Bestway Hydro Force Paddle Board – Oceana 10′ Review
As a manufacturer of quality sporting and outdoor leisure products, the Bestway Hydro Force range of inflatable SUPs caters for paddlers of all levels and disciplines including general recreational paddling through to touring, racing and yoga boarding. As a mid-range offering, their boards are well-made and can be purchased separately or with an all-inclusive accessories package.
Today we will be taking a look at the Bestway Hydro Force 10′ Oceana Inflatable SUP package.
Length: 10’0″ (305cm)
Width: 33″ (84cm)
Thickness / Depth: 6″ (15cm)
Construction: drop-stitch / TriTech PVC
Weight: 30lbs (13.7kg)
User Weight: 286lbs (130kg)
Volume: 256 litres
Inflation: 15 psi
Paddle: 217cm aluminium 4-piece adjustable
Fin: fixed tri-fin configuration
Pump: dual action high pressure hydro-force
Leash: coiled Velcro ankle
Warranty: 12 month manufacturers
Why Paddle Board
As a recreational activity, paddle boarding offers some tremendous health and fitness benefits ranging from a full body workout engaging many of the core muscles albeit in a low impact way through to improved balance, improvements in endurance and stamina, injury rehabilitation, weight loss and improving our cardiovascular health. Its an exciting way to unwind and decompress whilst at the same time engaging with nature. As one of the fastest growing water sports globally, if you have access to water then its definitely worth giving it a go.
Bestway are a profile manufacturer of sporting and leisure products and operate within a number of mid-to-high end markets. Established in 1994, Bestway have a dominant market share of the European market with overseas branches throughout Europe the Americas and Australia as well as retail sales that extend to in excess of 110 countries globally.
Above and beyond their inflatable products, Bestway’s range of products include Above Ground Pools, Airbeds & Furniture, Hot Tubs and well as many other licensed products.
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The Bestway Hydro Force Oceana is a quality mid-range offering that provides a lot of versatility for all levels of paddling. The all-inclusive package is supported by quality inclusions enabling you to hit the water with ease.
The SUP package includes:
The Board – the dimensions of the board cater nicely for general recreational paddling with a predominant focus on beginner and intermediate paddlers. At 33″ wide and 6″ thick it offers great stability, rigidity and buoyancy so will perform well in both flat water or small wave conditions.
Like other higher quality inflatables, its drop-stitch construction makes it highly durable and rigid which will enable it to withstand considerable weight when under pressure. Drop-stitch construction methods have been around for several years now and are used in a variety of inflatable vessels as well as lifting equipment, floating docks and even aircraft. Made from thousands of intertwined polyester threads to create a core which is then fixed to outer layers of TriTech PVC, this construction method creates a highly rigid waterproof paddling platform that offers unrivaled stability and buoyancy.
The board is rounded out with a forward bungee system for storage of personal effects or other accessories as well as ample stainless steel d-rings for attaching additional items. Centre and rear textured deck padding offers a soft non-slip surface that provides a nice balanced cushioned ride whether standing or seated. The centre grab handle is well positioned for carrying when out of the water. The board is nicely rounded out with a standard flexible PVC tri-fin configuration allowing for quality tracking. Whilst non-detachable like higher end boards, the configuration is more than ample for recreational paddling.
** Pump – a single cylinder dual action high pressure manual pump with inflation hose offering comfortable inflation up to the recommended 15 psi. For those looking to take to the water on a more regular basis, we would always recommend investing in an electric pump. If you would like to learn more about some of the key ‘need to know’ electric pump vital signs, take a read of our article on our Top 5 Electric Pump picks. Some great options and all with universal attachments that will nicely compliment the Hydro Force.
** Detachable Kayak Seat – offering the added versatility of seated paddling, kayak seats come in handy if you are paddling for prolonged periods of time or are looking for greater stability in windy or rough waters given the lower centre of gravity in a seated position. The inclusion of the additional detachable blade is a nice little bonus as well.
** Paddle – the aluminium paddle comes in 4-pieces and is fully adjustable to suit paddlers of all sizes with a maximum length of 217cm. The additional blade is used to support seated paddling. This is an entry level only paddle so if you are looking to paddle on a more regular basis, you may want to consider investing in a carbon fibre paddle. Far lighter, carbon fibre paddles have stiffer shafts and better quality blades making for increased efficiency and performance through each paddling stroke.
** Removable Footrest – this is a handy aid which provides better stability and paddling comfort particularly when paddling with the included kayak seat.
** Ankle Leash – a must wear safety item, the included ankle leash comes with dual swivels to keep it from tangling, a multi-layered neoprene cuff for added security and comfort as well as a coiled cord which helps reduce drag in the water.
** Backpack – the light-weight heavy duty polyester backpack comes complete with adjustable padded shoulder straps, side carry handle, mesh side window for increased airflow, accessories pocket and front and side adjustment straps to secure the load. Opening via the large u-shaped front zip, the bag offers ample capacity for your deflated board and all accessory items.
** Repair Kit – a standard repair kit with colour coded patches and glue as well as a wrench tool in the event the boards inflation valve needs tightening.
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** 4-piece adjustable paddle which includes the twin blade for seated paddling
** quality drop-stitch / TriTech PVC construction
** detachable footrest for either standing or seated paddling
** forward bungee system
** dual action high pressure Hydro Force pump
** non-slip deck traction pad
** ample D-rings
** detachable kayak seat creating some nice paddling versatility
** increased thickness (6″) offering greater stiffness, buoyancy and stability
** tri-fin configuration for quality tracking
** full accessories package
** durability of carry bag susceptible to easy wear and tear
** at 6″ thick, the board can be a little cumbersome for smaller paddlers to grip properly when carrying
As an overall package, Bestways Hydro Force 10′ Oceana offers great value for money for those looking for a quality product without emptying your wallet. Suitable for a range of paddling styles and experience levels, this is one for your short list if you’re in the market for a new board.
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Until then, stay safe and get wet.