Goosehill Paddle Boards – 10’6″ Sailor Review
With Paddle Boarding exploding as a recreational water sport, we as boarders have what seems to be limitless options available to us and from manufacturers all over the globe. Nice to have of course but as always its important to do your research. This brings us to one of the more niche iSUP manufacturers – Goosehill. A small company founded by a couple of ‘water-sport connoisseurs’ as they term themselves, they offer a small range of quality boards that are definitely worth exploring.
Let’s take a look at one of the two 10’6″ SUPs that Goosehill has on offer – the Goosehill 10’6″ Sailor.
For reference purposes, the other Goosehill 10’6″ board is the Rainbow R. The key difference between the two boards is the net weight of the Sailor is 2.2 lbs (1 kg) lighter which is ultra-lightweight across the entire iSUP market. The lighter weight enables the board to go faster relative to the Rainbow R and is well suited for recreational or flat water paddling. The Rainbow R on the other hand being slightly heavier is marginally more stable and offers greater boarding versatility.
Length: 10’6″ (320 cm)
Width: 32″ (81 cm)
Thickness / Depth: 6″ (15 cm)
Construction: SCE Technology / Dropstitch
Weight: 20.5 lbs (9.3 kgs)
User Weight: 440 lbs (200 kg)
Volume: 300 litres
Inflation PSI: 12-15 psi
Paddle: 3-piece adjustable aluminium
Fin: tri-fin configuration – detachable 9″ centre fin
Pump: dual-action / high pressure gauge
Leash: coiled Velcro
Warranty: 36 months
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.
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Established in 2010 and based in Irvine California, Goosehill are an iSUP company that specialise in inflatable paddle boards. Their core focus is on creating value for the end user which has involved constant research and innovation within the industry. Their target audience is the beginner to intermediate paddler who is looking for a quality product albeit at an affordable price. Interestingly, Goosehill also offer a customisation service where their R&D team will help you customise your board to meet any unique specifications or designs. A nice neat feature.
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Overview of the Package
Let’s take a look at what’s in the box:
The Goosehill 10’6″ Sailor Board – at 10’6″ the Sailor sits comfortably within the mid-sized range of all-round recreational SUPs so will be well suited for average sized paddlers. At the narrower end of the width spectrum (32″), the board will caterfor a more streamlined ride that will also track well. The thickness in conjunction with the Sailors build quality is where its buoyancy and rigidity comes from making it ideal for beginners and intermediate paddlers offering a more stable ride that will sit higher out of the water.
The construction method of Goosehill paddle boards is somewhat unique in that they use SCE (Super Construction Enhancement) technology which is what creates a highly durable but ultra-lightweight board. The SCE methodology laminates and blends a traditional single layer with a new layer to create an enhanced material. This material envelopes the internal drop-stitch core of the board. The dense drop-stitch construction uses thousands of polyester threads that connect the outer material together which enables the board to maintain shape and rigidity under extreme pressure. The end result is that the SCE constructed single layered board offers the same level of rigidity and durability as a double layered board but is lighter in weight making it easier to ride, carry and transport.
Rounding out the boards exterior is the diamond shaped textured EVA Deck Padding that covers the majority of its surface providing cushioned slip-free traction whilst paddling. The 4-point Front Bungee system whilst simple in design has sufficient space to store your waterproof bag or other personal items. In the centre is the Grab Handle for manoeuvring or carrying the board and whilst there is only the one handle, this should be sufficient given the boards weight. On the rear of the board is a single D-ring for attaching your leash and the High-Quality Value for inflation which is said to be fully factory tested and 100% air-tight. On the underside of the board we have the fins which are in a standard Tri-Fin Configuration. The large detachable 9″ centre fin which is locked in place by a pin is accompanied by two permanently fixed side fins (side bites). This configuration is how most paddle boards are set up so they can allow for optimal tracking.
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(Paddle) – aluminium 3-piece adjustable paddle using a simple push-button lock system
(Backpack) – nylon Magic Backpack for storage that fits the board and all accessories. Comes with wheels which is a nice option to have if you’re on a paved surface or transporting it for a flight
(Leash) – coiled leash with Velcro ankle strap
(Pump) – 3rd generation dual action high pressure gauge upright standing hand pump. It takes some effort but will reach full inflation in approx. 8-10 minutes
(Repair Kit) – standard kit which includes colour coded patches and the necessary glue
** ultra-lightweight board
** well constructed (SCE technology) and highly durable
** very stable under pressure with good tracking
** 440 lbs (200 kg) weight rated. This exceeds other compatible boards within this market range
** 6″ thickness adding greater buoyancy
** easy to inflate using the standard pump
** comfortable durable deck padding
** detachable centre fin system
** 36 month warranty – most iSUPs normally come with 12 – 24 months only
** well priced for its overall quality and included accessories
** quality of the backpack is questionable. A challenge faced by many board manufacturers
** the paddle is sufficient for recreational paddling although for more seasoned paddling, consider upgrading to a carbon fibre model
** could use another couple of D-rings for attaching additional items if desired
Overall the Goosehill 10’6″ Sailor is a nicely priced middle market board that offers a high level of stability and durability without breaking the bank. Perfect for recreational paddling for paddlers of all levels. The board is very well constructed and backed by a generous 3 year warranty for some added piece of mind. Definitely worth looking at if you’re in the market.
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Until then, stay safe and get wet.