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The Fanatic Fly Air: Popular and reliable, but missing gear
The Fanatic Fly Air is an inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board of very high quality and one of the best inflatables money can buy. This board is expensive for beginners, but it offers maximum performance so you can enjoy the sport straight away from the start.
I will tell you more about this board, the properties, the different sizes and their advantages and when you should or should not purchase this board.
- Stiffer and faster than other all-round inflatable boards
- Suitable for both quiet and slightly wilder water
- Large diamond grooving footpad for extra grip
- Quite expensive, a big investment for beginners for a board without a paddle
- The recommended user weight is not very high, taking a second person is not possible on any of these boards
- SUP leash is not included
Most suitable for:
The Fanatic Fly Air performs very well on the water and it is easy to build up some speed. This board is only suitable for optimal performance for one person, this board is not suitable for taking along another person as the weight limit is quite low for all three sizes. Also you need a slightly bigger budget, as you will be spending a bit over $600 on a Fanatic Fly Air.
If you do not own a paddle or leash yet you need to purchase these separately, as they are not included in the package that comes with these boards.
All Round / Relaxing / Touring / Yoga (though the 9’8″ is not great for Yoga due to the small platform)
Speed on the water
The board has quite a nice speed. It is very light and thinner than other inflatables, so you can build up extra speed.
This board weighs around 8 kg, depending on the size as you can see on the chart up here. This is very light so it is very easy to put in the supplied backpack and transport it.
The board is 32/33/34″ wide and 9’8″/10’4″/10’8″ long. The big diamond grooving is good for your grip, but on the smaller board it is harder to stay stable.
My own experience
Before I started testing this board I was very excited about getting to try this out. This is supposed to be one of the best inflatables available at the market, but at the same time I was very curious if it could justify the higher prices that are attached to these boards that do not include a paddle.
When I finally got to use the board it surely surpassed my expectations. The quality of this inflatable is indeed unmatched by others, and compared to cheaper brands like Aqua Marina this offers a whole new experience.
Since I only had 2 days to try these out I got on the water right away. The 9’8″ was most difficult, as I am close to the weight limit and it is a small board. Unlike other boards the weight limit doesn’t need an extra margin to be taken into account. So it did not bend through and worked perfectly. I mostly enjoyed this smallest board for catching waves and a more surfing-like approach.
Maybe I’m not a super pro, but to me it did not feel like a lot of difference between the 10’4″ and 10’8″ boards. Sure there is a bit more stability and a longer glide, but it did not completely change my paddling experience. Either of these sizes will do, if you want some more stability you can go for the 10’8″ instead of the 10’4″.
Downside is that for the 10’8″ the maximum weight capacity is still only 105 kg, so taking a second person is out of the question. As a beginner I did like to share my experience and joy with other, so this is a bit of a downside to this board for me.
Besides that I would never have paid this kind of money to try out a sport I would like to try for the first time. I feel as if this is great as a follow-up board for people that want to get more out of their inflatable Stand Up Paddle experience, but for most people this is just too pricey to purchase as a first board.
- Comfortable carrying handle
- Integrated deck net to attach luggage
- Fanatic Power Pump HP2 for fast inflation
- Diamond grooving footpad for the ultimate grip and comfort
- High quality towing eyelets
- Removable tool-free fin
One removable tool-free fin in the center of the board.
The Drop-Stitch Light technology for lightweight but a very durable and stiff board.
Inflate / deflate
SUP is inflated in nearly 7 mins with the supplied pump
A 2 year warranty that covers all workmanship and materials. It does not apply to the included accessories.
Cool and stylish design that is very appealing to the eye.
Included in the package
Officially this board does not include a paddle at all, but at some retailers a paddle is supplied anyway to make your paddle board set complete. Most common is the inclusion of the Fanatic Pure 3-piece Paddle, shown below.
A nicely designed and high quality backpack to easily carry along your (lightweight) Fanatic Fly Air. The size fits the board, with the 9’8″ you receive an M sized backpack, with the 10’4″ and 10’8″ you receive an L sized backpack.
High pressure pump
The Fanatic Power Pump HP2 is of high quality and gets the job done quickly with double action inflating. One of the best pumps available, I have also included this in the Best SUP pumps of 2020 article.
Optional accessoires (not included)
An absolute must to go out on the water, do not forget to purchase one if you do not own one yet!
Electric SUP pump
For those who don’t want the exercise before getting on the board.
Difference between an Inflatable board and a Hard board
Advantages Inflatable board
- Easy to take on holiday (even on the plane)
- Easy to store in the winter days
- Much cheaper
- Technology has improved greatly over the past 10 years. For this reason, these boards are now almost hard to distinguish from hard boards
- More speed, which is important if you are a professional
- Easier to make sharp turns on the water because the board is thinner
- No inflation needed, you can get on the water right away
Other Fanatic Fly Air Reviews online
The Fanatic Fly Air is a very popular Stand Up Paddle Board and has thus been reviewed by many different websites online.
A short overview of these reviews below:
Sup-internationalmag.com: “A premium board from one of the best global brands, it’s simply a very polished product you’ll be happy with for years to come. Well recommended by our testers. “
Greenwatersports.com: “The 2019 Fanatic Fly Air 10’4″ inflatable paddle board is exceeding good value. At just $899 Fanatic provides a high quality single-skin-with-stringer SUP that really feels and performs like a premium board.
Conclusion – Should you buy?
The Fanatic Fly Air SUP is mostly perfect if you are already Stand Up Paddle Boarding for a couple of years and want to upgrade to a higher quality board. As a starter board is a bit pricey and you cannot even take your friends along for a trip on this board.
Especially because the board officially does not include a paddle or leash either it is not suitable for beginners. If you are getting this as your first board, look at offers that do include a paddle so you can get started right away.
I would recommend this for taking the next step or if you have a big budget to spend for your first Stand Up Paddle Board and you want to get the highest quality possible right away. If you first want to try out paddle boarding go for a cheaper model, so you do not have a $600 board just lying around if you decide this sport is not for you.