High Society: Flagship Stand Up Paddle Board
As you may know; a flagship is the best or most important thing someone can own or produce. The Flagship inflatable stand up paddle board from High Society is their best go anywhere board, and obviously their favorite. The Flagship can take you anywhere you want to go, really, the all-around design gives you a wider range of paddling options so you can go from rushing rapids to river cruises and off to take on some light surf all on the same portable board.
- Military grade construction.
- Incredibly durable.
- Flattened rocker for more control.
- Comfortable carrying handle.
- Unrivaled stability.
- Extra buoyant.
- Glides easily.
- Controlled turning.
- Fast inflation and ease of use.
- Comfortable deck pad.
- Bungee storage zone.
- Full accessory kit.
- Travel paddle and leash included.
- Full 3-year warranty.
- 30-day worry-free guarantee.
- Lacking grab handles.
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Why High Society?
High Society was established in the heart of Aspen, Colorado in 2003 and has provided premium gear directly to their loyal customers since. All of their boards are hand crafted using a controlled multi-step finishing process after rigorous R&D testing in all-season weather. Who doesn’t love local supporting local? The company partners with local artists and designers for exclusive artwork on all of their boards. The team at High Society also pride themselves on their impeccable customer relationship management, so when you buy from High Society you not only receive the best gear but the best service. The company even backs all of their paddleboards with a full 3-year warranty. With over 15 years of experience and a lifetime of passion High Society guarantees the most rider-friendly, high performance gear.
The Board Overall
High Society delivers with consistency you can count on, as they grow and make improvements the heart of their boards remains the same. The 10’6” Flagship is the older brother of the High Society ZG with enough upgrades to justify the higher price tag. The company’s standard 32-inch-wide base gives you all the stability you need to maintain balance in boiling waters or during your morning sun salutations. The Flagship’s all-around design and flattened rocker equip it to handle a wider variety of conditions with more control than the ZG. The 275-pound weight capacity also means that it can take on a wider variety of paddlers; big and small, short and tall.
Weight capacity: 275 lbs.
Fin configuration: Tri-fin: Removable center and two fixed side fins.
The Board: On the Inside
Consistency is key at High Society, at the heart of each of their stout stand up paddle boards is a drop stitch core. The core is then encased in military grade PVC and the rails are reinforced for extra rigidity. The original artwork on the Flagship pays tribute to the artwork featured on the ZG. Colorado artists Robert Maestas and Nathan Reese collaborated to recreate the Colorado flag graphic that represent the heart and soul of High Society. The top deck is covered in diamond grooved EVA foam for a soft and secure grip even when things start to get choppy. The carrying handle in the center of the board is great for transporting the Flagship when it’s fully inflated. A 4-point bungee storage zone is at the nose of the board and has just enough room for a dry pack and small accessories or even a SUP cooler. Down at the tail of the board we see the premium inflation valve and stainless-steel leash connect, this D-ring can also be used to tether or tow your board. On the underside of the board we have the tri-fin setup consisting of; a removable center fin with thumb screw and two fixed side fins. If you’re worried about the fixed side fins bending or holding shape, don’t, they are malleable enough to fold down for packing and perk right back up upon inflation.
The Whole Package
We absolutely love the accessory package from High Society, it actually has everything you need to unpack and hit the water. The travel backpack was cleverly designed with mesh sides to let your board breath after a long day on the water, the extra air flow really helps on days when you don’t have time to fully air dry your board. A dual action pump, which also fits in your bag, comes in the package as well as a collapsible travel paddle, ankle leash and repair kit.
Setup and Performance
The Flagship is a great board to have in the trunk of the car when you feel like taking a long lunch break or to take with on a hike up to your favorite secret spot. The increased thickness of the board (6-inches) keeps your feet high and dry above the water, especially on cold days. The wide base and rounded nose provide plenty of balance and smooth glide without feeling too round and wobbly. The center fin helps keep the board tracking straight, but if needed the side fins work together to maneuver the board on their own in shallow waters. The deck pad is super comfortable on long rides and even on the knees when you need a little break. The Flagship may not be coming in first place in competitions anytime soon but if you’re not looking to go anywhere fast this is an awesome, super rigid all-around board for novices, experts and even junior rippers.
There isn’t much about the Flagship that you can’t love, but if we were forced to choose, it would have to be the lack of grab handles at the nose or tail of the board. Grab handles make the transition in and out of the water easier for beginners and are generally a convenient feature to have for any rider.
Looking for One?
In order to keep prices low and maintain exclusive customer relationships High Society boards are only available through authorized retail and demo partners. You can also purchase products directly through the company’s online store.
If you’re in the US and are looking to save a few extra bucks, High Society also offers FREE GROUND SHIPPING TO THE LOWER 48 CONTINENTAL USA! ($50 VALUE)
For a limited time, High Society is offering a buy one, get one free deal on any two paddle boards. Simply add two of your favorite boards to your cart and at checkout enter the code: 2020SUP
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It is clear to see how the Flagship earned its name. This super rigid and seriously good-looking board is perfect for first time paddlers or seasoned riders looking for a more compact and portable alternative to their hard board. This all-around iSUP has great overall performance it’s functional features and maneuverability help new and young riders develop confidence. The overall stability of the Flagship allows you to try out those yoga flows with ease or take on rapids for the first time. If you’re after a portable, high performing all-around SUP that can take on a challenge but also give you space to wind down, the Flagship will take you anywhere you want to go.