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I use a Speedcoach. It is the older nonprogrammable model. I have a heart monitor but rarely use it. I keep the unit at the bow which I like because I can see it without looking down. I don't like having to stop and crawl on my belly every time I want to stop it for an interval so I was thinking of supplementing with a GPS watch. I've never owned one. I DON'T want a fitness tracker or HR monitor. I DO want something simple with big numbers so OLD eyes can read. I'm thinking less features and functions, maybe an older model that a mature mind can easily operate.
Garmin 910 keeps popping up. As far as cost goes, I was hoping to slip it into my PayPal account without my husband notice so prolly under 250. Any opinions?
Just finished paddling around a local island, 5.5 miles. Very light breeze, very strong current. My time wa 1:25. I did the same course in December, similar conditions and my time was 1:15. Was pushing harder during race.
So the flat water speed of the board isn't greaT BUT my legs aren't as spent, the boat wakes were totally a non issue. I bought the board as an addition not replacement. My goal is the Key West Classic. May not happen this year due to family issues but I very very safe on the board and more importantly relaxed. Lugging it up from m the beach to my car was a bitch. Loading it on the roof was a bitch.
I paddle with a smaller blade ZRE 78. Great paddle btw. I figured out ypu really need to keep the board moving. I'm not sure if this is a true displacement board- feel free to chime in.
Today I took delivery of my 2017 Bark Ghost Vapor. I almost didn't take the board because when it arrived it weighed 25 pounds. I was under the impression that the 2017 models we're going to be under or at 20 pounds. I wanted a lighter board that I could lug around. I am 55 years old, 140 pounds, female paddeler from Southwest Florida. I have been spoiled because my flatwater river race board is a 19.5 pound Hovie which I adore. She is very fragile though and the front part of her deck is a little soft. I hope that the more substantial Bark board will be more durable. I suppose one board can't do everything now that's why a girl needs more than one board
I test paddled in the gulf yesterday and there was a 1 to 2 foot chop. I would've struggled in those conditions on my Hovie. The Bark was unbelievably stable but more importantly it cut through the chop like butter. My skill set level just took an exponential leap forward I was able to paddle and have fun and not be worried about falling in all the time. On the other hand I had it in the river this afternoon and it is definitely not as peppy as my Hovie.
I test paddled what I thought was the 2016 Bark Carbon Vapor 14. The deck on that board is completely different. That board had a recessed deck with higher walls lateral to where your feet are. My board is completely flat and the deck pad which is white goes further back. White is good for the hot Florida sun but my feet are usually dirty.
Going for a longer paddle tomorrow in the gulf so I'll give you an update tomorrow. I'm looking at this as my SUV board to have fun on and not have to worry about balance. I'm even learning to walk the board. Happy to answer any questions.
I would love if someon from Bark could comment on the construction and weights of the boards. I guess it compares to other brands (Starboard) but oh how I wish it was 3-4 pounds less.
Update on paddle purchase.
I waited a couple months to post this because I wanted to get a feel for the paddle.
There was definitely a learning curve paddling with my new paddle. Grabbing the water at the catch was initially very difficult and I had a hard time keeping the board straight. After a couple months I feel much more comfortable with the paddle and have no issues. When I ordered the paddle I spoke directly with Bob Zaveral. He helped me through the whole process. I wanted a 78sq. in. blade that was 6.5 wide. I got a superlight shaft that has a bit more flex, thinner walls, and a contoured smaller hand grip.
The paddle is well made and SUPER LIGHT. I was able to hop on a group sale from NYC and get 25% off. Total cost to door 350.00
Conclusion: I love the paddle. I am able to hold a higher cadence and it "seems" easier on my body than the Hippo stick 7 I was using. I don't think the new paddle is any slower or faster but I am able to keep a higher rate with less effort and go the same speed. It definitely too some getting used to but it seems to have forced me to improve my catch.
Wow that's all great info guys exactly what I was looking for. So here is an idea, I live on a beautiful tidal river in warm sunny SW Florida. How about if I have a Paddle Party and you guys can bring all 40 paddles that you own and let me demo them. Free mango jam and coconut key lime liquor, the best damn legal stuff in a jar ever, to all participants. Do any of these companies demo paddles by mail? If not they should.
One additional question, what is the difference between the two levels of paddles on the ZRE site. Is it worth it to go with the higher option? The flex shaft option iisnt listed there, is that because it's heavier?? Which shaft option is best for me? Does the blemished option make a difference? And WHY do they put all of those goofy stickers on the paddles?