I bought the Nalu 12.5 package through ACK about a
month ago. It shipped quickly (I had it at my house
within a week).
As far as the kayak goes, I love the versatility of it. I
normally take it out on a lake, and go back and forth
between stand up paddling and kayaking. It is
extremely stable as a stand up board. As a sit on top
kayak, it isn't the fastest. There is some sacrifice in
speed in order to accomodate a more stable
platform. However, it is fast enough to get by,
especially for recreational use. It is heavy. You can't
just tuck it under one arm and take off. If lifting and
maneuvering 50lbs is challenging for you, this board
would work best if you can leave it at the water you
are paddling on. I haven't had any problems loading
it up in my truck every time I use it, and I'm no He-
Man (I tip the scales at around 165lbs).
I like that the package came with the Taboo paddle,
because I would have gotten one of those anyway.
Don't expect an amazing kayak paddle or SUP paddle
from the Taboo. However, it comes with three
attachments so you can stand up, kneel, or sit and
paddle. I haven't use it for fishing yet, but I plan to.
The ability to stand up and cast is really convenient.
I gave it 5 stars, because it is exactly what I wanted
it to be. I wanted a kayak that is durable and
comfortable with good tracking. I wanted a
paddleboard that is stable, but long enough to be
fast. This kayak/board satisfies on both counts. It is
also reassuring to know that I can stand up paddle
out to the middle of a big lake and not have to worry
about the wind picking up. If it does, I just sit down
and kayak where I need to go.
Love the stability of the board.
It is a bit heavy but that makes
it stable. The plastic material
can stand up to weather unlike
the board made of fiberglass
which have to be constantly
protected. So ease of storage
is great. I can leave it on the
beach. The paddle is basic and
I will up grade to a better one
This was a great purchase! Somewhat heavy but just
get a cart and you are good to go...Handles well in the
water, very stable. The convertible option is really nice
too (change to kayak, I mostly use as paddleboard).
The dry hatch is great - actually goes the whole length
of the boat - so careful making sure it doesn't slide
back. But would be GREAT for overnight river trips.
Paddle needed a little work with a drill to get the part to
fit just right, but not a big deal. ACK shipped my
product quickly :)
I love it... it is so stable that i
can take my big old doggy with
me everywhere. i have tried
other boards that were tippy
when its wavey, but my ocean
kayak is so stable and plenty
fast for me....
Nice enough as a basic SUP. It is a hybrid which means it isn't great at
either a kayak or an SUP. On the good side - it is very well built and
doesn't need to be handled with kid gloves. It is also quite stable.
Compared to SUPs I have rented this does as well - so yes I consider it a
good entry level SUP. I like the hatch in front and the bungee straps in
back when used as an SUP. As a SOT kayak- I weigh just a little over
200 lbs and the stern submerges when I use it in kayak mode. It
doesn't respond the way I like a kayak to respond and maneuver, so I
don't care for it as a kayak. My 12 year old son had never been in a
kayak or a SUP and I put him on this and he was switching back and
forth between SUP and kayak without any problem his first time out. So
yes, it is easy to use and stable.
Chris on the lake
The low profile of the board makes it a great
choice for lake paddling. My wife thinks my
168 lb. weight submerges the stern. I don't
think I can move the seat forward so it
wouldn't interfere foot placement for stand up
53 year old non-athlete
the board is great! the package price was a
real deal and I was able to use the board,
standing and kneeling the very first time we
put it in the water. At 50 pounds, you don't
want to have to carry it too far, though.
I wanted both a kayak and SUP but didn't want
spend $2000 for both. Then I came across the
Nalu Hybrid. At first, I couldn't believe that you
could have the best of both worlds with one
product without a lot of compromise. I spent hours
scouring the web for reviews and more
information. The more I checked the more I was
convinced that this may be the perfect product for
people who recreationally enjoy both kayaking and
paddle boarding. I purchased this product around
a year ago and let me tell you that I could not
have been happier and the price for the package
deal at ACK is was one of the best values around.
I use it all the time in the creeks and ocean. It is
very stable and works as expected as a kayak or
SUP. Not sure if they still make the smaller
version but I would recommend the larger size of
12.5 which is still very maneuverable and glides
Perfect for our needs! Fast
shipping! Great Customer
This is a good package for
beginners to advanced paddle
boarders and you won't find a
better price anywhere.