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Key West Angel – Test and Review

Key West Angel – Test and Review Posted on 28 August 2019Leave a comment

Among the Key West brand’s range of inflatable paddle boards is the Key West Angel. An entry-level board for women and lightweights, but one that looks great! It can also be used by heavier riders, especially for paddle surfing! With its attractive price, its great look and its versatility, we have a board that will delight beginners and more experienced riders!

Key West Angel

Key West Angel Construction

The Sup Key West Angel is an inflatable paddle board made of a single layer of thick PVC (1000 denier). However, a second layer of PVC reinforces the rails of the board, which gives it a higher rigidity. As the board is relatively short, the difference between a single layer and double layer construction is less noticeable than with longer boards. So we have here a board with a very correct stiffness.

The Key West Angel is manufactured with Dropstitch technology, meaning that the hull and deck are connected by thousands of threads that are energized when the board is inflated. This gives the board its shape, and it is also this technology that stiffens the board. The threads distribute the load applied by the rider and allow the board to slide on the water without deforming under the weight of the person who is paddling.

Equipment with the Key West Angel

The deck the board is covered with a very comfortable pad, made of non-slip EVA. The pad is signed to infinity with the brand logo. Its non-slip function ensures maximum grip even in rough conditions. At the front of the board is a large bungee system for storing your equipment and a tow ring under the nose of the board. There are also 4 rings to attach a kayak seat.

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Key West Angel 9.6

The Key West Angel is an all-round board, accessible to lightweight beginners. The inflation pressure of 15 PSI (1 bar) is reminded to the user by a ring around the valve. Designed for use on flat water but also for surfing in small waves, the Key West Angel board offers a reduced volume, suitable for small sizes (200 litres). Shaped to be versatile, it will delight those who want to have fun in all conditions.

The price

The Key West Angel is an iSUP sold in a pack with its 3-part aluminium paddle adjustable from 170 to 220 cm to fit all sizes, a safety leash, a carry bag and a pump. Note the quality of the double-action pump, which is a Bravo model, bearing the Key West brand logo. It is one of the best pumps on the market!       

Technical characteristics

  • Length: 9’6’’ (289.6 cm)
  • Width: 30’’ (76.2 cm)
  • Thickness: 5’’ (12.7 cm)
  • Volume: 200 litres
  • Weight: 7.7 kg
  • Max payload: 110 kg
  • Construction: Dropstitch simple layer
  • Fins: 1 central slide-in fin 9′ + 2 fixed lateral fins with shape memory
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The advantages of the Key West Angel

  • Great value for money
  • Versatility
  • The equipment of the board and the quality of the accessories
  • The finish
  • A shape that provides stability and glide while remaining versatile
  • The design
  • Easy to carry
  • Lightweight

The downsides of the Key West Angel

  • The lack of rigidity compared to a top-of-the-range board
  • Be careful not to leave the board exposed to the sun for hours
  • The brand do not make a lot of special offers
  • The single-layer construction limits rigidity in the event of under-inflation

What about the Key West Angel?

The Key West Angel is a great board for anyone who wants a quality product, not too expensive and very versatile! Designed for lightweight paddlers, it guarantees stability and a variety of use types. The simple layer construction remains light in weight but the quality of the PVC ensures a satisfactory overall rigidity and strength. It is an ideal board to progress while having fun. Its particularly effective shape ensures a good glide in calm waters and you can even surf with it. And what a style!

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