High Society: Northstar Stand Up Paddle Board
- Military grade materials.
- Ultra-rigid and durable.
- Versatile rocker.
- Comfortable carrying handle.
- Incredibly stable.
- Extra thick and buoyant.
- Glides easily.
- Sharp turns.
- Fast inflation and ease of use.
- Comfortable deck pad.
- Bungee storage zone.
- Full accessory kit.
- Lightweight paddle and leash included.
- Full 3-year warranty.
- 30-day worry-free guarantee.
- Needs more grab handles.
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Why High Society?
High Society was established in the heart of Aspen, Colorado in 2003 and has been dedicated to providing 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.
Side Note: High Society has a less than 1% warranty and return rate and are well known for continuously receiving 5-star reviews.
The Board Overall
The Northstar is a mid-size board at 10’6” long and 32” wide. The wide platform of the board has been optimized for every level of rider and all water conditions. The increased thickness of the board at 6-inches keeps it high and flex-free above the water. The Northstar can also hold up to 275-pounds, enough for large riders, tall riders even four-legged friends can join.
Weight capacity: 275-lbs.
Fin configuration: Tri-fin: Removable center and two fixed side fins.
The Board: On the Inside
Each and every High Society iSUP goes through their meticulous multi-step finishing process for an error-free finish. The Northstar has a drop stitch core encased in military grade PVC. The rails are reinforced for a board so rigid you would think its fiberglass. The top deck is covered in a soft diamond grooved EVA foam for added grip and security even on the wettest days. In the center of the top deck you will find the soft carrying handle for easy transport, the handle lies flat and out of the way when you want to lie back and drift away. The nose of the board holds the 4-point bungee system for securing a cooler of snacks or dry packs to bring along with you. The space between the bungee and deck pad leaves just enough room for a small rider or a passenger with paws. At the tail of the board we see the inflation valve and stainless-steel D-ring leash point. The leash connect point can also be used for tethering and towing your board. Moving to the underside of the board, the tri-fin setup features a removable center fin with a thumb-screw and two pliable integrated side fins. The removable fin comes in handy in shallow waters and is easy enough to attach when you’re back out in the deep end.
The Whole Package
High Society provides the ultimate accessory package complete with everything a first-time rider needs to get on the water. A travel backpack features mesh sides for extra ventilation and reduced weight with enough room inside to hold all of your gear. A dual action pump is also included along with an ultra-lightweight two-piece paddle, coiled ankle leash and repair kit. This kit is truly a compact version of all of your favorite gear.
Setup and Performance
The center of the Northstar is wide enough for beginners to get their bearings and not so wide that it feels bulky and hard to control. The board feels strong under your feet and is easy to get the hang of maneuvering. The Northstar glides fast on the water and covers a larger distance in less time, this fun little ripper can help you practice your lap times or take you on a lazy ride down the river. From one extreme to the next the Northstar can take a challenge. SUP yoga is easily done on the extra wide base and the deck pad help you hold your poses even on the water. The boards shape also aids in maximum stroke efficiency; less energy is wasted trying to steer straight so you can keep your eyes on the horizon while getting into a good stroke rhythm.
From the rugged graphics to its bombproof build there isn’t much you can’t love about the Northstar from High Society. There is just enough of everything you need sprinkled about the board without being excessive. The only thing we found to be missing was grab handles; having one at either or both the nose and tail of the board make it easier for pulling in and out of the water.
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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The Northstar is the guiding light of High Society boards and will surely attract attention to anyone who rides it. The no-fuss features on this board provide the perfect dose of functionality. The all-around shape and performance of this board really expand your options for adventure. Whether it’s a spontaneous trip down the river or a three-day excursion the Northstar can be packed up and taken anywhere you want to go.