PAU HANA EN­DURANCE

12’ X 30” X 6.5” (238 LITERS) $1,599 PAUHANASURFCO.COM

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OUR TAKE:

If you’re into ex­pe­di­tion-style pad­dling, whether it’s day trips or multi-day ad­ven­tures, “en­durance” is a word you def­i­nitely want to de­scribe your board. Pau Hana hit that nail on the head with their board of that very name, which has a slew of fea­tures that will make your jour­neys eas­ier.

Pau Hana’s pro­pri­etary Ric­o­chet Tech­nol­ogy makes this one of the tough­est boards on the mar­ket. We’ve lit­er­ally seen this board hit with a bowl­ing ball dozens of times and not ding. That means this sled will han­dle rocky shore­lines, dropped gear and shore­pound with no is­sues. The down­side is that it’s pretty heavy at 31.5 pounds, but if you pre­fer dura­bil­ity over shav­ing ounces, that’s an easy trade­off.

The En­durance also finds the sweet spot be­tween sta­bil­ity and ma­neu­ver­abil­ity: the wide tail means you can pivot turn with con­fi­dence or stack heavy gear, while the 30-inch width makes it sleek enough to cover some se­ri­ous dis­tance.

We also loved the lit­tle de­tails that make long days on the wa­ter more sim­ple. There are ex­tra han­dles at the tail and nose for tag-team­ing portages or drag­ging a loaded board up onto a sandy beach. There are 37 Seamount lash points on the deck so you can dial in your gear load no mat­ter how much or how lit­tle gear you pack. They even made the deck pad ex­tra soft so you could sleep on it in a pinch. To top it off, the board is de­signed to han­dle as much as 90 pounds of gear, enough to do some se­ri­ous pack­ing no mat­ter what your mission is. If you want en­durance for the long haul, you’ve found it. —WT

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