The fact that summer is right behind the corner made me more eager to get an inflatable paddle board because I know myself too well not to spend the summer away from the water. Stand-up paddle-boarding is a very friendly sport that can do you great both physically and mentally.
After a little bit of research, I took into consideration that both price and size are what’s going to help me decide which paddle board that I’ll to go for, that way, the Vilano Journey was my new best buddy which comes in an all-inclusive package.
The Vilano Journey comes in a size that I like most; it’s 10 feet tall, almost 31 inches wide, and 4 inches thick. It’s very satisfying to have all the 10 feet for your individual use because you’ll be able to do more than just standup paddling; you can lay back and relax, you can use a kayak seat, or you can do yoga if you’re really good at it. This board’s size is the perfect size for almost everyone if you ask me be it a beginner or an advanced paddler.
In addition to that, you’ll notice that the diamond groove traction covers almost two thirds of the board which makes it comfortable to stand or sit on it in all different positions. Also, a hand grip is located right in the middle or the board; it would’ve been difficult to deal with the inflated board without it because it comes really handy for when you want to carry it or get back on its back when in the water.
Moreover, the Vilano Journey is made of high grade PVC material with Korean Drop-Stitch construction which makes it a board that’ll last and remain. I’m not saying that it’s anti-damage or that it’ll preserve its strength forever, yet, with little care and caution, this board is strong enough to deliver a great performance since it’s really rigid when fully inflated. Being mentioned, a pressure gauge pump is included in the package; it works fine but I’d always choose to use the electric pump instead.
Now, after the Vilano Journey is inflated, you attach the slide-in fin to its place and you make sure to always put the board’s tail in the water first to avoid scratching the fin on rocks or so. At this stage you’ll be ready to make contact with the 3-piece Aluminum paddle that’s included in the package; it’s non-adjustable and it might be a little clumsy to use for those who are used to speedy paddling. However, the paddle breaks down and makes storing it alongside the other items easier than any time before.
Furthermore, this board is featured with 7 D-rings 4 of which are connected by a bungee cord and are located at the end of the board, the other 3 are spread on the front deck. Those D-rings are firm and rigid so you can attach a kayak seat if needed, or carry on board any sort of storage as long as the bungee cords can tie it down to the board. Frankly, I’m not the kind of person who’d like to just paddle their way through the lake or river; I always need 2 or 3 meal boxes to keep myself fed and busy. Also, the bungee cords are great to fix your paddle down when you’re taking a break.
Finally, the best thing concerning inflatable paddle board that we all agree about is their extreme portability and easiness of storage; after you let the board deflate without any effort made, you remove the fin, and then you fold it up like a sleep bag to fit it in the carry bag which will serve both a portability item and a storage bag. You can literally put the Vilano Journey anywhere in your house and never miss a chance for bringing it out to the sun because it’s never been easier.