This is the first paddle board I have ever used. Therefore, I can’t compare it to other brands on the market. I have used it about a dozen times now and I’m very happy with the board. I thought it would be a little harder to adjust to, but I haven’t fallen off it yet. The first time out I was less balanced, but I managed just fine. I have mostly used it as a tool for exercising my core. Between balancing yourself while standing and aggressive paddling, it provides an excellent workout. I’ve also brought it out on a 4 mile paddle down SIlver Springs and it performed excellent. I used the cooler bag that was included in the package I bought and it kept ice for hours. I used the manual pump once. Regardless of who you buy a board from, if you buy an inflatable, I highly recommend buying a good quality electric pump. I wonder if having a triple fin configuration would help with tracking when using the board in windy conditions. Once again, I don’t have any experience with other boards, so this is speculation. I'm 9' 5" and 150 lbs.
Shipping and delivery was as expected.
The board appears to be well made. Fit and finish is excellent.
The surface is comfortable to stand on and grip is good
The length allows for easy storage of gear and it’s easy to lay down fully during lazy sessions.
Easy to paddle and more stable than I expected.
Tracks well and reasonably easy to turn (as long as it’s not windy).
Came with multiple fins to match your paddling conditions
The board is very light for its size.
The paddle straps along the edge are convenient.
The included carbon fiber paddle is light and it appears to be of good quality.
It’s nice to have options for fin depth.
As compared to my former sit-inside kayak, a paddle board provides flexibility to change body positions (standing, on your knees, sitting and even lying down).
The 9” fin did not fit into the fin seat. It fits into the slot, but I was unable to push down the locking tab. I reached out to Gili and they sent me the dolphin fin as a replacement, but it didn’t fit as well. I ultimately set one of the smaller fins next to the larger fin(s) and used it as a template. I used a small file to take off enough material to match the dimensions of the smaller fin's rear notch. It took around 15 -20 minutes to get them where I could properly seat the locking tab. This is a relatively minor issue, but one that needs addressed.
Overall I'm very much satisfied with my purchase. The Father's Day package I purchased also included an anchor, fishing rod holder and kayak seat. I have not used those items yet.