The Pelican Rush 11.6 SUP Static Review

How Pelican's Flagship Standup Paddleboard Measures Up

The Pelican Rush 11.6 Standup Paddleboard
The Pelican Rush 11.6 SUP. George E. Sayour

With standup paddleboarding growing in popularity, the need for an affordable quality SUP is ever-present.  The Pelican Rush 11.6 (and 10.6) SUP is aimed at just this market.  Combining quality, durability, premium features, and cost consciousness were all obviously considerations when Pelican made their Rush line of paddleboards. Here is my review of the Pelican Rush 11.6 SUP.

Pelican Rush 11.6 SUP Features

  • Price Range: $700-$850

Aesthetics

The old adage "you can't judge a book by its cover" only holds true to an extent.  More and more we want our equipment to look good.  Also, the effort put into making our gear look good on the outside is often a reflection on the quality and performance of the overall product.  To that point, Pelican certainly makes the grade. The lime and grey with black accents offers up a really a refreshing look.  The bungee attachments, leash plug, and handle are all inset into the board, which keep the smooth lines of the board and express a certain level of workmanship and quality. All things considered, the Pelican Rush 11.6 is a very sharp looking SUP.

Construction

Most high-end paddleboards have a foam core with a fiberglass and epoxy exterior.  This makes the boards light and sleek.  They are also fragile and delicate.   Plastic SUPs are usually bulky, slow and heavy.  They are bulky because they are generally hollow and therefor made thick to make them rigid enough.

  These differences between plastic and fiberglass SUPs are, of course, generalities.  With this information, I was curious how Pelican, which is known for their plastic manufacturing processes, would stand up against the high-end SUP manufacturers.

Unlike typical low-end plastic SUPs which are hollow, Pelican also uses a foam core.  This allows their boards to be no more thick and bulky than epoxy boards.    It is true this adds weight to the boards verses their epoxy-fiberglass counterparts, but since they are plastic, the Pelican Rush is highly durable.  As for the components, they are top notch quality all the way.  The handle inside of the handhold is a welcome feature and something not offered on epoxy-fiberglass boards. 

Performance & Functionality 

I took the Pelican Rush 11.6 out in a variety of conditions.  Read the full details of my paddling experience and the accessories functionality here

Concluding Thoughts on the Pelican Rush 11.6 SUP

The Pelican Rush 11.6 SUP is the perfect blend of performance, durability, and price.  The board is sleek, stable, and tracks well.  Regardless of type of paddling, it handles like any other traditional design paddle board.  In the world of plastic SUPs, there really isn't a board that I have tried or seen that can measure up to the Rush.

 

The main tradeoff with this board as compared to fiberglass-epoxy boards in the pros and cons of the materials themselves.  Being plastic, the Rush is heavier than a typical fiberglass and epoxy board by about 20lbs.  This weight could translate into a speed difference also, but I did not notice going any slower or paddling with any more effort than I have on an epoxy board.  In the favor of this plastic board is that it is much more durable and hundreds of dollars less expensive than those lighter fiberglass-epoxy boards.

So, that's basically it.  If you are looking for a high quality, durable, and cost effective standup paddleboard, you won't find more bang for your buck than in the Pelican Rush 11.6.
 

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Sayour, George. "The Pelican Rush 11.6 SUP Static Review." ThoughtCo, Aug. 31, 2016, thoughtco.com/pelican-rush-11-6-sup-static-review-2555834. Sayour, George. (2016, August 31). The Pelican Rush 11.6 SUP Static Review. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/pelican-rush-11-6-sup-static-review-2555834 Sayour, George. "The Pelican Rush 11.6 SUP Static Review." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/pelican-rush-11-6-sup-static-review-2555834 (accessed November 22, 2017).