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HONU Sorrento 2022 – Review

12'6 x 30 x 5.9 - 330L Reviewed by us on Oct 3, 2022



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Overall Glide
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
Stability
8.5
8.5
8.5
8.5
8.5
8.5
8.5
8.5
8.5
8.5
Flat Water
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
Open Water
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
Ability to turn
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
Ease of use
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
Bag & Pump
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
Fins & Fittings
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
Weight
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
Race Use
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
Build Quality
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
Value
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
Deflection
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5

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Antoine Duchesnes
Antoine Duchesnes
2 years ago

Hi SUPboarder, very impressive stiffness indeed!
What board would you recommend for my partner and I who are 1,69m for 60kg, and 1,82m for 72kg, for day cruising or overnight adventure? (if that board would be too big/sick)

Beau Nixon
Editor
2 years ago

Hi Antoine, thanks for the comment. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the iSUP touring test we did: https://supboardermag.com/2021/08/16/inflatable-touring-test-2021-supboarder-pro-head-to-head/ – lots of great info in there to help you with a decision. As you’re both lighter riders, opting for 5″ thick board might offer a better feeling if you don’t plan to take lots of gear with you. Choosing the right board has a lot of factors to think about like your ability level, paddling conditions and location for boards available. Look at the range of touring boards from Shark SUP, Starboard, RED, Gladiator, etc for ideas… Read more »

cam
cam
1 year ago

Hi there,

I have the starboard Go 10.8 hard board. Please tell me is the Sorento faster ? and does it track better ? Please compare the two boards for me . Thanks

Reuben Ellis
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  cam

Hey Cam yes to both. It will be faster and it will have better tracking. The Go will give you more stability and be better when playing in any surf or waves. For paddling further and faster the Honu will be better for that.

cam
cam
1 year ago
Reply to  Reuben Ellis

Interesting Reuben,

I watched your Takhine go 10.8 review and you said that a hard board will give you better tracking and glide than an isup. but I guess you were thinking Go hard board compared to the igo isup. And maybe the Sorento is less sticky than the average ISUP cause of its stiffness and lite weight ? Also I question if the Go 10.8 would be good in the surf and chop with the concave bottom ?
The Honu Sorento looks like a good compact board to sprint on the lake for fitness No ?

Reuben Ellis
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  cam

Good question and well observed. Definitely like you have said if you had the same size hard or inflatable board the hardboard would give you more stability better tracking and faster speed. But as soon as your inflatable board gets longer definitely over the mid 11′ in lengths, even though its inflatable it will have a bigger advantage compared to a shorter composite board. The Sorrento will just be a great all-round faster paddling iSUP that will take you places.

cam
cam
1 year ago
Reply to  Reuben Ellis

Thanks Reuben
I had the red paddle Sport 12.6 for a while. One thing I didnt really like is that I felt high off the water and disconnected. The Go has a more connected feeling.
I imagine the Honu will have the same disconnected corky feeling from the water. Also, the Sport never felt fast to me. It was pretty heavy at 27 pounds, maybe thats why it felt slow.How would you compare the Sorrento to the 12.6 red sport ?

Thanks

Reuben Ellis
Admin
11 months ago
Reply to  cam

They Cam, the Sorrento felt a bit quicker than the sport but not by much. The feel on the water was about the same. Sorry for slow reply on this.

cam
cam
11 months ago
Reply to  Reuben Ellis

I think I will cross the sorento off my list then. I find the sunnova 2 piece system very interesting. but pricey. I could put a touring or race board completely in my 8 foot truck box and close the gate and lock the canopy. however I would have to sell the truck to pay for the board 🙂

Reuben Ellis
Admin
11 months ago
Reply to  cam

The 2 pc boards do look interesting but unfortunately we haven’t used any yet.

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