The Performer Stand Up Paddle Board is a staple in Body Glove’s lineup for several years now and from what I can tell it's been a huge seller since I first reviewed the original Performer back in 2016. In 2020 Body glove updated the performer with a new version that had a slightly thinner profile, fins with 30% more surface area, and new triple-layered side rails construction with upgraded carbon-reinforced stringers to improve stability without adding any additional weight. Fast forward to this spring and Body Glove has once again made some welcome tweaks to the beloved Performer design to make it better than ever.
Watch the following video review to learn all about the new and improved Body Glove Performer 11’ 2021 SUP.
Over the years we’ve reviewed quite a few Body Glove SUPs including the Body Glove Raptor 10’8, the Body Glove Glide 11 Inflatable Kayak which is still for sale and has been joined in the lineup by a shorter more versatile kayak/SUP called the porter 9’6” and finally Body Glove's innovative EZ 8’2” iBoard Inflatable Surfboard.
If you aren’t familiar with the Performer, it’s an Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board or iSUP as Body Glove calls it. It has a huge appeal with beginner and intermediate paddlers alike and is adept on flat or moving water. It's designed with stability and durability in mind which is reflected in the board’s overall shape and dimensions make give it universal appeal to both fun-seeking families and those who are more adventurous and might want to have more fun on low-level whitewater.
While the original Performer iSUP was 6” thick, that has now been reduced to 5.4” but all the other dimensions remain the same along with the inflation rate and weight. Body Glove didn’t want to change the winning formula of the Performer iSUP too much so instead they added some clever new aesthetic and performance features for the 2021 version.
The first thing you notice right off the bat is the Performer’s all-new sleek silver ClearTech Inflatable Material with two-tone drop-stitch construction and new graphic design complete with mountain motif. There are also two small windows, one on the deck and one on the underside that shows off the carbon stringers which ad rigidity.
Each new version of Body Glove’s Performer 11’ iSUP continually improves upon the last and this latest iteration adds some really nice-to-have features that round out an already proven board design. Of all the new improvements, the new action camera mount and oval shaft of the paddle are the two that I feel trump the rest.
The fact that you can now confidently and securely fasten your action camera directly to the Performer is a huge plus for those of us who like to paddle moving water. I was never confident that the double-sided tape Go-Pro supplies with their camera was ever enough to ensure that my $400 camera remained permanently adhered to a SUP. Body Glove has changed this with a mount that is built into the top deck of the Performer. Brilliant!
On the ergonomic side, the paddle which is included with the Performer now boasts an oval shaft design that not only increased the paddle's overall strength but also provides you with a much more natural and comfortable grip. While this paddle is still heavier than a more high-performance paddle it is adjustable and breaks down into three pieces to fit inside the Performer carrying case so that everything is contained securely for any kind of travel adventures you might have.
The tow rope compatibility, cooler tie-down D-rings, and cargo bungee tensioner are also welcome additions to the Performer iSUP as are the new board graphics. While I was always a fan of previous graphics, like the Performer’s features, these graphics just get better with each new version of the Performer and I think that the mountain motif on this 2021 model is the best yet.
If you are in the market for an inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard then be sure to consider the new Performer iSUP as you can’t beat its performance, quality, versatility, and features
Price: $1,324CAN / $999US
Dimensions (L x W x H): 335 x 86 x 13.7cm /
11’ x 34” x 5.4”
Weight: 10.9kg / 24lb
Colours: Silver/Charcoal, Blue/Wood
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