Why Are Paddle Boards So Expensive?

Stand up paddle boards can be expensive, but there are also a lot of affordable options available. The main reason paddle boards are so expensive is because of the material the boards are made out of and the manufacturing process of the boards. Stand up paddle board prices can vary between $300 and $2,500 depending on the material and type of board. The average price of a well made, high-quality stand up paddle board is $750.

The goal of choosing the right sized paddle board is so you have the right about of buoyancy on the board and so the board performs the way you would like it depending on the water conditions you will be riding. A board without enough buoyancy will ride too low in the water and will be harder to balance and control.

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Watch Out For Cheaply Made Paddle Boards

While a cheap stand up paddle board my look like a great deal, there are usually some corners that have been cut. Cheap paddle boards aren’t as durable.  They don’t perform as well on the water. They usually come with lower quality accessories like pumps, fins, and paddles. Cheaper paddles are usually made out of fiberglass or aluminum.

Look For Quality Made Paddle Boards At Good Prices

As we mentioned, a good high-quality paddle board will run around $750. A stand up paddle board in this price range will be made out of good high-quality material that will make the board more durable. It will come with nicer accessories (pumps, fins, paddles, carrying bags, etc.) that are more durable. Higher quality paddles will be made out of carbon-fiber. The performance of the board will be better on the water. Performance can include stability and how the board tracks across the water.

Stand Up Paddle Boards In A Bundle

It has started to become more popular for paddle board companies to bundle accessories into one package when you purchase a board. This makes it easy to get everything you need all at the same time. However, the more accessories you get and the cheaper the price, the lower quality those accessories are going to be. For durability this may not be a bad thing, depending on the amount of use you are going to put on your board. It does make it convenient to get everything you need at the same time. However, it can also be frustrating if you end up using your board more than planned and find out your equipment is starting to break down. In this case, it would be better to get a higher quality board and accessories from the beginning. Which can also be purchased in a bundle.

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Paddle board prices vary greatly depending on the material they are made of and what is included in the bundle. Most websites have collected reviews on the boards and accessories. Make sure to check the reviews and see what other customers have experienced. You can usually find reviews for the same board across multiple websites to see if the reviews are consistent. 

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