Specs:The Boardworkds Badfish MCIT will be offered in 3 sizes:
- 10' - 150lbs and under
- 10'6" - 150-200lbs
- 11'6" - 170-225lbs
MCIT is the real deal, and is what sets this board apart. Badfish and Boardworks wanted to work together on a project that was different and new. With the river and surfing experience of Mike and Zack(Badfish), and Boardwork's production background; we knew something unique was brewing when we heard the news. The MCIT was the result. This board paddles like a traditional box shaped inflatable SUP,
but has secondary stability that has never been seen in the world of iSUP's.
- The MCIT inflatable is VERY stiff. The fillets that are used to glue the rail to the drop stitched floor create longitudinal stiffness that is needed for advanced downriver whitewater paddling and surfing. When this board hits holes and other river features, it will paddle up and over them, and not taco like some "softer" boards out there.
- The other feature that makes this board so stable, is the placement of the deck. The main deck of the board is recessed (lower than the rails), thus creating a lower center for gravity for the paddler. The rails are taller than the board, which also creates stability.
- Even though the MCIT has big fat rails, it still has a surfy tail. The board is nice and stiff, and the tail is narrow; which means that it turns easily, and is nimble. This board will most likely be offered with a thruster fin set up, which is also good for surfing. Zack Hughes grew up on the coast of CA, and knows how do design a surf board with the best of them. Mike has a background in river paddling, and also builds whitewater play parks...I would say that these guys know how to make a river surfer better than anyone.
- The Colorado portion of R and D testing was done solely on The Arkansas River at low flows. This means that the river was super technical with lots of shallow rapids (no fall zones). Although the features were not as powerful, the lines of the rapids were much more difficult. This is part of the reason why the MCIT is as nimble as it is.
- Because of it's incredible primary AND secondary stability, this board will be a great choice for kayak fisherman. You can walk around on the deck without having to worry about falling over. Being inflatable, means that you deflate the board at the end of the day, throw it in the trunk of your car, and drive home.
- This is also a great choice for multi day trips. It has the stability of roto mold boards (that weigh more than twice as much), but the portability of of an inflatable. There's also a conveniently located bungee on the front of the deck for a gear bag. You could do a self support pretty easily.
- This is a fun board for flatwater. The increased stiffness improves glide.
- There's more rocker on the MCIT than with the Shubu series. Zack worked very closely with Boardworks to perfect the amount of overall board rocker.
- The bumper nose cone increases durability and is good for advanced river paddling.
- MSRP is $1380. There are much less expensive iSUP's on the market. You will have to decide if you want to spend an extra few hundred dollars on a new technology. Just like feathery, fat rockered skis, long travel ultra light trail bikes, and other new advancements in adventure sports technology, you have to pay for the research that goes into the products design and development, as well the increased cost of manufacturing.
- The MCIT is still an inflatable, and is not as stiff or fast as a hard board. If you are planning on entering Third Bragging Rights in Boulder, CO or The Battle Of The Paddle next year, you will want to stick with a traditional composite racing or touring board constructed from a light, stiff material.