AZTRON METEOR 14’0 TEST REVIEW
The Aztron Meteor is a power-athlete’s board, built for those that need to get out and smash it no matter what. It’s a very stable race board with a stack of features to stiffen up the mid-point and keep you dry. We loved the beach-start handles and lack of clutter. The Meteor is here to race and train. We think it would be an ideal companion to keep you on the water this winter.
The Meteor is a real eye-catcher. We’ve come to expect graphical flair and unique features from Aztron, and the Meteor has them. There’s a classic racer outline, straight rails tapering from the wide point at the mid-section towards the nose. The tail is pulled in with a slight squaring off.
Immediately apparent is the deck pad. It extends outwards from the standing area to a short raised section over each rail. Beneath this area itself is the ‘ultra stiff’ carbon stringer. There are also two inflate valves for the double-chamber construction. So there’s quite a lot going on to stiffen up and improve the response of the centre of this long board.
The handles are excellent: one centre and two over the rails for beach starts. A cargo bungee lives up front for race/training essentials. A smart carbon weave encircles the entire deck of the board where it meets the rails giving improved protection against the standard PVC strip.
Underneath you’ll find a raked 10” race fin and clever sharp edge tail block.
The Meteor 14’0 is a combination of speed, efficiency and performance at the highest level of SUP racing. The 2022 design aims to make the Meteor the perfect partner to get you on the podium. Designed with a narrow nose, sleek outline and updated deck. The Meteor is fast, responsive, powerful and with plenty of control.
The 27” width gives a strong indication to the aims of the Meteor. This is a practical step up from paddlers who are used to touring or even all-rounder boards and want to have a really good go at the racing and training life.
There won’t be many days or places through the year when you aren’t able to put in a really good smash on the Meteor, it is stable and sure footed. Coming in to winter it would make a fantastic trainer because you’ll stay dry. Furthermore, the extended deck pad over the mid-section gives something to brace the feet against when you’re in the choppy mix at the start or navigating boat chop.
The Meteor is a light board considering its 318 litres volume, just 10 kg. Aztron have saved 20 % weight using a special cross stitching core material. It still comes with a recommended payload of 110 kg and a hoofing 160 kg max. This, and the practical 27” width create a board for paddlers who want to get the power down and the heart rate up without wobbles and plunging rails interrupting the flow.
Volume: 318 litres
Fin: 10” US Centre