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Famistar 12′ iSUP Review

Famistar 12′ iSUP Review

Famistar 12' iSUP Review

Famistar 12’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Review (2022)

 

Famistar 12' iSUP PackageThe Famistar 12’ inflatable SUP is a cheap but somewhat decent quality all-around board that is mainly for cruising on flat waters. It has a reported maximum weight limit of 400 pounds, making it suitable for both smaller and heavier paddlers.

Stand-up paddle boarding is a watersport you would want to try out. It gives you a unique view of the waterways while having freedom and control on it. It is interesting and full of fun.

You can check its price here: Famistar 12′ iSUP package.

 

A Quick Overview for the Hasty

The Famistar 12’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board measures 12’× 32”× 6” (length× width× thickness) and weighs approximately 23 pounds. It has a maximum weight capacity of 400 pounds and comes with everything you need to get on the water.

It’s a touring-oriented all-around paddle board, best suited for cruising on calmer waters. It is also suitable for some yoga, fishing, and exploration on calm waters in general. The accessories that come with the Famistar 12’ inflatable SUP board includes  an adjustable paddle, high pressure pump, carry backpack, ankle leash, repair kit, user manual, and detachable fins.

 

Who and What Is the Famistar 12’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Designed For?

Who: lighter, moderate, and heavier paddlers weighing up to around 400 pounds.
What: long-distance touring on calm waters and light chop.

Based on the dimensions, 400 pounds doesn’t sound unrealistic. The only problem might be construction quality, but if you didn’t go over 13 PSI then I don’t see much of an issue there (unless you ended up with one that had a defect or something). It’s otherwise suitable for all skill levels (beginners and experienced paddlers) who are looking to explore the waterways.

I’d call it a touring-oriented all-around board that is best suitable for cruising on calmer waters, but it’s also suitable for yoga, fishing, and even for riding tiny waves (not “surfing” per se). It is better suited for calmer water conditions (lakes, streams) but can handle some chop.

Who and What Is the Famistar 12’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Designed For?

 

How Does the Famistar 12’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Perform?

The Famistar 12’ inflatable SUP board is mainly:

  • Stable
  • Smooth glide

The length (12 feet)/width (32 inches) ratio of this inflatable stand-up paddle board provides you with plenty of stability and cruising level speed on the water. Also, being 6 inches thick and its squared-off tail contributes to the stability of the board. It’s not super snappy though, unless you weighed a lot and had good enough muscle strength to lift up the nose for turns.

The Famistar 12’ inflatable SUP board is glides glides nicely on the water while going at a decent cruising speed and more or less in straight line.

How Does the Famistar 12’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Perform?

 

What Are the Specifications of the Famistar 12’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board?

Specifications of the Famistar 12’ inflatable SUP board:

  • Type – touring-oriented all-around
  • Color – blue, green, orange
  • Construction – inflatable
  • Length – 12’
  • Width – 32”
  • Thickness – 6”
  • Weight of the board – 23 pounds
  • Weight capacity – 400 pounds
  • Materials – drop-stitch core, a double layer of military grade PVC, and a soft non-slip EVA foam traction pad.

Type:
The Famistar 12’ inflatable SUP is an all-around, but mainly for cruising (or short-distance touring). It can also be used for other SUP activities like fishing and yoga. It tracks well enough and is great to be used on lakes, calmer rivers, and streams.

Color:
The inflatable paddle board comes in 3 colors: blue, green, and orange.

Construction:
This is an inflatable board, meaning it is basically filled with air. It sounds like a balloon, but this is so different and way stronger than you’d think. It is sturdy and long lasting after being inflated. While not in use, the board can be deflated, rolled up, and stored away. There’s a valve at the rear of the board through which air comes in or goes out of the board. The maximum recommended PSI is 13.

Length
The Famistar 12’ inflatable SUP board is 12 feet long. This is why I’d call it a touring-oriented all-around – it’s fairly long for an all-around board. You could use it for short-distance touring. It’s a little too wide for long-distance though. The longer the board, the longer it glides on the water.

Width
This inflatable paddle board is 32 inches wide. This makes the board stable for both smaller and larger paddlers. Wider boards tend to be more stable, but they increase water resistance which slows down a good long glide allowing to build up speed. Touring boards are between 28 to 32 inches wide.

Thickness:
The Famistar 12’ inflatable SUP board is 6 inches thick. Generally, thicker boards feel more solid and stable, but they’re also more susceptible to winds.

Weight of the board:
This inflatable paddle board weighs only 23 pounds. This is lightweight for such a big board. The board would be even more susceptible to winds if it was too light.

Weight capacity:
The Famistar 12’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board has a maximum weight capacity of 400 pounds. As long as you don’t overdo with PSI, 400 is a realistic number given the dimensions of the board and assuming construction quality holds up.

Materials:
Drop-stitch core, fabric, PVC layer, double layer PVC at rails, EVA foam deck pad.

Famistar 12’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Specifications

 

What Is Famistar 12′ Inflatable Paddle Board Made of?

Famistar 12′ iSUP board is made of:

  • single layer PVC

Probably a very typical build. Drop-stitch core, of course, a layer of fabric holding the drop-stitch material together, and a pvc layer around that with coating and EVA foam on top. There are 2 layers at the rails though. Mine has a recommended max PSI of 13, and I don’t think they’ve updated the board to hold more, which doesn’t instill trust in its construction quality, at least in my case. But it’s good enough for casual paddling on calmer waters.

Normally I’d say that single layer builds are fine for calmer activities, and my stance is similar with this board, but I’d be a little more cautious with it given it’s dimensions. Bigger boards hold more air and thus demand more materials to hold it in, more demanding than a smaller board. Famistar has pointed out that the recommended PSI is 13 instead of the usual 15 PSI the smaller boards can handle. For more info: construction of inflatable paddle boards (link opens in a new tab).

 

What Are the Features of the Famistar 12’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board?

Features of the Famistar 12’ inflatable SUP board:

  1. Bungee storage area
  2. Deck pad
  3. Carry handle
  4. D-ring (1)
  5. Inflation valve
  6. Fins (3)

1 – 4-point bungee storage areaFamistar 12' iSUP Features
The Famistar 12’ inflatable SUP board has a 4-point storage area at the nose of the board. It is made of a bungee cord attached to D-rings. It allows you store accessories and smaller items underneath. The D-rings can also be used as cooler tie-downs.

2 – deck pad
The deck pad on top of the board is made of a soft EVA foam material. It is a non-slip standing platform that gives comfort to the feet when paddling. The deck pad has a crocodile grooved texture to enhance grip and balance.

3 – carry handle
The carry handle is located at the center of the board. It enables you carry the board easily after being inflated. The board shouldn’t be dragged on hard surfaces to avoid damage.

4 – D-ring (1)
A single D-ring is positioned at rear of the board. It is mainly for attaching an ankle leash to the paddleboard. It can also be used in towing or anchoring the board.

5 – inflation valve
The Famistar 12’ inflatable SUP board has a high pressure inflation valve at the rear of the board, close to the single D-ring. It is an important part of the board, where you fill your board with air. The board is also deflated through this valve. The valve can be tighten, if it leaks air, with a valve wrench (this is included in the repair kit that comes with the board package).

6 – fins (3)
This inflatable paddle board has 3 detachable fins. These are 2 smaller side fins and a bigger fin in between them. They enhance stability, maneuverability, and glide.

 

What Else Is Included in the Famistar 12’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Package?

The Famistar 12’ inflatable SUP board package comes with an adjustable paddle, high-pressure pump, carry backpack, ankle leash, repair kit, user manual, and finally detachable fins.

Adjustable paddle
The board comes with an adjustable 3-piece aluminum paddle which fits in the backpack when broken into its smaller parts. The paddle is made of aluminum so it won’t float on water for too long before it starts to sink.

Pressure pump
The Famistar 12’ inflatable stand up paddle board comes with a high pressure pump that has a pressure gauge on the very top. The pump is used to inflate the board, and the maximum recommended PSI is 13. The pressure gauge measures the amount of air pressure registered in the board. Pumping the board might seem like some sort of workout especially when you get to higher pressures (it gets harder to pump). You can however get an electric pump if it seems too difficult.

Carry backpack
The board package includes a carry backpack that can fit the deflated and rolled up paddle board and all the accessories that comes with the package. It is going to be tight fit and may not have extra room for other things. It is designed like a wrap bag and has buckles to hold everything together when inside.  The backpack is made of thin materials so it should be handled with care.

Ankle leash
This is a coiled safety leash that connects you to the paddle board and lets you get back on quicker if you happen to fall off the board. It is attached to the single D-ring at the rear of the board. It can also be used to lock the board to dock so it doesn’t drift away while practicing yoga.

Repair kit
The repair kit that is included in the Famistar 12’ inflatable SUP package comes in an orange tube-like container. It contains PVC patches to patch up damaged board and a valve wrench. The latter is used to tighten the inflation valve when it comes loose overtime and starts to leak air.

User manual
It contains instructions and helpful tips that guide you through the use of the Famistar 12’ inflatable SUP board and accessories.

Detachable fins
The Famistar 12’ inflatable SUP board package includes 3 detachable fins. They should be attached to the board when it is halfway inflated so they lock in well and you don’t lose them while paddling. You can remove the bigger middle fin when in shallow waters.

 

So Is the Famistar 12’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Package for You?

If you’re looking for a stable, lightweight all-around SUP that’s mainly for cruising, and maybe even short-distance touring on calmer waters on the cheap, then the Famistar 12’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board might be a great choice.

The board is of decent quality (pet friendly) and can be used to enjoy various SUP activities. It is long, wide, and has a maximum weight limit of 400 pounds. It is stable, more maneuverable the heavier you are, and glides nicely on the water.

However, it is too long and wide for full-on surfing, racing, or whitewater river riding. It also lacks side D-rings for various attachments, such as kayak seat or a storage compartment for fishing. So if you’re looking for an excellently maneuverable or high-speed board, then this might not be the board for you.

 

Where To Buy the Famistar 12′ 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: Famistar 12′ Inflatable SUP Package.

 

Conclusion

The Famistar 12’ inflatable SUP is a cheap but decent quality all-around board that is mainly for touring on flat waters. It has a maximum weight limit of 400 pounds, making it suitable for both smaller and heavier paddlers. It’s a touring-oriented all-around board that is suitable for yoga, fishing, cruising, riding small waves, but, and again, mainly short distance touring on flat waters.

Included accessories
Famistar 12′ iSUP package comes with all the accessories you need to get on the water: adjustable 3-piece aluminum paddle, manual pump, backpack, ankle leash, 1 detachable center fin, and 2 detachable sidefins.

Where to Buy
It’s simple, buy here: Famistar 12′ iSUP Package.

 

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