HALA GEAR GRAM

8’ X 30” X 4.75” (178 LITERS) $1,099 HALAGEAR.COM

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OUR TAKE:

One thing is cer­tain: Colorado-based Hala Gear has its nam­ing strat­egy di­aled, not to men­tion its boards. The Hala Gram, an 8-foot, 30-inch wide in­flat­able, is part of the river-fo­cused com­pany’s new Gram se­ries (also fea­tur­ing the 6’11” Mil­ligram). Both are sporty mod­els with an em­pha­sis on river surf—or just play­ing on flat­wa­ter, in ed­dy­lines or any­where on the river, re­ally. Fans of Hala will im­me­di­ately no­tice that these boards are much less bulky than many pre­vi­ous of­fer­ings.

The Gram is sta­ble, thanks to nearly 5-inch rails and that 30-inch width, and its “nut” shape (Hala’s word, not ours) makes the board re­spon­sive and fun. They say it’s be­cause the first point of con­tact with the wa­ter is closer to you, cre­at­ing more ma­neu­ver­abil­ity. All we know is it works. The board is su­per-stiff, too, not at all floppy, which makes it re­ally use­ful in a va­ri­ety of sit­u­a­tions: run­ning easy rivers, surf­ing park-and-play style waves at a white­wa­ter park and even surf­ing ocean waves.

Hala has also fig­ured out bomber con­struc­tion for its rub­ber, mak­ing it su­per durable, which is ideal if you were to leave a board like this out on the dock all sum­mer at the lake house. It comes with five fin boxes: the cen­ter fin is a screw-in and the quads are a sim­ple, lock­ing fin sys­tem called Click Fins, which a hand­ful of in­flat­able com­pa­nies are using. The Gram comes with a pump and travel bag so you can take it any­where and with a three-year war­ranty, you can bang it up with lit­tle worry. It’ll take what­ever you can give it. –J C

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