I test a lot of watersports kit and paddle boards for my day job and this Black Friday week deal is a great option for those looking for an affordable paddle board
I can’t be alone in being pretty suspicious of cheap Black Friday paddle board deals on Amazon – indeed, I’ve tested a some pretty low quality cheap paddle boards in my time – and so, when I first came across a Bluefin paddle board kit a couple of years back, heavily discounted in an Amazon sale, I was pretty dubious of the quality.
With that in mind I grabbed a Bluefin Cruise paddle board kit at the start of summer 2023 and have been using it pretty regularly all summer.
My conclusion is that it is far, far better than I had assumed. As with many paddle board packages, you may want to upgrade to a better paddle board pump and paddle over time, but the ones that come with the set are certainly good enough for your first few years of paddling.
Is it the best inflatable paddle board on the market? Frankly, no. Is it surprisingly good for the cost? Absolutely.
This Black Friday week, the Bluefin Cruise is discounted by 25% for UK shoppers but only 15% for deal hunters in the US. This package comes up fairly regularly in sales, and this is not the cheapest I have seen it offered. However, I have recommended the board to people at RRP, so any discount is worthwhile.
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UK – Bluefin Cruise 10ft 8in paddle board – now £375.99, was £499.00 , save 25%
I’ve tested this Bluefin Cruise paddle board in extensively this summer and found it to be a great bit of kit for the price. And with a Black Friday week discount you can make a decent saving on what is already a good value-for-money proposition. It contains everything you need to get out on the water. Build quality is good and it pumps up to a decent 15PSI offering good levels of rigidity.
US – Bluefin Cruise 10ft 8in paddle board – now $508.15, was $599.00 , save 15%
As this Bluefin Cruise paddle board is not quite as deeply discounted for US customers, it’s less of a no-brainer. As mentioned, I’d happily pay the list price, so 15% off is decent. But if you are looking for a real bargain you may want to hold on for future sales.
The Bluefin Cruise is very stable for paddling and has a fair amount of buoyancy thanks to its width and depth. Of course this does also mean it is more affected by wind and waves than other, smaller designs.
I like that the grip runs almost all the way to the tail of the board, meaning you still have grip to stand on if you have a heavy dry bag strapped to the attachment point on the nose of the board – or a small child – both of which would see you stand much further back than normal
This model excels in versatility and manoeuvrability, making it well-suited for most novice or occasional paddlers.
While the backpack makes transportation convenient, and the inclusion of everything you need to get on the water is a boon, as a package it is up there in weight terms, so carrying the complete set may be challenging for some smaller users. I certainly wouldn’t want to carry the whole kit a long way.
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