Tahoe SUP’s mission of Innovation and Function are found in their high-end paddle boards such as the Zephyr which we reviewed here as well as more beginner oriented boards such as the Paddlecraft SUP which we’ll discuss here. The rough and tumble construction of the Paddlecraft combined with stability and its easy paddle nature make this a true crowd pleaser.
The Tahoe Paddlecraft SUP is ideal for those just getting into the sport or looking for a paddle board that's stable, durable and versatile.
Tahoe’s patented thermoSUP™ construction uses Koreguard™ which is a proprietary, hybrid construction process that uses thermoformed ABS sheets and composite materials to create a highly durable and abrasion resistant board. Tahoe SUP has made this process as eco-friendly as possible by not using as many consumables in the production process and by recycling all of the ABS offcuts.
The Paddlecraft’s displacement hull design gives the board a really smooth efficient glide. It slices through the water by gradually engaging the nose of the board into the water while the long-sleek dimensions of the board ensure it’s directional tracking is easy to maintain.
Unlike the add-on handle of the Zephyr, the Paddlecraft has a full grip handle moulded into the top sheet of the board. Unlike other shallow reach handles the rounded design of this handle reduces the strain on your fingers and is easy to grip. This provides a very sturdy, confident and comfortable way to carry the Paddlecraft SUP. It also provides a convenient way to lock your sup should you need to leave it on the top of your car or stored beside your house.
Tahoe integrates a total of eight 1.5” square deck plugs on the Paddlecraft SUP. With four at the front and four at the back, you’ll have ample attachment points for gear or the addition of custom accessories designed specifically to fit and enhance your Tahoe SUP.
The deck grip pad covers most of the board and is a nice esthetic in additional to being functional.
The biggest issue with most stand up paddle boards is their durability. Inflatable SUP’s are actually quite robust when it comes to abrasions, scuffs, chips and cracks but if you want a rigid board then most have to be handled with extreme care. This means no contact with anything harder than it is. A rock will quickly chip most SUP’s if it doesn’t crack it. Traditional SUP’s epoxy/fibreglass shell which covers a foam core is super brittle and this is why Tahoe decided to use their proprietary Koreguard construction on the Paddlecraft SUP. The use of composite materials and thermoformed ABS sheets are much more durable making the Paddlecraft ideal for beginners.
The Paddlecraft’s shape and displacement hull make it easy and forgiving to paddle while still being fairly versatile. The only downside is that this construction method increases the weight a little when compared to the average SUP.
The nose of the board is mostly out of the water and with less of the hull in the water there is less friction and smoother progress. While the Paddlecraft isn’t meant for advanced paddlers it is ideal for families or those looking for an introductory SUP which is stable, fun to paddle and can take some abuse.
If you are looking for a more advanced SUP then read our review of the Tahoe Zephyr Stand Up Paddle Board here.
Price: $1,169CAN / $899US
Colour: Sandstone / Seafoam Green
Quality / Price 2/2
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