The Sea Eagle NeedleNose 126 is currently the most popular board in the Sea Eagle inflatable SUP lineup, and for good reason. Featuring a patented nose design which effortlessly slices through waves and chop, the NN126 excels in a variety of conditions and is a ton of fun to paddle. This year's model features a brand new, full-length electric pattern diamond deck pad with a custom performance kick tail—a very nice update to the previous version.
The Sea Eagle NeedleNose line consists of three models, with the NN126 being the middle of the pack as far as length goes. The other boards in the NeedleNose lineup are the smaller Sea Eagle NN116 and the larger NN14.
In this Sea Eagle NeedleNose 126 review, we'll take a look at some of the board's best features, the dimensions and specs, what comes with the board, the packages and optional configurations available for sale, and cover some commonly asked questions regarding this popular inflatable SUP board.
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Sea Eagle NeedleNose 126 Review: Overview
The NeedleNose 126 iSUP is a board that is best suited for paddlers weighing 225 pounds or less. It's incredibly stable and lightweight, and due to the unique nose design, the board is fast and glides well across the water.
Straight line tracking is another area where the NN126 really stands out. Other inflatable stand up paddle boards have a tendency to roam from side to side, but the NeedleNose 126 tracks straight and true.
The NN126 also features a straight-line hull design that allows you to engage different “gears” by stepping forward and backward on the board's deck. The first position is closest to the center of the SUP, and provides the greatest stability. It's a good place for beginners to start.
The second position is a step closer to the board's nose. This lowers the NeedleNose 126's nose which increases the board's planing surface and boosts speed.
Lastly, position number three fully engages the board's unique razor sharp nose design and maximizes speed and paddling efficiency. Hull resistance is decreased in this position, and the board tracks straight as an arrow.
Sea Eagle NeedleNose 126 Rating
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The Sea Eagle NeedleNose 126 is super easy to inflate, and takes only seven minutes to pump up to the recommended 12-15 PSI with the included hand pump. When fully inflated, the board measures 381cm (length) x 76cm (width) x 15cm (thickness). The hull weight is 11.8 kg, and the board can support a total capacity of 102 kg.
Deflating the board is really quick, and when the board is rolled up it's about the size of a sleeping bag—81cm x 41cm x 25cm. The bag fits neatly into the included Sea Eagle backpack for easy storage and transport, and the board can be checked in with luggage whenever you fly.
Sea Eagle used an extremely durable, military-grade 1100 Decitex reinforced PVC material for the NN126. Drop stitch construction means that this board is super rigid, and the quadruple overlapped seams guarantee that the board's shape is maintained.
The board features the popular 2+1 fin configuration, with a large removable center skeg and two side skegs. There is a super convenient front grab handle for dragging the board out of the wash, and elastic bungee cords and multiple D-rings at the bow provide ample storage and attachment possibilities for your gear.
On the rear, is a large D-ring for attaching your leash or for towing the board, and there's a center-balanced mid-carry handle for easy transport in and out of the water. This year's variation also features a new built-in PaddlePocket to secure your paddle when needed.
What Comes With the NeedleNose 126 SUP?
The basic Sea Eagle NeedleNose 126 for sale comes with the board, the SUP paddle, the Sea Eagle backpack, the slide in rear skeg, the hand piston pump, and the repair kit. The Sea Eagle NeedleNose 126 owner's manual can be downloaded here.
NN126 Packages for Sale
At the moment, Sea Eagle currently has five NeedleNose 126 configurations for sale: The Start Up package, the Deluxe package, the Electric Pump package, the Swivel Seat Fishing Rig package, and the QuikRow package. Click here to learn more about the different options available in each package.
Sea Eagle NeedleNose 126 iSUP FAQ
How long does it take to inflate the Sea Eagle NeedleNose 126?
The NN126 fully inflates to the recommended 12-15 PSI in only seven minutes. The included hand pump works great, but if you would rather not deal with the hassle of manually pumping up the NeedleNose 126, we recommend picking up the affordable BP12 electric pump.
Will I damage the NeedleNose 126 if I bring my dog on it?
Absolutely not! The NN126 is made of military-grade PVC material that is made to withstand a ton of abuse. While it is recommended that you keep your dog's nails trimmed, your dog won't damage your board in any way. Also, don't forget the dog life vest — it's an important SUP safety accessory!
Does the deck pad provide good traction?
Yes, the new full-length deck pad provides great traction and the custom kick tail is awesome for blind foot placement.
Is the Sea Eagle NeedleNose 126 inflatable SUP a good beginner board?
Definitely. This is a super stable SUP board that is versatile enough for both beginners and advance stand up paddle boarders. As you become more experienced, you can maximize the board's performance by changing your position.
The Sea Eagle NeedleNose 126 is an outstanding board that should be on everyone's radar. It really offers one of the best all-around SUP experiences for beginners and experienced paddlers alike, and is priced very affordably.
Of course, we also really love the fact that Sea Eagle offers the best inflatable paddle board warranty in the industry today. With a risk-free 180 day trial period and a 3 year warranty covering any and all manufacturer defects, Sea Eagle really goes above and beyond when it comes to making sure that their customers are completely satisfied. They're a New York-based, family owned company that has been around since the 60's, and they provide awesome customer support.
Overall, the Sea Eagle NN126 is a great inflatable SUP and we highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a high performance, ultra-durable inflatable paddle board.