Tower Kawasaki Jet Ski Watercraft Edition iSUP Review

As one of the leading manufacturers in the industry of inflatable paddle boards, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Tower actually created an iSUP that goes by the name of the Kawasaki Jet Ski Watercraft Edition.

In fact, the board at hand is the actual love baby of Kawasaki Jet ski and Tower, two leading manufacturers in their industries. Indeed, Kawasaki Jet Ski has been familiarized as one of the pioneers of fast watercrafts and in collaboration with Tower; they managed to create a beautiful top-shelf creation that has potential to change the iSUP game.

After putting out so many inflatable boards, the Kawasaki seemingly comes by to seal the deal as one of the most proliferated iSUPs of the decade. It’s one of Tower’s strongest players on the market.

So, what is it that pushes the board at hand to stand out and how can you be sure that it’s the right one for you?

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Features

  • Kawasaki JET SKI deck pad
  • Front, rear, and center carrying handles.
  • 2+1 fin configuration with a removable center fin
  • Package includes:
    • Board
    • Tower branded 3-piece adjustable fiberglass paddle
    • High-pressure hand pump

Specifications

Dimensions 9’10” Long x 32″ Wide x 6″ Thick
Material Military-grade PVC plus drop stitch construction
Weight limit 350lbs
Number of D-rings 2 D-rings

  • 1 Heavy duty under the nose tow ring
  • 1 Leash attachment ring on the tail
Recommended PSI 10-15 PSI
Fins 2+1 fin configuration with a removable center fin
Volume Unknown exactly, but probably 300 Liters plus
Carry handles 3 carry handles
Warranty 2 year warranty

Measurements

Kawasaki Jet Ski Watercraft Edition By Tower iSUP reviewStarting at the most basic question: how big is the board & exactly why would that matter?

The size of a board has many effects on your experience as a paddler as well as its own performance. So, let’s go step by step and see what the numbers say about this board.

Length is the quintessential dimension of a board as it significantly impacts a variety of its properties. At 9 feet 10 inches however, you can already tell why this board is making a huge impact on the market. The said length might not sound so revolutionary but that’s exactly why it works. At approximately 10 feet, the board makes a perfect fit for an extremely large slice of paddlers, including teenagers, young adults and adults. The length of the board will also prove efficient once on water as it significantly contributes to tracking and overall balance.

Width is also a critical area of interest for paddlers as it entails a whole lot of value especially for beginners. In fact, the width of your board can have such an impact on your experience that it will shape your entire vision for the sport. Standing at 32 inches, the Kawasaki Jet Ski® Watercraft iSUP brushes aside all our concerns because it simply couldn’t hit a sweeter spot. With an almost perfect length to width ratio, the board at hand is guaranteed to facilitate your balance as it is designed to be as stable as possible. So, as long as you keep your knees bent and weight balanced, you should do just fine.

As far as thickness goes, this Tower leaves nothing to luck as it goes straight up with a 6 inches thick hull which will significantly influence your entire paddling career. The best part about having a board that is thicker than average is the fact that it allows you to use it even when you don’t want to make contact with the water. This is indeed great for yoga, workout and meditation enthusiasts. Also, this little addition will certainly prevent your board from bending at the center under excessive weight which cannot be said about all iSUPs out there.

PS: the board’s maximum capacity stands at 350 lbs. So, respect it and you’ll get yourself a lifelong partner.

Quality

Quality is undeniably our primary concern no matter the purchase. However, it is especially the case when we are talking about something that is inflatable.

Indeed, inflatable paddle boards in general have struggled to gain the trust and acceptance of amateur and enthusiast paddlers. However, once they made the decision to move forward, most have never looked back again.

The Kawasaki Jet Ski® Watercraft Edition by Tower hence is not only light, flexible and practical but it is also incredibly robust. Accordingly, the board at hand is made out of the toughest military grade PVC material which is the same material that Zodiacs, river rafts and some bulletproof vests are made of.

Further, not only is the skin tougher than that of a crocodile but the construction is also pretty impressive. In that respects, Tower went ahead with an industrial drop stitch construction to seal the seams on this hull and they trust it enough to provide 2 year warranty for this board.

Features

Down to the part which a lot of paddlers look forward to. Features are indeed an attractive part of any inflatable board because it is the second best thing which sets them apart from classic rigid boards.

The Tower Kawasaki Jet Ski® Watercraft Edition likes to keep it as authentic as possible by introducing a humble set of features that do not interfere with the overall feeling of paddling yet come in handy whenever needed.

  • First things first has got to be the classic EVA gripping pad. This is now a legacy of inflatable boards in general to hook you up with a pad that strengthens your grip over the board and consequently improves your balance. Not only that, but the pad will also enable you to control the board more efficiently using your feet alone.
  • The board features front, rear, and center carrying handles.
  • It also comes with heavy duty towing d-ring under the front nose, as well as a rear surf leash d-ring.
  • As the legend goes, a single fin navigation system will never get old but then again a triple fin system is definitely a step ahead. Hence, the Tower Kawasaki went with the latter to enable you to use the board in multiple environments without any significant issues.

Performance

Kawasaki Jet Ski Watercraft Edition Inflatable Paddle Board reviewThere are a few reasons that make this board an okay performer when compared to competitive grade iSUPs but once placed next to boards of it caliber, it easily stands out.

The board will not do double side flips but it is definitely a solid entry level companion which is both extremely stable and relatively swift.

Its stability is mainly the result of a sharp dimensions’ ratio whereas the swift is totally attributed to the navigation system below the hull.

Packaging

The most exciting part about inflatable paddle boards has got to be the packaging which is why Tower hooks you up with:

  • High pressure hand pump
  • 3 piece collapsible robust paddle
  • Board that can be folded to fit in a backpack

Pros

  • Kawasaki Jet Ski® Watercraft Edition by Tower is a very well-engineered iSUP
  • It’s very stable and it’s tracks nicely
  • It can support up to 350 lbs
  • It has 2 year warranty

Cons

  • This board doesn’t come with a carry bag
  • It’s a bit pricey

Alex Smith
 

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