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Nalu 12.5

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Nalu 12.5 Reviews

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Hello! I've had my 12.5...

Hello! I've had my 12.5 Ocean Kayak Nalu for over 5 years now and I find that using it as a SUP is great! I LIKE the channels to put your feet in as a SUP. Several people have told me that they feel it is much more stable than the regular flat paddleboards. My main problem arises when I'm using it as a sit-on-top kayak; I find that it's very difficult to keep the rear of the kayak from becoming submerged and creating considerable "drag". I am 5'6" 175lbs and other general riders have been about 6' and 180-200lbs. I have adjusted the seat several times to try and move it as far to the middle away from the rear to aid with this problem, with no real improvement. **If anyone has any suggestions, I would certainly appreciate any as at all. I have the collapsible seat that came with it and I have it as far forward as I can and I just can't seem to get the rear of the kayak from sinking into the water creating a great deal of "drag".

The ’Nalu’ is a hybrid...

The ’Nalu’ is a hybrid Stand-up Paddle Board and Kayak. Adding an Ocean Kayak seat and a stand-up paddle completes the package. Some owners may wish to purchase a pneumatic wheeled hauling carriage. This vessel performs exceptionally in the ocean in both functional modes. Pointed bow and molded in fins offer speed and stability. I launch through waves in kayak mode and spend the day paddling in stand-up mode. It’s internal storage with hatch cover provides ample space for all your gear. The Nalu is a fun and easy way to enjoy the ocean.

We have used Nalu on a...

We have used Nalu on a small lake with family of all ages. It's great for fun on the shore of a lake. We have also used it on the mouth of a river leading to the ocean. I wouldn't use it again on an open ocean or where there are strong currents. I felt that it didn't track well. That being said, it was perfect to goof off on...beginners had a blast as it was easy to balance on and the seat helped when the younger kids or older adults needed a break from standing. Pros The seat made it versatile for family fun on a lake or protected cove. Cons Not made for more serious paddle boarder. Didn't track too well. Usage This board is best suited for all ages to have fun on. Not for racing or long touring. I would buy these for a lake cabin or where just having fun is the priority. It's ok for exercise too.

After getting a few years...

After getting a few years of kayaking in I wanted to try standup paddling. I wasn't ready to commit to a pure SUP and the Nalu was a perfect fit! It has a large hatch on the bow to stow gear in which is great. It has two channels in the deck to lower your center of gravity, making it more stable. I got the 12.5 because I'm 6'5" and wanted the increased load limit. It has worked great on the shallow rivers and local lakes here in central Kentucky. Pros Hatch to stow gear, weight capacity, perfectly balanced, one man can load it on the SUV, it's a straight tracker and easy to maneuver Cons The channels in the deck could limit movement of your feet, but they don't inhibit my style of cruise paddling. Usage Slow river and lake touring

We are experienced...

We are experienced kayakers and wanted a SOT that could be used by friends at our lake cabin, got this as the price was right and it seemed fun. The Nalu 12.5 is a bit heavy compared to the most lightweight foam SUP boards, about double the weight - but the comparison is not entirely fair. You pretty much get a SOT kayak as a bonus when you buy this SUP. There are other hybrid roto-molded boards out there with (small) wheels on that might be better if you have a longer trip to the water over a smooth surface. Ocean Kayak is one of the better-known SOT kayak makers, possibly the originator of the form, definitely a trusted manufacturer, very popular with community boathouses and rental companies in my area. I think their products are generally well designed and reliable, which is why we chose the Nalu 12.5. It has performed pretty much as expected so far, and we are not disappointed. Pros Benefits of a SOT kayak including hatch and (available) seat. Cons Roto-molded SOT kayaks are heavy. For the price, this is to be expected. Usage Flatwater, lake play

This is my first SUP and...

This is my first SUP and while I do not have experience with others for comparison, I am very happy with the Nalu 12.5 so far. It is a hybrid that has hook anchors to attach an optional seat to use as a sit-on-top kayak. My paddle converts from a long-handled oar to use while standing to a twin-bladed paddle for seated use. With a little practice and good balance it is not hard to go from standing to seated and back on the fly. Pros Sturdy and stable. Hybrid stand-up or sit down use. Well made. Cons Quite heavy to manipulate by oneself, but that may be unavoidable with a long, big board. Usage I use the Nalu 12.5 for exercise and recreational paddling on a creek/still river near my home. Have not tried in the surf yet but looking forward to starting out in quieter bay-side waters at the ocean this summer.

Extremely versatile. We...

Extremely versatile. We have used these for two years on our rocky river in everything from shallow flat water to quick water/fast water and frequent class III rapids. Remove the foot wells and make this an even foot base and it would be perfect for what it is. It's a hybrid for recreational use and just fun and easy, although we have asked more of it and enjoyed the results. Good options for carrying gear in dry well or on deck. Pros Durable and nearly bomb proof-ours take frequent river rock bashing, barely show scratches. Versatile - great for rivers and small water exploring, totally adequate for lakes and larger bodies of water, would be great at a family camp for all ages. Storage and cargo space, tracks well standing or sitting, stable and easy to paddle, it cuts into and through waves in windy situation surprisingly well Built in cup holder! Cons Foot wells with raised center that limit how you stand on the board and how you can use it (no surfing or yoga here!). Remove and replace with a standard flat area would increase functionality, add space for a dog or child and just make this boat even better. Not great kneeling due to the foot wells and uncomfortable base but can be done tail of the boat sits too low with larger paddlers or with cargo loaded Usage Fun, exercise, touring, exploring, adventure

When I was looking for my...

When I was looking for my first SUP tried the Nalu at a demo day - looked like a nice starter board that could be paddled sitting and standing. Was stable and easy to paddle. Pros Like the hatch to store stuff and all the tie downs Cons A bit heavy -poly and narrow, Was hard to kneel, grooves were too wide for smaller adults and kids. Difficult to take dog no place for him to stand. Hard to carry, no center handle or slot. Usage basically lake and small creeks.

Fairly nice entry level...

Fairly nice entry level board. Has sleek look with its raised pointy nose. Has plenty of storage with deck hatch near nose and shock-cord strapping on rear deck. Is pretty stable in flat water and slow current streams. Pros Tracks well in flat water. Ample storage. Cons Tail could use a bit more volume to prevent riding lower in water when using in sit-on-top kayak style. Is a bit heavy to use for surfing. Usage exercise,touring

Great fun and hassle free...

Great fun and hassle free board, that is stable, bullet proof, idiot proof, and perfect for exploring creeks and backwaters. Looks good. Pros Kayak bow that cuts and parts the water rather than just slapping it going into a headwind. Stable for first timers, storage hatch for extra bits to hold lunch or seat and 2 piece paddle to turn back into a kayak. Cons A little on the heavy side, and the molded triple skegs are not quite deep enough to prevent fish tailing when applying some power. Usage Great for exercise, general fun, loaning to your children or a friend and exploring, Definitely not a race board.

This is a very versatile...

This is a very versatile board. I am 56 years old and haven't lost my sense of play. I love this board to use in the lake to surf the waves and to float happily down the river with our labador retriever. The stability of this boat allows me to feel young again. I have been 100% successful! Pros this board is light, tracks very well, stable Cons Usage I use it for recreation only. I enjoy surfing the waves in the lake and floating down the river.

It is bay far one of the...

It is bay far one of the most useful SUP's we have in the fleet. Stable, comfortable for beginners to intermediate Supers. Moves very well for its weight. Pros movement, stability Cons Weight Usage great recreational SUP

I recently tried this sup....

I recently tried this sup. I always start on my knees and found the surface material to be too hard for kneeling. I was able to stand easily in the foot tracks and the board was stable. It tracked well on the lake. Pros Stable,tracks well Cons Too hard to kneel Usage Lake, recreation

I tried this out at demo...

I tried this out at demo days and I really liked it. It is versatile for both standing and sitting. I would like to see more standing area as another reviewer stated. I thought straight tracking was good and the board was fast but turning was slower than other boards I tried. Pros Fast,versatile,tracks straight while paddeling on one side Cons Heavy Usage Lake play

The Nalu 12.5, by Ocean...

The Nalu 12.5, by Ocean Kayak, is a good board for the money if you are a recreational paddler. Pros The board has 2 long grooves for your feet, and has a higher middle section. The grooves are cushioned with a comfortable fam material that helps prevent slippage. The grooves are great for beginners because they help the paddler maintain balance. I like fact that the boat can serve as a SUP, or can be a sit on top kayak. Some SUP paddles come with a paddle that snaps on the handle end. It can be stored in the roomy hatch. The SUP also has a storage on the back for additional gear. Cons My SUP did not come with a seat, and I had to purchase one separately. It is great to be able to sit and paddle after a lot of stand up, but it would be nice if a seat was included. Usage I use this board in the Florida Keys, and the water is relatively smooth. I share the board with family and friends, and first timers have been able to stand and paddle fairly quickly. This is a great board for kids, beginner adults, and even heavier adults, because it is stable.

This is a plastic molded...

This is a plastic molded paddleboard, making it lightweight and easy to carry. It sits high on the water and handles a good amount of weight. I am 250 lbs, but it is a bit narrower than other boards so it is not quite as stable with tall riders. Has a storage compartment. Shorter riders would have no problems at all. Pros Light, and tracks well on the water. Good for calm water. Great beginner to intermediate board. Fast in the water. Cons A tall rider might find this less stable than wider models. Usage Use on lakes and reservoirs where water is calmer.

One can stand up, lay down...

One can stand up, lay down on your tummy, or sit and paddle as an SOT. You can go from a good full body stand up workout or a relaxing cruise as a sit-on-top, should you tire from standing. I really enjoy the versatility of this boat. Pros Cons Usage

Great paddleboard for the...

Great paddleboard for the price. This is not a typical SUP but it is really fun to use. This is "roto-molded" and has a dry storage compartment built in. The SUP came with a removable seat that we have never used although it looks to be well made and comfortable. Even though it came with a seat it is indeed a stand up board. We use it a couple times a week at least on lakes and rivers. It is considerably more stable than our friends’ 11 foot inflatable board which may be due to the weight of this one, 45+ pounds. The dry storage is large enough to accommodate my paddle without having to break it down as well as our kids fishing poles and a small dry bag. This board is also large enough and strong enough for me to take my two kids along for the ride and they total about 110 pounds. My 8 year old is easily able to take this out on his own and keep up with anyone. The board tracks extremely well yet turns on a dime with the proper weight shift. I have been able to ride the small wake of ski boats passing by which makes me think this would be a great SUP for the ocean. I think it would be nice to have a flat top as opposed to the recessed (about 2 inches) foot wells in the mid section of the board. Pros Stability. Ability to go quite fast withouth much effort. Cost compared to typical SUP's. Storage space. Built in carry handles. Cons Weight. Usage We use the board for exercise, touring and just cruising around.