Originally Posted by gh
Anybody out there have an opinion on this inflatable?
I paddled the Whip prototype. It was a definite step up from their 2016 boards.
- 3 year warranty - NRS customer service is 100 times better than most brands. Call the 800 number with an issue (odds are you will not have one) and they will take care of you on the spot...that is not the case with most SUP brands.
-2017 boards are much stiffer. I believe that they are a similar drop stitch pattern to Hala and Starboard...
-more progressive shapes. The Whip that I paddled was like 7'6" or 7'8"..it had lots of kick rocker in the nose and tail. Nice and wide under foot and super stiff. Was fun surfing at the BV River Park and MED flows...
-Price - they are all a few hundred less than the top brands...
-Twin NRS fins on most of the boards...no option for a center fin and not FCS like Hala and Starboard.
I think that pound for pound they are a great value backed by the best customer service in the industry. If you are looking for a board to paddle down the hardest whitewater you can handle, it may not be your brand. But for the non 1%er they seem to be nice boards - great for bringing along on raft trips, days on Class II and even III, etc...