Inflatable SUP's - Which C4 do I want?C4 Waterman has a lot to brag about. They designed and innovated the first inflatable stand up paddle board, coined the term iSUP, and are known for building the stiffest, lightest and highest performing inflatables on the market. Over the years, the C4 lineup has diversified exponentially. The CMAC was the first epoxy SUP designed specifically for the river. With thicker rails, a little added kick rocker in the nose, and a concave deck (for additional stability), the CMAC surfs, paddles down river, and actually feels like it was meant to be paddled on moving water (as opposed to the ocean). Somewhere around 4 years ago, the 10'6" CMAC iSUP was released. This was a pretty revolutionary board for a few reasons. For starters, it was inflatable, and ultra portable. You could deflate this board, roll it up, and travel half way around the world in search of glassy barrels for no additional baggage fee. It also came with indestructible nylon fins that could withstand impact forces that would crush an ordinary fin / fin box. Now, 4 years later, it seems as if C4 Waterman has an inflatable option for everything from 12'6" racing boards, to sub 6' short boards - as well as every in between. Q: What specific differences are there between the Sub Vector (8'1" iSUP, 9'3" iSUP and 10'0" iSUP) boards and the CMAC (10'6") iSUP's? Width? Rocker profile? etc... A: The CMAC models are wider and have a fuller nose and tail plan shape, and the rocker is more of a three-stage configuration: Flatter in the middle with the tips flipping up. The SUB-Vector Models are more surf-based plan shapes and rockers, which allow them to fit into tighter places in waves, and the more streamlined bullet shape makes them paddle faster in the flats with less yaw.
- A: The chief differences between the C4 inflatable (Rigid AirCore) construction and virtually all the other inflatables on the market are:
- The gauge of the material. C4’s PVC skins are double layered, twice as thick and of a higher quality, as well as being UV-resistant compared to most the competitors single layer construction
- The rail seams where the top and bottom skins meet are fused, have a 4X seam tape overlap, and are combined with a higher quality glue and proprietary bonding process. These construction methods make it overbuilt for durability - in an area that needs to be reinforced.
- The interior drop-stitching, all the thousands of plastic fiber ‘cilia’ that lock in the board’s rocker and allows it to be inflated to nearly three times the PSI of inferior brands. The number of drop-stitches are approximately triple, compared to other brands.