Ocean Kayak's Nalu

Best for: flatwater touring

Jul 21, 2010
Outside Magazine
Ocean Kayak's Nalu

   Photo: Photo by Inga Hendrickson

One member of the family wants a stand-up paddleboard and another wants a sit-on-top? Split the difference with Ocean Kayak's Nalu: It's a stand-up paddleboard with a molded seating area, so you can sit down and paddle it like a kayak, too. As a SUP, it's just maneuverable enough for gentle surf, but it's really more about cruising around on lakes, bays, or mellow rivers: three low-profile, molded fins out back help keep it tracking straight. As a sit-on-top, it doesn't win any awards for luxury, but you can get an optional backrest ($60–$85) that ups the comfort. 11', 40 lbs; $599; oceankayak.com