The Hala Carbon Straight Up is an outstanding all-around board that will satisfy everyone from beginning to advanced paddlers. Its exceptional performance, versatility, and quality earned it our Editor's Choice award for best overall inflatable stand up paddle board. This board provides a stable platform for first-time users and SUP-yogi's alike and is nimble enough to easily navigate obstacles and surf white water. If you are looking for a high-performance board that will keep you afloat on an array of adventures in a variety of environments, this is your board. The only drawback of this model is that its high quality is matched by an equally high price.
This is a fantastic board for anyone looking for high performance on a multitude of adventures.
89 OVERALL SCORE RANKED: #1 of 10
- STABILITY - 30%9
- GLIDE PERFORMANCE - 25%9
- MANEUVERABILITY - 25%9
- EASE OF TRANSPORT - 10%9
- EASE OF INFLATION - 10%8
Pros: Technical design, quality construction, multi-level friendly.
Our Analysis and Test Results
Retailing for $1,399, this board is one of the most expensive models on the market. As a top performer in every avenue of testing, if you are planning to use your board often, the Carbon Straight Up is worth the investment. Hala also offers a 3-year warranty and sends you home with a repair kit (as most SUP makers do).
While this model is well suited for even the most advanced paddlers, our Best Bang for the Buck, the PEAK inflatable will provide fun for the whole family at a much lower price. An intermediate, or less frequent user, may also find the price-tag of our Best High-Performing Buy, the Isle Explorer a better fit.
This was hands down our favorite board. We were impressed by its high performance and versatility across the board. From teaching a brand new paddler to stand up to riding whitewater down rivers, we all enjoyed this board. We highly recommend our Editor's Choice for anyone looking for an all-around board that excels in multiple disciplines.
Review posted by Outdoor Gear Lab.