Lightweight Champion: Starboard Reveals its Deluxe Lite Construction

The release of Starboard’s new Deluxe Lite construction marks a significant milestone in the realm of inflatable paddle boards, offering a blend of innovation, performance, and convenience. This latest addition to Starboard’s lineup is poised to redefine the standards of premium entry-level constructions, boasting an array of features designed to enhance both functionality and user experience. With three distinct constructions available—Deluxe Double Chamber, Deluxe, and now, Deluxe Lite—the brand continues to push the boundaries of performance and durability. Designed to be lighter, stiffer, and more durable, the Deluxe Lite construction showcases several innovative features that enhance the overall paddling experience. Let’s dive into what sets this construction apart and how it performs on the water.

Performance Enhancements

Starboard’s Deluxe Lite construction boasts impressive upgrades aimed at enhancing overall performance. Utilizing Woven Dropstitch technology and Welded Rail Technology, this construction ensures a lighter, stiffer, and more responsive board. The result? Up to 2 kg lighter than comparable boards, delivering faster glide, improved acceleration, and increased efficiency with each paddle stroke. Additionally, a 12% increase in stiffness provides a more solid feel underfoot, translating to enhanced stability and maneuverability on the water.

Weight Reduction and Durability

The Deluxe Lite construction excels in both weight reduction and durability. The innovative lamination process reduces weight by up to 2 kg without compromising strength or responsiveness. Furthermore, Welded Rail Technology creates airtight, mechanically bonded seams, eliminating the risk of glue weakening over time. This ensures long-lasting durability, allowing paddlers to enjoy their boards for years to come.

Convenience and Portability

One of the standout features of the Deluxe Lite construction is its unparalleled convenience and portability. The patented Roll Technology enables the board to be packed into a 30% smaller bag, complete with roller wheels and hiking straps for easy travel. This compact design not only makes transportation a breeze but also simplifies storage, allowing paddlers to take their boards anywhere with ease.

New! Kayak Seat Set-Up

In a move towards versatility, Starboard introduces a new kayak seat set-up option for Deluxe Lite boards. Designed to perfectly fit these boards, the kayak seat, along with a footrest, provides added comfort and stability for paddlers seeking a different on-water experience. Paired with the Tufskin paddle, which can now be converted into a kayak paddle using an additional blade insert, this feature adds a new dimension to the paddling experience.

User-Friendly Features

The Deluxe Lite construction is packed with user-friendly features aimed at enhancing the paddling experience. Soft Deluxe handles located on the nose, tail, and center of the board ensure comfortable carrying and handling. The foldable drop fin box allows for a 50% reduction in drag and easier transportation. Additionally, the new bungee tie-down system provides adjustable storage options, allowing paddlers to carry more gear with ease.

Available with the iGo and Touring Ranges First

Starboard’s Deluxe Lite construction will debut with the iGo and Touring ranges, catering to a wide range of paddlers and preferences. Whether seeking a versatile, all-around board like the iGo or a performance-oriented touring board, paddlers can experience the benefits of this innovative construction from the get-go.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Starboard’s Deluxe Lite construction represents a significant innovation, offering paddlers a lighter, stiffer, and more durable inflatable SUP board at an exceptional value. With innovative features designed to enhance performance and convenience, the Deluxe Lite boards are sure to impress both casual paddlers and seasoned enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re exploring calm lakes or tackling choppy coastal waters, be ready to elevate your paddling experience to new heights!

For more information, visit Starboard’s website:
Starboard SUP / Deluxe Lite Construction

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Mathieu Astier

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