TWO BARE FEET PADDLE BOARD REVIEW | SPORT AIR 12’6 REVIEW.
TWO BARE FEET PADDLE BOARD REVIEW | SPORT AIR 12’6
Paddlers requiring a big, floaty stable board should take a close look at Two Bare Feet’s Sport Air. It’s a rigid, durable board made using a heat laminated double walled construction and the carbon paddle that comes in the Ultimate package compliments it well. If you love paddling but don’t like getting wet this is one of the more stable designs we’ve tested. Right now Two Bare Feet are offering big discounts on the Sport Air, meaning you get everything on test here for £425.
The Sport Air is all about maximising the space on offer. At 365 litres this board is voluminous and the foam deck pad runs right to the tail and rails on the back three quarters of the deck. There’s a cargo bungee and D-ring for towing / mooring up under the swept in nose, with four more D-rings midway for securing the optional kayak seat or for further stowing options. Under the tail are two fixed side fins and a tool-less centre fin. The adjustable carbon paddle features a stiff, 8” blade and the ergonomic t-grip feels comfortable for extended touring.
The Sport Air Touring 12’6” x 33” x 6” SUPs are our highest volume boards, and are intended for paddling long distances from A-to-B, and for weekend trips or longer. Designed to track straight, float high in the water and glide smoothly at speed, this variation is developed to cater to large adult riders that specifically want a long-distance paddleboard. They are superbly stable and confidence-inspiring boards that can be easily loaded up with gear to extend your paddle outings.
Once inflated the Sport Air reveals itself to be a real whopper. Possibly the largest volume board we’ve had on test, ever, it is obvious that Two Bare Feet have developed this load-carrier for heavier paddlers. But that’s not to say you need to personally tip the scales at over 100 kg to not get ‘lost’ on the deck – the average adult paddler upwards will find that the Sport Air moves across the water with considerably less energy required than a standard 10’6. It rides very high and dry so great for those that don’t like touring in wetsuits though this
extra ride height means you do work harder to hold your line in cross winds.We tested the Sport Air on Windermere and it would serve as a fantastic board for civilised over-nighters without the risk of falling as you tour between waterside lunch hot-spots. It covers large distances in comfort and unless you’re trying to break records and having to paddle in strong winds and chop would be ideal for summer coastal cruising. Schools and instructors too would find the Sport Air to be a useful addition as it’ll float any client that walks through the door, and also works great as an instructor’s base.