I use the Aries 12' about every other weekend here lately since the weather has been so nice in Texas, and haven't had a single major problem. It handles great, it's stable, tracks well, and is pretty versatile as I paddle the Leon River and Lake Belton located close Gatesville Texas. The hull storage and deck nets are very useful and I like that it has 4 handles. If you plan on walking it to a shoreline, I'd reccomend buying or building a cart as it is pretty heavy. The only real issue, not huge, is the molded foot pads; they are a little awkward and start causing foot/knee pain after an hour or two. Other than that I believe this to be a great SUP for beginners or if you're trying to save some $$. As always, life outside is great and an Aries 12' SUP is a great way to enjoy a beautiful day on the water.
4 Attached carrying handles
Front and back storage areas
2 oar holders
I like the color Green
Foot/knee pads a bit awkward. Could use larger and heavier duty padding.
Water can leak in at the screws for the hatch, but a little tightening and silicone will fix the issue.
Used for touring lakes and slow rivers.