BIC Sub Ace Tec Review 9.5/10

When I think of BIC, I must admit I think of a lighter or perhaps a biro. SUP boards aren’t the first thing that I picture. Though after testing out the 10”6 BIC Ace-Tec for a few hours, I’m joyed to say that this company has got it going on! I had my skepticism thrown out the window, thoroughly enjoying my ride on the Ace-Tec.

Stylish name – Stylish board. Before I had even ridden it, I liked the shape of this board. I’m a longboarder (surfboard) so the similar aesthetics of the 10’6” Ace-Tec and my 9’1” mal, made me feel comfortable before I had even hopped on. It’s a bulletproof (Thermoform technology; more in-depth explanation to come) all-rounder board – whether you want waves or flat water.

One of the first things I noticed was the rocker, big enough to tackle some fun waves. However, I went for a cruise on the river, my imagination taking me to Venice when my friend sat on the board and I paddled us down the river, the expansive center girth balancing us effortlessly.

Specs

 Weight 26 lbs
Length 10’6”
Center Width 31.5”
Volume 185 liters
Max Capacity 220 lbs
Board Thickness 4.5″
Primary Material Thermoform Plastic

 

 

Board design and performance

The Ace-Tec has an embossed EVA deck pad that’s comfortable and ideal for trying out some SUP Yoga. The grip on the deck pad provides assistance in balance, perfect for beginners and being in choppy waters.

The slight rocker is an excellent compromise of being suited for waves but not so defined you become stagnate in still water. Another part of the board I enjoyed was its stability and maneuverability. The wide center girth (31.5”) is easily enough space for not just me, but even my friend to jump on and be able to enjoy a ride together. Where there are boards that I would say are even more stable like the Naish Odysseus 9’8 that is 34” wide, I find you lose a little on maneuverability. However, on the Ace-Tec, even a beginner will find turning and steering easy.

I liked the option of the board being a single fin or tri-fin and with a common FCS fin system that’s also easy to use. You want to be able to mix this up depending on if you are in flat water or open ocean conditions. If you are using your SUP in flat water the three fin setup will produce drag because you are only going straight; however, if you are out in the waves and turning your board up and down a wave it produces speed.

 



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Ultra Sport Europe Ltd.
Carnival Way,
Castle Donington,
Derbyshire DE74 2HP

01332 813 150


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