The Sea Eagle Classic NeedleNose 116 is a great all-around inflatable SUP board that performs like a rigid paddle board. With the NeedleNose series, Sea Eagle has combined speed, versatility, stability, and durability with the convenience and portability of an inflatable paddle board.
Sea Eagle has been making some of the best inflatable watercraft on the market since 1968, and their popular inflatable SUP line continues to make waves in the world of stand up paddleboarding. Sea Eagle inflatable SUPs are well-designed and built to last, and they’re backed by the best inflatable paddle board warranty in the industry today.
At 11’6″, the Classic NN116 is the smallest SUP in the popular NeedleNose lineup and it’s great for small and mid-sized paddlers. Heavier paddlers would be better off with the larger Sea Eagle Classic NeedleNose 126 or the 14′ Sea Eagle Classic NeedleNose 14 SUP.
In this Sea Eagle Classic NeedleNose 116 review, we’ll take a look at this popular SUP and cover its best features, dimensions, technical specifications, and construction materials. We’ll also go over the SUP accessories that are included with each of the different Classic NN116 configurations.
If you’re inflatable SUP shopping and considering the Classic NeedleNose 116, hopefully this review be helpful as you decide whether or not this is the right board for you.
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Sea Eagle Classic NeedleNose 116 Review: SUP Overview
The Sea Eagle Classic NeedleNose 116 is the original design of Sea Eagle’s smallest NeedleNose SUP. This year, they introduced an updated Sea Eagle NeedleNose 116 version, but they’ve also continued to sell the original design for the time being.
The Classic NeedleNose 116 is a fun board to paddle, and as we mentioned, it’s perfect for small to mid-weight paddlers. It’s fast in the water, stable, and it tracks and handles exceptionally well.
A versatile inflatable SUP that is capable of performing in a wide variety of conditions, the Classic NeedleNose 116 is a great choice for beginners and advanced paddle boarders alike.
Lightweight Drop Stitch Construction
Sea Eagle constructed the Classic NeedleNose 116 with durable drop stitch construction. The drop stitch construction gives the Classic NN116 excellent rigidity, as the special material consists of thousands of high-strength threads which connect the top and bottom fabric layers of the board. This is essentially like having lots of tiny I-beam supports.
The special drop stitch design allows the board to maintain its light weight while boosting rigidity and overall strength.
By combining the board’s solid 6″ thickness with drop stitch construction, Sea Eagle has produced a really stiff, light, great performing SUP that has excellent durability.
The NeedleNose Bow
The NN116’s bow features a special design that allows it to effortlessly cut through windy, choppy conditions. Sea Eagle designed the board with a razor sharp nose that they refer to as a NeedleNose.
The NeedleNose design really takes this board’s performance to another level, allowing you to paddle faster, farther, and with less effort.
Sea Eagle’s Classic NeedleNose 116 also tracks incredibly well due to the unique bow profile. It slices easily through the water and tracks straight and true.
Diamond Pattern EVA Foam Deck Pad and Kick Tail
The Classic NN116 features a blue, oval-shaped, EVA foam diamond pattern deck pad. The traction pad is comfortable and provides excellent grip, although we prefer the looks of the new electric pattern diamond deck pad on Sea Eagle’s updated NeedleNose 116 version.
The Classic NN116 SUP also has a custom performance kick tail that makes it easier to perform advanced SUP maneuvers. It really does a great job of keeping your back foot from slipping off the board, and it allows you to aggressively pivot and turn.
The Sea Eagle Classic NeedleNose 116 paddle board is made of a super tough 1100 Decitex reinforced PVC material that is more or less indestructible. If you’re a fan of paddling out with your dog, you’ll be happy to know that your dog’s nails won’t damage the NN116’s deck.
The board has quadruple overlapped seams and a top quality Halkey Roberts-style recessed air valve. Total inflation time of the NN116 is only 6 minutes with the included pump, and the recommended PSI is 15.
At the center of the board is a convenient grab handle which makes the NeedleNose 116 really easy to carry when it’s inflated. There are also four center D-rings for attaching a kayak seat.
The front of the board features four more D-rings and an elastic bungee cord tie for securing your gear when you’re out on the water. There’s also a second grab handle located at the board’s nose, which we really like — it’s great to have a second handle at the bow for pulling the board out of the surf.
Last but not least, at the rear of the board is the air valve and another D-ring for towing purposes and attaching a SUP leash (highly recommended).
Sea Eagle Classic NeedleNose 116 Rating
Classic NN116 Specs
|Max Capacity||200 pounds|
Included SUP Accessories
The basic, entry-level configuration is the Sea Eagle Classic NeedleNose 116 Start Up package.
The Start Up bundle includes the following:
- Hand pump
- SUP paddle
- Inflatable SUP repair kit
Also included is the best SUP warranty in existence — Sea Eagle’s 3 year warranty which covers any manufacturer defects, and a 180 day risk-free trial period. This is by far the best inflatable SUP warranty that we’ve seen, and shows how serious Sea Eagle is about the quality and durability of their paddle boards.
Aside from the entry-level Sea Eagle Classic NeedleNose 116 Start Up package that we just went over, there are four additional Classic NN116 configurations for sale…
116 Electric Pump
116 Swivel Seat Fishing Rig
What is the best way to clean the Sea Eagle Classic NeedleNose 116?
As with all of Sea Eagle’s inflatable paddle boards, the only thing you need to regularly do with the Classic NN116 is rinse the board off with fresh water after you’re done paddling. Once in a while, you might want to hit it with some mild soap and water if it needs a bit of additional cleaning.
What type of maintenance is required?
There’s really nothing for you to do, other than dry the board off completely before rolling it up and avoid letting it sit out for extended periods of time in the hot sun.
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The Sea Eagle Classic NeedleNose 116 is a fantastic board that we highly recommend for anyone who is looking for a super fun, great performing SUP in this price range. There’s nothing that we can really find about the board that we don’t like, and Sea Eagle is a company that genuinely cares about their product and customers.
We love the fact that Sea Eagle includes everything you need to get paddling with all of their NN116 packages, and it’s also nice to be able to order a custom configuration based on your personal preferences.
The icing on the cake, of course, is the outstanding warranty offered by Sea Eagle. Their 3 year warranty and 180 day risk-free trial goes above and beyond what is normally offered by competing companies. This definitely gives you added peace of mind, and the fact that Sea Eagle has been around since 1968 means that they’re not some small start-up company that will disappear tomorrow.
The Sea Eagle Classic NeedleNose 116 is a fun board that is well-constructed and packed with great features. If you’re a small to mid-sized paddler, the NN116 is a SUP you should seriously consider.