Last Updated on July 15, 2019 by Editor
When it comes to stand-up paddle boarding, BIC SUP inflatables are on a level of their own. They feature durable, extra-light, and extremely rigid construction which improves their performance tremendously. These award winning boards will also allow you excel in a variety of conditions, from ocean waves to flat water cruising.
BIC Sport Performer Product description
The BIC sport performer 10’6” is arguably the best of all the BIC inflatable SUP boards. First and foremost, you’ll be extremely attracted by the shape of this board if you’re a longboarder. Coming with attractive looks, it also carries a Dyneema belt stringer for reinforcement. The moderate rocker line gives you great surfing performance while on flat water while at the same time creating a smooth pivots and rail transfers. In short, the ACE-TEC material is very ideal for SUPs because of its polystyrene core which is covered with epoxy and glass fiber. These features make it highly knock-resistant as well as rigid. Also, it ensures no water penetrates into the shell because of the moulded outer inserts.
BIC Sport Performer Specs
Paddle board style: inflatable
Weight: 200 pounds
Length: 10 ft. 6 in.
Nose: 22.25 in.
Mid: 33 in.
Tail: 19.5 in.
Max capacity: 220 Lbs.
Primary material: Thermoform Plastic
Volume: 235 liters
Packed dimensions: 39x22x11 inches
Bic Sports Performer Main Features
• Comes with a coil leash, backpack, valve wrench, repair kit, adjustable paddle, storage bag, heavy duty, 2-way pump along with pressure gauge, and removable center.
• Backpack for travel includes rollup, and deflates.
• 33-inch wide and 4.75-inch thick, with a total volume capacity of 235 liters. Paddlers weighing up to 200lbs get a stable platform because it can inflate up to 15 PSI.
• Low center of gravity and a versatile all-round shape, giving it great performance and stability for paddlers and families alike in all conditions.
• Easily removable 8-inch dolphin center fin. It’s attached using an easy on/off thumb screw.
• Great tracking and maneuverability because the soft side fins are seamlessly working together with the removable center fin.
• Easy to carry around because of the handles at tail, nose and center as well as its 23lbs. weight.
• Embossed EVA deck pad for traction and plush comfort.
• Bungee cord deck for gear storage.
• A standard BIC sport 2-year warranty.
BIC Sport Performer – Performance
When it comes to performance, the board is definitely up there with the best. This improved BIC SUP board boasts of a better finish than its predecessors. Also, the new tougher rails are a plus as well as the nose-high paddling by the board which gives you a secure feeling.
Additionally, the embossed EVA deck pad is very good with SUP Yoga. You’ll get the perfect balance and assistance from the deck’s grip especially if you’re a beginner and in choppy waters. The wide center girth can also accommodate both you and your SUPing partner.
On the materials and durability, this solid board is very durable and is also very easy to carry from the shore to the water. Also,
the large tailored back pack allows you to load it quite easily.
1. Exceptional traction
Due to the availability of the EVA deck pad on this SUP board, the board offers you better traction than most boards out there. The embossed pad is plush and comfortable too. In short, you’ll feel very comfortable riding around flat water or waves using this ’bad boy’.
2. Exceptional durability
You wouldn’t want to pay top dollar for a board that wouldn’t last, do you? This epoxy, lightweight paddleboard will definitely prove to be a wise investment. In fact, BIC ACE-TEC paddleboards are among the best when it comes to durability. They’re created using a technology that allows these SUPs to withstand a beating while at the same time holding up. Apart from holding a lot of weight while taking traumas, these SUPs are still very lightweight.
Also, this board’s sturdy construction made of polystyrene core covered with a fiberglass/epoxy combo ensures that it’s not only lightweight but impact-resistant as well. In fact, even a rocky edge can only give it a tiny dent.
3. Robust stability
The BIC 10’6” paddle board offers excellent stability, while at the same time allowing a bit of a rocker profile. This adds to its versatility while at the same time keeping the board incredibly stable. In fact, if you’re a beginner, this SUP is tailor-made for you.
Also, due to the round thumb tail shape, maneuvering the waters using this SUP is very easy. The unique shape allows you to make quick pivot turns as well as smooth rail transfers. This ensures that you greatly enjoy your time on water.
4. Surf-inspired long board design
Saying that this board’s design is spectacular is simply an understatement. Although they are designed predominantly for surfing waves, they are very comfortable for cruising on flat water as well. In short, if you’re a fan of riding in the waves, you’ll certainly grab one of these boards.
You should always keep in mind that no paddle board is perfect, and this BIC inflatable SUP is no different. Here are the few drawbacks:
1. Pretty costly
They say you get what you pay for, right? Because this SUP is of high quality, it won’t come cheap. In addition, although tis board is a great one, you’ll equally get other quality boards for the same price.
2. Lack of accessories
While most BIC SUPs come packaged with some accessories, this SUP doesn’t come with full scale accessory package. This is certainly a put off for many as you’ll have to separately buy a paddle, leash and side fins. This will definitely reflect negatively in your pocket, especially for most beginners.
BIC Sport Performer Final verdict
In conclusion, if you grab this BIC inflatable SUP board, you’ll most certainly enjoy paddling with it. The BIC Sport 10’6” SUP is stable and very easy to steer. In addition, its toughness also greatly reduces any damages in case of any collision – especially if you’re still new to paddling. It’s very ideal for cruising in a river alone or with a friend on smaller size waves.
However, if you’re searching for a high-end performance board, you’ll probably find this SUP a bit clunky. There are other better wave performance boards out there. Also, the price is a bit high if you consider you won’t get a leash, paddle, or even the side fins along with the board. All in all, this paddle board will definitely make you enjoy your watersport.
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