For 2020, Starboard has raised the bar in inflatable SUP construction. Standardizing most of their range to feature only fusion construction boards, Starboard have essentially narrowed down the choices available to customers seeking premium inflatable paddle boards, in a good way. Now it is just one question, do you want a single chamber or a double chamber SUP? Every gets a premium level fusion inflatable SUP.
Note: the 2019 Zen Lite budget minded boards (like the 10’8″ Zen Lite) are now called the Zen, taking over the Zen title in not just name but in quality. Essentially, your dollar goes further this year with Starboard inflatable SUPs.
Sure, there are a few subtle differences between the Deluxe Single Chamber (SC) and the Deluxe Double Chamber (DC) boards and features but the primary difference is right there, in the name. SC and DC. In previous years, if you wanted a fusion construction board, you had to go with a double chamber. But not everyone wants or needs a double chamber, so in 2020, Starboard has simplified things. So, with just that major difference, do you want a single chamber SUP or a double chamber SUP? Let’s look at both options and their pros and cons.
Starboard Deluxe Single Chamber
With the Single Chamber construction, Starboard have kept things simple. One valve, pump and you’re done.
Starboard Deluxe Double Chamber
Deluxe Double Chamber (DC) – safer, lighter, stiffer
The Starboard Deluxe Double Chamber construction brings the inflatable paddle boards one step closer to a hard board feeling. The Double Chamber stiffens the board significantly, thanks to the double side walls around the inner chamber. This chamber also offers extra safety flotation for emergencies.
Double I-Beam Stringer – Ultra Stiff
The innovative secondary chamber doubles the sidewalls and acts like a rollable I-beam. Starting just behind the standing area and continuing forward, the chamber is placed in the most critical area for flex and reduces deflection by 20-40%. The feeling of paddling with the stiff double I-beam stringer is very similar to a hard board, providing an authentic paddling experience.
Extra Floatation – Safety First
The secondary chamber offers up to 42 liters of safety floatation, with 14 liters even in the smallest boards, that require only 15PSI. Starboard pioneered Double Chamber technology in the 2013 Ocean Rescue inflatable paddle board. It is now revised, improved and gives the paddlers peace of mind while paddling.
New Fusion Woven Drop Stitch for Single and Double Chamber boards
In development for 5 years, Starboard’s new Woven Drop Stitch technology process starts with a glue free PVC lamination on the top and bottom of the board. Inside the board they have their new weave on the top and base. This weave provides a structure for the polyester yarns – which gives the board its shape. The weave has less give than the traditional knitting method. Knitted fibres have soft and stretchy properties, whereas this new weaving is superior in stiffness, reflex and rigidity. Think dress shirt vs a polo shirt.
But it’s not just about adding on – they’ve also taken away, cutting weight by 3.3 lbs on average. The yarn threads are reduced per square inch for better reflex. Less plastic and a lighter paddle board. Less weight, faster acceleration, easier to carry. With Starboard’s new Woven Technology their paddle boards are not only lighter, but stronger and stiffer. Better in every way.
Strong and light. Feel it!
- Woven fabrics reduce stretch, hold more tension and create a stiffer board.
- The woven fabrics use less material than conventional drop stitch, creating a lighter board.
- Fusion lamination of top and bottom layers is done in a glueless process, increasing stiffness and creating a solid board, while reducing weight.
- What does it mean for you? A stiffer and lighter, durable board, with a reflex sensation you can feel.
- Galvanized 2000 D rails increase the strength of the board, together with the 3K compression bands.
Featured on all Starboard inflatable paddle boards from 2019, the rails are heated and bonded for life. Glue is never forever. Mechanical bond = Strength and Durability. Starboard’s new welding technique turns two into one – using heat to bond two separate pieces of PVC into a single solid unit. Heat-welded PVC creates a mechanical bond that’s stronger, lasts longer – and is better for the environment.Since the beginning inflatable boards have been glued together at the seam, so the boards only last as long as the glue. Over the last few years Starboard have worked with welding machine manufacturers to develop better machinery for seam welding. Then they helped train their selected OEM assembler to utilize this unique technology in Starboard’s exclusive production lines, resulting in a long lasting mechanical bond.