always, that you do not drag it on the ground when transporting it or use it to slide down an ice slope as we have often seen others do.

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