SUP International Magazine – Gladiator Pro 10’6 2020 Review

VERDICT

The Pro model is the mid-range inflatable paddleboard from Gladiator. It sits above the Light and below the Elite models boasting a more rigid and durable build than the former. The all-round shape makes this the perfect board for family use on the sea, lakes and canals. Its 3-piece paddle can be used by small children by omitting one of the shaft pieces. The flexible nylon paddle blade and fin ensure that they will not get chipped, increasing the accessories durability. The board itself is very rigid even under heavier riders because of the new double skin ‘Strongedge’. It’s sweet to paddle, tracks well and turns easily.

OVERVIEW

The package comes complete with a carbon 3-piece paddle with nylon blade, US fin, leash, pump, repair kit and wheeled luggage case to carry it all in. There are carry handles on the top and sides of the carry case as well as shoulder straps to carry it all as a rucksack. The deck is made from similar pre-laminated double skin PVC you find on boards that cost a lot more which provides a firmer deck. The Gladiator Pro has two handles, one at the centre and one on top of the tail and both are nicely padded for carrying comfortably. A 2/3 deck grip covers all the areas you require with a kick in the tail end for back foot placement. Finally, the Strongedge deviates from the norm by giving a much lower profile than other inflatables
and doesn’t roll around the rail quite as much, giving a more refined look.

BRAND CLAIM

The Gladiator Pro 10’6 SUP is the true all- round shape. At 10’6 x 32” x 4.75” this SUP board is the perfect all-round board for most people. The 32” width and the straight rails make this SUP board nice and stable and is a great board for all riders up to 120kg. Whether paddling flat water or waves with friends, family, kids or the dog, you’ll have an amazing time on the 10’6.

PERFORMANCE

The supplied pump soon gets the Gladiator Pro to its impressive full-pressure at the top end and has the usual single and double stroke settings we are used to seeing on premium models in recent years. The carbon shaft is lightweight with a Nylon blade and adjustable handle that assembles quickly and cleanly. The single fin box is easy to install and allows the board to track and turn with ease. On smoother flat water the board is actually surprisingly fast, we’ve put this down to a flatter, more rigid belly. The Gladiator Pro 10’6 is a sleek, stylish well composed board that will float riders up to 120 kg without issues. That the entire package comes in at £449 from a European factory must represent one of the best buys on the market right now.
 

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