Ultralight Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs)
We hesitated for a long time about SUPs… we just couldn’t see what we had to offer that would make us “a bit different”. Unless you go very specialist, once you read through the marketing hype, inflatable stand-up paddleboard ranges are remarkably similar to each other.
Unlike inflatable kayaks – where there are three distinct construction methods – ALL inflatable SUPs are basically made from a piece of high-pressure dropstitch material, with some additional material on top, bottom and sides for structure and branding purposes. The number of factories that actually make nearly all the paddleboards in the world, is remarkably small (in single figures).
But these Spinera SUPs – from a newish brand with a very experienced team behind it – are astonishingly light, without sacrificing strength, stiffness or durability. The secret is a new type of multi-layer fabric where the layers are fused (heat welded or effectively surface-melted) together, rather than glued. Only the topmost layer (the colour and pictures bit) is not integrated into the structure. If you think about it, on a paddle board that’s 3m long and a metre wide, that’s 6 square metres of glue (3 top and 3 bottom) per layer, which adds up to a really surprising amount (and weight) of glue.
The fused layers in the fabric Spinera uses are 100% bonded over the entire area at same strength, without added weight.
Some other very well-known brands do use this technology, but only for their “top-of-the-range” boards, priced accordingly… it’s easy to spend well over £1000.
Besides the weight, the price of these Spinera Ultralight SUPs is astonishing. We actually had to check with the supplier that there was not a mistake, but he says they are indeed aggressively priced because as a late entrant to the market they feel they need to sell at way below “established brand” margins in order to get market share.
OUR SPINERA ULTRALIGHT SUP PRICES INCLUDE, as standard: Paddleboard, Paddle, Paddle Leash, Two Fins, Pump, Storage/Carry Bag. Everything you need to get going!
Your eyes are not deceiving you, the weights are correct!