GLIDE 02 Angler Fishing iSUP Review

GLIDE 02 Angler Fishing iSUP Review

With its growing popularity amongst the fishing community, stand up paddle board fishing is yet another way to take to the water and make the most of what Mother Nature has on offer.

While giving you a great pre-fishing paddling work out, paddle board fishing also enables you to get to the more challenging and secluded areas that boats can not readily access. Stealth is on your side as well so a nice little side benefit.

At the forefront of the industry, the GLIDE 02 Angler Fishing iSUP is a board that delivers everything that you would expect from a paddle board and more.

Let’s take a look.

Specifications

Length: 11′ (335 cm)
Width: 36″ (91 cm)
Thickness / Depth: 6″ (15 cm)
Construction: Fusion Technology PVC / Drop-stitch
Weight: 30 lbs (13.6 kgs)
Volume: 400 Litres
User Weight: 500 lbs (227 kg)
Inflation PSI: Recommended at 12-15 psi
D-rings: 14 (Including Forward Bungee)
Paddle: Adjustable Fibreglass Shaft
Fin: 9” Single Centre Detachable / USA-Style Fin Box
Pump: Single Cylinder Dual Action High Capacity
Leash: 10’ Dual Swivel Coiled SUP Leash
Warranty: 24 Months

Glide 02 Angler Fishing iSUP Package

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.


About GLIDE Paddle Sports

Established in 2008 and based in Salt Lake City, Utah, GLIDE Paddle Sports are the self-proclaimed Greenest SUP Company on the Planet. A big statement, but the deeper you delve, the more creditable this innovative companies’ argument becomes.

Foundered by Ken Driscoll shortly after he suffered a career ending injury as a professional kayaker, it was Ken’s innovative patent-pending Glide Surface Shield (GSS) coating technology that ultimately helped GLIDE grow into a respected outdoor brand known for producing highly durable and eco-friendly products.

One of a limited number of U.S. manufacturers that do not outsource any elements of the manufacturing and production cycle, each of GLIDE’s best in class performance oriented rigid and inflatable paddle boards are made to the highest of standards using the most environmentally friendly materials available. They even have a specifically designed range that is used by rental companies which is a testament to the quality, durability and ultimately longevity of their products.


At a Glance

Pros

☑️ Incredibly stable
☑️ Exceptional weight carrying capacity
☑️ Good straight line tracking
☑️ Ultra durable fusion construction
☑️ Flat bottom to maximise glide
☑️ 2 separate bungee storage areas
☑️ 4 deck mounts (fishing rod / GoPro camera)
☑️ Multiple grab handles
☑️ Ample D-rings for accessorising
☑️ Non-slip brushed EVA deck traction padding
☑️ Kayak seat as standard inclusion
☑️ Quality accessories package
☑️ 24 month manufacturers warranty

Cons

? Not particularly agile or responsive although it is a large board so to be expected

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The Board

Delivering on their green agenda and utilising proprietary design and build methodology, all GLIDE inflatable SUPs are built to stand the test of time. GLIDE own their own U.S based manufacturing facilities and through continued enhancements that are in part influenced via customer testimonials and feedback, they continue to produce best in class inflatable products.

GLIDE 02 Angler iSUP Cross-section View

At the heart of the 02 Angler, is a dense drop-stitch core which utilises no less than 33,000 reinforced drop stitches (per board) that are woven together to form a supremely rigid frame that can withstand significant pressure once fully inflated. Drop-stitch technology has in fact been used for many years within the aviation and marine industries so it is very much tried and tested technology.

Woven drop-stitch technology as compared to knitted drop-stitch which is used by the majority of industry manufacturers, creates a more rigid and dense structure which has less air between the links. Less air equates to less spring and bounce meaning that GLIDE inflatables in essence perform near on the same as hard / epoxy paddle boards. This process also shaves roughly 3.5 lbs from the boards weight making it easier to carry as well as enhancing its performance and manoeuvrability while out on the water.

While the core of a paddle board is a fundamental characteristic, the outer skin is also of equal importance. GLIDE have taken it up a notch yet again using their ground-breaking Fusion technology for their 02 series of inflatable SUPs which have 4 layers of military-grade PVC material that envelope the inner core. This is further enhanced by high-pressure heat-pressed seams to create an airtight seal. The industry standard employed by most board manufactures is two layers of PVC material making GLIDE paddle boards far more resilient and durable which further increases their usability and longevity over the long term.

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External Board Features

Graphic of GLIDE 02 Angler External Board Features

Characterised by it’s incredibly rigid structure and stable paddling platform, the 02 Angler has all of the core features that you would expect to find on a fishing SUP.

▪️Grab Handles – the 3 heavy-duty cushioned neoprene grab handles make it easy for both single rider or two paddlers to carry the board. They can also serve as towing and/or anchor points.

▪️Deck Padding – covering two-thirds of the upper deck, the non-slip EVA foam deck traction padding creates a comfortable cushioned ride which helps reduce fatigue when paddling over longer distances. Its brushed surface is also softer under foot when compared to grooved padding so is again a more comfortable surface when stationary.

▪️D-rings – 14 well spaced D-rings to further accessorise the board as desired.

▪️Mounting Points – almost a prerequisite these days when it comes to fishing SUPs. The 4 action mounting points can be used to attach the included fishing rod holders, your GoPro camera or cell phone holder to capture the moment or other after market accessories.

▪️Bungee System – whether paddling over longer distances or indeed when fishing, having sufficient space to carry your kit is critical. Detachable if desired, the 6-point forward and 4-point rear bungee cargo area is more than generous. The board also has significant weight carrying capacity and a bucket load of stability and buoyancy so you really can’t go wrong.

▪️Inflation Valve – while the recommended inflation pressure is 12-15 psi, all GLIDE iSUPs have been pressure tested to 25 psi which if nothing else speaks to their rigidity and build quality.

▪️Centre Fin – the single centre fin operates via a USA style fin box allowing you to change it up with other comparable after market products should you wish to vary your ride.


Performance

? Stability / Buoyancy – to gain an effective level of performance as well as building confidence particularly for those that are newer to paddle boarding, stability is without a doubt the number one factor. The 02 Angler covers this base and then some as this is one of its primary design features.

With substantial volume, a serious weight carrying capacity of 500 lbs and a width of 36”, the board offers more than enough buoyancy and stability to tackle pretty much anything. It has a large enough surface area to carry all of your kit or for when you’re sitting or standing whilst fishing. It also performs well in choppier waters which is again ideal in unpredictable conditions or if the weather picks up.

? Manoeuvrability – one of the draw backs with wider boards is that they are not as responsive as shorter or narrower paddle boards when it comes to manoeuvrability or agile turns. This said, you can still comfortably paddle and get to where you need to with relative ease although the 02 Angler is primarily designed for its rigidity and stability.

Male Fly Fishing on the GLIDE 02 Angler iSUP

? Tracking / Glide / Speed – aided by the flat bottom deck design with large 9” centre fin, the board tracks quite well so maintaining a straight line course is no challenge at all. In fact the 02 Angler isn’t as sluggish as we would have expected and builds up some reasonable speed once you settle into your stroke. This is again influenced by the boards design given the sharper nose and slight front rocker.


Accessories Package

Each GLIDE inflatable SUP comes with all of the core essentials that will get you out on the water at no additional expense. The package includes:

GLIDE iSUP Accessories Package

◽️Paddle – weighing only 29 oz and extending out to as much as 86” in length, the included SUP paddle operates using a leaver lock grip system enabling the paddle to be adjusted to suit riders of all heights. The ultra-tough composite paddle has a fibreglass shaft for extra rigidity with a reinforced nylon blade for more robust strokes. To enhance overall paddling performance further, consider upgrading to a carbon fibre paddle which is lighter in weight yet again providing greater paddling output and performance.

◽️Carry Strap – attaches to the two side D-rings making the board easier to carry.

◽️Leash – beyond your Personal Flotation Device (PFD), the included leash which comfortably attaches to your ankle (or calf) is your most important safety item and should be worn at all times. Ensuring that you and your board do not become separated in the event you take a spill, the included 10’ leash contains a multi-layered neoprene cuff for more secure comfort once attached as well as dual-swivels and a coiled cord to reduce tangling and drag in the water.

◽️Rod Holders – easily attaches to any of the 4 deck mounting points freeing you up to tackle other tasks.

Close-up of GLIDE 02 Angler iSUP on the Water

◽️Pump – the single cylinder dual-action manual iSUP pump which includes a high-pressure gauge and inflation hose is fairly standard and somewhat on par with what other manufacturers produce.

If you’re one for a nice pre-paddling workout and don’t mind spending up to 10 minutes inflating your board then read no more. If however you’d like a little assistance, then we always recommend spending a few extra dollars and investing in a quality electric pump. Our Top 5 Electric Pump Picks has some handy tips on what to look out for as well as recommendations on some of the better brands on the market. GLIDE also have their own electric pump which you will get at a discounted rate if you go direct via this reviews links.

◽️Backpack – this is a fairly standard iSUP carry bag that can comfortably fit the deflated board as well as accessory items. The bag isn’t outrageous but it does include all of the core features as well as durable wheels making it easier to carry across flat surfaces or when traveling. A handy feature that other inflatable paddle board manufacturers have also started to adopt.

◽️Kayak Seat – quickly and easily attaches to the centre D-rings, kayak seats are great for when the legs need a rest or you want to reduce your centre of gravity during less favourable water and wind conditions. Now a standard inclusion so a nice little bonus.

◽️Repair Kit – a standard SUP repair kit which includes colour coded patches and glue as well as a wrench tool to tighten the inflation valve if necessary.


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GLIDE have put together a really nice paddle board here that offers unrivaled stability and rigidity. As is evidenced in the above pictures, there is near on no flex whatsoever with paddler and cargo on board making it ideal for pulling in the big fish. With all of the key features that you would expect to find in a high quality fishing iSUP, we have no reservations whatsoever in recommending the 02 Angler if you’re in the market for your next ride.

We hope you found this review beneficial and as always would welcome your feedback. Please feel free to leave a comment below and we will get back to you.

Until then, stay safe and get wet.

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