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Fanatic Ray Air Inflatable SUP Range Overview

Beau from SUPboarder walks us through the Fanatic inflatable paddle board range, specifically, the Ray Air touring paddle board models.

In this video, we aim to educate you about these touring-style boards, highlighting why they could be an excellent choice for beginner riders or first-time paddlers eager to dive into the world of stand-up paddling.

We begin our exploration by understanding the specifications of each board and their fittings. The Ray Air range boasts diverse constructions, including their compact shape. Our journey continues as we delve deeper into understanding the touring shape, exploring the pros, cons, and value for money these boards offer. Towards the end of the video, we reveal exactly who these boards are tailored for, ensuring you make an informed decision.

In our review, we examine three boards in the 11’6″ size, namely the Ray Air Premium, Ray Air Pure, and Ray Air Pocket Compact Shape, all sharing the same dimensions. Despite their consistent size, differences in weight and construction differentiate these boards.

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The 11’6″ Ray Air Premium weighs 24lbs and retails for $1029. With a deflection test result of 10mm at 20 psi, this board assures durability and longevity thanks to its double-layer light technology, rail band reinforcements, and extra PVC layers. The package includes the board, a wheeled backpack, a click-in US center box fiberglass fin, and an HP 8 pump.

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We then move to the Ray Air Pure Construction, available in both red and blue, with the 11’6″ weighing a lighter 19lbs and priced at or $639. Despite its lighter construction, it offers a greater deflection at 20 psi, measuring 15mm, ensuring adequate strength and stability with its drop-stitch light technology and PVC layers.

However, a notable mention is the absence of a leash or paddle in the packages, emphasizing the importance of choosing suitable equipment based on individual requirements and paddling conditions.

A close examination of the Fanatic Ray Air range showcases a pointed nose design. This feature reduces water resistance, offering a faster and smoother paddling experience compared to the rounded nose designs like the Fanatic Fly. With longer lengths, these boards ensure enhanced speed, stability, and glide, making them an excellent choice for various water conditions and exploration.

On the water, these boards exhibit lively, light, and agile characteristics. Their stable and stiff construction ensures an enjoyable paddling experience even when carrying additional gear. Their diverse range allows accommodation of varying weights, ensuring a suitable option for everyone.

Despite their exemplary features, the absence of additional handles, especially on touring iSUPs, is a notable drawback, making board maneuverability in shallow waters a bit challenging. Nevertheless, their quality construction, affordable pricing, and top performance offer great value for money.

In conclusion, the Fanatic Ray Air range stands out as a versatile, robust, and economical choice for enthusiastic paddlers, ranging from beginners to intermediate levels. Whether you’re a lighter or heavier rider, this range promises a board that not only meets your requirements but also enhances your paddling experience, ensuring endless adventures and explorations on the water.

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About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from a decade of professional kiteboarding to focus on SUP. Green Water Sports grew from this love of all things SUP. As well as being a keen paddle boarder, I'm a football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.