daisypowerwrote a review of Boardworks SHUBU Inflatable Paddle Board on August 13, 2012
I am a yoga teacher looking to get into paddle yoga. I have also used an NRS inflatable board. I can't say I noticed much difference in the performance of the SHUBU over the NRS. I do find this board difficult to inflate past 8-9 psi. I find that the pump blows out in one spot or another, either at the board end of the hose, or at the pressure gauge. Often allowing half the air to escape. I've spoken with boardworks twice, the first time they suggested I tape up the pump to prevent blow-outs. I have done this (but really, I feel like a brand new pump should operate duct tape free, at least for a season) And the duct tape has helped, I can get the board up to 11 psi with one person holding the hose pump into the the pump at the pressure gauge. There is a ton of air leekage at the pump. I spoke with board works again, and they suggested a "finishing pump" made by k pump, model k20. This is another $110 accessory. I love the ease of transport, and at 5'2 / 125 lbs, the board at least won't sink if I can only get it up to 8 psi, but very slow at that inflation level, certainly not ideal. If I had to do it over again, I would likely try to test out ease of inflation, as this one is not as easy as shown in all the videos. Though it is physically difficult to inflate the board beyond 10 or so psi, that is not my limitation, I'm pretty strong and very fit. The issue is that the pump just isn't really able to handle that much pressure. I've also had bigger, male friends help me inflate, and the issue is the same, the pump just dosen't want to have a blow out after 8-10 psi has been reached. I do feel the quality of the board is good. I would love to see more fin options, and please, please, please A BETTER PUMP included. I don't feel like it's acceptable to say put some electrical tape on the pump and see if that helps. This was boardworks, not backcountry. I have had all positive experiences with backcountry.