The Gladiator Elite 12'6 is for those who want to up their game and paddle longer distances with a touring board. The 12'6 Elite touring board provides extra glide and speed whilst still being easy to paddle. Whether paddling with your dog or child sat on the front, or fully loaded ready for an overnight adventure, the 12'6 can handle any extra volume.
The 12'6 Elite comes in 3 widths;
The Light is 29" x 4.7" for shorter, lighter riders.
The sport is 30" x 5.9" wide for a shorter rider or a more proficient rider wanting even more speed.
The Touring is 32" x 5.9" wide for the rider wanting a great leisure paddling experience with more stability but with a slightly slower glide.
Outline Shape: The Outline shape is 12'6 x 30" x 5.9'' with a square tail giving this board great glide, speed and stability. The rail shape gives a vertical paddle stroke which improves tracking and reduces the number of times the paddle is switched from side to side when paddling.
Dropstitch: The Gladiator Elite is made from a market-leading machine weave double laminated dropstitch, 20% lighter and stiffer than fusion layer boards. The weave has less give than the traditional knitted method, which gives superior flex and rigidity, with no compromise on durability
The Triple Rail Edge: Gladiator's triple rail edge technology is manufactured with monocoque construction, using the tensile strength offered from joining the top and bottom of the board together and then adding 2 extra layers of material to the rail edge. This technology allow for a stiff board with limited flex and a high PSI capability and it also gives a 'refined nose' shape.
The Refined Nose Shape: Gaining the 'refined nose' is one of the aspects of manufacturing that sets a board apart within the premium category. The refined nose is produced by the triple rail edge manufacturing process, produced in the above way and offers the rider a premium performance especially noticeable when tackling chop and waves.
The Deckpad: The Gladiator double cushioned crocodile deck pad offers huge amounts of foot comfort on long day paddles as well as lots of grip. The deckpad also looks beautiful on and off the water.
The Bungee Cargo System: The asymmetric cargo straps not only look funky but offer more versatile storage solutions. With 3 straps at the front of all all-round and performance all-round boards and another 2 straps at the back of all touring boards. Loading your board up for with kit has never been easier.
The Handle Design: Gladiator central handle is a super comfy thick paddled handle allowing carrying your board to the waterside to be super comfortable, the front and back handle are flat webbed designed allowing for a super durable and minimalistic look.
The Fin and Fin Box Design: Gladiator Elite resin and honeycomb 9" touring fin offer premium durability and lightness. The hexagonal foam core mat in these fins reduces the resin content, making the fin lighter while keeping the fin stiff where it counts. This gives these fins a medium flex pattern making them great for performance paddling.
The Paddle: The Gladiator Elite paddles are full 3 piece carbon shaft with a touring shape carbon blade with water release to stop quiver with a comfortable palm handle design. Designed to allow you to paddle with a light durable paddle that fits all heights of riders as well as fitting bag in your Gladiator bag.
The Bag: The Gladiator wheeled backpack has been designed with an oversized rectangular shape allowing for the board to go back in the bag really easily, with a strong zip for the longevity of use and foiled internal inner for board UV protection when storing your board. The board bag also has a handy 3 way Velcro pocket design allowing quick and easy packing of your backpack straps when not in use, the Gladiator bag has also gone through an aesthetics makeover with all the packages being colour coordinated to each range.
The Pump: The Bravo SUPer pump is one of the best pumps available. The Super pump offers a fixed hose that is attached to the cylinder rather than a handle which stops the hose from moving around when inflating your board. 20% more efficient thanks to the piston and outside tube for the air outlet. Handles that remove and feet that are hinged to allow the pump to more easily packed away, either by rolling around the board or placing in the paddleboard bag.
3 Years Warranty: Gladiator is an innovative brand, building high-quality paddleboards, but without a high price tag, Using fusion double laminated and weave technology alongside triple rail edge construction means these boards are light & strong. With premium glueing technology that is 26 psi rated (even though 18/20 psi is perfect) the confidence in this high PSI means not only a very rigid board but also one that is very very strong.