I recently purchased the Body Glove Performer 11′ Paddleboard from Costco Online.
Recently I was wanting to get a paddleboard. I’m not super experienced but have been out about a dozen or so times on Lake Michigan in Chicago and SW MIchigan and also whenever I visit my folks in Charleston SC I’ll normally rent a board. I finally wanted to buy my own but was having a hard time finding anything reasonably priced. I was also debating between a hard board versus an inflatable.
Costco actually has a great hard board in store for $299 and I was about to buy it, but after seeing how much a roof rack and attachments was going to cost and after thinking about what a headache it would be to store a big hard board at my house I decided to look into inflatables.
I was skeptical of how firm an inflatable would be but I was happily surprised by this board. I like that it can fold up into a backpack and be stored under my bed and it’s also easy to throw in the backseat or trunk of a car.
I went out off Montrose Beach in Chicago today paddling for the first time and was pleasantly surprised by how it handled. It didn’t track quite as good as a hard board and wasn’t quite as stable, but overall I was happy with the board. I did notice in choppy water the front of the board slapped a bit more than a hard board but I didn’t fall and was still able to balance. I think an inflatable takes a little getting used to just because its thicker and floats on top of the water so you have a little higher center of gravity. I don’t think its necessarily good or bad just diferent.
This board is only $399 which is about as cheap as I could find a quality board. I was also pleasantly surprised with everything it came with. It came with the board, a backpack which carries everything, a pump, a drybag for your phone, a leash, and a 3 part paddle.
Overall I’m very happy with my purchase. While I may get a hardboard down the road if I move closer to the water, I’m extremely happy with this purchase and would highly recommend it.
Costco Body Glove Performer 11 $399
Being Resold On Amazon $865