Earlier this year, we received our new 2016 shipment of Aquaglide Cascade inflatable paddle boards consisting of three models ranging in size from 10 to 12 feet. This was subsequently joined by the new AquaGlide Blackfoot Angler 11’0 inflatable SUP.
For 2016, Aquaglide has jazzed up the Cascade image with beefed up graphics, upgraded backpack and redesigned dual action, high pressure pump – still maintaining low price points. All three Cascades are now 6 inches thick.
The initial production series for the Cascade 12-0 inflatable paddle board lacked front bungee deck lacing – subsequent shipments will come with the deck lacing system as shown two photos above. We were able to purchase a number of these initial run models at a great savings of $300, which we are passing on to our customers. As a bonus, each board comes with a bungee deck lacing kit replete with glue, d-rings, lacing and application instructions. We took our prototype board and followed the instructions, and were surprised at how simple it was. See our write-up on Attaching D-Rings to an Inflatable Paddle Board.
So … our second review will focus on Aquaglide’s new Cascade 12’0″ (without deck lacing, otherwise identical to production model shown in the first photo) – a 14-18 PSI inflatable SUP with a capacity load of 230 lbs. Please note, some of this will be repeated from other write-ups.
Aquaglide Cascade 12’0″ iSUP – Getting Started
The double-boxed board as-arrived is 43 x 27 x 8 inches weighing in at 45 lbs.
Inside is the Cascade 12’0″ body, backpack, repair kit, high pressure pump with gauge and removable fin. The instructions were missing, but we did manage to locate them online – we have attached a link here. Once rolled up, the SUP board and pump fit into the backpack, as well as breakdown paddles, though the backpack is set up to also attach paddles to the outside (the pump is too large). The board itself weighs 26 lbs, or 32.5 lbs inside the backpack with pump – these all easily fit in the back of a small car. Folded up in the bag, the dimensions are 38 x 21 x 8 inches.
For your first set up unroll the SUP body. Lay it out face up so that you can access the military valve.
The Cascade 12-0 utilizes one spring-loaded military valve for inflation. These are very simple to use and feature an inflate mode (spring plunger is UP) and a deflate mode (spring plunger is DOWN). By using your finger to gently push on the plunger, it can be moved to the inflate mode (air goes in and doesn’t come back out) and deflate mode (air goes in and comes back out). Before you