07 Apr Earth River SUP: V3 10’7” & 10’7” Classic
Earth River SUP: V3 10’7” & 10’7” Classic
- 2-year warranty.
- Two color choices.
- Reinforced construction.
- Enhanced rails.
- V3 core.
- Lightweight technology.
- Durable materials.
- Ultra-grip deck pad.
- Removable center handle.
- Raised kick pad.
- Versatile rocker.
- Configurable fin setup.
- Performance optimized body.
- Functional features.
- Quick turns and smooth glide.
- Greater speed.
- Takes on any water condition.
- Needs more grab handles.
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ERS: Leading by Example
Earth River SUP blossomed in 2012 when a group of paddle board enthusiasts grew tired of searching for portable high-performance gear that could take on a variety of conditions, so they decided to create their own. The company’s early days were spent manufacturing boards exclusively for paddle boarding schools. Skip to now and Earth River Sup is a paddle board company that is changing the way the watersports industry conducts business. ERS is known for their innovative boards ‘designed by a paddler’ with enhanced features made from only the best materials, manufactured in partnership with reliable companies who have high ethical standards. Earth River SUP boards are premium, reliable iSUPs that were designed to be used by any rider, anywhere. ERS doesn’t follow a hierarchical structure though, they broke the mold with their community-based business model, striving only to make a better product and constantly improve the existing ones, without compromise. The backbone of Earth River SUP has and always will be; quality, value and integrity.
The Board in General
The V3 10’7” models are each 32” wide and feature the same weight capacity of 235-pounds. Actually, the boards are identical despite their color choices. The V3 classic is a bright orange and yellow originally designed as a one-off but won the hearts of ERS riders and secured a spot in the permanent lineup, while the V3 features the same gorgeous blue palette as the V3 and Skylake Blue models. This model is the perfect middle man for the average riders, one who doesn’t fit too far left or right on any scale. With stability and rigidity from nose to tail plus a configurable fin system, this board is truly a master of disguise.
Fin configuration: Tri-fin: removable
The Board: Deeper Details
At the very heart of the V3 model is the ERS drop stitch core for lightweight durability. The V3 construction is a step up from the Skylake series though, as it fuses a second layer of military grade fabric around the core. This creates yes, a heavier and pricier board, but if you thought the Skylake boards could perform just wait until you try a V3. Sure an ‘Old Fashioned’ tastes great with the house whiskey, but if you have never tried a top shelf drink, you don’t know what you’re missing, you may or may not ever turn back. The top decks on the V3 models use an ultra-grip, deeply grooved, diamond cut EVA foam. That’s a lot of adjectives, but trust me they’re necessary. The extra deep grooves help to wick water away from your board keeping your feet and surface drier and giving you far more control. A raised kick pad aids in advanced turning techniques and more overall control. Enhanced Dynamic Rails keep the boards stiff without resorting to rails or battens, magic? Maybe. A comfortable neoprene carrying handle is in the center of the board, and the best part? Its removable! Finally, a removable handle that you can, literally, just move out of the way when you want to do some SUP yoga or lie flat on your back. A 4-point bungee storage system is at the nose of the board accompanied by a D-ring for towing, tethering or securing your leash. The tail of the board also holds a D-ring and the premium inflation valve. On the underside of the boards are three US fin boxes compatible with the included LRC fin pack and all FCS fins.
The 10’7” V3 models come in the premium travel backpack made from heavy-duty materials with an included dual action pump. The pump is super easy to use and features a built-in pressure gauge for getting your board to the optimal PSI every time. The LRC (Lake River Coast) fin pack comes with four center fins in varying lengths and four side click fins also in two lengths, plus all of the hardware you need. Mix and match your fin setup for a custom ride across any conditions.
The 10’7” is a buoyant and balanced board. Not only does it look good on the water but it does just about everything you want it to. It glides forward gracefully in shallow calm waters and floats high on top in choppy conditions. You can dive in and out of the current with ease, the longer fins help on days with plenty of side winds and the short fins keep the board tracking straight in shallow waters. We love the ultra-grip deck pad; not only does it feel incredibly comfortable under bare feet, but keeps the surface of the board drier than most. If you want the option to cover long distances in short time, but also slow down and relax the 10’7” lets you go from 0-100 on your own time with ease. The overall stability of the board really allows you to try new things like headstands or paddle surfing, whatever it is that floats your board, do it with confidence on the V3.
The best is certainly subjective, but it’s tough to deny that the V3 models, especially the 10’7”, don’t qualify as the best. Everything about these sleek speedy boards has it walking the edge of perfection, with one exception; grab handles. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, purely for convenience, we want grab handles to pull the board in and out of the water with.
Add to Your Collection
Since Earth River SUP likes to keep their support in the community, you will not find ERS products in commercial retail stores. Don’t cry just yet though, you can still get your hands on one. Here’s how…
In person: You can purchase Earth River SUP products through select SUP schools and outfitters who ride and use ERS products in lessons and rental programs or are authorized to sell ERS products.
Online: ERS has had “a long standing relationship with Pumped Up SUP” and you can purchase their products by going to www.pumpedupsup.com or if you still like shopping over the phone, call 1-877-777-1769 to order.
The team at Earth River SUP is all about their community and standing behind their products and have come up with a pretty sweet deal for their customers. As of June 2019, Earth River SUP will give you a 30 day ‘ride at a different level guarantee,’ which means; You can use the first 30 days from purchase to ‘trial’ your board. Take it out, pump it up and ride it around. If you’re not absolutely satisfied with your purchase you have two options.
Exchange it- For just $99 to cover shipping, you can exchange an opened or used ERS board as a credit towards a new ERS board. The board must be from the same range sold by the dealer you bought it from and does not include accessories or excessive damage caused to the board.
Refund it- You can return an unused or opened board for a full refund (don’t forget about the $99 shipping though) or return a used or opened board for a full refund, minus the shipping and a %20 restocking fee.
One Final Note
The 10’7” model is really the go-anywhere board, with a perfect balance between the V3 compact 9’6” and 11’0” the middle man gives you a little bit of everything. Small enough for easy travel, big enough for beginners, quick enough for racers and tough enough for the rest. The 10’7” is the perfect partner for every paddler, especially if you have no clue what you’re looking for.