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This inflatable paddleboard is relatively affordable and easily stowable — making it a perfect introduction to the popular water sport

Resource:  BUSINESS INSIDER Keywords:  Stand-up Paddleboard, Water-based Activity

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(1) Nothing says summer quite like getting out on the water.

(2) If you're looking to truly be one with the ocean (or the lake, or just about any other body of water), there are few better ways to do so than on a stand-up paddleboard, or SUP.

(3) The Ten Toes Weekender Inflatable SUP can easily turn into your primary form of summer entertainment with the included pump, and then be just as quickly stowed when the sun no longer shines.

You've kayaked, you've canoed, and perhaps you've even gone boating in summers past. But now, there's a new way to enjoy all the warmth the summer has to offer when you're on the water. Stand-up paddleboarding seems to be the latest Instagrammable activity sure to instill a sense of jealousy in all your friends who aren't lucky enough to be spending their time with you (or at some fancy resort). And with the Ten Toes Weekender 10' Inflatable SUP, you'll soon understand what all the fuss is about.

I've hardly ever met a water-based activity I didn't like — believe me, when you grow up in Texas, you come to appreciate the cooling effects of lakes as a necessity for survival. And one of the best things about stand-up paddleboarding is the proximity to water it allows. While other paddling crafts by design are meant to keep you away from the source of fun (which is to say, that H2O), SUPs get you close to the action, and therefore, close to your dreams of one day becoming a mermaid (or merman, as it were).

The Weekender from Ten Toes is a perfect introduction to stand-up paddleboarding.

This particular SUP is not only relatively affordable, but is also easily stowable, which means that it's great for folks who may not always have that much time to spend on the water, and also particularly sturdy — both in terms of craftsmanship and the deck, which keeps you firmly rooted without slippage.

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This SUP is particularly notable thanks to its inflatable nature.

I'll admit, I was a bit worried that the board wouldn't keep its shape (being dependent upon air and all), but I soon found that my fears were entirely unfounded. The SUP is constructed with military-grade PVC and dropstitch technology, and is consequently said to be "virtually indestructible." While I didn't put this claim to the test, I can attest to the fact that the Weekender was noticeably sturdy and well-made. This isn't your pool floatie or even your behind-the-boat towable — this is clearly a watercraft that is meant to stand on its own (and let you stand on it).

That said, if you do manage to tear a hole in the SUP, it comes with a valve wrench and PVC patching for basic repairs. It also comes with its own pump.

The deck pad — the part you stand on — is made of an EVA textured foam. I found that the deck not only bore my weight well, but also kept my feet from slipping, even when waves would regularly wash over me. Obviously, this is key when you're pushing yourself around the water with naught but a paddle to your name.

The board features four stainless steel rings near the nose of the board, and another near the tail, which let you secure the SUP to another watercraft or a dock. A bungee cord runs through the four stainless steel rings at the front of the SUP, creating a containment area where you can store extra equipment and your paddle during your ride. I found this to be particularly useful after a longer trip on the Weekender, when I just wanted to sit down, relax, and enjoy the water for awhile.

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Then, there are three removable tracking fins that will allow you to better steer your way around your selected body of water, while an adjustable, lightweight, aluminum paddle will help you move yourself about. Like the SUP, this paddle is compactable, measuring less than 3 feet when collapsed, but extending to an impressive 8 feet for the taller folks who may be paddling about.

When inflated, the board measures 10 feet long, 30 inches wide, and six inches tall — but when deflated and rolled up, it clocks in at just 11" x 36".

Of course, in order to truly make the most out of this paddleboard, you'll want to make sure that it's fully inflated, and kept that way. After all, try as you might, you won't be able to stand on water unassisted. But if you're looking to try out SUP-ing for the first time, there are few better ways to dip your toe in the water than with the Weekender.

For under $500, this may just be your favorite (and most used) purchase of the summer.


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