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DAMA Fresh Life 11′ iSUP Review

DAMA Fresh Life 11′ iSUP Review

DAMA Fresh Life 11' iSUP Review

DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Review (2021)

 

DAMA Fresh Life 11' iSUP PackageThe DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable SUP is a cheap but decent quality, I’d say, touring-oriented all-around board mainly for cruising and even some short-distance touring at cruising speeds. Its maximum weight capacity is 352 pounds, making it suitable for both lighter and heavier paddlers.

Stand-up paddle boarding is a fun way to relax and at the same time explore the waterways. It may not seem like fun, but there’s way more enjoyment to it than it meets the eye. Apart from the exhilarating experience, it comes with many health benefits, and that’s why you should give it a try.

You can check its price here: DAMA Fresh Life 11′ iSUP Package.

(PS! The paddle seen in the picture has 2 forms, so to speak: 1) blade at only one end with a knob for a grip at the other, a normal SUP paddle and 2) a hybrid kayak SUP paddle with blades on both ends.)

 

A Quick Overview for the Hasty

The DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board measures 11’× 32″× 6″ (length× width× thickness). It weighs 22 pounds and has a maximum weight capacity of 352 pounds. The board comes with everything you need to get on the water.

DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable SUP is an all-around board that is suitable mainly for cruising and even some short-distance touring on flat waters but can also be used for other SUP activities (yoga, fishing, etc). Accessories it comes with include: adjustable paddle, double-action pump, backpack, ankle leash, waterproof phone case, 5L waterproof bag, shoulder strap, repair kit, instructions manual, and a detachable fin.

 

Who and What Is the DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable SUP Board Designed For?

Who: suitable for paddlers weighing up to 352 pounds (ideally up to 280 pounds).
What: all-around suitable for touring, cruising, fishing, yoga, in flat waters and light chop.

The DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable SUP is suitable for both lighter and heavier paddlers. Bigger paddlers weighing up to 280 pounds find the board stable enough due to its width and overall design. Its maximum weight capacity is 352 pounds, but I’d say it’s more ideal for paddlers who weigh 280 pounds or less and the extra weight should be used for accessories you want to bring on board. It is suitable for all skills level since it is stable enough.

I’d call it a touring-oriented all-around that is designed for both speed and stability while still being maneuverable. It is therefore suitable for general exploration (cruising, fishing, yoga, etc) and short-distance touring on calmer waters. If it was less than 32 inches wide you’d have yourself a touring board, pretty much. It can also handle some light chop due to its nose (though there’s a serious rocker not making it cut through the water as effectively…).

 

How Does the DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable SUP Board Perform?

The DAMA Fresh Life 11′ iSUP is mainly:

  • Stable
  • Smooth glide

This inflatable paddle board stability comes from its width (32 inches) and squared-off tail. The board’s length (11 feet) and tapered nose enables it glide longer on water and even handle some chop by cutting through it a little more, and thus build up a little more some speed (not the racing kind of speed due to its width).

As for maneuverability, the squared-off tail makes turns on water rather clunky, but that’s about it. This is not to say you couldn’t make turns with the board; its dimensions and design just makes it very stable and allows it to build decent speed while still being fairly maneuverable.

 

What Are the Specifications of the DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable Paddle Board?

Specifications of the DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable SUP Board:

  • Type – all-around
  • Color – fresh water
  • Construction – inflatable
  • Length – 11′
  • Width – 32″
  • Thickness – 6″
  • Weight of the board – 22 pounds
  • Weight capacity – 352 pounds
  • Material – drop-stitch inner core, a single layer of reinforced PVC material, and EVA foam traction pad.

Type:
DAMA Fresh Life 11′ iSUP is an all-around but mainly for cruising and short-distance touring on flat waters. It is also suitable for other SUP activities like fishing and yoga as it is an all-around after all. It tracks well on water so it’s great to be used on lakes and rivers.

Color:
The board comes in a single color: a combination of green, blue, white.

Construction:
This paddle board is Inflatable, meaning it is filled with air. It can be deflated, packed up and easily stored when not in use. The board comes with a pressure pump that enables you inflate the board. The maximum recommended PSI (air pressure) is 15, but between 12 and 14 is fine too.

Length:
The DAMA Fresh Life 11′ iSUP board is 11 feet long. The length of the board ensures stability for taller paddlers. It is not too long since the average length of all-round SUPs is between 10 and 12.6 inches. This makes maneuverability better for smaller and bigger paddlers.

Width:
This inflatable paddle board is 32 inches wide. It is wide enough for larger paddlers, and this makes up for its stability on water. Wider boards tend to be more stable.

Thickness:
The DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable SUP Board is 6 inches thick. Generally, thicker boards tend to be more solid and stable.

Weight of the board:
The board weighs only 22 pounds. Even though there are much lighter boards, it is still pretty much a lightweight. Boards that are too light are susceptible to winds and that would hinder paddlers balance on the board.

Weight capacity:
The maximum weight capacity of the board is reported to be 352 pounds. However, it isn’t ideal to put that exact weight or more as that might cause the board to sit too deep in water which would make it difficult to move the board.

Materials:
The DAMA Fresh Life 11′ inflatable SUP board is made of a drop-stitch core held together by a base fabric to a single layer of reinforced military-grade PVC material. However, there is a double layer of PVC joining the inner and outer cores at the rails and also a EVA foam traction pad on top of the board.

DAMA Fresh Life 11' iSUP Board Specifications

 

What Is DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable Paddle Board Made of?

DAMA Fresh Life 11′ iSUP board is made of:

  •  reinforced single layer PVC

There’s a 2600g/m2 density composite drop-stitch material at the core along with a layer of fabric which is coated in a layer of adhesive material which is then coated in a machine-laminated PVC layer and finally a track pad on top. Similar thing at the rails.

A fairly decent construction, better than your ultra typical single-layer build. Perfectly fine for recreational paddling on calmer waters.

More info on iSUP construction: inflatable stand up paddle board construction (link opens in a new tab). And remember to take care of your iSUP properly.

 

What Are the Features of the DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board?

Features of the DAMA Fresh Life 11′ inflatable SUP board:

  1. Inflation valve
  2. Sport camera mount
  3. Bungee storage system
  4. Deck pad
  5. Carry handle
  6. D-rings (4)
  7. Rear carry handle
  8. Fins (1+2)

1 – inflation valveDAMA Fresh Life 11' iSUP Board Features
This is a high pressure inflation valve where you fill the board with air. It is positioned at the nose of the board. The max recommended PSI is 15, though 12 to 14 is fine too, especially on hotter days.

2 – sport camera mount
It is located at the nose of the board close to the inflation valve. It is where you can station your sport camera on the SUP board to take pictures or record all exciting activities on the water. As not all mounts are made the same, you have better chances of finding a fit if your device came with multiple base attachments for different mounts.

3 – 4-point bungee storage system
It is made of a stretchy bungee cord which is attached to 4 mounted D-rings. The storage system is located at the nose of the board and used to store accessories and additional equipment under it.

4 – deck pad
This is a non-slip standing platform on top of the board. It is made of a soft EVA foam material to enhance grip and balance on the water. It has a diamond grooved texture, making it comfortable to stand on.

5 – carry handle
The DAMA Fresh Life 11′ inflatable SUP board has a carry handle positioned at the center of the board. It is mainly used to carry the board when inflated, making it easy to lift the board.

6 – D-rings (4)
The stainless steel D-rings are positioned at the center of the board, 2 on each side and used for various attachments. You can fix a storage box when fishing, attach a kayak seat for leisure paddling, or connect another paddle board to your board when paddling together with a friend or family.

7 – rear carry handle
Positioned at the rear of board is another carry handle mainly used for pulling the board out of the water. I wouldn’t recommend dragging the board on sand, let alone pavement and the like, and even though nothing major would happen over time it would certainly degrade / slowly chip away at the materials.

8 – fins (1+2)
This inflatable stand-up paddle board has 3 fins. There are two fixed smaller side fins and one center detachable bigger fin. Together, they enhance stability, maneuverability, and longer glide on water. Were you to remove the bigger center fin, you’d get a more maneuverable, but worse tracking board.

 

What Else Is Included in the DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Package?

DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable SUP Board Package comes with an adjustable paddle, double action pump, backpack, ankle leash, waterproof phone case, waterproof bag, shoulder strap, repair kit, instructions manual, and a detachable fin.

Adjustable paddle
A 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle is included in the package. When broken down to 3 pieces, it fits into the backpack with all the rest of the package and even has some room left over. The paddle is of ergonomic, relatively lightweight for an aluminum paddle, and is said to float, but most aluminum paddles float only for a little while before sinking.

Pressure Pump
The package includes a dual-action pump with a pressure pump on top of it to measure the air pressure registered in the board. The recommended and maximum for the DAMA Fresh Life 11′ iSUP board is 15 PSI. It takes about 10 minutes to inflate the board using the pump were you to go real hard non-stop about it and about 5 minutes to deflate it.

Backpack
The travel backpack that comes with the package measures 34.8× 15.4× 11.1 inches and fits the deflated and rolled up board together with the other accessories in the package. It’s not of super high quality, so were you to go hiking on rough terrain with branches pulling on you and so forth, it might not end up too nicely for you. Fine for getting from point A to B.

Ankle leash
It is a safety leash that is attached to the rear D-ring found on the board. It connects you to the paddleboard by your ankle so that when you happen to fall in the water, you can get back on quicker and the board doesn’t drift away.

Waterproof phone case
This is to protect your phone from water harm while paddling. It can be attached to one of the D-rings found on the board. You should test to see if the phone case is truly waterproof before putting all your trust into it.

waterproof bag
The DAMA Fresh Life 11′ iSUP package comes with a 5L waterproof bag to enable you keep water sensitive belongings safe when paddling.

Shoulder strap
This is included in the package and tied to conjoint D-rings on either sides of the inflatable SUP board. The shoulder strap enables you carry the board comfortably when inflated.

Repair kit
The repair kit included in the package comes in an orange tube-like container which holds PVC patches and a valve wrench to tighten the inflation valve when it comes loose and starts leaking air.

Instructions manual
It contains helpful tips to that enable you get familiar with the DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Package.

Detachable fin
The bigger center fin is detachable which allows you to remove in shallow waters or when you want to roll up the board.

 

So Is the DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Package for You?

The DAMA Fresh Life 11′ iSUP board can be a great choice if you’re looking for a cheap but also decent quality SUP with all the accessories you need to get on the water.

I’d call it a touring-oriented all-around that is suitable for cruising, short-distance touring, fishing, yoga, etc. Overall, both beginners and experienced paddlers can handle it since it has a wide standing platform hence stable.

Bigger paddlers can use it since its maximum weight capacity is up to 352 pounds. The board is mainly stable, builds up decent speed for tracking, and is maneuverable to an extent.

However, this might not be the board for you if you’re looking for a speed-oriented (true touring or racing) or super maneuverable board (surfing, white water).

 

Where To Buy the DAMA Fresh Life 11′ iSUP Package?

Best way to buy stand up paddle boards would be from physical shops. That way you could gain much needed info, advice and tips from the enthusiastic sellers there (assuming they were experts on the field…).

If purchasing from a physical store was not an option, there are still online stores to check out.

Check the price or buy here: DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable SUP Package.

 

Conclusion

The DAMA Fresh Life 11′ Inflatable SUP is a cheap but decent quality, I’d say, touring-oriented all-around board mainly for cruising and even some short-distance touring at cruising speeds. Its maximum weight capacity is 352 pounds, making it suitable for both lighter and heavier paddlers.

Included accessories
DAMA Fresh Life 11′ iSUP package includes all the accessories you need to get on the water: adjustable 3-piece aluminum SUP paddle, manual pump, backpack, ankle leash, waterproof phone case, 5L waterproof bag, shoulder strap, repair kit, instructions manual, and a detachable center fin.

Warranty
“Customer as god service” – I think they mean business.

Where to Buy
It’s simple, buy here: DAMA Fresh Life 11′ iSUP Package.

 

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