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PRODUCT REVIEW

Isle Pioneer 10’6 Inflatable SUP Board Review

One of the most popular entry level boards on the market the Isle Pioneer 10’6 Inflatable SUP boards is excellent for those looking to get started in paddle boarding. An all round board that includes all the necessary accessories and equipment this is an excellent quality board at an affordable price.

This 2020 Isle Pioneer paddle board builds upon the previous Pioneer model providing more stability and maneuverability, while evolving its elegant design into a more ergonomic board. Excellent on flat water and lakes, this board is stable and tracks well in the water. The Isle Pioneer also has great maneuverability. This is thanks to the nylon center fin being well positioned between two small integrated side fins that allow for better tracking on the water.

The added bag which comes with the board makes it an excellent choice for those planning to travel with their board. The board is compact when folded and relatively light, it’s easy to transport to and from any body of water, and can be conveniently brought on holiday.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.2

Reasons to buy

  • Affordable and fair price
  • Great for flat water and lakes
  • Very durable and tracks very well in the water
  • Very stable
  • A paddle holder at the side

Reasons NOT to buy

  • Paddle can fill up with water and potentially lose buoyancy
  • Sidefins aren’t removable
  • Tends to have some difficulty with waves and can stall
  • The screw for removing the fin is very small and easily lost

Review

  • DIVEIN.com Score: 4.2/5
  • Construction: 4/5
  • Stability: 3.8/5
  • Maneuverability: 4.2/5
  • Portability: 4/5
  • Price/Quality: 4.5/5

The Isle Pioneer is an innovative and ergonomic board that will last a long time if well maintained. It’s contemporary design will help beginners feel comfortable on the water while also challenging their balance.

The board tracks well and has an intuitive feel to it, allowing you to paddle more efficiently without needing to make too many corrections as you glide on the water. The board is also extremely travel friendly and can be easily transported whether to the beach or on holiday to Maui.

The accessories that are included in the 2020 Isle Pioneer package are also of high quality and extremely useful as the brand has learned the needs of paddlers and upgraded from their previous 2019 model.

Furthermore, the Isle Pioneer is a perfect all round board that comes at an affordable price for any paddler, however especially if you’re just getting started and this is your first or second paddle board.

Features

  • Great soft brushed traction pad made from an EVA foam with added grooves that gives sufficient grip and comfort whether you are standing or kneeling.
  • The rounded handles are perfect for transporting the board once inflated and can be found at the nose, tail and center of the board.
  • Large bungee system on both the front and back of the paddle for attaching gear.
  • Paddle holder composed of velcro straps on the rail of the board for equipping your paddle.
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Isle Pioneer 10’6 Inflatable SUP Board Review: Key Specifications

  • Best Suited For: Beginners/intermediate/travelers
  • Material: Military grade PVC with an airtech fusion drop stitching core
  • Volume: 326 liters
  • Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’ 6” x 34” x 6”
  • Weight: 24 pounds
  • Recommended Inflation: 15 PSI

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Accessories

The Isle Pioneer package includes all the essential accessories that compliment the paddle board. This includes a Isle hybrid 3 piece adjustable paddle that is convenient for travelling. Included in this package is a robust coiled leash, a manual dual action pump as well as an Isle Travel Bag for the inflatable paddle board.

  • Paddle: The included Isle Hybrid 3 Piece Adjustable SUP is the perfect travel paddle and is very good quality for the affordable price. It provides the paddler with strokes that are efficient and that do not lose energy due to twists and turns. That said, it doesn’t float indefinitely and the screws provided for the anti-twist locks can become loose with use and will need to be tightened after several uses.
  • Leash: Included is a Isle 8′ Coil Leash, the strap is very comfortable and provides a velcro holder for a small valuable item such as your key.
  • Pump: The provided pump is an upgrade from the single action 2019 model. The Isle Manual iSUP Hand Pump is a dual action pump that allows you to inflate your board in just under 10 mins.
  • Backpack: The Isle travel bag is perfect if you want to take this inflatable paddle board with you on holiday. It is made of high quality materials and is very comfortable to carry. It is very spacious, has pockets and fits all the accessories provided in the package.
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Stability

The Isle Pioneer is generally a very stable board when used by experienced paddle boarders however for beginners the board provides the right level of challenge in order for them to improve their paddle boarding ability. Furthermore, the board distributes the rider’s weight well, improving stability and allowing for better control of the board.

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Maneuverability

The Isle Pioneer has great maneuverability. The nylon center fin is well positioned between two small integrated side fins that allow for better tracking on the water. The board turns easily with paddle strokes, while pressure on the back fin will allow you to pivot effortlessly on the board. That said, the later technique can at times be a challenge on this board, especially if you haven’t mastered pivoting.

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Portability

Although not the most portable paddle board on the market, the Isle Pioneer does fold efficiently into the travel bag provided along with all of the included accessories. This allows you to transport the board easily to and from the water, and due to the board’s relatively light weight, it isn’t too difficult. As far as portability goes, this board is quite standard for an inflatable paddle board in its category.

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Price/Quality Ratio

The unique selling point for this board is that it affords you a high quality paddling experience for a very affordable price. This board is durable and made to last and can be banged, knocked and scratched without taking damage. Nevertheless, if that isn’t good enough for you, Isle guarantees their military grade PVC material for 2 years after purchase.

Optional Accessories from Isle

  • Isle carbon adjustable paddle 
  • Isle iSUP hand pump 
  • Isle 12V electric pump
  • Isle nylon touring center fin
  • Isle iSUP travel bag
  • Isle car rack/straps

Summary

Do we recommend it?

We recommend the Isle Pioneer for intermediate paddle boarders who want an all-rounder SUP board. We also recommend the board for beginners looking to fast track their skill development, especially their stability and coordination on the board. Overall, this is a great board for anybody looking to enjoy a smooth paddle board experience on the water.

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What We Like

  • Affordable and fair price
  • Great for flat water and lakes
  • Very durable and tracks very well in the water
  • Very stable
  • A paddle holder at the side

What We Don’t Like

  • Paddle can fill up with water and potentially lose buoyancy
  • Sidefins aren’t removable
  • Tends to have some difficulty with waves and can stall
  • The screw for removing the fin is very small and easily lost

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FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Isle Pioneer 10’6 Inflatable SUP Board

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    How long does it take to inflate the Isle Pioneer SUP board?

    The Isle Pioneer SUP board can be inflated in 5-7 minutes with an electric pump or 10 minutes with the included high-pressure hand pump.

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    What pressure can the Isle Pioneer SUP board be inflated to?

    The Isle Pioneer SUP board needs to be inflated to 15 PSI.

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    What does the Isle Pioneer SUP board come with?

    The Isle Pioneer SUP board comes with a paddle, fin, leash, pump and backpack.

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    What weight can the Isle Pioneer SUP board hold?

     Isle Pioneer SUP board can support a weight of up to 300 pounds.

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    Is the Isle Pioneer SUP board covered by warranty?

    The Isle Pioneer SUP board has a 60 day return policy and is further covered by warranty on materials for up to 2 years.

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