Kneeboard Buyers Guide and Kneeboard Hook

How to buy the right Kneeboard

It is much easier to get up on a kneeboard and ride it, much easier than a pair of waterskis, a slalom waterski, or a wakeboard. Every family should include a kneeboard on your wakeboard tower rack in your boat because it is the easiest family board to ride for all ages and skill levels.

The Kneeboard Hook is the most important feature for beginning riders

The hook holds the waterski handle while the rider gets up on the kneeboard. For a kids kneeboard, juniors, and teens who are learning to hold on to a waterski tow rope, the kneeboard hook is essential. Each brand has its own name, Hydroslide has the Hydroslide Hydro Hook, Obrien has the Aquatic Hook, and Connelly has the Connelly Rope Hook. If you are a beginner to intermediate rider, buy a board with the hook. Advanced kneeboards normally do not have a hook.

Hydroslide’s Pop Up Hydro Hook is a superior design. Hydroslide uses a spring loaded action to allow easy placement of the rope handle in the holder. While not in use the Hydro-Hook lies completely flat with the deck of the kneeboard. If you fall on your kneeboard, the hook will not catch you or cut you because it is tucked in flat with the deck of the kneeboard. Other boards have the hook permanently molded into the board. Normally these hooks have rounded edges for safety.

2017 Kneeboard Ratings Kneeboard Reviews

The best kneeboard for 2017 without the hook for advanced riders is the HO Agent Kneeboard. The best 2017 family kneeboard with hook is the Hydroslide Revolution Kneeboard. Please click on a kneeboard in the list to see the reviews and ratings. 

List of Kneeboards by Brand
Hydroslide Kneeboards
WITH Hook
(Popup Hydro Hook)
hydroslide awuatic hook
REVOLUTION
RAZORBACK
PHANTOM
HAVOC
Hydroslide Kneeboards
WITHOUT the Hook
RESPECT
Obrien Kneeboards
WITH Hook
(Aquatic Hook)
Obrien Hydro Hook
BLACK MAGIC
OBRIEN RICOCHET
Obrien Kneeboards
WITHOUT Hook
SOZO
5150 RUSH
Connelly Kneeboards
WITH Hook
(Connelly Rope Hook)
Connelly Kneeboard Hook
MIRAGE
SCARAB
HO Kneeboards
WITH Hook
(Kneeboard Hook)
PROTON
NEUTRON
ELECTRON
FAD INFLATABLE
RAD+ 5 FT INFLATABLE
HO Kneeboards
WITHOUT Hook
AGENT
JOKER
RAD 3 FT INFLATABLE

This video shows you how to use the Kneeboard Hook

Best add on products for Kneeboarding: the Pannoshock Kneeboard Cushion

This is a highly recommended HO product to buy with any kneeboard. The Panno Shock Kneeboard cushion reduces fatigue and cushions the shock on jumps over the wake. It helps people who have bad knees allowing you to ride a kneeboard without bending your knees all the way when you sit on the board. Excellent product. (Featured below at the end of this article).

Shock Strap on Hydroslide Kneeboards: Hydroslide Nash Replacement Kneeboard Strap 3inch Padded w Shock extension

Hydroslide has a good feature with the shock strap extension. The extension is red in color and comes with most Hydroslide Kneeboards. This allows larger men to ride by adding another 6 in of length to the strap.

Recreational Plastic Molded Kneeboards vs Fiberglass Composite Kneeboards for Pros:

Most recreational kneeboarders are made from rotomolded plastic. These plastic kneeboards are widely available and less expensive than competitive kneeboards. The soft, wide edges on plastic kneeboards are best suited for beginners and kids. Plastic is a little easier on you if the board hits you on the head. The design allows for smooth turning and good control for even the novice kneeboarder. The boards are relatively thick and very buoyant, so they help act as a flotation device after a spill. Some plastic kneeboards offer fins to help make turning easier.

Competitive kneeboards are Fiberglass Composite. These boards are higher performance and more durable. Thinner and lighter, they allow riders to make sharper turns, higher jumps, and more tricks. The thin construction is not as buoyant as recreational plastic models. Fiberglass kneeboards are very stiff and have some sharp edges. Sharp edges are dangerous for kids and beginners--only experienced riders should ride fiberglass molded kneeboards. Pros are experienced and do not need the kneeboard hook to get up on the board, thus pro knee boards normally do not have a kneeboard hook. The fiberglass models include: HO Agent, HO Joker, Hydroslide Respect, Obrien Ricochet (fiberglass top), Obrien 5150 Rush. The Obrien SOZO is a very high Pro board with a unique construction, neither fiberglass nor molded plastic.

Newest 2017 HO Sports RAD, RAD Plus, and FAD Inflatables

HO Sports innovated a new type of kneeboard in 2017 which blends the features of a wakeboard, a kneeboard, and an inflatable towable. They dont even call it a kneeboard. They call it an Aquatic Device for lack of a better name. The HO RAD (Round Aquatic Device), RAD Plus (Round Aquatic Device 5 ft), and FAD (Fun Aquatic Device), are all designed to be inflated to a significantly high pressure of 20 psi, almost as high as a car tire. The board is firm after inflation and you can ride it kneeling, sitting, standing, or laying down. The fact that it is inflated makes the ride softer in the water than a fiberglass or roto molded kneeboard. The FAD and RAD+ have a kneeboard hook for the tow rope to makes it easy get up on the board without holding on to the rope handle. The RAD boards are excellent for beginners, intermediate riders, kids, and adults of all ages.

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