NRS is a pure paddling brand so it’s only logical that their new Quiver 10.4 Stand Up Paddle Board is the SUP for white water paddling. With ideal dimensions and tough construction, the Quiver 10.4 can tame any river you set your sites on as well as provide family fun on flat water. Congrats go out to NRS on the Gear of the Year win!
The Backcountry Skiing Canada Team.
The new Quiver Inflatable Stand Up Paddle board is the big brother to NRS’s Whip 8'4" SUP which we previously reviewed here. The Quiver comes in 10’4” and 9’8” versions and like the Whip 8’4” they are designed for river running and whitewater paddling. This review will focus on the Quiver 10.4 SUP, I chose this version of the Quiver since it is the more stable of the two and with dimensions similar to the NRS Thrive 11’ it could actually be a fun and durable flat water inflatable SUP that families and beginners could enjoy at the cottage.
Give the following video overview a watch and see how versatile the Quiver 10.4 Stand Up Paddle Board is.
The Quiver 10.4 Stand Up Paddle board is 35” wide for increased stability and its 6” thickness provides a huge volume that floats high in the water and is handy for gliding over eddies and boils. The generous nose and moderate tail rocker enable it to ride over waves and holes while its reduced waterline enables it to turn on a dime for quick manoeuvers in technical water.
The heavy-duty PVC drop-stitch construction and double sidewalls provide the increased durability needed for river running—rocks, logs and any other bumps and abrasions are not a problem for the Quiver Stand Up Paddle board. On top of this, NRS included their proprietary Axis Technology into the Quiver SUP, this is an acrylic stiffening agent that is integrated into the deck to improve stiffness and performance without adding extra weight or making the board harder to fold for storing.
The high-quality Leafield D7 inflation/deflation valve is easy to use and very reliable. It has a built-in pressure relief valve that prevents accidental over-inflation. With a 20PSI inflation rate, the Quiver Inflatable SUP delivers an extra-rigid ride which is important in moving water.
The Quiver Stand Up Paddle board comes with two sets of removable nylon-reinforced plastic fins. The Allwater and Whitewater Fins are interchangeable depending upon your paddling objectives and since they are nylon-reinforced the will absorb impacts without breaking. The Allwater fins are larger and ideal for better stability or lake paddling while the Whitewater Fins have a much more sleek profile for shallow rivers. NRS also placed the Quiver’s fin boxes wide on the board so that you can easily glide over shallow rocks
The top of the Quiver SUP is outfitted with a super grippy foam deck with a built-in kick pad for added performance and stability in challenging whitewater and to help you surf waves.
You’ll find 3 D-rings integrated into the Quiver’s design, one D-ring is located mid-board on the deck for affixing a water bottle or dry bag, another is on the tail so you can easily attach a leash and the final D-ring is located on the underside of the nose for tying down the paddle board when you are onshore.
Since the Quiver is an inflatable SUP it's very handy to travel with. When not in use or travelling to your favourite whitewater hole you can roll the SUP up and toss it along with all your other gear into the included NRS carry bag/backpack. With built-in backpack straps the Quiver SUP, high-pressure pump (with pressure gauge), two sets of fins, and repair kit easily fit into the carry bag and make everything super portable. Its durable construction makes it checked-bag friendly while the mesh bottom ensures that any water will drain out of the bag.
Having spent last summer and fall paddling the NRS Whip 8.4 SUP on local whitewater rivers, one thing I noticed was that due to my intermediate paddling ability I found the Whip 8’4” to be not as stable (front to back) as I would have liked. While it easily surfed holes and was able to get into anything, I was eager to try a longer board with more stability which is why I chose the NRS Quiver Inflatable SUP 10.4. I could have gone a little shorter with the 9’8” version but figured I may as well go super fat and see how much more the added size helped with stability and paddling performance.
At 36” wide and 6” think the Quiver SUP is a thick and wide board, no questions there since most stand up paddleboards are closer to 30” wide and 5 thick. At 10’4” the Quiver also is much longer, a solid 2' longer than the Whip 8.4 but even at 10'4" it is still considered a medium length board which best suits intermediate paddlers. I found for me, that the Quiver hit the sweet spot dead centre—ideally balancing stability and manoeuvrability. While it's a big paddleboard with a wide stance for stability, the extra rocker in the nose and tail made it easy to turn and pivot which is what you need when running rivers and surfing waves. If you are just getting into paddling moving water or like me a little older then this added size will improve your paddling experience and allow you to run more challenging rivers or simply keep up with your son who just seems to have a natural ability at showing you up.
Where the Quiver 10.4 SUP begins to be too much board is on low flow rivers or mid-summer when water volumes decrease and waves get smaller. You might find that the smaller more nimble Whip 8'4" SUP it the board to take out to make things fun again. I like the combination of the two boards, the Quiver 10.4 for big water where I need the added stability and the Whip 8'4" SUP for those days I want to play more or the water is less plentiful.
The one thing I really like about the Quiver 10.4 is that it can in a pinch do double time on the lake. While not the most proficient flat water SUP it is ideal for kids and beginners to learn and play on. I am also very interested to take the Quiver on a SUP Paddling trip to the ocean to see how it performs surfing waves. While not designed for this or flatwater paddling I think the shape is so friendly and the profile so versatile that it can easily do a bit of everything. Given the generous rocker in the nose, you will need to fight a little to keep it tracking straight since there is less of the board on the surface of the water even given its length.
Like all NRS SUP’s the Quiver is a well designed, tough as nails paddleboard that uses high-quality materials and construction which justifies its higher than average price point. If you are looking at getting into river paddling (and I highly recommend that you do) then the Quiver 10.4 or even the 9’8” Inflatable SUP’s are worth checking out. If you just want a stable kid-friendly paddleboard for lake paddling that gives you the opportunity to paddle moving water down the road then I can’t recommend the Quiver enough (be sure to also pick up the NRS Rush 3-Piece Paddle—you can thank me later).
NRS Quiver Inflatable SUP 10.4
Price: $1,695CAN / $1,295US
Dimensions: 310 x 89 x 15cm / 10’4” x 35” x 6” (L x W x T)
Volume: 355L / 94Gal
Weight: 12.7kg / 28lbs
Warranty: Three-year retail warranty, one-year commercial.
NRS Rush 3-Piece Paddle
Price: $239.95CAN / $189.95US
Weight: 737g / 26oz
Adjustability: 173-218cm / 68-86"
Blade dimensions: 21.6 x 45.75cm / 8.5 x 18"
Quality / Price 1.5/2
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