Hala Nass 12'6
Best For: Convenient all-around performance.
The Test: Another blow-up board that paddles almost exactly like its fiberglass-and-foam counterparts, the Nass carries speed like few other inflatables on the water. The secret? Flexible sheets of carbon fiber that boost stiffness and allow the Nass to track gracefully across both choppy oceans and serene lakes. We’d have liked better balance—its six-inch girth sets the paddler pretty high off the water—and all that volume means inflation takes longer than with comparable models, running testers roughly ten minutes. But handy D-rings in the front and back allow for easy loading of gear. Hala also makes a 14-foot model for serious expeditions.
The Verdict: A ready-for-anything performance board.
Article published by Outside Magazine.