Thursday, August 21, 2014

Glide Board Reviews - By the Stoke-O-Nut


Coli & Ryan Mullen at Northwest Paddlefest 

Board Review:  by Jhacoli Yang                                                                                                   
Board: Glide Keiki – Gen 1 – 8’4” x 28” 120L (approx.)
Type: Race
Days paddled: 1 - NWPF
Conditions: Glassy

Coli demos the Glide Keiki as fellow paddler and friend Spencer Slaven demos the Lochsa


First Impression:
·         Fun looking
·         Cute Turtle
·         I think I’ll like it

The Ride:
·         The tail sunk, but as I moved forward, the nose sunk – the volume would not be right for a 9+yr old
·         There was not much glide when the board was mostly sunken in the water
o   I was pushing the board past the optimal water line
Thoughts:
·         I would like to see a larger version so that it can handle a larger range of kids aka 9+yrs
·         Loved the turtle on the deckpad & couchy deck pad feel
·         I liked the durability – you can ride up on the beach, and not have the perfect paddle stroke and you won’t hurt the board

Conclusion:
·         9+yr olds would like the Keiki board if there was a larger version with more volume – it is not a bad board but I’d like to see it be more versatile with more volume for a family purchase so that the board would not become obsolete too soon!
·         This board would be perfect for resort rentals
·         This board would be perfect for large families as you could keep passing it down!

Coli's friend Gianna Veetutu demoing the Glide Keiki

Board Review:  by Jhacoli Yang                                                                                                   
Board: Glide Lochsa 9’ x 35” 260L
Type: Race
Days paddled: 2
Conditions: Glassy & somewhat moderate choppy conditions



Coli and fellow paddler and friend Sean Thomas at Northwest Paddlefest
 First Impression:
·         Funny lookin board - Unique design & shape – makes you go “huh – what is this about?”
·         It’s weird looking and not what I’m used to – the shape is chunky and heavy looking





The Ride:
·         Very stable and encourages you to work on maneuvers and tricks
·         Though the board is wide – it is very easy to paddle and maneuver even for a 9yr old
·         It is versatile and I can see myself paddling this on flatwater with a different fin and not just rivers


Coli demos the new Glide Lochsa at Outdoor Retailer 2014

Thoughts:
·         I would like to see carry handles and deck rigging options
·         Additional deck plugs that could allow one to customize additional handle options to help get back on in moving water
·         Couchy deck pad feel is awesome
·         Aftermarket Stick-ons look like they would not stay on the GSS board texture
·         I liked the durability – you can ride up on the beach, and not have the perfect paddle stroke and you won’t hurt the board
·         If you wanted to bring anything with you – you’d have to carry it on your back




Coli and friend Tracie Smith having fun at Northwest Paddlefest

Conclusion:
·         Unique design that allows an adult or a kid to very easily jump in and have silly fun on
·         A Lochsa mini would be awesome for smaller adults and kids since this shape is so unique to Glide
·         This was the most fun shape I’ve been on in a long time – I didn’t want to get off the board
·         I wanted to keep progressing on this board as I felt very confident on it








Board Review:  by Jhacoli Yang                                                                                                   
Board: Glide Rockit 14’ x 27” 290L
Type: Race
Days paddled: 2 (1 session tandem)
Conditions: Glassy
*Note: The Glide Rockit name has been updated to the "Godspeed" for 2015
If you look closely you will see that Coli has an extra set of arms in this pic
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 First Impression:
·         Does not look like a Glide board (*due to not having the GSS coating)
·         Looks fast – but does not stand out like other race boards do
·         Looks light but easy to dent (the board does not feel as tough to the touch)







The Ride:
·         The board was a little big for me but super glidey fast to paddle
·         The board was swift, fast, and consistent when accelerating
·         The Couchy deck pad was amazing
·         This board has a custom feel to it



Thoughts:
·         I would like to see carry handles and deck rigging options
·         Couchy deck pad feel is awesome
·         Aftermarket Stick-ons would look terrible on this board
·         The nose would not stay in place for me (but it’s because the board was not the right size for me)
·         If you wanted to bring anything with you – you’d have to carry it on your back


Conclusion:
·         My first impressions were wrong – whoah – this board was fast and fun...believe it or not, my dad and I tandem paddled this board
·         A 10’6 x 27” Rockit for kids would be awesome!
o   Updated – at Outdoor Retailer – I had the chance to demo the Godspeed 12’6 – and this board felt totally awesome!  10’6 X 27” would be amazing based off your new shape as a kids race board!!!


Hope you enjoyed the read and see you out on the water  - Stoke-O-Nut (aka.Coli)

Anthony Johnson, Coli, & Dorsie Mullen at the Outdoor Retailer 2014 demo 
Coli demos the new 2015 Glide Rockit - now called the Godspeed
More info on the Glide Sup boards can be found here:

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