Following on the heels of Body Glove’s popular Performer 11 SUP, the Raptor 10’8 SUP is a more manoeuvrable board designed for those that are looking to paddle lakes and run rivers with light surf. The secret to the Raptor’s stability is the built-in triple layer stringer rigidity and its heavy-duty polyvinyl fabric material. Like the Performer, the Raptor is extremely durable and can stand up to the bumps and dings that come with running rivers and day-to-day use.
Based on the Body Glove Performer's winning design, the Raptor is for those who want a little more agility.
The Raptor also comes with a host of features such as the multi-purpose handle which can accommodate a water bottle and also holds the paddle for easy transport. There's also a nose bumper on the underside of the Raptor to minimize wear and tear. At the rear, you’ll find three flexible fins which are impossible to break and provide good stability in the water. Cargo bungees up front enable you to secure your gear while a diamond-groove traction pad provides comfort for your feet and helps you stay upright.
Have a watch of the following video overview of the Body Glove Raptor 10’8 SUP to get a better understanding of all of these features and more.
Along with the Raptor SUP you also get a three-piece adjustable aluminium paddle, cell phone dry bag, coil leash, high-pressure hand pump with gauge and high-quality storage backpack to pack it all in for travel to far away paddling destinations.
The Raptor has a planning hull design which is optimal for most paddlers. This style of hull is flatter and wider so that you ride more on top of the water. This type of hull tends to be the most stable and versatile but still allows you to surf. If you are a beginner paddler then this type of hull is best suited to you, where more advanced paddlers may prefer a displacement hull.
High pressure valve and leash attachment point.
Cargo bungee attachment points.
Since the Body Glove Raptor 10’8 SUP is basically a smaller clone of their popular Performer 11 SUP, you’ll find that it paddles nearly the same. In back to back comparison of each SUP I could tell that the Raptor 10’8 SUP was slightly more manoeuvrable and tippy, therefore ideal for a more advanced paddler than the Performer 11 SUP. This is because the Raptor has less volume given that it is 1” thinner and 4” shorter, which also makes it 4lb lighter. Since the Raptor’s size is only slightly smaller it’s not a huge leap from the Performer but you will notice it when you take the Raptor down a river or get into choppy lake water. I preferred the stability of the Performer and the manoeuvrability of the Raptor and given that Body Glove is no longer making the Performer, then the Raptor is an excellent choice for paddlers looking for a quality SUP with all the gear needed to get out on the water right away.
Weight: 10kg / 22lbs
Dimensions: 10'8"x33"x6" / 328x84x15cm
Ideal use: Flatwater and River
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