Glide 11’ Inflatable Kayak (iKayak) by Physique Glove
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The Physique Glove Glide 11 is a groundbreaking inflatable kayak that emphasizes comfort, overall performance, and enjoyable. Featuring an ultra-rigid seat, a rapidly-paddling design and style and permanent indestructible fins, the Glide 11 is great to reduce by way of lakes and rivers. The inflatable Glide permits you to attain and paddle some of the most secluded and exclusive bodies of water in the globe.
- Adjustable higher-back seat
- Ergonomic foot braces
- Superior welded drop-stitch building
- Triple-layer stringer rigidity
- Heavy-duty poly vinyl fabric material
- 11 feet extended, 32 inches wide, 31-lb. weight
- 325-lb. weight capacity
- Consists of higher-stress dual-action hand pump with gauge, adjustable 4-piece kayak paddle, optional stand-up paddle manage attachment, sturdy double-layer backpack, dry pouch, and coil leash
If you are an adventurer who loves summer time and the water sports it brings you will need to verify out the Glide 11’ iKayak by Physique Glove. The Glide 11’ will take you to all the spots on the lake or river you usually wanted to get to but under no circumstances seriously had the implies. The various set up configurations involving a stand-up paddle board, or as a sit on kayak adjust to match each and every distinct adventure and adventurer. You will under no circumstances get bored on the water when you have the Glide 11’ with you. Physique Glove produced a wonderful all in one particular board that will make your summer time enjoyable all the far more enjoyable.
My connection with the Glide 11’ was a small tumultuous to start out out with. My 1st introduction to it was at an business occasion. I met with the representatives from Physique Glove and they proceeded to show me a couple of of their distinct styles of paddle boards. Each and every one particular tailored to certain makes use of and riders. As we have been going by way of the distinct boards the Glide 11’ instantly drew my interest. This board is a hybrid stand up paddle board/ sit on kayak. This was one thing I had under no circumstances noticed prior to. I asked if I could take it for a ride out on the lake, I wanted to attempt it out in each and every of its configurations, and get a really feel for how they blended with each other in one particular board. The rep adjusted the seat for me to the proper position, took off the T-manage and place the second paddle on, handed me a life jacket and sent me on my way. I was loving it! I paddled about all comfortably seated, watching other people paddle about on boards and kayaks of all distinct tends to make and models. I was impressed with how steady the 11’ extended 32” wide board was in the seated position. I let my thoughts wander as I began to back paddle on the board, spinning it back about to head back to shore. That is when it occurred. I leaned way to the left, digging deep to spinning the board, I pulled myself proper off. Slightly embarrassed and soaking wet I pulled back up onto the board and speedily paddled back to shore figuring out that even if by some miracle no one particular saw me fall of even though seated there was no hiding the truth I was soaked from head to toe. I knew then that I required to get ahold of the Glide 11’ and get my “revenge” by riding it all summer time.
When the Glide showed up on my porch, I didn’t waste any time obtaining it out on the nearest lake. I speedily pumped the board up utilizing the dual-action pump, strapped the seat to the board, adjusting it so it was in the most comfy position for my physique and the appropriate distance from the constructed-in ergonomic foot braces. I set up the paddle in the kayak configuration, obtaining a paddle on each finish, secured the T-manage below the front cargo straps and away I went. I paddled to the far corner of the compact lake in no time. Checked out a couple of small coves that have been hidden from the boat launch, and enjoyed the freedom that the Glide 11’ offered. Soon after a bit of exploring in the kayak configuration I unbuckled the seat, snapped it to the rings more than the foot braces out of the way, swapped out one particular of the paddle heads for the T-manage, and popped up gradually into the stand-up paddle board position. I paddled about to a couple of far more spots just enjoying the day on the water relaxing and taking in the moment. I located the board tracked relatively nicely as I paddled about. The two constructed in strong fins kept the board from wandering also a lot. Soon after a even though I gradually produced my way back to the boat launch not wanting the enjoyable to finish for the day, but rapidly loosing the light. It was the finish of one particular adventure but the starting of a summer time of enjoyable. I couldn’t wait to get back out and cruise about exploring a further location.
My 1st trip on the Glide 11’, despite the fact that short, was extremely enjoyable. I seriously really like getting in a position to switch involving utilizing the board as a kayak, and a stand-up paddle board all even though in the middle of a physique of water. This is really a distinctive board. Being in a position to unclip the seat and stash it below the front or rear cargo tie downs, or even clip it on out of the way more than the foot braces as I generally did and pulling out the secured T-manage portion of the paddle is the great way to seamlessly transition involving adventures no matter what the mood strikes you. Regularly I switch back and forth involving the two setups even though paddling about. If you are operating low on power following a day of play obtaining the flexibility to kayak back to shore can be a enormous relief. I couldn’t get sufficient of playing on the water this summer time. Each and every afternoon I had absolutely free following function, and each weekend that I could I loaded up the carry bag/backpack that secured the board, dual action pump, paddle, seat, and repair kit into the back of my truck and head to the water. It didn’t take but a couple of minutes following arrival to unroll the board, snap with each other the paddle, and pump up the board. Prepared to start out the enjoyable.
There is generally a significant debate when it comes to paddle boards as to irrespective of whether to get a strong board or an inflatable board. Each designs have their pros and cons, but for me, I feel the pros of an inflatable board far outweigh the cons, and are higher than the pros of the strong boards. One particular of my favored inflatable boards to ride is the Glide 11’, despite the fact that Physique Glove has numerous distinct inflatable boards to opt for from. They have one thing for absolutely everyone. Physique Glove has taken wonderful pride in the craftsmanship, durability, rigidity, lightweight building that they have place into each and every one particular of their inflatable boards. To start out with the board is drop stitched, obtaining thousands of tiny fibers holding the two inner layers with each other to develop a uniform flat surface that when the heavy duty polyvinyl material is heat welded to can be inflated to develop a rigid, powerful, airtight board. Most boards irrespective of whether strong foam, or inflatable call for an added stringer that runs the length of the board offering it with far more rigidity when loading a point load towards the center of the board. Physique Glove took this to heart. They wanted to make certain that individuals didn’t appear like floating tacos on their items. They have been in a position to develop a triple layer carbon stringer on the top rated, bottom and each sides of the board that run the length offering the board with superior strength and rigidity and nevertheless permits the flexibility to roll the board up when not in use. No other business on the marketplace at present are carrying out something like this. Other notable functions of the boards building brings us to the four make in foot braces. They positioned two towards the outdoors of the board, and two a small father out towards the center of the board. This supplies you with leg help in various positions for comfort and energy as you paddle about. The seat is fixed to the board at four points exactly where they attached three D-rings at each and every place for ultimate adjustment and comfort of the seat. Physique Glove generously offered cargo straps and hands at each the front and rear of the board enabling you to carry board with an further hand when you have it loaded down for your subsequent wonderful adventure. They also incorporated a padded carry manage at the center of the board creating this 31 pound board simple to carry by your self when you will need to portage the board. Physique Glove produced a higher high-quality versatile solution for aquatic adventures.
My adventures under no circumstances seemed to finish this summer time. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I am surrounded by water everywhere. You under no circumstances run out of selections of exactly where you want to play in the water. It was way to enjoyable and way to simple to throw the Glide 11’ backpack in the truck and head off to a distinct spot all the time to take pleasure in a relaxing time paddling about with buddies or alone. I can inform you following a summer time of gliding about, I really like versatility this board has offered me. When I show up on the water it does not seriously matter what the circumstances are this board is prepared. On calm days with slow moving or flat water, or on windy days with rough water or in more rapidly moving water I can determine how I want to set up my ride to most take pleasure in the circumstances. I can not wait till the climate warms back up and I can get back on the water.
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I give this solution five stars.
Despite the fact that this board is a small far more tipsy then some other boards I have rode, as I located out early on, it is nevertheless a steady board with great overall performance and high-quality. Physique Glove took two distinct techniques of enjoying riding in the water and have been in a position to combine them in a wonderful way to create one particular of the most enjoyable paddle boards I have ever had the pleasure to play with.
Glide 11′ iKayak by Physique Glove
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