There are certain situations where an inflatable SUP becomes the most essential vessel in your arsenal. iSUPs allow you to reach distant spots, unravel new experiences and fish like never before. Once done, you simply deflate and roll it up to fit in a standard backpack carry bag, and Voila !
Now, these points might apply to all inflatable SUPs out there but NRS boards claim to shelter a secret formula that will enable you to enjoy an inflatable SUP to the fullest extent.
Thus, in this review, we will try to highlight some of the most prominent features of NRS Mayra iSUP boards, their quality, performance and most importantly whether they’re worth the $1000 price tag or not. So, let’s jump right onto it.
NRS Mayra Review – Features & Specs
- Axis Technology™ acrylic stiffener
- Removable, interchangeable, nylon-reinforced plastic fins
- Leash attachment D-ring
- D-ring at the center
- Toeing D-ring beneath the tail
- 2 carry handles
- Top-quality Leafield D7 inflation/deflation valve
- Package includes:
- (1) Touring Fin, (1) Allwater Fin
- High-pressure pump
- Pressure gauge
- SUP Travel Pack Bag
- Leafield valve adapter
- Repair kit
|Dimensions||10'4" Long x 34" Wide x 5" Thick|
|Weight limit||220 lbs|
|Number of D-rings||7 D-rings
|Recommended PSI||20 PSI|
|Carry handles||2 carry handles|
|Warranty||3 Years Retail, 1 Years Commercial|
One of the most important aspects to investigate is the overall size of the board because it determines the kind of paddler the board can handle as well as how it will perform on water. So, before we even dare intrude on quality, we must first find out whether this NRS is a good fit for you!
Initially, the first and most significant dimension to review is length because it goes directly to tell you what kind of board this is.
Thus, At 10 feet 4 inches, you can expect some serious stability from this humble vessel.
In fact, this board will prove to be quite helpful to beginners and intermediate paddlers because it isn’t too short nor too long.
Also, because of its moderate length, the board will make a great match for the average adult as well as developed teens.
In terms of width, the NRS at hand measures an impressive 34 inches that will take balance to a whole other level. Since this is a primarily entry-level board, NRS was clever enough to equip it appropriately and with such wide platform, the paddler will feel at ease to move around and adjust him/herself comfortable without the risk of falling off.
Finally, thickness is a shy dimension but one with great potential which is why we were satisfied with the 5 inches hull that NRS delivered here.
Now, there are definitely thicker boards but 5 inches isn’t that far off. Certainly, the thicker the board, the tougher it is and the less likely it is to bend under excessive pressure. However, a thick board isn’t only repulsive but also significantly tedious and for a water vessel, that’s not the exact adjective we’re looking for.
Quality is perhaps the first concern most paddlers have when we’re talking about inflatable paddle boards. Undeniably, inflatable objects do not have the best of reputations but we must create a clear distinction between toys and professionally built vessels.
A great example of a resilient inflatable board is clearly seen through the Mayra and that’s by no means an overstatement. Now, it might sound like we are a little bias and to be honest we are because this board is simply impressive. After all, objectivity is as good as an honest opinion and ours holds nothing but praise for the quality of this board.
When talking about the NRS Mayra, one can’t help but hinge on material quality. Indeed, the board at hand shields itself via a solid heavy-duty PVC coat with double side walls because those are the parts that receive most friction.
Once the foundation is lied down, NRS reinforces the board’s unity via an industrial drop stitch construction that perfectly glues the board together and gives it enough strength to handle up to 220 pounds as maximum load.
Before we wrap up on quality, it is essential to highlight the brand’s original axis technology acrylic stiffening agent that allows for a super rigid performance and a long lasting longevity. Now, you must keep in mind that while you can get a board that costs half the price, you’ll never find something as tough as this NRS within its price range with a couple exceptions.
Features are the character of an inflatable board because they truly reflect the experience you are to expect from the vessel before you ride it.
Now, there is a huge race to enrich inflatable paddle boards with essential features while attempting to maintain an authentic profile but not many have succeeded. However, we can objectively argue that the Mayra is definitely close to striking that rare balance.
One of the most interesting features on this NRS is the attractive Eva pad design. The board at hand isn’t shying out of covering the entire platform with an efficient anti-skid pad that will grant you a firmer grip and consequently better command over the board.
While it is unfamiliar to see a cargo net on a board in this category, the NRS Mayra decided to commit to this extremely practical feature. Sure, authentic hard wood boards do not come with cargo nets but it’s just too good to ignore. The net is based off 4 stainless steel rings and it is capable of securing multiple items while you remain liberated to swim, fish and enjoy your surroundings.
The NRS Mayra iSUP is also featured with an extra D-ring beneath the nose for toeing the board.
Central Carry Handle
Carry handles are essential for large boards which is why NRS equipped this model with a central carry handle.
This individual handle might not seem like enough but it will certainly enable you to carry this giant board around solo.
Leafield D7 Valve
One of the most anticipated features on any NRS board has got to be the valve because it is like nothing else in the industry.
Truly, this valve is developed by the marines in order to attain higher processing speeds and reduce leaking possibility to the absolute minimum.
Performance is definitely important but it is equally important to understand that this isn’t a racing board. In fact, this board is designed with a beginner / intermediate in mind and that explains the abundant focus on stability, balance and large fin, which translates to ease of control rather than manoeuver and speed.
Therefore, before you start criticizing the NRS Mayra, make sure that you land the target audience and if you do then you are set for a satisfying experience.
While everything we discussed earlier is important, packaging has held a pristine value amongst paddlers because of the value it brings them. Hence, it was definitely consoling to see such a rich list of accessories behind this NRS:
- A high quality backpack carry bag
- High pressure hand pump with pressure gauge
- Repair kit
- 2 removable fins with different profiles : (1) Touring Fin, (1) Allwater Fin.
- The NRS Mayra iSUP board comes in 2 different versions
- It’s an awesome and super durable board
- It’s stable, relatively fast and easy to control and maneuver
- The package includes one Allwater fin, and one Touring fin
- It comes with 3 years warranty and a great package
- The price tag on the NRS Mayra iSUPs is a bitter pill to swallow.
- This board doesn’t come with a paddle.