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Gear Review: NRS Baron 6
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Gear Review: NRS Baron 6

Gear Review: NRS Baron 6

 

--Product Information-- 

NRS Baron 6 SUP

Product Name: Baron 6
Product Brand: NRS
Best Use: Whitewater SUP'ing, Yoga SUP'ing
Application: Fitness, Flat water, Downriver, & Yoga.
Paddler Size: over 250 lbs.
Dimensions: 11' 4" L x 36" W x 6" D
Deck Surface: 88" L x 27" W - Grippy Foam Pad
Weight: 27.4 lbs.
Volume: 358 liters
Material: PVC Drop-Stitch
Valve Type: Leafield - C7
Number of D-rings: 3
Number of Handles: 4
Warranty: 3 Years Retail, 3 Years Commercial
Includes: Two 2", two 5" and one 9" fins High-pressure pump, Pressure gauge, Carry bag with integrated backpack straps, & Leafield valve adapter Repair kit.
Features: Long, wide and built to glide. It's the Baron 4 with extra buoyancy for carrying larger paddlers and more cargo. Its broad, stable deck gives you room for gear (and pets).  Tapered tail makes it surprisingly agile for its size Inflates to 15 psi (1.034 bar) for super rigid performance.

--Test Information--
Location of Test: Clackamas River
Duration: Multiple Carnage Runs

--Ratings--
Value Rating: 8
Durability Rating: 8
Overall Rating: 8

Full Review:
The first time I paddled a SUP down whitewater I used a recreational inflatable SUP. I had a blast, but the board kept taco-ing and folding in on me. When I tried the Baron 6 at the Clackamas Whitewater Race, I noticed a huge difference in performance. The Baron 6 is pretty thick so it was very rigid making it easier to turn, gain speed, and make it through the rapids upright. This board is pretty cool. It rolls up into an easy to carry backpack and it comes with some fins in case I want to take it out on some flat water and do some fly fishing or possibly the ocean. The board is really stable and I would highly recommend it to beginners and intermediate SUP'ers. The board would also be a great yoga board because of the soft top and stability.

"The Good" List: Stable, rigid, and the backpack is awesome.

"The Not so Good List": Not quite as maneuverable as the Czar or other whitewater SUP's. The pump that came with it looks kind of cheap, but is still holding up.

The Bottom Line: The Baron is a great all around board and I definitely want to get one. It isn't the highest performing whitewater SUP, but it is also great for people who are beginners and intermediate whitewater stand up paddle boarders.  The Baron can also be used for a lot of various other applications. I can't wait to get one and take it out to the surf zone to see how it handles on the coast.

 

NRS Baron 6 SUP

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