BIC 10’6 PERFORMER TEST REVIEW
New for 2017, Bic’s 10’6 has been reworked and slimmed down to create a light feeling, manoeuvrable, good looking board. It’s slightly drawn out tail and higher nose rocker give a smooth paddling experience. It was near the top of the group for glide too; it’s a good all-round package and fresh for this year.
This year’s 10’6 Performer has a fresh up-to-date look and carries a reinforcing Dyneema belt stringer that encircles the top and bottom of the board. It also has tougher three ply rails to aid stiffness in this light feeling board. Underneath there’re two fixed side fins and a recoverable centre US box fin. On the deck it has a comfortable textured deck-pad, cargo bungees and a neo’ covered centre handle, as well as one on the front and back for getting the kids to take it back to the car for you.
The Allround series delivers on all the benefits of our unique SUP AIR construction technology in shapes that excel in a wide variety of conditions from flat water cruising to surfing in ocean waves. The 10’6 is suitable for riders up to 200lbs. Allround boards come standard with nose and tail carry handle, O-ring leash attachment point, universally compatible centre fin box and premium diamond-groove EVA deck pads. The 10’ and 10’6 also include bungee deck rigging for storing gear.
This noticeably improved Bic is a lot sharper than last year’s model; better finished, and the new tougher rails are a step forward. The board paddles slightly nose-high giving a secure feel, it was surprisingly quick and tracked well with the slightly narrower tail and US box centre fin. We felt it was slightly on the bendy side but this could be cured with a bit more air, (we tested all boards at 15psi, but all boards would take more). This board would no doubt work fairly well in a small wave, compared to some of the flatter boards on test. Overall our testers like the new look of the Bic, the light feel and the overall package: it comes with a large tailored back pack for easy loading. This middle-market sup is very competitive with lots of great options; the Bic would be a good board to go for and is a great improvement upon last year’s board.
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