Hala Asana ($1,199)

From leading recreational and budget models to serious touring rigs, we break down the best inflatable SUPs of the year
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Sport

10’6”

Single

Great set of yoga-specific features.

Does not travel fast or track well.

SUP yoga is a rage and although you can be able to do sun salutations on a majority of boards in this article, it’s definitely beneficial to have a specific tool designed for this purpose. Yoga-specific boards generally have wide sizes, deck pads that are spacious and handles in the center that are flat, meaning you don’t have a nagging bulge that is in the middle of the “mat.” Last year and the Hala Asana is a step further, with the front bungee to store your paddle as well as a D-ring on the nose to hold the board in place while performing. In addition you’ll also receive an adjustable paddle that has carbon shaft that is lightweight (one of the most comfortable paddles included in our tests) as well as a large roll bag that can be easily transported between your car.

The special-build comes with a few drawbacks. With a thickness of 6 inches, a large platform, and no fins on the sides The Asana may feel somewhat like a boat when you paddle but you will not be able to keep track of your speed. To give you an example, we’ve tried the Asana on the lazy Oregon’s Upper Deschutes and required a lot of effort to keep pace with our friend’s Boardworks SHUB. For board-based sports the Asana has excellent stability and we’ve been awestruck by the comfort of the spacious and comfortable deck pad. If you’re not planning to utilize the board for yoga you should also check out the other products offered by Hala and all of them have a three-year warranty . They include everything from inflatables for river surfing to touring boards that are performance-oriented.

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