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Key West Pride – Test and Review

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

Among the Key West brand’s range is the Key West Pride. An entry-level board that has the behaviour of a high quality board: stable, with excellent heading stability, an intermediate volume and a medium length that does not limit its glide but ensures good handling.

It is an ideal board to learn, progress and have fun in all situations: calm water, in a river or even in the waves to discover surfing.

Test Key West Pride

Key West Pride Construction

Key West Pride is an iSUP made of a single layer of thick PVC. A second layer of PVC reinforces the rails of the board, giving it greater rigidity.

The deck and hull of the board are connected, inside the board, by thousands of polyester threads whose function is twofold: to give the board its shape once inflated. Without these threads the board would look like a balloon. They also provide excellent board stiffness. They distribute the load, and therefore the forces, that the rider applies to the board, which allows it to deform only slightly under the influence of the weight of the person who is riding. It’s Dropstitch technology!

The board is covered with a comfortable EVA non-slip pad, signed indefinitely with the brand logo. It ensures that the rider does not slip even in rough conditions. The board is also equipped with a bungee system to store your accessories, a tow ring, 4 loop bridges to secure a kayak seat, and three fins.

Key West Pride 10.4

The Key West Pride is a very versatile board, accessible to beginners but which will delight intermediate paddlers wishing to progress and have fun in all conditions. Its inflation pressure of 15 PSI (1 bar) is reminded to the user by a ring around the valve. Designed for use on flat water as well as in waves. Key West Pride board offers a medium volume that allows a majority of gauges to use the board. Its volume is mainly concentrated on the front third of the board, which improves glide and allows an earlier start in the waves.

The price

The Key West Pride is an inflatable paddle board 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 very good quality double action pump particularly effective.

It’s a great value for money, which makes it a very well placed product on the iSUP market.

Technical characteristics

  • Length: 10’4’’ (315 cm)
  • Width: 31’’ (78.8 cm)
  • Thickness: 6’’ (15.2 cm)
  • Volume: 247 litres
  • Weight: 8.4 kg
  • Max payload: 130 kg
  • Construction: Dropstitch simple layer
  • Fins: 1 slide-in central fin 9’’ + 2 fixed lateral fins with shape memory

The advantages of the Key West Pride

  • Great value for money
  • Versatile
  • The equipment and the accessories
  • The level of finish
  • Its shape that provides stability, glide and maneuverability
  • The design
  • It’s easy to carry
  • Lightweight

The downsides of the Key West Pride

  • The lack of rigidity compared to a resin board
  • Be careful not to leave the board exposed to the sun for hours
  • The brand doesn’t offer often special offers on its boards
  • The single-layer construction limits rigidity in the event of under-inflation

What about the Key West Pride?

The Key West Pride is a very successful product! Designed for beginners and advanced riders, it is very versatile and allows different types of activities. 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 a good grip in the waves for a lot of fun without any surprise slips! And what a style!

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