Gili Meno Touring SUP Review

Overview
All-round
Touring
9
9
Our score
Stability
8
Design
10
Performance
10
Price/Quality ratio
8
Supplied accessories
9

Gili Meno Touring SUP Board: Excellent Features and Water Performance!

The Gili SUP was founded in 2018 to provide unbeatable value and outstanding customer service. They are growing and have a promising future ahead of them. They have been creative in releasing new series of boards with high-quality SUP boards.

Because they value their customers, they take the time to read feedback and improve their board to provide a good track record of customer care. Many of their customers expect this company to expand and develop new models to reach the top of the industry!

Gili MENO Touring SUP
Gili MENO Touring SUP

The GILI Paddleboard has released a new touring board that is 12’6 long and 31″ wide. This Gili Meno Touring SUP is considered one of the fastest touring SUP in their collection without sacrificing stability. It is a narrower SUP board that provides great performance and touring and is great for long-distance adventure paddling.

Gili MENO Touring SUP
Gili MENO Touring SUP

This board can be used at any skill level, although I recommend starting with an all-around paddle board like the Komodo before progressing to this one. Seasoned pros will enjoy the speed and maneuverability of this board. If you are looking for the ultimate experience in long-distance paddling, the GILI Meno Touring SUP should be on your list!

The GILI paddleboard benefits oceans, reefs, and endangered sea creatures. That simply means that by purchasing their paddleboard, you are also helping the ocean by supporting their SUP boards.

Pro’s

  • Lightweight despite its size.
  • It feels great on the water.
  • The stability is excellent.
  • Weight capacity is quite high.
  • Fast SUP board.
  • With a large Inflatable SUP, you can move quickly.
  • SUP board with carbon fiber rails that is long-lasting.
  • Every SUP board sold benefits their charity.

Cons

  • It has Small D-Rings.
  • Narrow, hence slightly less stable which is why I recommend it for experienced paddlers.
Gili MENO Touring SUP
Gili MENO Touring SUP

What Makes Gili Meno Touring SUP Stand Out?

This 2022, the GILI Meno Touring SUP has received numerous updates! This SUP board comes with a fin package that includes three different center fins. It has two regular side fins that you can change depending on the water condition. It has bungee straps to store your cargos that you may need to keep you entertained while paddling.

They have added new accessories compared to the previous version, and they take their time stepping into the game. If you’re looking for a SUP board that’s great for touring on longer trips and adventures, this SUP board might be just what you’re looking for. This is a fast SUP board that is also extremely reliable.

A percentage of the proceeds from your SUP purchase will be contributed to organizations that work to protect our oceans, reefs, and endangered sea creatures.

At the same time, the Gili Meno Touring SUP can be used by beginners too. When using this SUP board, it feels very comfortable, which I believe is an important factor for a SUP.

Gili Komodo
Gili Komodo

It is also relatively smooth and efficient on the water, making it ideal for long expeditions.

This is a larger SUP board when compared to other Gili models, but it has great features such as the ability to paddle with your children and pets, as well as load more gear at the same time due to its 300-pound weight capacity.

I’ll go over the GILI Meno Touring SUP board in more detail below.

The Gili Meno Touring is an excellent paddle board for those looking for a high-quality, long-lasting board that can take on any challenge.

It is built with a thick, durable PVC material that can take on any challenge. The Gili Meno Touring SUP can endure it all, whether you’re paddling in calm waters or hitting the waves.

The Gili Meno Touring SUP provides exceptional tracking and glide, making it an excellent choice for flat water and open water paddling. So, if you’re in the market for a new paddle board, be sure to check out the Gili Meno Touring. You won’t be disappointed!

Gili MENO Touring SUP
Gili MENO Touring SUP

Specifications

length
Length
12'6"
width
Width
31"
thickness
Thickness
6"
weight
Weight
24 lbs / 10.8 kg
rider weight
Max Rider Weight
300 lbs / 136 kg
air pressure
Max Air Pressure
15 PSI
colour options
Board type
Inflatable
skill
Skill
Advanced
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Primary use
Flat Water Paddling/Recreational/Touring

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Speed on the water
When we talk about the speed performance of the Gili Meno Touring SUP board, this surprised me. It performed admirably even though it is a lightweight SUP board yet maintains speed admirably.

While adding the speed numbers, you can easily paddle this SUP board fast and feel stable. The Gili Meno Touring SUP board performs efficiently in terms of speed, maneuverability, glide, and tracking!

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Transport
As previously stated, despite its length, you will have no trouble transporting this SUP. This is easy to transport and ideal for smaller paddlers who don’t want to drag themselves out on the water.

They also have a wheeled backpack, so if you travel, you’ll be at ease with this paddleboard! I liked the high quality of the included backpack, which has numerous pockets for storing your SUP board accessories as well as some of your valuables. 

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Stability
When purchasing a SUP board, one of the most important factors to consider is the stability of the paddleboard, especially for beginners.

This board will impress you in terms of stiffness, weight capacity, and durability! Despite being a lightweight SUP, this board is quite stable. Based on my experience, the Gili Meno Touring SUP’s dimensions add stability.

Professional’s Experience

I always choose the Gili Meno Touring SUP when it comes to touring and recreational paddling.

The Gili Meno Touring SUP board will astound you with how good it is and how many features it has. This is a Touring SUP with excellent stability, tracking, maneuverability, and sufficient speed. Even though the SUP board is quite long, I liked how easy it was for me to drag it.

Because of the lightweight structure, I had no trouble transporting it while traveling.

I also want to highlight the high-quality and well-packed package contents of this SUP board! This Gili Meno Touring SUP is ideal for families who want to spend time together in the sun.

The Gili Meno Touring SUP was built with the strongest and lightest SUP material available, Fusion Dual Layer Technology. This paddle board is made of high-quality materials and will provide you with a long-lasting and stiff paddleboard.

Gili MENO Touring SUP
Gili MENO Touring SUP

The Gili Meno Touring SUP board has a diamond traction pad in the back. The updated version of the board has added more traction to the rear tail pad. A rear diamond pattern on the rear for improved grip and support.

They also included front and rear bungee side handles to keep your kids comfortable and secure while paddling with you! An action camera mount and a D-ring on the nose have been added to make your paddling experience more memorable by attaching your Sports Camera and capturing footage or images while having fun on the water.

It comes with a fin kit with three different sizes of center fins: a 9″ race fin, a 4.5″ speed fin, and a 3″ river fin, allowing you to change the performance of your board depending on the water conditions you choose to paddle in.
The Gili Meno Touring SUP board package includes a paddle, a rolling backpack, a leash, a pump, and a fin kit, which I will go over in more detail below.

With all this, the Gili Meno Touring SUP is definitely built to last.


Important features

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Setup

  • On the water, the Gili Meno Touring SUP board is reliable and sturdy. I recommend it mostly for advanced paddlers, it can hold up to 300 lbs or 13 kg.
  • The EVA traction pad is of excellent quality.
  • The Gili Meno Touring SUP has a narrow and long shape that distinguishes it. The narrow width of the board will make it fast and energyefficient, allowing the riders to paddle faster and for a longer period.
  • Tracks over long distances while reducing drag in the water.
  • The board has two removable bungee straps for storing personal items on both the front and back of the board.
  • A Full Fin Kit is available in three sizes: a 9″ race fin, a 4.5″ speed fin, and a 3″ river fin.
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Fins
The Gili Meno Touring SUP comes with a complete fun kit as part of the package. This simply means that with the variety of fins available, you can swap them out depending on the speed and stability that you require.

It has a 4.5″ Speed Center Fin, a 3″ Shallow Center Fin, and a 4″ Snap-in Side Fin. Not all SUP board companies offer a full fin kit, so Gili paddleboard is fortunate to have one.

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Material
The Gili Meno Touring SUP board is built with fusion dual-layer technology and carbon tech side rails. The materials used are of high quality, providing you with a long-lasting paddleboard. Because of the lightweight materials used, this SUP board is also easy to transport. 

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Inflate / deflate
I inflated and deflated the Gili Meno Touring SUP board in under 20 minutes using the included hand pump. To speed up the process, I recommend my absolute best OM Shark II electric pump. The pump is a three-stage, high-flow, dual-chamber hand pump that inflates the board twice as quickly. This SUP board’s maximum air pressure should be 18 PSI. It includes a built-in gauge that displays the board pressure. Deflating is just as easy – simply open the valve and let the air out. The whole process takes less than five minutes, making it a breeze to get on and off the water. Overall, this product is extremely user-friendly and requires minimal effort.

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Warranty
The Gili Meno Touring SUP comes with a 2-year warranty and a 60-day money-back guarantee. Gili Sports supports charities by donating a portion of the proceeds from each Gili paddleboard sold.

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Design
The Gili Meno Touring SUP is intended for efficient paddling, speed, and those seeking longer trip adventures. The paddle board itself is lightweight, making it easy to carry and transport. It will provide you with excellent features as well as outstanding water performance. Designed for experienced paddlers who enjoy long paddling.


In The Package: What’s in the box

Paddle

The Gili Meno Touring Board comes with a Carbon Fiber Travel Backpack that is also height adjustable. Because it can be broken down into three pieces, you can easily store this paddle at the same time. The paddle comes with two blade options: nylon and carbon, which make the paddle light and durable.

Gili MAKO Board
Gili Board Paddle

Leash

The Gili Meno Touring SUP comes with an 8′ coiled leash that is safe, strong, and long-lasting. The leash is 7mm thick and can be stretched up to five times its length. This ensures that the coil stays out of the water, preventing drag while you’re having fun!

Pump

It features a dual-chamber 3-stage pump that inflates your board twice as quickly! You’ll have no trouble inflating your paddleboard with the included hand pump, but if you want a more efficient and hassle-free inflating experience, you should invest in a good electric SUP pump.

Backpack

The updated version of their backpack now includes wheels! It has several pockets so you can store all of your personal belongings and important accessories. It has more space and more comfortable carry straps. The Gili Meno Touring SUP has a one-of-a-kind fin pocket that keeps your fins safe in its compartment. Transporting this would be a breeze with the wheeled SUP backpack!

Fin Kit

The Gili Meno Touring SUP board comes with a fin kit, which means it comes with three different fins. This allows your paddling experience to change depending on the water conditions you’re in. You can easily swap out the fins to suit your preferences for speed and stability.

Repair Kit

Yes, Gili Meno Komodo also has a repair kit! All inflatable paddle boards come with a repair kit that includes a couple of PVC patches, waterproof glue, and a valve tightener.

iRocker repair kit
Gili repair kit

Additional Accessories

Life Jacket

This is a must-have accessory, especially if there will be children or pets on the paddleboard. You can’t just put on any old life jacket and call it good when paddle boarding. You need a properly-fitting personal flotation device (PFD) that is comfortable and won’t get in your way while paddling. While there are many different types and styles of PFDs on the market, here are a few things to consider when choosing the right one for you.

Consider the type of paddle boarding you’ll be doing most often. If you are doing primarily flatwater paddling, you’ll want a different PFD than if you’re planning on tackling some whitewater rapids. Comfort is vital. You don’t want to constantly adjust and readjust your PFD while you’re out on the water, so make sure it fits well and doesn’t chafe or rub in any uncomfortable ways.

Because the Meno Touring SUP has so many activities to offer, it’s best to invest in a high-quality and comfortable life jacket to keep the passengers safe. Keep in mind that you must ensure everyone’s safety. With more options to choose from, an infant life jacket and a dog life jacket are available.

Waterproof Fanny Pack

If you’re planning on hitting the waves for a day of paddle boarding, you’ll want to make sure you have all the gear you need to stay safe and comfortable. One essential item is a waterproof fanny pack. This will help keep your valuables safe and dry as you enjoy your time on the water. There are a few things to consider when choosing a waterproof fanny pack. First, think about what size you need. A smaller bag will be fine if you’re only bringing a few small items with you. But if you’re carrying things like sunscreen, snacks, and extra clothes, you’ll need something more significant.

Electric Pump

The electric pump is an excellent addition to any paddle boarder’s arsenal. It is easy to get your board inflated and ready to hit the water. No more struggling with manual pumps or worrying about whether or not you’ve got enough air in your board. The electric pump does all the work for you.

Kayak Conversion Kit/Seat Cushion

Because the Gili Meno Touring SUP is also a great fishing paddleboard, you might want to consider adding a kayak seat to make your experience more comfortable and enjoyable, especially if you have a passenger.

Water Proof Speakers

A waterproof speaker will enhance your paddling experience on the water. While you’re doing your activity, listen to your favorite song! When paddling, good music will lighten the mood; you can even dance while on the water on this paddleboard because it is guaranteed to be stable! Invest in a high-quality, waterproof sticker that you will be able to use for a long time.

Hard/Soft Coolers

The Gili paddleboard has two storage areas on the front and back, allowing you to add either a hard or soft cooler. Bring your favorite drink out on the water with you! It’s so much easier to stay hydrated when you have a SUP Cooler with you! This is also recommended for paddlers who will be out on the water for several hours!

Paddle board lock

While paddle boarding is a relatively new sport, its popularity has exploded in recent years. With that increase in popularity, there has also been an increase in people looking for ways to protect their investments. A Paddleboard lock is one of the best ways to do that. There are a few different types of paddleboard locks on the market, but they all serve the same purpose – to keep your board safe from theft. The most important thing to look for in a lock is something that will be difficult for thieves to cut through or break.

Optional accessories (my must-haves – not included)

Here are two of my favorite accessories for this year. One for safety and one because I like to use my time wisely (like take pictures while my board inflates itself) 😋

outdoormaster-sup-pump

Outdoormaster Shark 2
My favorite Electric SUP pump among all. Buy it here and save 35% with code TOM35 today.

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Restube classic
Because extra safety measures never hurt anyone! Buy it here and save 10% with code SUPWORLD10 today.


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

Advantages Hardboard

  • 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 reviews of the Gili Meno Touring Paddle Board Online

divein.com: “We strongly recommend this SUP board if you are looking for a fast, high-capacity board that can be taken on long paddle boarding adventures. The Gili Meno 12’6” Touring iSUP is recommended for all levels, especially a beginner to intermediate paddleboarders who are looking for a touring board, and advanced paddleboarders looking for a fast touring iSUP. It’s light enough to be easily transported and the shape permits for energy-efficient paddles which provide great speed. The tracking and stability make this board excellent for carrying extra equipment and spending time on the paddleboard.”

isupworld.com: “If you aren’t concerned about winning any races but want a more efficient touring board that still provides decent stability without compromising the glide, then the Meno Touring is an excellent option. This board is designed well and built very strongly. I found it a pleasure to paddle and it feels solid in the water yet is still light and portable so easy to bring anywhere. This board has a lot going for it and it’s a lot of fun to ride. The whole package will impress even the most seasoned paddler. With the 2-year warranty and 60-day ride, it guarantees this one is an easy choice. I would recommend it.”

Gilisports.com: “I finally got this board out on the water after a miserable November here in Seattle. What an awesome experience. I went from an 11′ L x 34″ W beginner board to the 12’6″ Meno. It was such a pleasure to have the increase in speed and efficiency without losing much, if any, stability. The electric pump will spoil me as it is much easier than using the hand pump. The overall quality of the board and components is great. I went with the carbon paddle with a nylon blade and it is stiff and light. I am looking forward to getting this board out more this winter.”

Frequently Asked Questions about the Gili Meno Touring SUP

Is GILI Meno Touring SUP board durable?

Yes! The Gili Meno Touring SUP employs Fusion Dual Layer Technology, which makes the SUP board not only durable and strong but also the lightest.

Is the GILI Meno Touring SUP board an All-Around Board?

It is designed as a Touring SUP board. 

What is the size of the GILI Meno Touring SUP board?

Length: 12’6 Width: 31″ Thickness: 6″

How do I care for the Gili Meno Touring SUP?

To care for the Gili Meno Touring SUP paddle board:
1. Rinse it off with fresh water after each use.
2. Store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight when not in use.
3. Avoid contact with sharp objects. 

How often should I wax my paddle board?

This depends on how often you use your paddle board and how salty or dirty the water is. In general, however, you should wax your Gili Meno Touring SUP board at least once a month.

What is included when purchasing the GILI Meno Touring SUP?

With the Gili Meno SUP board, you will get a Backpack, Coil Leash, SUP Hand Pump, paddle, and Fin Kit

What should I do if I capsize?

If you capsize or flip over, the first thing you should do is stay calm. Then, swim to your paddle board and get back on it. If you can’t get back on your board, float on your back until someone comes to help you.

How many fins does the GILI Meno Touring SUP board have?

It has 1 Center Fin and 2 side fins with Center Fin Kit that you can interchange.

How many D-rings does the GILI Meno Touring SUP board have?

It has a total of 14 D-rings

How long is the warranty on the GILI Meno Touring SUP board?

The Gili Meno Touring SUP board has 14 D-rings. 

Does the GILI Meno Touring SUP board have an action-camera mount?

Yes

How many handles does the GILI Meno Touring SUP board have?

The Gili Meno Touring SUP board has numerous handles.

What pressure can the GILI Meno Touring SUP board be inflated to?

It should be inflated with a maximum capacity of 15 PSI. 

How long does it take to inflate the GILI Meno Touring SUP board?

With the Gili Meno Touring SUP board, It took me about 15-20 minutes to inflate the board using the included hand pump in the package. 

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ProductBluefin Cruise 10’8″ ReviewGili Meno Touring SUP Review11′ & 12′ Gili Adventure SUP
BuildInflatableInflatableInflatable
SkillBeginnerAdvancedBeginner and Intermediate
Price €399.00 $845.00 $639.97
Score1099.4
All-round
Touring
Surfing
Yoga

Conclusion – Should I buy Gili Meno Touring SUP?

If you are looking for a paddleboard that will provide you with a fast touring adventure that is also suitable for a family, you should consider the GILI Meno Touring SUP board. As previously stated, the Gili Meno Touring SUP is an excellent touring paddleboard with excellent features and performance. In any water condition, the speed, maneuverability, and tracking are impressive!

What I liked best about this SUP board is that it has three interchangeable center fins and a separate compartment for the fins in the backpack. Make certain that it does not become lost and that all of your fins are secure.

The Gili Meno Touring SUP board has a lot to offer. Performance-wise, this one is stable enough and will provide you with good tracking, which will also provide you with pleasure when paddling due to how comfortable it is to use! If you are a small paddler, you will have no trouble dragging the SUP board out into the water because it is lightweight and has many handles!

It was a pleasure to paddle, and it feels solid in the water while remaining light and portable, making it easy to bring anywhere. Seasoned paddlers will undoubtedly be impressed by its outstanding features. If you are more interested in touring than racing, this Gili Meno Touring SUP board should be one of your options because it will provide you with a great performance on the water!

Have you already purchased the Gili Meno Touring SUP? Please share your experience with us so that those interested in purchasing this paddleboard can read your reviews! It would be extremely beneficial to them. If you believe I haven’t covered everything or that I have overlooked something in this review, please leave a comment in the section box below and we will answer your questions!

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Comparison

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Product Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ Review Gili Meno Touring SUP Review 11′ & 12′ Gili Adventure SUP
Build Inflatable Inflatable Inflatable
Skill Beginner Advanced Beginner and Intermediate
Price €399.00 $845.00 $639.97
Score 10 9 9.4
All-round
Touring
Surfing
Yoga

Specifications

length
Length
12'6"
width
Width
31"
thickness
Thickness
6"
weight
Weight
24 lbs / 10.8 kg
rider weight
Max Rider Weight
300 lbs / 136 kg
air pressure
Max Air Pressure
15 PSI
colour options
Board type
Inflatable
skill
Skill
Advanced

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Review written by: Tom

Hi! My name is Tom. During the year I try to be on a paddle board as much as possible. By reading this blog you'll stay updated on everything I test on the water :)