After going to Seattle last summer my partner and I have been set on getting kayaks since. After months and months of research, wanting something more portable and easier to get in and out of the water with, I decided on an ISUP instead. Again, I researched and researched and the Gili Air (Model Shown: 11.6, Teal, Fiberglass paddle) was seemingly, by far the best choice. Every single negative thing I had read or heard through articles and YouTube videos about the Air, Gili had addressed and changed in this latest model. Every single thing shown in the pictures (including Kayak seat on particularly promotion) came with my board at no extra charge. I got the 11.6 to be able to take a passenger and was worried about not being able to lift it- I am very small and had zero issues at all moving it around. Plenty of hooks and multiple places to grab and pick it up from. A paddle holder. Love that GILI has a wide variety of accessories that are compatible with all their different models- Will be placing an order for a drinking holder and cooler soon. A very cute bag with more than enough extra storage. I’ve never owned a SUP before and it took 15 minutes and a little trial and error to get everything set up and having a good understanding of it all. I only have 2 complaints, both of which are subjective and me just being nit picky. 1) I don’t like the design options- I love the back of the board but I don’t particularly like any of the front options. This is ultimately personal preference and not a huge deal to me. 2) I will be buying an electric pump immediately. It’s a shame they’re so expensive but the pump took way too much of my time and energy that the extra cost is worth it. Overall 10/10 and I am so ecstatic with my purchase!
Also love that they donate a portion to help the ocean and it’s ecosystem!