The GT150 is Wakooda’s latest addition to a long line of top notch inflatable stand up paddle boards. It’s true that Wakooda is relatively new to the scene of stand up paddle boards. Nevertheless, it has already established a firm reputation and that is due to many reasons.
Quality is one of the company’s most celebrated values and this board is a great example of that. The GT150 is strictly made of commercial grade 1000 denier which is hence fortified by an industrial drop stitch construction, making this board virtually indestructible.
What that means is that you don’t have to worry about where you use this board nor what would happen to it if it crashed against hard rocks. In fact, this iSUP can be run over by a car without leaving a scratch on the body but don’t try that unless you need to save a life.
I don’t really believe in this statement in general terms but when it comes to inflatable paddle boards, size does matter.
This Grand Touring inflatable SUP is, thus, 12 foot 6 inches long and 32 inches wide making it perfect for adults, young adults and even teenagers. On the other hand, some paddlers would argue that a board this big is mostly suitable for professional users but I know for a fact that even a beginner can handle it as long as you start at steadier currents then level up.
When it comes to thickness, this board measures 6 inches which is significant for an abundance of reasons but mainly because it’s the only thing that will keep your board floating.
You see, most inflatable SUP boards are 4 inches thick or under and that is not enough because that way the board is more perceptible to being submerged at the center under a lot of weight. Speaking of weight, the weight limit on the GT150 doesn’t go over 300 lbs. I know the websites on which this product is promoted may say it’s more than that but that’d be a far reach.
When it comes to standard body features, this iSUP comes equipped with everything you’ll need to enjoy the ride.
First, the deck of the board is decorated by D-rings and they can all be used in different ways. The 4 stainless steel D-rings that are connected by a bungee cord on the nose are great for storage and they will come in extremely handy, the D-rings on the head and end are meant to help you secure or toe the board at ease, and the 4 D-rings on each side of the deck are meant to install a kayak seat at your favorite spot.
Second feature you notice is the gripping pad which covers almost the whole deck of the board which is great for many reasons.
To start with, a large gripping pad will help you distribute your weight properly but most importantly, it’ll be of great help when you’ll need to climb back up on board after you fall in the water.
Another prominent feature of this board is the three dynamic fins: two smaller ones to each side and a central large removable fin. It is advisable to remove the central fin when in shallow water to avoid damaging it.
A definite influencer for any product is the package in which it comes and inflatable paddle boards are no exception as it could make the difference between a nice experience and a huge pain in the back.
Fortunately, the GT150 comes within a healthy package that includes almost everything you’ll need as a beginner to maintain this board.
Initially, the package includes a high pressure hand pump equipped with a pressure gauge to help you make sure you pump it to the right degree (20 PSI).
Also, the board comes with a carry bag back pack which is essential in my opinion as it can make the transportation and storage of the board a piece of cake. All you need to do is deflate, roll up, put it in the bag and carry your board to your nearest body of water.
Last but not least, the package also includes a free Bravo 2-piece adjustable paddle which is both light and sturdy.
- Wakooda is a new face to the industry but it has already managed to take over a large portion of the market because of its quality boards and reliable packages.
- The GT150 is a great performer at a great price compared to other iSUP boards within the same category and that is something to seriously consider.
- The only issue with this board is that it’ll be challenging to pump it up to 20 PSI using a hand pump every time. Therefore, my advice to you is to get yourself a little electric pump and save the day.