In a world of inflatable paddle boards, Airhead would be the vice president; it gets most of the work done but it hardly ever gets any credit. This brand has made it its priority to accommodate for the different preferences and needs of its customers which is why Airhead is one of the fastest growing brands in the industry.
Variety of choice however isn’t the only reason why this company is blooming because quality is the primary reason behind their solid reputation. Speaking of which, the Airhead FIT 1032 is strictly made of military grade PVC material which is then fortified via an industrial drop stitch construction making this board as rigid as possible.
In simpler words, it doesn’t matter where you use the board or how wild you can go, the FIT 1032 iSUP board will not get permanently damaged.
A good quality inflatable stand up paddle board is always a delight but there’s something even more important than quality and that is size.
The size of a stand up paddle board is a great influencer, so make sure you choose the right fit before making any purchase. On that matter, the Airhead FIT 1032 is 10 feet 6 inches long and 32 inches wide which is a perfect size for children, teenagers and even young adults.
In fact, a board this size can take more than one rider without significantly affecting performance. Speaking of which, the weight limit on this board does not exceed 250 lbs, so try not to go over that.
When it comes to thickness, the board measures 6 inches and that is significant for one prominent reason. Boards that are 4 inches thick or under are commonly prone to being submerged at the center under a lot of weight and that’s what makes 6 inches great.
The basic features are another reason to seriously consider purchasing this board if it happens to be your fit.
First things first, the board is hooked with 4 stainless steel D-rings that are connected by a bungee cord and 4 more separate rings at the center.
The bungee rings would make a great cargo holder that would help you transport anything from your paddle to your flip-flops and the central rings are meant for installing a kayak seat which is a great addition.
Another prominent feature of the board is the massive anti slipping pad, covering most of the deck to guarantee a better weight distribution and overall balance. Also, the pad will prove to be more practical once you’ll need to climb back on top of the board after falling into the water.
Another feature that is worth mentioning is the huge dynamic central fin on the bottom of the board which will help you navigate a lot easier than you anticipate.
A specific aspect which has always helped me make up my mind about every inflatable board that I have reviewed is the package in which it comes as it can make the difference between a joyful experience and a huge pain in the back.
Fortunately, the Airhead FIT 1032 comes in an exceptionally friendly pack that includes everything you’ll need to maintain this board perfectly.
Initially, the pack includes what every iSUP needs and that a special mesh carry bag back pack which will make transporting and storing the board a lot more manageable. All you have to do is deflate, roll up, bag it and you’re ready to go; not to mention that the mesh bag is very useful as it’ll allow the board to dry up properly once stored.
The package also includes a high pressure hand pump equipped with a pressure gauge so that you can inflate it to the right amount (15PSI). Moreover, the board also comes with a valve wrench, board strap and repair kit which I’m certain you won’t need unless if you’re trying to destroy your board on purpose.
- Overall, this iSUP board is a fine purchase and that is primarily because it is a rigid well-built board which will live with you for years.
- The package in which the board comes is also a strong reason to seriously consider this purchase as it includes everything a beginner needs to maintain it easily.
- Moreover, the size and design of the Airhead FIT 1032 are two dimensions that make this board suitable for a large range of users.
- The only disadvantage I can think of, looking at this board, is the hand pumping; because it is challenging to pump it up for 10 minutes every time you need to use it. However, that can be easily fixed with the help of a little electric pump.