Stand up paddling provides a great way to stay in shape and explore waterways worldwide. The Gili Inflatable Paddleboard makes traveling easy with its light weight and comfortable backpack. I explain why in my review below…
1. The Gili SUP Weighs 7-10 lbs Less than Standard iSUPs
In fact, the Gili iSUP only weighs 19 lbs. Plus, you can deflate it, roll it up and stick it in its backpack small enough to take on an airplane!
In addition, the 2-lb paddle breaks down into 3 shorter sections that easily fit into the backpack as well. Not only is this paddleboard easy to transport, you don’t have to pay hefty luggage fees that you normally would with a traditional surfboard.
2. It Comes with an Awesome SUP Travel Backpack:
And second, it has a chest strap and waist band for added support. The only other element I’d add would be wheels.
Note: One of my favorite features of ultra portable and lightweight paddle boards is that you don’t have to worry about dings, dents or expensive repairs. This quality makes them even better (and more reliable) to travel with.
They are constructed with a heavy duty reinforced PVC like those indestructible river rafts. You can take iSUPs virtually anywhere. =)
3. You Get a Faster Pump
Of course, inflating SUPs requires work. That said, Gili gives you a dual-action pump, which means it works twice as fast.
Who doesn’t want to inflate their paddleboard faster, right? Well, while traveling, it’s even more important.
In fact, you can fill up your paddleboard in about 8 minutes. I will not lie – it’s like a mini tabata workout. However, I find that it gets me nice and warmed up for the water. =)
4. Do a Variety of Activities on the Gili Air SUP:
Inflatable SUPs offer the perfect way to stay in shape while on vacation. Not to mention, they provide hours of entertainment and a means to explore new lakes, bays, rivers and beaches.
Besides paddling, you can take them snorkeling, do paddleboard yoga, go fishing or just sunbathe! I’ve definitely got my money’s worth out of my paddleboards.
Of course, the weather and environment will change, depending on your location. That’s why Gili designed this board (conveniently) to perform well in all conditions.
For example, the wide shape provide more steadiness in rough water. Whether you go paddling on a windy day, ride river rapids or surf ocean waves, the extra stability will work in your favor.
Plus, the increased surface area helps new paddlers and can accommodate more cargo. (Think coolers, pets, etc..) Furthermore, the slight nose rocker helps this SUP glide more easily over water chop.
Note: The Gili can inflate to a high 15 PSI and therefore feels as rigid as a hardboard. This enhances the board’s performance, adds stability and makes it easier and faster to paddle.
5. The Gili SUP has a Simple Design – Which Keeps the Price Low
While the Gili Air comes with plenty of accessories and on-board features, it doesn’t come with lots of bells and whistles. Hence, it keeps the cost low. You can actually get this entire SUP package for under $500!
That said, you do get an on-deck storage area with bungee straps and a comfortable carrying handle. Plus, the Gili has a large grippy deck pad to help with secure footing. (Great for pets, yoga and paddling in rough waters.
These design features are actually fairly standard on iSUPs. However, you won’t always find them on the regular hardboard.
Note: It’s worth mentioning that the 9″ center tracking fin snaps in quickly. You don’t even need tools. This feature makes it easier to travel with, plus you can paddle in shallow waters without it.
Gili Air Inflatable SUP Package Includes:
- 10’6″ Long Stand Up Paddle Board
- 3-Piece Travel Paddle (adjusts from 64″ to 86″)
- High Pressure Dual-Action Air Pump
- Snap-in Center Tracking Fin
- 10-foot Coiled Leash (specifically for paddleboarding)
- Carrying Backpack
- Repair Kit
Specs for the Gili Inflatable Paddleboard:
- Dimensions: 10’6″ Long x 31″ Wide x 6″ Thick
- Board Weight: 19 lbs
- Weight Capacity: up to 280 lbs
- Max PSI: 15 PSI
- Fins: 3 (2 outer side fins & 1 center removable fin)
- 3 Color Options: Blue, Red or Teal
- Customer rating: 4.9 Stars (Out of 5 Stars)
- Model: Gili Air
- Made in the USA
- 2-Year Warranty
- Manufacturer: Gili Sports
- Get the Gili SUP Here