FUN BOX 12’6″ PRO
Keen eyed readers may recognise this board from a few issues back, we felt it deserved to be revisited and included in the summer touring board round up. A compact feeling, lightweight rigid tourer with very practical dimensions for those looking for all-water capabilities or just a more secure, yet efficient board for general paddling. The Funbox holds its composure so well in rough water that you’re likely to forget, or at least overlook, that you’re on an inflatable. An ideal step up from your entry level cruiser that you’ll never want to part with.
The Funbox comes packaged in a smart roller bag and high pressure pump, US fin box, and the option of a 3 piece carbon travel paddle for just an extra 160 Euros; the direct to market savings for the consumer are definitely appreciable. Also available in a more race-oriented 12’6 x 27’5” x 6” (295L / 10 kgs) variant and a longer version of the same board 14’ x 27” x 6” (360 kgs / 11 kgs). New for 2017, a central carry handle has been included in addition to the two handles on the side of the boards.
Ideal for racing, downwind, recreational and more competitive paddling. This year we’ve added a “railing edge” to the underside of the Funbox Pro 12’6 and 14’. This new feature creates a sharper, more angular rail around the back of the board similar to the design of a SUP race hard board.
The Funbox Pro is a striking board – the contrasting red and white stripes give it a hot-rod look. A new PVC Dyneema is used to shave weight and promote stiffness – easily achieved at 16psi. Heavier riders can run to 18psi and racers up to 20, though a little air should be let out after the race. 12’6 x 29 is a great formula for a seafaring board. This composed Funbox Pro feels agile and responsive in rough water allowing you to revel in the challenge rather then chore. If you have a spirit for adventure and would be navigating a rocky, swirling coastline one day, tapping away on a downwinder the next, and then entering some club racing, I think this would be very good companion for you. This board would also suit paddlers who want to step up from the ‘my first inflatable’ lozenge shape, and even first timers carrying a bit of experience from other sports who don’t want to hit a glass ceiling after two months. If you’re after a capable all rounder, the performance and packaging of this board alone (I definitely recommend checking out the 3-piece carbon paddle option) should put it on your watch list, but throw in the 699 Euro price tag and it soon moves up to ‘most wanted’ classification.
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