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GILI Komodo Review

An easy to inflate board with plenty of storage that is quick and easy to maneuver
GILI Komodo
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Price:  $730 List | $730.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Well designed, good glide and quick turns, plenty of storage
Cons:  Pump requires assembly, difficult to manage in wind, cargo space decreases deck size
Manufacturer:   GILI Sports
By Jenay Aiksnoras ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 1, 2021
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#8 of 14
  • Stability - 30% 5
  • Glide Performance - 25% 7
  • Maneuverability - 25% 8
  • Ease of Transport - 10% 8
  • Ease of inflation - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Gili Komodo is a well-design and easy to maneuver board with decent all-around performance. It is a great choice for those seeking an inflatable board that can be ready quickly for a flatwater paddle or in minimal waves, as it inflates relatively quickly using the included dual-chamber pump. There is plenty of storage onboard, including Velcro loops on the side for your paddle, and the full deck pad is very comfortable. Due to the taller sides of the board, it is raised up above the water and can easily be set off course on windy days.

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Pros Well designed, good glide and quick turns, plenty of storageSolid all-around performance, includes a good paddle, appropriate price pointLightweight, affordable, playful design, includes a capable paddleLightweight, good all-around performance, excellent valueInexpensive, easier to inflate than larger options
Cons Pump requires assembly, difficult to manage in wind, cargo space decreases deck sizeLacks rear bungee system, lacks a front handleNot very fast, unstable in rougher waterLimited maneuverability, no dual cargo systemSlower and less stable, minimal cargo space, no front or back handles
Bottom Line An easy to inflate board with plenty of storage that is quick and easy to maneuverA simple, good-looking, well-priced board with solid all-around performance ideal for most paddlersA fun, lightweight board that provides an affordable way to get on the waterAn affordable price tag and respectable performance highlight this fun and lightweight boardAn affordable entry level board for families or lighter folks who are unsure of their commitment to the sport
Rating Categories GILI Komodo Atoll 11' ROC Inflatable SUP Funwater 11 SereneLife Inflatable
Stability (30%)
5.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Glide Performance (25%)
7.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
5.0
Maneuverability (25%)
8.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
Ease Of Transport (10%)
8.0
7.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Ease Of Inflation (10%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
Specs GILI Komodo Atoll 11' ROC Inflatable SUP Funwater 11 SereneLife Inflatable
Inflated Dimensions 10'6" x 33" x 6" 11' x 32" x 6" 10' x 32" x 6" 11' x 33" x 6" 10' x 30" x 6"
Weight (lbs) 21 lbs 22.5 lbs 17.8 lbs 18.9 lbs 25 lbs
Fin Configuration 2 snap-in side fins + 1 snap-in center fin 2+1 plastic fins, with large detachable center fin 2+1 plastic fins, with large detachable center fin 2+1 plastic fins, with large detachable center fin 2+1 plastic fins, with large detachable center fin
Paddle Included? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Folded Dimensions (inches) 34" x 15" x 10" 34" x 14" x 8" 34" x 12" x 14" 34" x 16" x 7" 33" x 12" x 12"
Weight Capacity (lbs) 340 lbs 400 lbs 300 lbs 330 lbs 275 lbs
Bungee Cargo System Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pump included? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Includes Backpack Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Gili Komodo weighs just 21 pounds and packs perfectly into its fully adjustable bag. Inflating the board is easy and speedy using the dual-chamber pump. We like the full-length deck pad designed with a comfortable texture that's soft on your feet. The 9-inch center fin, removable side fins, and included paddle all assemble quickly and easily. There is also the option to add a kayak seat using the pre-mounted D-rings. Launching is made easy using the nose and tail handles. Storage space is created using bungees that attach to both the front and back of the board, and your paddle can be attached to the side using the Velcro loops.

Performance Comparison


Attaching the paddle to the Velcro strap on the side kept it out of...
Attaching the paddle to the Velcro strap on the side kept it out of the way during a Yoga Asana practice.
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Stability


Testing this board on Lake Tahoe allowed us to compare its performance as conditions gradually changed from calm to light wind, to boat and wind waves. The taller sidewalls create a feeling as though the paddler is sitting higher above the water than other boards. It felt stable in calm water, and a few boat waves were not an issue. In circumstances of increased motorized watercraft and winds, this board became less manageable. Since it is recommended for Yoga, we attempted some postures. Ultimately, we feel it isn't as stable as other boards we've tested.

The Gili Komodo balances reasonable stability with solid glide...
The Gili Komodo balances reasonable stability with solid glide performance, thanks to its wider overall shape and rockered nose.
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Glide Performance


Paddling this board is easy, and it has a smooth glide between strokes. It's not as streamlined as other touring boards but has a rockered design that allows it to smoothly cut the water with little drag. As far as inflatable boards go, we felt this one moved more smoothly than the others we tested. It was pleasurable to travel longer distances using this board. The overall shape helps it to track well, even for beginner paddlers. The 9-inch center and additional side fins contribute to a smoother glide for all paddlers.

The fins on the Gili Komodo easily snap in and are secured with a...
The fins on the Gili Komodo easily snap in and are secured with a small clip.
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Maneuverability


Quick turns are made easy on the Gili Komodo. Maneuvering around buoys and beneath docks is easy on this board. Experienced paddlers turning by crossing the paddle across the bow were able to revolve the board quickly and remain balanced. Those turning by paddling from back to the front could turn with just three paddle strokes. It is easy to unweight the front and elevate it to avoid hazards like rocks or sticks.

Ease of Transport


The board and its included pack are thoughtfully designed for easy transport. The bag includes a storage pocket for the paddle, straps inside to hold the board in place, and multiple mesh pockets, tightening straps, and additional gear loops on the outside. You can dial in this pack by adjusting the side, shoulder, and hip strap to carry the 21-pound board with ease. Once inflated, the front and rear handles make launching the board easy. Velcro strops on the side of the board can be used to secure your paddle when not in use.

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Ease of Inflation


The included pump is made of four separate pieces: body, feet, and two handles, and must be assembled before first use. Once built, the pump can be stored in the pack with the board and paddle. The dual-stage adjustment makes it easy to inflate when the board is close to capacity. We were able to fully inflate it in less than 10 minutes.

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Value


It's the small details that make the Gili Komodo stand out. Ease of inflation, transportation, and onboard functionality have been thought out in the design of this board. The mid-range price places it in the market for experienced paddlers who like calmer conditions, and need a more maneuverable board to avoid underwater hazards.

Included in the bag for the Gili Komodo is the board, paddle, 4-part...
Included in the bag for the Gili Komodo is the board, paddle, 4-part pump, fins, leash, and repair kit.
Photo: Jenay Aiksnoras

Conclusion


Quick inflation, ease of assembly, and great maneuverability make the Gili Komodo a worthwhile purchase for those who want to paddle in calmer conditions and have the convenience of onboard storage for everything from personal gear to the paddle.

Jenay Aiksnoras