Reasons to Avoid Cheap Paddle Boards
First and foremost this isn’t an argument about where you like to shop or about trying to buy the most expensive thing out there. Finding good deals is a great idea (tips on this below) and affordable SUP packages are what we’re all about! However, as with most items, buying the cheapest paddle board you can find will likely turn out to be a bad investment. Even at the low end of the spectrum, cheap stand-up paddle boards still cost hundreds of dollars. That means it’s important to consider what you’re buying carefully. To understand how well it will perform safely, and how long it will last, you’ll want to look into the board’s construction, what comes with the package, and what safety and comfort features if any, the company’s designers have engineered into the SUP. These differences are typically what sets a cheap stand up paddle board apart from a smart and affordable choice. Ignoring these details may seem like an easy way to save some money, but in the long run, it will most likely end up costing you.
What’s the Longevity of so-called ‘Costco Paddle Boards’?
If you’ve decided to buy a SUP, it’s because you recognize one simple thing that all stand-up paddle boarders agree on… it’s an awesome sport that’s great for everyone! You can take your paddling to the extreme level of long-distance adventure racing or simply cruise the local waters to relax under the sun. You can surf, fish, practice yoga, teach your dog new tricks… the list goes on and on. Simply put, there’s a SUP style for everyone regardless of skill level and interests. There are so many activities to try and places to paddle that you’ll want a board that lasts. Unfortunately, cheap stand-up paddle boards won’t stand up to the test of time like others. Keep an eye out for missing or short guarantees or warranties that could indicate an inferior product. While some cheaper boards will have a warranty that will last through one-season, the accessories like the paddle, fins, and pump might not be protected at all. Yikes! When you’re looking at stand up paddle board options be sure to check for a warranty. A long-lasting warranty that covers all of your gear is peace of mind for you as the rider, but also a good signal that the company cares and stands behind about its products.