Keeper 10’6″ Sports Stand Up Paddle Board Set Review

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If you’re looking to get started on a stand up paddle board, but don’t want to spend too much, The Keeper 10’6” Stand Up Paddle Board is an excellent option. With good dimensions – and some great consumer reviews – it has enough to get you started, and keep you going for years to come.

Keeper Sports Stand Up Paddle Board Set (10-Feet 6)

Keeper Sports Stand Up Paddle Board Set (10-Feet 6)

 

Dimensions

The Keeper stand up paddle board is 10 feet 6 inches (10’6”) long, thirty inches (30”) wide, and five inches (5”) thick. 10’6” is an ideal length if you are starting out paddle boarding – not so short you will be struggling to keep upright, and not so long as to feel like a train when you try to turn on the water.

The board weighs in at 25lbs (11kgs), which is excellent – it won’t take long to realise the luxury of a light stand up paddle board when you have to lug it from the car park to the water a few times. The downside, of course, is that lightweight boards can be affected by strong winds when out on the water. This is noticeable mainly when trying to catch waves with strong offshore winds blowing (keeping the board from “catching” the wave).

 

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Construction

The paddle board is made from high density epoxy (EPS), which is a relatively inexpensive and incredibly lightweight surfboard core. They are also very durable, and can withstand knocks that would ding regular fibreglass boards. Some surfing purists prefer to use traditional fibreglass, but if you want a lightweight, strong paddle board at a good price point, you can’t go wrong with EPS.

The board also has three wooden stringers, moulded into the deck. Stringers are used to further strengthen a stand up paddle board.

The board has a 100 percent waterproof core, and can hold a weight of up to 300lbs (136kgs) in the water.

 

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Features

The Keeper stand up paddle board is lightweight, and an excellent size for learning. It has a strong design, using both EPS and three wooden stringers. The paddle floats, which is always an added bonus!

 

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Accessories

The Keeper stand up paddle board comes with an adjustable SUP Paddle (with exclusive Blade Shield), padded roof racks and Surf leash.

The padded roof racks are fine for local trips, but you may want to invest in some decent roof racks if you intend travelling further afield. At high speeds they are noisy, and when it rains, the water can absorb through into the interior of your car.

 

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Performance

This paddle board is not designed for performance, but that does not mean it cannot catch good waves (if you’re inclined to go paddle boarding at the beach). It could be regarded as an “all-rounder”, meaning it is great for casual paddle boarding on the local lake, but also has enough juice to catch small waves at the beach (although, i wouldn’t recommend trying this on any point break if you are inexperienced – stick to small beach breaks with this one).

 

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Brand information

Keeper Sports Products are a company located in Oceanside, California. Their mission, in their own words, is to “bring innovative competitively priced and value enhanced product to the sporting goods industry – and have fun while doing it”. The “California Board Company” range of boards appears on many top-sale websites, and overall reviews seem very positive.

 

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Price

At the time of this review, the price was very competitive, and included free shipping. You can check both Amazon pricing and Tower pricing for the latest specials.

 

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Pros

Exceptionally priced for what is a very good stand up paddle board for beginner-intermediate paddle boards in mind.

 

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Cons

The listing on Amazon states the board comes with a “Tri-fin” set-up, but it actually only came with a single large center fin (which is perfectly fine for lake or small wave paddling).

The supplied roof rack isn’t particularly sturdy looking. It straps through the door frames inside the car for stability and then across the top of the board.

 

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Keeper 10’6″ Sports stand up paddle board summary

The Keeper 10’6″ Sports stand up paddle board is a good all-around paddle board that you will have fun using. For the price, this is a great buy, and we recommend this paddle board for beginners and those on a budget. Some seasoned SUP boarders or surfers might find this board a little too basic. It is probably more suitable for lake paddling, but could also be used in small beach breaks.

 

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Keeper Sports Stand Up Paddle Board Set (10-Feet 6)

Keeper Sports Stand Up Paddle Board Set (10-Feet 6)