Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards

One of the latest attractions in the world of sports is a type of surf performed using a particular board called a stand up paddle board, or an SUP, for shorts. The inflatable version is the one that manages to combine functionality and quality into an item that can accompany surfers in the wildest adventures. For those interested in finding out which are the top choices, here is a selection of the 5 best sup boards.

Top 5 Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards Comparison

  1. Atoll 11’0″ 2. Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer 2 10’4″ 3. ISLE Airtech 12’6″ 4. Thurso Surf 11’6″ 5. iRocker Sport 10′
 
 
BEST MODEL
   
OUR CHOICE
 

Design Details

Manufacturer Atoll Board Co Tower Paddle Boards ISLE Surf and SUP THURSO SURF iROCKER
Inflated Size (L x W x T) 11′ x 32″ x 6″ 10’4″ x 37″ x 4″ 12’6” x 30” x 6” 11′ x 32″ x 6″ 10’6″ x 30″ x 6″
Deflated Size (D x W) 32″ x 12″ 37″ x 8″ 30″ x 12″ 32″ 12″ 33″ x 12″
Weight 20.2 lbs 26 lbs 20.5 lbs 25 lbs 28 lbs
Board Material Dual layer PVC Military-grade PVC Military-grade PVC Military-grade PVC Military-grade PVC
Paddle Material Aluminum alloy Fiberglass Aluminum Carbon Aluminum
Color Green White Red White Blue

Specifications

Type All-around/Flatwater Flatwater Race All-around Flatwater
Volume N/A 300 liters 259 liters N/A 280 liters
Maximum Weight Capacity 350 lbs 350 lbs 275 lbs 280 lbs 350 lbs
Pressure Range 7-15 psi 7-20 psi 7-15 psi 7-15 psi 7-15 psi
Fin 1 removable 2 fixed, 1 removable 2 fixed, 1 removable 3 removable 2 fixed, 1 removable
Nose Rocker
D Rings 14 4 5 6 9
Drop-stitch Technology
Adjustable Paddle 3-piece 3-piece 3-piece 3-piece 3-piece
Time to Inflate 5 minutes 5 minutes N/A N/A 5 minutes
Best Performance Surf, SUP yoga River, Lake, SUP yoga Speed, Surf, Racing N/A SUP yoga, Light-medium Surf, Speed

Accessories&Convenience

Bungee System
Repair Kit
Carrying Handles
Leash
Carrying Bag
Pump Type Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual

Warranty&Suppport

Product Warranty 2 Years, 60-day money back 2 Years 1 year, 30-day money back 2 Years 2 Years
Customer Support

Inflatable SUPs Reviews


 

1. Atoll 11’0″

Our first pick is this board made by Atoll. It is suitable for all-around use, so it is a nice option for a wide range of activities. You can use it on rivers and lakes, but also on oceans and enjoy the same performance. The attractive design and long-lasting construction make it the most popular inflatable stand up paddle board sold under this brand name.

Design&Performance

Using only the strongest materials, the rigidity of the board is similar to that of a hardboard. Nevertheless, it is very lightweight, so you can still enjoy the advantages provided by a SUP board. It is 11 feet long and can handle riders with a maximum capacity of 350 pounds. The paddle features a 3-piece construction and is made of aluminum alloy. Just like the board, the paddle is very durable yet ultra-light, weighing only 2 pounds. The nose rocker is another great addition as it helps increase the stability of the board. The included 8-inch composite fin can be removed and the fin box is compatible with most available fins.

  • Dual layer PVC : the second layer is added on top and bottom increasing the rigidity and stiffness of the board.
  • EVA foam: for a better stability of the rider. The foam is added on the top and helps reduce the chances of slips.
  • 3 color options: you can choose the color you want from green, light blue, and red.

Convenience

The multiple features and accessories make this board a user-friendly option. The included pump allows you to inflate it in maximum 5 minutes. Deflating it is very easy and the compact size makes it perfect for storage in tight places. For protecting it, you can store it in the included nylon carry bag. The added carrying handles are really great as they help you transport it to the water without hassle.

  • 10-foot Velcro leash: it comes with a long leash that keeps you close to the board.
  • Bungee cords: with no less than 14 D-rings, you can take with you all the gear you need.
  • Included repair kit: in case the iSUP boars gets damaged, you can use the repair kit and it will be like new.

PROS

CONS

It features a nice design, more like an authentic surf board
Light construction
You can return it within 60 days of purchase in case you aren’t satisfied with the results
Comes with 14 D-rings
Features 3 carry handles: one in the center and the other two on each end

VERDICT

Great overall construction and design. This model is among the best you can currently find if you’re looking for an all-around board. Its size makes it a good choice for most paddlers. Also, it is lightweight and the built-in handles make it easy to carry. Beside the 2-year warranty, it comes with a 60-day money back guarantee. We dislike the fact that the pump is manual, so inflating it can be quite challenging. however, this is available for all manual pumps. At the same time, it doesn’t come with a leash.


 

2. Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer 2 10’4″

Another great model to consider if you want to invest your money in a well-made board. It is better suited for river and lake paddling, but also for yoga if you want to just relax and gain flexibility through movement. The board is made of military-grade PVC, just as many other models. This makes it highly-resistant to tear and leaks. When deflated it becomes very compact, allowing you carry it with ease in your car. The paddle is made of fiberglass and can be adjusted according to your preferences. The maximum weight capacity of 350 pounds is an extra advantage.

The 4-D rings are connected with a bungee cord, which allows you to keep your things within easy reach. The included repair kit contains composite patches and valve wrench, so it comes in handy for easy repairs. For inflating the board, you will receive a manual pump. However, the manufacturer doesn’t offer a carry backbag or a leash with the board, so you’ll have to spend some extra money. You will also find 3 carry handles on the from and rear of the boat. Last but not least, it is warranted for 2 years.

PROS

CONS

Great weight capacity, up to 350 pounds It doesn’t come with a backpack or a leash
Features 2 fixed fins and a large detachable fin located in the center Rather heavy
Easy to carry with the included handles
Adjustable fiberglass paddle
Wide construction

VERDICT

We recommend this board as it is generously wide and can handle up to 350 pounds. It is made of quality materials, being very resistant to impacts. It inflates and deflates easily and when deflated is very compact in size. The only drawbacks are the fact that is rather heavy in comparison to the other models and that it lacks a leash and a carry bag for storing it.


 

3. ISLE Airtech 12’6″

Due to the fact that is longer, this board is suitable fast paddling. The military-grade PVC construction and the drop-stitch technology make it very durable and resistant to tear and wear. The board is lightweight and comes with a paddle made of aluminum. The paddle is adjustable for more convenience. The square tail design adds more stability on water, allowing you to make sharp turns with ease. Unlike the previous models, this one can only handle up to 275 pounds but this is normal for this type of boards. It comes in a beautiful red color.

This model features 4 D-rings for the bungee system located on the deck and one D-ring for the leash located on the tail. It comes with 2 carry handles on the front and on the back, thus being easier to handle. The included carry bag is a nice accessory, as well as the manual pump. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a repair kit, which is a major drawback. Also, it doesn’t include a leash. For this model you will receive a 1-year warranty and you have the possibility to return it after 30 days of purchase.

PROS

CONS

2+1 fin configuration There’s no repair kit included, nor a leash
Great for racing Only 1-year warranty
Convenient handles to carry it with ease
Diamond-groove EVA deck
Stylish design

VERDICT

We recommend this board if you’re into fast-paddling. It looks nice and is made of high-quality materials. You will love the fact that is lightweight but durable at the same time. However, we would’ve wanted it to come with a carry bag for a safe storage and a more convenient transportation. Also, this is the only model in our list that comes with the standard 1-year warranty. All the other odels are backed by a 2-year warranty.


 

4. Thurso Surf 11’6″

Here is another great all-around board worth considering. It is really great for paddling long distances, so it will soon become your best companion. It features an attractive design with a woodgrain graphic top deck. Just like the other models, it is made of military-grade PVC, so there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to durability. Unlike most boards that come with an aluminum or fiberglass paddle, this one has a carbon shaft travel paddle. It can handle up to 280 pounds, so is not very versatile from this point of view.

It features 3 fins and all of them are removable so you can customize the board according to the type of water. In order to carry it with ease, the manufacturer added a carry handle in the center of the board. But what is interesting is the fact that the handle features a removable neoprene cover. As a tip, you can use it to secure the paddle to the board. Although it doesn’t come with a repair kit, this model includes a bungee system for your items. It also comes with a manual pump and a leash. Also, it is backed by a 2-year warranty.

PROS

CONS

Nice carbon shaft travel paddle Can handle only 280 pounds
All the fins are removable Doesn’t come with a repair kit
Features a removable neoprene cover for the handle
Great design
Includes a leash

VERDICT

This model distinguishes itself by featuring a nice carbon paddle. Also, unlike the other boards, it includes a leash. It features a 2+1 fin configuration and all the fins are removable. The carry handle located in the center allows you to transport it with ease and is protected by a removable neoprene cover. We dislike the fact that it doesn’t come with a repair kit. Also, this model can only handle 280 pounds.


 

5. iRocker Sport 10′

iRocker Sport 10′ is a nice board, suitable for SUP yoga, and light-medium surf. You can also use it for fast-paddling although is not the greatest choice. The military-grade construction makes it highly-durable, allowing you to enjoy it for many years. The board is a little bit heavier than all the previous models but is compact enough to store it in tight places. It comes with an aluminum paddle that can be adjusted from 65 to 83 inches. Also, this board can handle a maximum weight of 350 pounds.

The bungee system is attached to 4 of the 9 D-rings and it keeps your personal items secure at all times. It features 3 fins, a detachable one in the center and 2 fixed ones on the side. When buying this board, you will also receive a carry bag and a manual pump. You will need only 5 minutes to inflate it. Located in the middle, the handle allows you to carry the board comfortably. Unfortunately, this model doesn’t come with a repair kit or a leash, so you may consider buying them separately. Additionally, it is covered by a 2-year warranty.

PROS

CONS

Simple, yet elegant design Doesn’t come with a repair kit or a leash
Generous weight capacity: 350 pounds Heavy
Grippy deck pad for improving your balance
Available at an affordable price
Drop stitch PVC construction

VERDICT

We recommend you this board if you’re a beginner. The solid construction makes it a long-term investment, so you will be able to enjoy it for many years. The included high pressure pump has a pressure gauge for more convenience. It inflates and deflates in 5 minutes, with no hassle whatsoever. Nevertheless, this model comes with some disadvantages as it is rather heavy and doesn’t include a repair kit or a leash.

There are many sports that many people like to practice and paddling is one of the most appreciated by those who are adventurous and want to challenge their limits. If you are a fan of the water and you want to combine your passion with working out and staying fit, stand up paddle boarding is a great option. For it, you need a stand up paddle board and the most versatile and easy to use is the inflatable one. Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about this type of board, what it is mostly used for, and how you can pick the best one for you.

What You Should Know about SUPs

Surfing enthusiasts used to carry large and heavy boards that they could ride the waves with maximum stability and balance. As people discovered more and more ways of using the surfing boards, a lighter and more portable unit was in demand in order to make things easier. This is when the inflatable stand up paddling boards have been designed as an alternative to the bulky and hard to carry surfboards. The only difference is the construction material, being very similar in other aspects like durability and use. The inflatable ones win many points in terms of portability and convenience, being more practical and easier to use. Here are some of the most important details you must know regarding the iSUP’s, as they are often called.

Design specifications

The design isn’t only referring to how the paddleboard looks, it also has to do with the material it is built of and the dimensions it reaches both inflated and deflated.

  • Material
  • Most of them, if not all, are made of PVC of various thickness and quality. The most reliable ones are the ones made of military grade PVC or dual-layer PVC that is reinforced with a secure drop-stitch construction. This is for ensuring a matching stability and resistance to the hard boards.

  • Shape
  • Although most inflatable boards resemble in shape, there are some slight differences that influence their performance on the water. As such, you will find longer, shorter, narrower, wider, or sharper boards with either an elevated or lowered nose or tail. By their shape, they are split into several categories: surf, all-round, flatwater, and race. You can also find other categories but these are the most commonly seen.

  • Size
  • The dimensions are important in determining the versatility and smoothness of a paddle board. The thickness varies from 4 to 6 inches while the width ranges from 30 to 36 inches. As for length, which is the most important, you can find small boards measuring less than 9 feet or very large units that reach 12 feet.

  • Number of D-rings
  • The rings let you use a bungee cord to either attach additional equipment or to dock your board when you take a break. The minimum number of D-rings is 4 but you can find boards with as many as 14 placed all over the surface of the paddleboard.

Technical details

Now that you caught the idea of the design, you can get more technical and discover their manufacturing specifications.

  • Weight capacity
  • As you probably figured it out by now, this represents the maximum weight the rider should be in order to use the board. Depending on its density and size, the SUP can handle a certain body weight without deflating or sinking. If this weight is exceeded, it becomes less safe to use.

  • Volume
  • This detail refers to the buoyancy or the paddle’s ability to float. It is linked to its size and weight capacity and is measured in liters. As an example, the longer the board and the heavier the rider, the bigger the volume and thus, the more it will float. A board with a small volume will not be able to carry heavy riders and it will automatically sink.

  • Inflating time
  • This is perhaps the most annoying part of owning an inflatable rather a hardboard because you always have to inflate and deflate it. While some models come with an electric pump that gets the job done in mere minutes, most of them include a hand pump that requires some effort from you when inflating and deflating the item.

  • Pressure range
  • This detail regards the inflating process and settles the amount of air that should be pumped into the board. The usual range is between 7 and 20psi meaning that you shouldn’t have a pressure lower than 7 or higher than 20, although the optimal number in most inflating paddle boards is 15psi.

What Are SUPs Suitable For?

According to their shape and size, inflatable standup paddleboards are mostly used in certain activities on the water. Their suitability is also connected to your abilities to control them and to remain standing regardless the water you are on.

  • Surf paddle boards are shorter and more curved than other types, with a narrower nose and tail. These are perfect for surfing on waves because they are more compact and flexible. However, these are the less stable so beginners should not use them and they are not appropriate for flatwater.
  • All-around models are wider, thicker, and longer than the previous model so they are more indicated for beginners who might have troubles maintaining balance on a small board. They provide a smooth glide on the water and they are great for ocean touring, flatwater paddling, and even surf. You can even mount a windsurf sailing rig on the deck, thus extend its suitability.
  • Flatwater paddle boards are longer and wider, to a pointy nose and rounded sides that literally slice the water in order to gain speed. They are great for flatwater paddling and down winding, or surfing with the wind at the back.
  • Race stand up paddle boards are long but narrow, with a very sharp nose that enables them to glide at high speeds. Only advanced riders should use them because they are hard to control and very unstable. They are great for rough waters and high waves.

What We Based Our Ratings On

When we picked our favorite products, we looked into their particularities and we analyzed various aspects that led us to find the most reliable ones. Here is what our ratings are based on so you can get a bigger picture of the details that matter in inflatable boards for paddling.

  • Durability

  • How much a paddleboard will last is definitely an aspect worth taking into account before making a purchase. As such, we looked into the resistance of the materials and we analyzed customer opinions to see just how strong and sturdy a model really is. However, keep in mind that improper use can damage the product without necessarily meaning that it’s poor-quality.

  • Stability

  • Although this detail is strongly connected to the skills of the rider, we put a lot of attention into figuring out the stability and versatility of a board. Depending on their width and thickness, some models are more stable and can carry heavier users while others are more fragile and could be harder to maneuver and maintain balanced. We analyzed the stability of each category without comparing two boards designed for different activities.

  • Accessories

  • For a complete surfing session that provides all the convenience you need, your paddle board should be equipped with all the important accessories. We looked at every model and chose the ones that are packed with a full set of items that includes the pump, the paddle, carrying bags, and more. This means that you will not have to pay extra money so it’s an aspect worth considering.

  • Warranty

  • These are professional items and they often cost a lot of money so it’s important to know that your investment is protected by a generous warranty. We selected only reputable manufacturers that were willing to stand behind their products no matter what.