SUP TEST REVIEW
At 10’2 the Riber Deluxe SUP comes in a tad smaller than the industry-standard 10’6 iSUP, and when you factor in the aggressive price, bold graphics and relatively light weight you’ve got a practical junior paddler’s board. The unique rotating cam-mount is ideal for filming the dog up front or rest of the family on the water. This tough little board is ideal for long summers on the river and hacking around sheltered coves.
This peppy-looking iSUP enters a burgeoning sub-£500 recreational sup market with the features consumers will expect. A double-action pump and repair kit are in the box, while on deck you get a rear-cargo bungee, a deck pad that covers the middle-third of the board, a leash point, and up front a neat push-to-rotate camera mount. Underneath, two glued on side fins and a no-tools centre fin make up the fin cluster. The graphics are strident and suggest a lot of splashing around and fun to be had.
Whether you are just starting out or considering an upgrade, the Deluxe is for you. Superior SUP construction means our paddleboards are sure to last. All of our Deluxe SUP’s with our incredible 2 year warranty. Includes a pump, carry strap and a repair kit. This model also includes a camera mount attached at the front. Two layers of FUSED high density PVC allows for a stiffer, lighter and more robust internal unique camera mounting system – perfect for capturing your adventures!
Riber say the 10’2 carries a max rider weight of 110 kg (we tried 80 kg adult and large dog with no worries) though compared with many iSUPs in the all-round market this Riber has a bit more of a tapered nose, is a shade narrower, and is of course shorter. It’s not a zombie-like floating mat which from a sport perspective is a good thing. We felt it would be a great fit for younger and average weight riders as the slightly reduced dimensions make it easier to handle. The paddling experience yields no surprises; this board is plenty rigid and secure enough for recreational paddling on lakes, lazy rivers and summery sheltered coves. A more expansive deck grip might further improve practicality for extra passengers or nose and tail 360’s though you could wax it up if needed. You’ll know if you’re in the market for a sub-£500 iSUP (i.e. buying more than one board, or possibly for a paddler who’s commitment levels are an unknown), the Riber Deluxe is a robust little package that comes with a solid warranty from a UK based company with a long history in recreational kayak products.
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