Jobe’s Stand Up Paddle Boards have always offered a lot of value for the money and with their Neva Aero 12.6 you get an inflatable SUP that performs similar to a hardboard and is incredibly efficient to paddle on the lake. Busting with innovative technology, features and fun, the Jobe Neva Aero 12.6 is an award winner you don't want to miss.
The Backcountry Skiing Canada Team.
Last Spring we reviewed Jobe’s Duna 11.6 Stand Up Paddle Board and it garnered high praise overall for its versatility and mass appeal. This spring we decided to take a deep dive look into Jobe’s Neva Aero 12.6 Stand Up Paddle Board since it is more of a touring focussed SUP with its high volume and longer length. On paper, the Duna and Neva are almost identical sharing similar metrics for most attributes like nose and tail rocker, inflation pressure, volume, weight and carrying capacity. Where they differ are in their dimensions with the Neva Aero being a full foot longer and just one inch narrower than the Duna. This added length enables the Neva to track and paddle more efficiently on flat water but also means it is aimed at the more experienced paddler who wants to cover longer distances with less effort.
Jobe's Neva Aero 12.6 is one good looking stand up paddle board and when you consider all that it comes with and the features it has, it's hard to resist.
Jobe’s line of Aero SUP's is some of the lightest on the market, being 2 kilograms lighter than comparable inflatable SUPs. This is a huge plus when transporting the SUP to the water or on a more distant adventure by car or plane.
Jobe’s Heat Bonded and X-Stitching Construction technologies make their Aero SUP’s not just lighter but also stiffer, stronger and more durable over time. The Heat Bonding allows for an added PVC layer to be bonded on the top of the board under which you’ll find the drop stitch fibres which are orientated in an X-pattern to increase rigidity. For added durability the Neva Aero also has added rail tape on the sides of the board to decrease the effects of paddle strikes and other impacts.
The Neva Aero has an inflation rate of 20PSI which is 5 more than most other inflatable SUP’s on the market which ensures that the Neva Aero is built rugged and sturdy to accommodate this additional pressure. This also makes the board is more rigid than most which provide a more solid paddling experience, yet still packs down just as small as other SUP’s.
The Neva Aero has a built-in carry handle that can also accommodate a paddle thanks to a small additional velcro strap on the carry handle. Simply place the blade of the paddle under the front webbing and then fasten the paddle with this velcro strap and the paddle is then affixed to the board for easy transport
The Jobe Neva Aero 12.6 Paddleboard is designed for flatwater paddling and it does this with relative ease and efficiency. It’s a long board at 12’ 6” with a narrower 30” width so it is sleek in the water but with a generous volume of 320L it is still very buoyant and able to carry a lot of weight. This makes it ideal for paddleboard camping where you’d need to carry a lot of gear and possibly a cooler or dog on the deck of the SUP. With a carrying capacity of 150kg or 330lbs and my weight only being 180lb it leaves a lot of space for an additional 150lbs of gear which is a considerable amount.
If you are looking to paddle moving water then the Neva Aero 12.6 may not be the most ideal SUP, while it can do it, it won’t be the most nimble or forgiving paddleboard. With over twelve feet of board to manoeuvre it will take some work but the 9” rockered nose does help shave some of this length off and also keeps it above the waves. High volume-low consequence rivers would make for a nice lazy paddle but big water with a lot of rapids would make for a challenging ride. I paddled the Neva Aero down the Slocan River outside of Nelson BC and this 15km stretch of water holds little rapids so the Neva Aero was pretty ideal. Paddling this distance with current was easy and fast and the board proved to be very stable in choppy water but anything more and I’d want a much smaller board that can be manhandled more effectively.
Paddling the Neva Aero 12.6 on the expanse of Kootenay Lake, however, was pure joy, it was made for flat water like this and I was able to efficiently cover some real distance thanks to the board's shape which allows for easy and speedy paddling. The Neva Aero tracked incredibly well with very little correction strokes needed if any at all. I could easily paddle on one side of the board or the other for long periods of time and with little power lost to correction strokes, I found that it glided smooth and fast across the lake.
If you are thinking about getting a SUP and only want one then I would consider an inflatable as they are easier to transport and store over winter and also hold up to scuff and dings much easier. Since the Neva Aero comes with a paddle, pump and pack, you’ll have everything you need to get out on the water immediately. While it can run some easy rivers you should be wanting to paddle flat water the majority of the time. This fully-features SUP is easy to paddle and a good compromise between a hard board for touring and an inflatable board for all-round paddling enjoyment. If I could only pick one paddle board to own this would be it.
Price: $1199 CAN / $899.99US
Weight: 9.1kg / 20lbs
Dimensions (LxWxT): 381 x 76 x 15cm / 12’6”x 30”x6"
Volume: 320 Litres
Capacity: 150kg / 330lbs
Maximum Inflation: 20 PSI
Warranty: 3 year warranty after registration
Construction: Heat Bonded Technology and X-Stitching Construction
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