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Love this sup board! Not...

Love this sup board! Not too heavy for me to carry on my own (I’m 5’4 & about 130) and is great in the water. Stable yet gives me a bit of a leg workout when out in the water!! My first one and I don’t even think I want to upgrade or change! Great for first time users as well- had a few people hop on and try it out and they are hooked!! Reasonably priced too for a sup board! 😎

Just brightens for my...

Just brightens for my wife. Solid and rugged. But only been on it a couple of times. So far so good.used in lakes but no rivers or ocean yet.looking forward to getting g it in the surf. Pros Cons Usage

Great board to begin with,...

Great board to begin with, fun to get out on the water and won't break the bank. Pros Price, and durability. Cons Weight but that is ok. Usage Just for touring.

Bought this board in March...

Bought this board in March for the Summer and I love it. My daughter had a board for a couple of years and I wanted to join her on the water it is great for me. Difficult to carry but my daughter helps and it isn't the end of the world. Been on a lot of lakes in Michigan and in my back yard on the river once and had no problem. Pros It is really stable for beginners which I am and I feel confident on the board. Cons I don't like that I can't really carry the board by myself. Usage I use it for pure joy.

The Lifetime Freestyle XL...

The Lifetime Freestyle XL SUP is the first and only board I have used so I can't compare to others. My husband and I wanted something we could do while camping so bought each other these for Christmas. They were easy and stable for first time SUPers. Had friends there who tried and went home to purchase their own. Daughter and her friend went out for over an hour their first time. Pros Easy to use. Stable. Love the retractable fin so didn't have to worry about shallow water or rocks Cons One of the two boards fills up with water more than the other. Easy to drain, but a problem just the same Usage We want the exercise and use on calm lakes only so far.

Great as a beginner board,...

Great as a beginner board, price is almost unbeatable but like a tattoo you get what you pay for and once you get on a better board it's almost night and day...from weight to quality of materials...if you're just testing the "waters" I say go for it but if you have any experience or know you're going to stick with it go for more quality Pros price point Cons heavy, cumbersome Usage exercise and touring

This is a great board to...

This is a great board to try out SUPing--stable, easy to paddle, nearly indestructible. We've enjoyed using it on the lake and even a class 1-2 river. Not perfect for the river, but you don't have to worry about it getting beat up! Pros Stable, inexpensive Cons Heavy, not comfortable for yoga Usage Tooling around on the lake and river for fun.

I have had this paddle...

I have had this paddle board for a year now. It needs modifications. And additional long skeg is necessary since this is a wide and short SUP. It is hard to paddle and yaws quite a bit but it is extremely stable. It is fun to play around on our slow moving river, but can be a real pain if you are looking to go for miles. Great price for a play around on product. Pros Stable, good price, kids love it, can be easily modified just takes a little time and extra money Cons Hard to paddle, needs to be modified Usage Touring and playing

I own 2 of these boards...

I own 2 of these boards and they were the perfect first board for everyone in the family to learn on. Very stable and easy to use. It is a 9'6" board but still big enough to hold both my daughter and I at one time. We use ours both at the lake and the ocean harbors. The board is molded plastic so it can take a beating when in river or ocean rocky areas as well.The bungee set up is very convenient to hold all kinds of stuff. The neoprene deck is very comfortable if your paddling on your knees. Pros Price Durability Bungee cargo area Cons Heavier than a rigid or inflatable board and a little awkward to carry. No center fin (has 2 outside fins) which makes it a little harder to track if your looking for speed. Usage Exercise and touring

This SUP is amazing. I...

This SUP is amazing. I bought it 2 years ago and it still works great. It is dented a little in the middle from too much weight on it, but it doesn't bother me. My board is red and bigger than most paddle boards. I love it so much! Pros I like that it is bigger than most paddle boards because it allows me to sit down, stand up, lay down, move around, and fish off of it. I have never fallen off unless I did it on purpose. I like the double fins. I also like how easy it is to ride and balance. Cons I wish it was a little bit lighter. It is really hard to carry on my own and I usually need help. I wish it was made of foam like most paddle boards but the plastic makes it more strong. Usage I use my board for exercise but mainly just for fun. I paddle around local lakes and rivers, often stopping to fish from my board. I also like to tan on my board.

I first tried SUPping on a...

I first tried SUPping on a Lifestyle board and liked it enough and felt comfortable enough on it to make it my first board purchase. I thought the price was very reasonable for a first time board and a very new/novice SUPper. I have gone several times since my purchase and can hardly wait for warm weather here so I can enjoy the tranquility of SUPping on the lake! Pros As a very new/novice SUPper, the price was right and the stability gave me great confidence. Cons So far, I haven't really found anything that I don't like about it. Usage Used for exercise and peacefulness and solitude when on the lake with it.

My friend introduced me to...

My friend introduced me to paddleboarding and I rented a Lifetime Freestyle XL board. I felt so comfortable on it and it seemed to navigate well. Since I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a board, not knowing how long I would stick with it, I bought the Freestyle. Pros Great starter board for the money! The paddle is adjustable so that others can use it too. Cons It takes on a bit of water, but that might be related to my weight. Also, a bit heavier than higher end boards. Usage I use it for exercise and for fun!

I got Lifetime Freestyle...

I got Lifetime Freestyle XL by Lifetime SUP in addition to my kayak to do new type of exercise. As result I used it most of summer, leaving kayaks at home. Freestyle XL is stable to go through water rapids, short enough to fit inside Toyota Sienna minivan with back door closed. 2 fins are collapsible, which is priceless when you paddle through area with dense vegetation. Pros inexpensive, stable, fits inside minivan between seats, strong plastic, 2 collapsible fins Cons little heavy Usage touring, exercise, fishing, photography

Not a bad beginner board....

Not a bad beginner board. It's very wide which makes it easy for beginners to stand on - almost impossible to fall off it. Very heavy on and off the water. Very solid - I've had it blow off the roof of my SUV and just got a few scratches. Pros Wide and stable. Could use it on a river without worrying about banging it up. Comes with adjustable paddle. Cons Heavy on and off the water. Carrying handle is a indented into the board - almost unusable. The Huffy of Paddle boards. Usage beginner SUP on flat lakes, exercise, touring

The price (bought at a...

The price (bought at a sporting goods megastore) was hard to beat and I'm just getting into the sport so it seems like a perfect entry level board. It isn't tracking as well as I expected but perhaps that is just a matter of practice. I'm using it primarily in protected bays, and it's very stable in modest chop and on the flat water. Pros Retractable fins are convenient. Center groove doubles as paddle storage, appeals to the efficiency guru in me. Cons Water accumulates on top of the board and doesn't drain as quickly as I would have hoped. Usage Exercise

Great board it is fun for...

Great board it is fun for the whole family you glide through the water effortlessly.The board is lite enough to get in and out of the water.Comes with a paddle that you can adjust,so you don't have added expense. Pros No slip pads and color.works well for beginners and experts Cons Didn't come with lynard but can buy one reasonable Usage Exercise & touring

This board is awesome....

This board is awesome. Retractable fins, paddle with storage, bungie cord on the nose, handle to carry, handle on the nose. Traction included. It's got everything you need. Probably not recommend for waves but probably would still work. Great on lakes. Holds me fine and I'm 250 lbs. paddle is great and adjustable. Very stable for how short it is. And it's tough, won't ding like a traditional board. Can't beat the price. It's on the slow side, but how fast did you really think you were gonna go. Buy it. I love it. Pros Paddle, retractable fins, handle and price. Very fun. Cons Not much. Not recommended for over 275 lbs. Usage Touring and exercise.

Such a great quality...

Such a great quality board! i bought the 2 pack from costco and i love it! i took them out in a saltwater bay and the ocean and they were wonderful.I would not want any other board. Pros amazing quality, great price. best deal. Cons nothing i dont like. amazing! Usage just to i guess you could say cruise in the bay and what not

Purchased board as a...

Purchased board as a beginner and loved it. Very easy to use and transport. Pros Easy to learn on as a beginner and love the color. Cons If I have to say one thing it is a bit heavy, but new that when purchased. Usage Exercise

Great beginner...

Great beginner board Pros Very stable Easy to begin to get use to standing and maneuvering board. Cons Very heavy and large Usage Exercise and touring.

I bought this board as an...

I bought this board as an entry for the sport. Price was a factor and it was reasonably priced. It was a decent choice because it is very stable and came with a paddle but on the downside is very heav . Pros I love its great stability Cons It is very heavy and awkward to carry. Usage Lake usage for fun

It is a good deal for an...

It is a good deal for an entry level paddle board and it is super stable. It is very heavy to carry however and really needs a well placed carry handle. Pros Well priced and very stable Cons Very heavy and hard to carry Usage Mostly on a lake and quite often

I purchased this item...

I purchased this item online, so I was unable to see the product before purchase. When it arrived the skid-resistant surface was mangled and peeling off. The board WAS very light, but that was about all it had going for it. It reminded me of an oversized kids' bathtub toy, and as I recall had a plug in it that I was concerned might come out or leak. If this hadn't already been damaged in shipment I probably would have rejected it anyway. Pros price Cons quality/durability (in fairness I never used it, it didn't survive shipping) Usage

So far this has been a fun...

So far this has been a fun SUP on the flat lake behind my house. It's easy to balance on and goes fairly straight. Pros Easy to balance on, fins help with going straight Cons The paddle leaves a little to be desired, but it can be replaced. Usage Mostly exercise on the lake, thought about trying to fish off it, but currently I'm not quite stable enough.

Picked one of these easy...

Picked one of these easy breezy boards after seeing them at summer camp last year. Everyone was doing it so effortlessly. Pros Perfect for beginners Inexpensive Easy to master Decent paddle included Cons Heavy Handle isnt deep enough to get a grip on. Usage Touring around a small lake

Nice board. Especially...

Nice board. Especially for the beginners to intermediate. Heavy construction. Very stable, safe, and durable. Great for kids, teenagers, beginners... I really love my lifetime stand up board sup freestyle. Pros Stable, safe Cons Heavy Usage Touring, exercise, racing

Overall a nice flatwater...

Overall a nice flatwater board. I have used this in a few marinas here, but would not use it for waves. This is a great board for families that want to have something for their kids to use that they wont ding. Pros Inexpensive, easy to use Cons a little heavy for long walks to launch spots Usage good for touring with the family

I bought this board as a...

I bought this board as a Christmas gift for my daughter. She has been bugging me for months about one. This board is big, looks like it is stable and will be hard for her to damage. I didn't want to spend a arm and a leg on something she may not use that often so this was the perfect choice. She can learn on this one and then move up to something else. Now all she has to do is wait till spring. Pros Looks very stable, comfortable, great inexpensive first board and it's plastic so it will not damage easily. Cons Heavy for someone small. Usage Lakes and inlets.

We borrowed one of these...

We borrowed one of these for a family trip this summer. What a great board!!! It was easy enough for my kids to use (ages 7-16) and stable enough for my wife to enjoy. It handled the lake with ease. No issues with waves or weather. Looking forward to getting one of our own. Pros Very easy to manage in and out of the water. Cons Usage We used it for leisure and touring.

I bought this board to try...

I bought this board to try out stand up paddle boarding on lakes and the cheseapeake bay. It was priced very low on sale, and for the money I think it was a good investment. However it is definitely entry level and probably not suited for advanced paddlers. I will keep this paddleboard even when I upgrade for friends and family to use. I am giving this board 4 stars, not because it is the best board, but because it was such a good buy and seems to be super durable. Pros It is easy to balance as a first timer. It was inexpensive (relative to other paddleboards) It is a tank. It feels very durable and seems like you could throw it off a building and it would still be functional. Cons It is heavy and awkward to move alone. It takes on water on long trips (>1 hr). It seems slow compared to other paddleboards I have used since buying this one. Usage I use it for general fitness and fun exploring the bay, lakes, and other waters.

Love this thing... bring...

Love this thing... bring my english bully with me... Pros love it al Cons handles.. I'm only 5'4 and wish it had better gripping however I will get my hubby to put some on for me...l Usage fun fun fun...

Very stable. I am able to...

Very stable. I am able to crab off it in the Puget sound Pros Wide. Stable Cons Slow. Awkward to carry and put into and out of water. Usage Surf, exercise

Nice SUP. Especially for...

Nice SUP. Especially for the beginners to intermediate. Heavy construction. Very stable, safe, and durable. Great for kids, teenagers, beginners... Pros Safe. Stable. Does not get damaged. Value for the money... Cons Too heavy. Difficult to carry to the water and to put back on the vehicle. Awkward to carry... Usage Ocean front / beach front in low or no surf and the bay side waters for touring and exercise.

Wonderful Board! I took it...

Wonderful Board! I took it fishing several times already and was very stable when doing so. Although the board is slow it is incredibly stable Pros Easy to ride, great for fishing, great for beginners Cons Slow, Difficult to navigate, heavy Usage surf

Great board all around....

Great board all around. Pros Economic. Stable. Durable Cons Heavy. Difficult to enter and exit the water Usage Surf

A good stable cheap(on...

A good stable cheap(on sale) board but I am more than 30 pounds under the max weight and still stand in water while paddling. Still it is the most comfortable of the 3 boards I have tried so far. Pros Price. Comfort. Looks-the blue looks cool on the lake. Cons Needs more handles and a deeper center carry handle. Deck rigging is thin,too stretchy and there is not enough room to store much. Standing in water. Usage Lake

It handles a little slow,...

It handles a little slow, but is stable in the water. I was hoping for a lighter board, however, as this is heavier than my kayak. Pros Very stable, great beginner board Cons Slow, some difficulty tracking Usage A few times, borrowed from a friend

I am a beginner paddle...

I am a beginner paddle boarder and this board was easy to move from sitting to kneeling to standing. It was stable in all positions and comfortable to my knees which get tired easily. Also while standing I did not experience foot or leg fatigue because the surface has some flexibility. Seems a little slower than my friend's board. For me it tracks ok but my friend thinks her board (pelican flow) tracks better. Pros Easy and stable for a beginner to change positions. comfortable to knees and ankles. Easy for 2 people to put on top of car. Price Cons Water comes on top board when heavier people ride (180 lbs. +) Usage On lake

I read a fair number of...

I read a fair number of reviews on this board and decided to buy it when it went on sale. So far, I am very pleased with the stability and portability of this board. I expected to go flying off it, but was surprised by the ease at which I was able to stay on it. It attracted some attention at the lake! Pros Easy to use, Seems durable, Inexpensive Cons Slow Usage Recreational, Lake touring

Great beginner board, all...

Great beginner board, all 5 family members love it for fun on the lake. Pros price Cons with my 230lbs it tends to sit pretty low in the water and looses some air thru the vent plugs. A little heavy. Usage used for flat water exercise, fishing and fun

I like it! I'm close to...

I like it! I'm close to the max weight of 220, so it sits lower than when my girlfriend gets on it. But it tracks smooth, is easy to paddle and is very stable. I got on expecting to fall in and so far so good. Though I figure once I get confident I'll get stupid and fall in. Over all a good SUP for the money. I'm sure for more money you could get a better SUP, but you get a good SUP and a paddle for half the price of a board, so I feel it is a good entry to the sport. Pros Cons Usage

Great overall...

Great overall board. Pros Smooth cutting in water. Economical. Cons Heavy Usage Heavy

can't be beat for the...

can't be beat for the price!

Pros
it does exactly what it's made for & the adjustable fins are great for different currents
it holds my 235 lb weight just fine.

Cons
cheesy & plastic.
Usage
mostly lake & dam touring.