20+ Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards in 2022

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Paddleboarding is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world, and for good reason

There are hundreds of inflatable paddle boards on the market right now. Supermarkets, as well as clothing companies, are branding their own models, and most come from the same factories in China with varying degrees of quality.

That’s why we’ve looked at 40 of the most popular paddle boards to steer you toward the best SUPs and away from buyer’s remorse.

The best paddleboard is easy to find as long as you know what you want. Read these reviews and you’ll easily figure out how to choose the best SUP.

Check out our buyer’s guide at the end of this article for more information on paddle boarding.

The Top 10 Paddle Boards in 2022

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Building on the success of the Flight series, Surfstar adds to the 10’6 size of offerings with a bit of twist worth considering. It’s an all rounder with more features and added performance factors that provide a noticeable improvement compared to similar models.

First and foremost, the fiberglass paddle is a cut above normal. In terms of its weight to thrust ratio, the paddle adds enough value (translated into a better experience) to position this board squarely in the sights of an intermediate paddler. While not a premium board, its performance is noticeably better than any budget board and firmly toward the top of any entry-level offering.

Double-reinforced side rails provide both good stability and a rigid ride over small waves. At 33 inches, there’s a little more real estate for your feet to find their balance. Being able to carry a greater weight is also ideal for tandem trips and even fishing. As such the two cargo sections serve this board up as a thoroughly decent and very casual touring board.

It’s not going to break any speed records, but if you have the time to spare it’s worth enjoying and the Advance Star does a pretty good job at this.

Specs & Features

  • Board Length: 10’6
  • Board Width: 33 in.
  • Board Thickness: 6 in.
  • Board Weight: 18.8 lbs
  • Board Volume: 260L

Our Overall Review

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

4.7

Reasons to buy:

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    The paddle is great
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    Price below its value
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    Good for intermediates, great for entry-level
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    Extra capacity means more versatility
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    Low weight and big bag good for packing and transporting

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Surfstar 10’6 Advance All Around

Best Overall Performance

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The Carbon Cruise 12’ is similar to the smaller Carbon Bluefin SUP in that it is made for speed and distance. A premium version of the Cruise 12’ this board is excellent for most water conditions and has incredible traction.

Built with a carbon-railing construction in conjunction with the air/duo chamber this board is rigid and provides excellent stability on the water.

Heat-welded bonds give the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 12’ an aerodynamic finish for smooth gliding. The good traction through water and stability make this board ideal for beginner paddle boarders and cruising through calm waters, touring, or even kayaking.

The added kayak package included in Bluefin boards makes it an excellent investment for those starting their paddle boarding journey.

With plenty of added features, including a great crocodile traction pad for added grip when paddling and convenient handles to carry it to and from the water, the Bluefin Carbon Cruise 12’ is built with comfort in mind.

This is a reliable and sturdy board that is guaranteed to last a long time, making it an excellent investment.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Cruising through calm waters/touring/kayaking
  • Material: 1000 Denier Exo Surface Laminate w/ Pro-Weave Drop Stitch Technology
  • Volume: 330 liters
  • Capacity: 309 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 12’ x 32” x 6”

Our Overall Review

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

4.8

Reasons to buy:

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    It’s bonded with heat welding that gives it an aerodynamic finish for smooth gliding
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    It’s fast and track really well
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    The two-chambers increase rigidity and make it easier/faster to inflate
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    Travel strap plus 5 handles makes transport easier
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    Sweet colors

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  • check-markRelatively low weight capacity
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Bluefin Cruise Carbon 12’

Best Hybrid Kayak and SUP

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When we got Isle’s new paddle board for testing we thought it was just another 2-in-1 Hybrid. We were wrong. In fact, whereas most hybrids are SUPs that you can sit on, the Switch is conceived as an inflatable kayak that’s also a pretty good SUP touring board.

Its design is very versatile, including a tandem kayak customization as well as link loops that connect to other boards. This will be a modular system for accessories that Isle is still developing.

It’s refreshing to see innovation in the paddle board market, to see companies doing something different. When those tweaks also end up being really good too, it’s doubly pleasing.

To put it bluntly, the Switch is the best 2-in-1 inflatable paddle board. While the kayak experience is unique, that doesn’t come at the expense of the stand up paddle boarding profile (even with an extra 35 inches width). The same argument can be made in reverse.

Of the innovations found on the Switch, it’s better to read the in depth article to get a sense for a trend we’ll likely see in the coming years. But in brief, this inflatable is a worthy candidate for both recreational kayaking and SUP boarding.

Specs & Features

  • Material: AirTech Fusion Lite Drop Stitch Construction
  • Board Height: 11’6”
  • Board Width: 35”
  • Thickness: 6.35”
  • Weight: 19 lbs.

Our Overall Review

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

4.9

Reasons to buy:

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    Doing yoga, fishing, tandem kayaking, tandem SUPping
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    Most comfortable 2-in-1 seat
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    One of the most lightweight models out there
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    The seat can also be used as a trekker chair
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    Looking forward to future accessories with the 40 loop Link System

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Isle Switch SUP & Kayak

Portable, For Shorter Paddlers

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Many paddlers from every skill level were taken aback by the updated iRocker All-Around 10′ Ultra inflatable paddle board. This package arrives in a bag that seems half the size of an adult board. Everything about it screams portability.

While that made us question what compromises in performance were required to achieve this ultra compact design, we were relieved and impressed at the overall experience on the water.

To be clear, this is a stand up paddle board best suited for lighter paddlers under 5’10. The taller the paddler, the more skilled they need to be to cope with diminishing stability.

Another unique feature of this board is the included accessory bag and an electric pump (power source not included).

Given the design features and quality of the whole package, there’s a reasonable–but larger–price attached to this SUP board. More nomadic paddlers should give this option a long hard look for the value and improvement to their stand up experience it can provide.

Specs & Features

  • Material: PVC with Cross Thread Drop Stitch Construction
  • Board Height: 10 ft.
  • Board Width: 32”
  • Thickness: 6”
  • Tail Width: 18.5”

Our Overall Review

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

4.7

Reasons to buy:

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    Crazy portable
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    The electric pump is a total energy saver
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    D-Rings and mounts make it easy to attach accessories
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    High-quality construction you can trust

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South Bay Hippocamp 11’6”
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The South Bay Hippocamp inflatable fishing paddle board is a mid-range, high quality option for paddlers who want the perfect SUP fishing experience.

This board offers a stable and controlled paddle boarding experience with useful and unique board features designed for making fishing expedition convenient and enjoyable.

The Hippocamp package provides a range of different accessories, including but not limited to a kayak conversion kit and a 4 piece adjustable carbon fiber paddle, offering an exceptional paddle boarding experience for riders of any level.

Overall, the South Bay Hippocamp inflatable fishing SUP provides riders with an incredibly stable paddle board experience and comes with a variety of premium accessories creating a comprehensive and competitive paddle board package.

Like what you see? Then jump ahead and get this SUP board now.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Any level/fishing/heavier paddlers
  • Material: Dual layer Military Grade PVC with Dual Axis Drop Stitching Technology
  • Volume: 340 liters
  • Capacity: 450lbs
  • Dimensions: 11’6” x 32” x 6”

Our Overall Review

4.7

Reasons to buy:

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    Overall well-balanced paddle board
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    Great maneuverability
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    Offers excellent stability for activities
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    Kayak setup accessories included
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    Good tracking

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South Bay Hippocamp 11’6”

Great for Beginners

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The Waterwalker 132 from Thurso Surf is a solid contribution to the all-around stand up paddle board world.

There are precious few boards that provide the kind of stability and solid performance potential like the Waterwalker for those starting out in the sport.

Its extra weight (30 lbs) provides stability with which lighter boards can’t compete. Likewise, this SUP offers the yoga enthusiast and family equal amounts of possibility and joy.

The accompanying accessories reflect a company that both listens to its customers and demonstrates the capacity to grow, making design tweaks that show thoughtful evolution. While not included in the basic pack, the kayak add-on gives this product another useful dimension.

From the moment you grab the smart transport bag to the process of blowing it up with the smart pump to the time when you realize what a decent paddle means to paddling a straight track, you’ll be pleased. Even in choppy water with some unwanted winds or subject to the wake of motorboats, the 132 stays stable and steady.

Like what you see? Then jump ahead and get this SUP.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners/moderate touring/horseplay/doing yoga
  • Material: Triple/Quad layer Military-grade PVC
  • Volume: 300 liters
  • Capacity: 330 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 11’ x 32” x 6.”

Our Overall Review

4.7

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    Crazy stable, also in choppy waters
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    Great for fitness, like yoga, stretching, etc.
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    Impressive construction makes it robust and rigid
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    Accessories, including the paddle holder are great

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Thurso Surf Waterwalker 11

Great Touring

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The Gili Meno 12’6” Touring inflatable paddle board is a relatively long board for a 31-inch SUP. That’s for speedier tracking that touring is good for.

But it has a good weight capacity, along with surprising stability.

This board is suited for almost anyone from beginners who’ve tried SUP boarding a couple of times to advanced paddlers.

The Gili Meno 12’6” comes with 4 action mounts, cargo areas at the front and rear of the board, side paddle holder, carbon fiber side rails, 3 center fin options, and 14 D-rings. And lots of handles.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners/Intermediate/Touring/Advanced
  • Material: Fusion Dual Layer Technology with Carbontech side rails
  • Volume: 265 l
  • Capacity: 300 lbs (up to 360 lbs for advanced riders)
  • Dimensions: 12’6” x 31” x 6”

Our Overall Review

4.5

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    Light and portable
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    Lots of handles come in handy
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    Stable and sturdy
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    Smaller width for increased speed and efficient paddling

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Gili Meno 12’6″

Short All Round, Unique Quality

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The Tower Yachtsman is a fantastic recreational paddle board for both intermediate and beginner paddlers who want an all-round recreational experience. It’s a unique SUP that’s shorter yet still ideal for tandem paddling.

The Yachtsman is stable, maneuverable and extremely durable.

The package does lack a few accessories like a leash and backpack and it costs a little more than average. However, considering the quality and experience the board provides, this board is great value for money.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Any level/family friendly
  • Material: Military grade PVC with Drop Stitching Technology
  • Volume: 380 liters
  • Capacity: 400 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’4” x 32” x 6”

Our Overall Review

4.6

Reasons to buy:

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    Well balanced all rounder
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    Great for learning paddle boarding
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    Comfortable EVA pad
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    Great maneuverability
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    Rolls up very compact

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Tower Yachtsman 10’4”

Best for Touring

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The Tower Xplorer 14’ inflatable paddle board was built for speed and stability. It’s length, thickness and lifted nose (rocker) provide the perfect shape for easily picking up speed while reinforcing the board’s stability. The result of these design components is a paddle board created for an impeccable touring experience.

The Tower Xplorer inflatable SUP board is an amazing touring paddle board for any level of paddler. Renown for being a fast board that can cover large distances at speed, this board is perfect for exploring coastal regions or lake areas. Thicker than most boards (8’’), the Tower Xplorer offers an unparalleled level of stability with a lot of capacity, allowing for heavier as well as multiple riders to join in on the fun.

We recommend the Tower Xplorer for paddle boarders who love touring and want a paddleboard they can use to effortlessly explore and go on adventures around large bodies of water. This is because this board makes it easy and efficient to traverse large distances.

Read our full in depth review of the Tower Xplorer 14’ here

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Any level/touring/fishing/heavier paddlers
  • Material: Military grade PVC with Drop Stitching Technology
  • Volume: 600 liters
  • Capacity: up to 800 lbs
  • Dimensions: 14’ x 32” x 8”

Our Overall Review

4.5

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    Well balanced touring board
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    Rolls up very compact
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    Offers great stability for activities

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Tower Xplorer 14’

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The Starboard Touring Deluxe Double Chamber SUP Board is a fast and maneuverable inflatable paddle board. It’s for paddlers that are at an intermediate level, looking to advance their skill level. One of the reasons we like this one is that it is very fast, picking up speed quickly, and being easily maneuverable.

With a highly innovative design and winning 8 out of the 10 gold medals at ISA SUP Worlds in the last 5 years, there’s no doubt that this board is high quality and worth the slightly higher price.

One of the factors that make this Starboard iSUP stand out amongst the competitors is the double-chamber technology used in its design. This guarantees durability, stability, buoyancy, and most importantly safety when venturing out further from shore.
An ideal choice for intermediate to advanced paddlers this board can handle all types of water and is excellent for both short and long distances. The added accessories make this board an excellent choice for anyone looking to improve their paddle boarding skills or those after a more high-end paddle board.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Intermediate, experienced, touring, and travelers
  • Material: 3K Carbon compression with woven drop stitching
  • Volume: 328 liters
  • Capacity: 240 lbs
  • Dimensions: 12’ 6” x 30” x 6”

Our Overall Review

4.5

Reasons to buy:

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    Ideal for intermediate and advanced paddle boarders
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    Great for practicing balance and control on the water
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    Top of the range brand

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Starboard 12’6 Touring Deluxe

Affordable Touring

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At first glance, the 11 ‘6 Flight from Surfstar appears to clone the many inflatable SUP boards out there. It’s made for doing more touring than shorter boards, which is becoming more popular, but it does a few things differently. We’ve seen it at a pretty ridiculous discount on Amazon too.

Like the 10 ‘6 Flight, which surprised us and ended up on our top list of budget boards, the Surfstar Flight 11’6 does perform a little better than comparable boards. Stability and tracking on the water is impressive enough to thrust this inflatable toward the top of another category.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners, Entry-level touring
  • Dimensions: 11’6 x 33’’ x 6’’
  • Weight: 18.8 lbs
  • Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Paddle: Aluminum shaft, Nylon Blade

Our Overall Review

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

4.7

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    Very light and transport-friendly
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    Easy to pack out and pack into the backpack
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    Tracking is better than most comparable boards
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    Good value vis-a-vis price and performance
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    Good entry-level board for expeditions or touring

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Fun For Just Floating

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The SereneLife Free Flow 10’6” is a popular paddle board model for entry level and beginner paddle boarders. This is a great choice for recreational paddle boarding on flat bodies of water and can be used by the whole family. The SereneLife Free Flow was created with beginner paddlers in mind and this is reflected in the comfortable traction pad, lightweight paddle and inclusive accessories provided in this package.

Overall, the SereneLife Free Flow is a great and very affordable recreational paddle board for people looking to get into paddle boarding without making a large investment.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners/intermediate/travelers
  • Material: High grade reinforced PVC with composite drop stitching
  • Volume: 300 liters
  • Capacity: 275 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’ 6” x 32” x 6”

Our Overall Review

4.4

Reasons to buy:

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    Lightweight
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    Affordable and fair price
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    Fast inflation time
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    Included accessories

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SereneLife Free Flow 10’6”

Solid All-round SUP

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The iRocker All-Around 11’ SUP board is a mid-priced, versatile iSUP of high quality that’s a great entry board with performance that will impress even experienced paddle boarders. The features and accessories on the iRocker 11’ iSUP combine many high performance characteristics.

This board is great for all levels and activities (except perhaps for speed in competitions), including touring, surfing, fishing and chilling on the water. At 11 feet it glides effortlessly and, thanks to the 3 fins, it tracks well too.

We recommend this board to anyone. Not only is it beginner-friendly, but it also caters to skilled paddlers, fishermen, yoga gurus, and families with kids. The All-Around 11’ is a good board for beginners as well as advanced touring and can even be used for surfing.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Touring through flat waters/fishing/yoga/some surfing
  • Material: Military-grade Triple Layer Composite PVC w/drop-stitch technology
  • Volume: 246 liters
  • Capacity: 265 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 11’ x 32” x 6”

Our Overall Review

4.7

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    More cargo space than average
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iRocker All-Around 11’

Best Lightweight SUP

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The Aqua Marina Vapor is a lightweight and versatile inflatable paddle board for individuals between entry-level and intermediate skill level. The Aqua Marina Vapor SUP board sacrifices some stability for maneuverability, thus providing a great board for touring and allowing you to challenge your coordination and balance on the water. That said, this SUP board is not adapted for competitive paddle boarding or racing as it doesn’t really pick up too much speed.

Overall the Aqua Marina Vapor is a great all round paddle board, one of the smallest on the market and very easy to fold, making it a great SUP for travellers on the go.

Like what you see? Then jump ahead and get this SUP board now.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners, intermediate, kids and travelers
  • Material: Double layered PVC with drop stitching technology
  • Volume: 310 liters
  • Capacity: 308 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’ 4” x 31” x 6”

Our Overall Review

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

4.5

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    Very lightweight
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    Affordable and fair price

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The Glide Retro is a wide all rounder that can take a lot of weight. With a good balance of both stability and maneuverability this paddle board is a great option for beginner paddle boarders looking to up their game and transition to intermediate riders.

The board has quite a high weight capacity of 400 lbs and many features that make it a well rounded recreational paddle board.

Ultimately, the Glide Retro 10’6 inflatable paddle board is an awesome iSUP for anybody looking for an all-round paddling experience that they can share with their friends and family at a relatively fair price.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners, Intermediate, Travel
  • Material: Military-grade PVC with Glide Fusion drop stitching technology
  • Volume: 290L
  • Capacity: 400lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’6” x 33.5” x 6”

Our Overall Review

4.5

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    Portable thanks to carry strap and bag

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Glide Retro 10’6

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As far as entry SUPs go, the iRocker 10’6” Cruiser has it all. We believe it’s the combination of the smart design and a portable construction that makes it appealing for both beginners and experienced paddlers. It’s both incredibly stable and maneuverable with innovative and ergonomic features.

We recommend this board for beginner paddle boarders and recreational riders as the combination of high quality materials, versatility and stability make this an amazing board. This board is great for recreational paddle boarding. This is a go-to board for every outdoor enthusiast looking to engage in a variety of other SUP activities.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Cruising through lakes and rivers/touring with freight/riding with kids
  • Material: Military-grade Triple Layer Composite PVC w/drop-stitch technology
  • Volume: 234 liters
  • Capacity: 400 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 10’6” x 33’ x 6’

Our Overall Review

4.6

Reasons to buy:

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    It’s width and rigidity make it really stable
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    It has a good amount of storage at the front and the back
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    The removable fins make it easy to pack, transport, and store the board
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    Suitable for fishing and yoga with another person “on board”

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iRocker 10’6” Cruiser

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The All-Around 10’ SUP board is one of the best recreational paddle boards on the market. This board impresses even experienced paddle boarders with a mix of high quality, good performance and ergonomic handling. This model has now become the ‘go-to’ for many paddlers all over the world.

The board’s rigidity provides a lot of stability, making this board great for beginners and recreational paddle boarders. Additionally, the fin design of this board works great at ensuring the rider gets the maximum level of maneuverability and control when out on the water.

We recommend the iRocker All-Around 10’ SUP board for paddle boarders who want an affordable, all-round recreational paddle board experience. The stability and maneuverability of this board make it accessible and a great choice for recreational use by almost any paddler.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Paddling through flat waters/riding small waves/fishing/yoga
  • Material: Military-grade Triple Layer Composite PVC w/drop-stitch technology
  • Volume: 221 liters
  • Capacity: 370 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 10’ x 32” x 6”

Our Overall Review

4.7

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    It tracks well and is really maneuverable
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    It’s even more lightweight (by 20%) than it’s 2019 predecessor
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iRocker All-Around 10’

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Built for long distances and adventures the Bluefin Cruise 12’ is a stable and ideal board with exceptional tracking. At 12’ long and 33” wide you’ll experience more speed and better tracking than the 10’model, making this board suitable for quick-learners and ambitious paddlers.

Like most of the Bluefin iSUP boards, the Bluefin Cruise 12’ is perfect for all levels. One of the big advantages of the board is its size, allowing great stability on the water, however, it also makes for a great choice for advanced paddle boarders looking to go further distances and do more exploring. As well as being suitable for beginners right through to advanced paddle boarders, the larger size makes it great for family fun, or activities such as fishing.

The Bluefin Cruise 12’ includes incredible accessories like the other Bluefin boards making it a great purchase for any level of paddle boarder. No compromises were made on the quality or the features of the board, providing you with a fun and comfortable paddle boarding experience.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: 190lbs+/beginners and advanced//fishing/family fun
  • Material: 1000 Denier Exo Surface Laminate PVC w/drop-stitch technology
  • Volume: ~280 liters
  • Capacity: 309 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 12’ x 33” 6”

Our Overall Review

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

4.7

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Bluefin Cruise 12’

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The Bluefin Cruise 10’8” is best suited for touring and is perfect on flat water surfaces and riding through calm waters. With enough stability for beginners, and plenty of maneuverability this board is excellent for everyone from beginners to advanced paddle boarders. The ultimate ‘all-round’ board the Bluefin Cruise 10’8” is an excellent board made of premium materials and at an affordable price.

As well as excellent materials the board can be purchased for an affordable price thanks to the accessories that come with it. This board comes as a full package including a fiberglass shaft paddle, a dual-action pump, a backpack, a coiled leash, a kayak seat kit, a user manual, a waterproof phone case, and a repair kit.

This extensive SUP package is perfect for those looking to start off paddle boarding as it includes all the necessary accessories needed for convenience and comfort. The kit is also perfect for more advanced paddle boarders who want to expand on their current materials and use their SUP for more activities, such as kayaking.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Touring with freight/riding through calm waters/doing yoga
  • Material: Military-grade PVC w/drop-stitch technology
  • Volume: 260 liters
  • Capacity: 331 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 10’8 x 32.9” x 6.3”

Our Overall Review

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

4.7

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Bluefin Cruise 10’8”

Great Maneuverability

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The NIXY Newport G4 10’6” Paddle board is a popular choice for those looking for a beginner-friendly and affordable all around paddle board.

A cool looking recreational paddle board, the NIXY Newport is versatile and stable. Its wide build makes it stable without compromising on the board’s maneuverability.

With a combination of fusion technology and carbon fiber rails the NIXY Newport is very rigid and sturdy, making it ideal for beginners or for advanced paddle boarders who want to bring along their dog or a friend.

It has a high weight capacity that adds to the stability of the board on the water, whilst also being extremely lightweight, this makes it ideal for traveling and carrying to and from the water.

It is similar to the 10’8’’ Cruise from Bluefin, except the G4 is maybe a little more maneuverable and has an extra inch of width for slightly more stability too.

Overall, the NIXY Newport is a great and affordable recreational paddle board for people looking to get into paddle boarding or those looking for a recreational touring board.

With quite a few features too, it will satisfy even more advanced paddlers as well.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners, intermediate
  • Material: Dual layer advanced fusion laminated woven drop stitch technology
  • Volume: 300 litres
  • Capacity: 300-350 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’6” x 33” x 6”

Our Overall Review

4.6

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NIXY Newport G4 10’6”

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The premium version of the Cruise 10’8” the Carbon Cruise 10’8” inflatable SUP includes all the amazing qualities of the cruise with added features making it a lot more rigid and comfortable to ride.

The Flex Reduction System and the Air Duo inflation which are incorporated into this board’s construction makes it extremely sturdy and stable on the water. The Carbon Cruise is definitely one of the most stable iSUPs on the water, mimicking the stability of a classic hardboard. Nevertheless, the board doesn’t sacrifice any stability for its maneuverability. This board is very responsive and nimble on the water, ideal for more advanced paddle boarders or even beginners.

Like the Cruise, the Carbon Cruise comes with a full package including a lightweight carbon-fiber paddle, double-chamber pump, backpack, leash, a kayak seat kit and repair kit. This extensive package makes this board an incredibly affordable and good-value purchase.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Cruising/touring with freight/kayaking
  • Material: 1000 Denier Exo Surface Laminate w/ Pro-Weave Drop Stitch Technology
  • Volume: 260 liters
  • Capacity: 286 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 10’8 x 32.5” x 5.9”

Our Overall Review

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

4.8

Reasons to buy:

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Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″

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The NIXY 9 ‘6” Huntington Ultra Compact iSUP is a super portable yet sturdy board. With a wide 2-fin set-up, this 9’6” board is incredibly stable on water and is an option for smaller paddlers looking for a light, compact board.

The NIXY 9’6″ Huntington Ultra Compact iSUP is designed for beginner to intermediate paddle boarders looking for a travel friendly board.

Equipped with bungee cord tie-downs at both the front and rear of the board, it’s also an option for having some gear whilst out adventuring on the water.

Read our review to see how it tested for performance, if it’s the one you’re looking for.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Smaller paddlers/Travellers/ Beginners/ Intermediate/
  • Material: Dual Layer Advanced Fusion Laminated Woven Drop Stitch Technology
  • Volume: 250L
  • Capacity: 250lbs
  • Dimensions: 9'6" x 32″ x 6″

Our Overall Review

4.6

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NIXY 9’6″ Huntington Ultra Compact

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The multi-award-winning Ride 10 6 is Red Paddle Co.’s most popular stand up paddle board, and for good reason. The Ride 10 6 is an all round inflatable SUP that is ideal for recreational paddle boarding and touring.

A mid to upper level quality board, Red Paddle Co includes an amazing bag and a unique pump to go along with what could be one of the best paddles for SUP packages in the market.

The materials used to construct the board make it stable, sturdy and durable. The Ride 10 6 is suitable for beginners as well as intermediate paddlers looking to do some touring. It remains stable in the water especially against light choppy waves, and excels at tracking well.

Ultimately, the Ride 10 6 is an easy to use and comprehensive board for intermediate paddleboarders, as well as an accessible board for beginners.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners/intermediate/travelers
  • Material: Tec Air and MSL construction
  • Volume: 245 liters
  • Capacity: 220 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’ 6” x 32” x 4.7”

Our Overall Review

4.2

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Reasons NOT to buy:

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Red Paddle Co. Ride 10’6

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The Supzoom Shark 10’6 is an affordable, all round iSUP designed for all levels and especially good as an entry-level board for beginners.

The all round range from Supzoom is ideal for beginners or paddle boarders looking for stability rather than speed.

Ultimately, the Supzoom 10’6 inflatable paddle board is an awesome iSUP for anybody looking for an all round paddling experience that they can share with their friends and family at an affordable price.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners to Intermediate
  • Material: PVC with drop stitching technology
  • Volume: 200L
  • Capacity: 275lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’6” x 32” x 6”

Our Overall Review

4

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Supzoom Shark 10’6

Fantastic recreational paddle board

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The Glide Lotus Inflatable Paddle Board is a wide, beginner paddle board made with the modern-day yogi in mind. It’s great for paddlers looking for a stable, and sturdy inflatable SUP.

This paddle board boasts a high level of stability and comfort making it suitable for trying yoga positions while on flat water.

Overall the Glide Lotus 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board is a fantastic recreational paddle board that is comfortable and stable. This board is easy to use and transport with added stability making it ideal for paddle board yoga.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Yoga, Beginners, Travel
  • Material: Military-grade PVC with Glide Fusion drop stitching technology
  • Volume: 300L
  • Capacity: 400 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’6” x 35” x 6”

Our Overall Review

4.2

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Reasons NOT to buy:

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Glide Lotus 10’6

Lightweight and portable

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The Gili 11’ Adventure inflatable SUP board is a cargo-friendly all rounder that can play at being a touring board.

This board will appeal to beginners who want to practice touring as well as intermediate paddlers who want to carry more equipment, or take a pet along on their adventures.

The high weight capacity makes it good for taking a couple of kids with you. Its 22 lbs also makes it quite manageable.

This board is affordable, and comes with plenty of features and accessories. It is lightweight, compact, great for travelling and offers great maneuverability and stability on the water.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners, intermediates, and families
  • Material: Dual-layer, fusion laminated military grade PVC with a drop stitch core using Fusion Dual Layer Technology
  • Volume: 238 l
  • Capacity: 290 lbs
  • Dimensions: 11′ x 32″ x 6″

Our Overall Review

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

4.5

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Gili Adventure 11′

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An excellent no-frills choice for beginners as an entry level board, the Surfstar Flight 10’6″ is one of the best budget options available right now.

With an extra inch of width, this board is more stable and sturdy than similar models. While speed is hampered because of this, it’s a trade-off over which most casual users and beginners won’t fret.

Families as well as occasional paddle boarders who travel a bit will also find this board a decent choice.

While it is affordable, it includes all the essentials, ensuring an easy jump into paddle boarding experience, great for new suppers who are starting out.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginner/Recreational
  • Material: PVC with Drop Stitch construction
  • Volume: 260L
  • Capacity: 300lbs
  • Dimensions: 10'6"x33"x6"

Our Overall Review

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

4.6

Reasons to buy:

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Reasons NOT to buy:

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Great Beginner Board

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The ROC Scout inflatable paddle board is an affordable and fun recreational paddle board for the whole family. The board offers great stability, making it easy to use and to hold your balance on while learning to use the board.

The ROC Scout inflatable paddle board is an affordable, good quality SUP for beginner paddle boarders. The Scout board package includes a number of accessories and is also accessible for younger or smaller paddlers due to the lightweight quality of the board.

We recommend the ROC Scout for the whole family. The board is great for riders looking for a stable, comfortable and enjoyable recreational paddle boarding experience in flat water conditions. The ROC Scout is a very good entry-level iSUP ideal for beginners who want to find their feet on a stable and reliable paddle board on the water.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners/recreational/family-friendly/yoga
  • Material: Military-grade PVC with DuraWeld Technology
  • Volume: 320 liters
  • Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’ x 33” x 6”

Our Overall Review

3.7

Reasons to buy:

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Roc Scout 10’

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The Starboard Vision inflatable SUP board is a stable, lightweight board for paddlers that want to do more than just splash around in front of the beach. As the name suggests, the window in the board gives a view of the waters below, making this SUP appeal to explorers.

It’s incredibly large width of 38 inches makes this board one of the most stable in the Starboard iSUP collection and perfect for more than one rider. Yogis will also appreciate the extra surface area.

The underwater viewing window gives this board a unique design and makes it amazing for seeing under the waves and chops.

The Starboard Vision iSUP has a high weight capacity meaning that it’s ideal for families and riders can bring children, another passenger or even a dog.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners, intermediate, touring, and travelers
  • Material: single layer linear knitted drop stitch, heat welded rails, and 2000D galvanized rails
  • Volume: 370 liters
  • Capacity: 285 lbs
  • Dimensions: 11’2” x 38” x 6”

Our Overall Review

4.5

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    Lightweight board, perfect for transporting

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At 15’ long and 56” wide the Gili Manta Ray 15’ is one of the largest iSUPs on the market. This multi person paddle board is excellent for having fun on a family day out or adventuring with a bunch of friends.

Convincing reluctant people to step on a paddle board is an easier task with the Manta. The stability along with the dimensions of this board makes it remarkably sturdy, like a giant raft. The Gili Manta Ray may score high on stability, but it moves like a raft or canoe in tandem with another paddler.

So, speed and maneuverability are not the reason you will buy this board, but if you are looking for a 2 person or 5 person SUP, this is worth checking out.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Groups of friends and families
  • Material: Military level dual layer PVC with drop-stitched inner core
  • Volume: 735L
  • Capacity: 1150lbs (up to 5 adults)
  • Dimensions: 15’ x 56” x 8”

Our Overall Review

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

4.6

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Gili Manta Ray 15’ Multi Person

Great for Yoga

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The Starboard iGo Zen (ZDC) board is lightweight and durable, and features a double chamber construction which makes it easier to inflate, more rigid and safer too. The Starboard iGo Zen double chamber is also lighter and more affordable than other boards in this range. As well as using premium quality materials and construction methods, all Starboard iSUPs are extremely environmentally friendly.

There are other construction options for the iGO such as the single chamber, deluxe double chamber, deluxe single chamber and even the option of a windsurf construction, but this review will examine in depth the Starboard iGo Zen double chamber board.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners/all levels/ recreational
  • Material: single layer linear knitted drop stitch, heat welded rails, and 2000D galvanized rails
  • Volume: 330 liters
  • Capacity: 265 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’8” x 33” x 5.5”

Our Overall Review

4.5

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The Tower Mermaid 10’4” inflatable paddle board is an amazing paddle board for recreational use. The board offers a high level of stability and maneuverability, making it easy to use and supportive for riders. The Mermaid is great for challenging yourself to learn good paddling skills and can be great for activities that require some stability such as yoga.

The Tower Mermaid inflatable SUP board is a great paddle board for paddle boarders wanting an exceptional recreational paddling experience. The board offers a very good level of stability and is perfect for exploring lakes or doing paddle yoga. The board is also lightweight making it very easy to use for any paddle boarder.

We recommend the Tower Mermaid for any paddle boarder that’s looking for a lightweight, stable and maneuverable paddle board. This board is perfect for recreational fun at the beach or at the lake and can be used by the whole family. The increased stability gives beginners an edge as they don’t have to worry about falling off the board as frequently as with some other less stable paddle boards.

Check out our full lineup of the best Tower paddle boards here.

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4.5
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Tower Mermaid 10’4”

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The Tower iRace 12’6” inflatable paddle board is constructed using military grade PVC and drop stitching technology to ensure its durability and robustness. This single person paddle board is lightweight and extremely versatile.

The Tower iRace inflatable SUP board is an epic racing/touring paddle board for the intermediate to advanced paddler. The board is aimed at paddlers who want a speedy ride in order to traverse distance or race fellow paddleboarders across the water. This board’s innovative design will give you an edge against other competitors when racing.

We recommend the Tower iRace for paddle boarders who want a fast, intermediate to advanced level board for racing and touring. This paddle board is not the fastest paddle board on the market but it will definitely provide the speed boost you’re looking for when racing other paddlers or covering distances.

Read our full in depth review of the Tower iRace 12’6” here

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Intermediate/racing/touring
  • Material: Military grade PVC with Drop Stitching Technology
  • Volume: 350 liters
  • Capacity: 400 lbs
  • Dimensions: 12’6” x 30” x 6”

Our Overall Review

4.5

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Best for Intermediate Riders

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As the name suggests, the iRocker Sport 11’ can turn, surf and cruise really well for paddlers looking for a little more performance. At 31 inches it’s a little thinner, sacrificing stability for speed and maneuvering.

Adventurous paddlers with a little more experience, should definitely give the iRocker Sport 11’ SUP board a try. You’ll love all that it has to offer including the enhanced speed and the reliable construction as well as the board’s affordability.

We recommend the iRocker Sport 11’ for any paddle boarders, especially families and the increased weight capacity means that this board can afford an extra passenger. Additionally, the exceptional performance, stability and versatility of this board make it a great deal and one of the best paddle boards in iRocker’s more affordable range.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: /touring/small surf/
  • Material: Military-grade Triple Layer Composite PVC w/drop-stitch technology
  • Volume: 231 liters
  • Capacity: 385 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 11’ x 31” x 6”

Our Overall Review

4.7

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Reasons NOT to buy:

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iRocker Sport 11’

Popular Entry Level Board

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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 a very acceptable price given the quality.

This 2022 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. With 34 inches of width and a large deck pad, stepping about and doing yoga are clear applications for which the Pioneer is well-suited.

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 board is compact when folded and relatively light. It’s the same Fusion Tech PVC material we saw in the new Switch. While the bag is a bit bulky because of the extra width of this SUP, it’s still relatively easy to  carry on account of the lower than normal weight.

Specs & Features

  • 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”

Our Overall Review

4.7

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    A paddle holder at the side

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Isle Pioneer 10’6

Intermediate Performance

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A comfortable, robust and steady high quality board, the Isle Explorer is an excellent board for those looking to get into touring. This board is stable, tracking well in water, especially good in waves and on the sea. Built for long distances the Isle Explorer is great for adventuring out onto the sea.

The additional stability and pointed nose of the board ensure a smooth ride in most environments.

Designed for stability and to endure waves the board is slightly less maneuverable than other Isle boards, however, this does ensure a more balanced ride. Like other Isle boards, it comes as a full package, including the travel bag, making it convenient and transportable.

We recommend the Isle Explorer for any paddler who wants a stable touring board built for exploring. The Explorer provides a smooth and enjoyable paddle boarding experience in almost any environment (sea, lake, river).

It’s not as fast as the Starboard Deluxe, nor as good at tracking as the Xplorer, but it’s the lightest touring board on offer here and that makes it most portable and easy to maneuver. Hence, the comfort accolade.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners/long distances/yoga
  • Material: Military grade PVC with an airtech fusion drop stitching core
  • Volume: 336 liters
  • Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Dimensions: 11’ 6” x 32” x 6”

Our Overall Review

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

4.7

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    Convenient paddle holder at the side

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  • check-markThe screw for removing the fin is very small and easily lost
  • check-markPaddle can fill up with water and potentially lose buoyancy
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Isle Explorer 11’6

Awesome Portability

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The Gili Air is an amazing entry level iSUP board for new riders looking for a lightweight and stable paddle board. It’s beautifully designed and comes in a range of different colors making it a very stylish choice for beginners.

Overall the Gili is Air is Gili Sports’ successful attempt to craft an all-round, lightweight and stable board to provide beginners with an inflatable entry-level option for paddle boarding.

Like what you see? Then jump ahead and get this SUP board now.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners/all-rounder/travelers
  • Material: Premium military grade PVC with drop stitch inner core
  • Volume: 225 liters
  • Capacity: 275 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’ 6” x 31” x 6”

Our Overall Review

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

4.7

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    Travel friendly

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Gili Air 10’6

Ideal for touring

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The Blackfin V 12’6” inflatable paddle board is a fantastic and intuitive touring board. The new model of this board is designed and constructed for providing riders with a consistently comfortable and controlled paddling experience across different water conditions.

The board does this by being very stable, especially for a touring board (even beginners can get a feel for touring using this paddle board). The Blackfin V is great for covering large distances quickly as it excels in picking up speed and offers great tracking and easy maneuverability for making corrections to the direction of the board.

We recommend the Blackfin V inflatable paddle board for paddle boarders who want a great all-round recreational touring paddle board. It is especially perfect for paddlers who want to buy their first touring paddle board as the extra stability that this board provides helps beginners balance and creates an overall more enjoyable experience for them.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Any level/touring
  • Material: Triple layer composite PVC with drop stitched inner core layer
  • Volume: 380 liters
  • Capacity: 485 lbs
  • Dimensions: 12’6” x 32” x 6”

Our Overall Review

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

4.4

Reasons to buy:

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    Fantastic carbon fiber paddle
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    All the right accessories and more

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Blackfin V 12’6”

Amazing for Everything

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The Blackfin XL inflatable Paddle board is a premium, high quality sup board for any level.  At 35 inches wide and with a remarkable amount of rigidity, the XL is ideal for fishing but is good for touring too. On account of all the specialized mounts and because of the extra stability it’s one of the more versatile SUPs out there.

During testing, we compared it to the Model X and found both to be great all arounders. But the XL has the benefit of also being a very decent touring board–surprisingly so.

In terms of paddling, the board performs exceptionally well.  The carbon paddle is great, the same one across the whole Blackfin line. This SUP is also not restricted to experience level, as the Blackfin XL glides over the water rather than through it, as the X seems to do with taller, heavier paddlers.

We recommend the Blackfin XL inflatable paddle board for riders who want a premium, recreational paddle board experience with the possibility to try fishing or touring. The same advantages that the action mounts provide are, at the same time, disadvantages for performing yoga. The mounts get in the way, so we don’t recommend it for yogis.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Any level/touring/fishing/yoga
  • Material: Triple layer composite PVC with drop stitched inner core layer
  • Volume: 380 liters
  • Capacity: 485 lbs
  • Dimensions: 11’6” x 34” x 6”

Our Overall Review

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

4.8

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    Amazing stability
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    All the right accessories and more
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    19 D-rings for attaching equipment

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Great Budget SUP

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The ROC Explorer offers an affordable and fun recreational paddle board for paddlers of any level. This board specializes in stability more than any other feature in order to provide a board that is not only easy to use (easy to balance on) but also can be used for activities. It is also extremely lightweight, making it suitable for younger riders.

The ROC Explorer is an affordable, high quality paddle board for riders of any level. The Explorer package is comprehensive and also accessible for younger paddlers due to the competitive light weight of this paddle board. The ROC Explorer offers a basic yet sturdy level of stability, as well as a high level of maneuverability allowing riders nimble control of the board.

We recommend the ROC Explorer for paddleboarders of any level who want a stable and enjoyable board that will allow them to play, fish and do yoga in ideal water conditions. The ROC Explorer provides an easy and enjoyable paddle boarding experience that is accessible to anybody.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Any level/recreational/fishing/yoga
  • Material: Military grade PVC with DuraWeld Technology
  • Volume: 320 liters
  • Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’ x 32” x 6”

Our Overall Review

4.4

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    Includes drybag for phone & wallet, etc.

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  • check-markSeals need to be tightened often to ensure they don’t leak
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Roc Explorer 10’

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The Blackfin Model X is a 10’6” inflatable SUP board in the premium range. It’s one of the best all-around recreational paddle boards currently available. The board offers a really enjoyable paddle boarding experience due to its innovative design and construction that provides exceptional stability, intuitive tracking and overall ergonomic control of the board.

The board is extremely stable due to its width, yet still very maneuverable making it great for beginners and intermediate paddlers alike. Additionally, the board is great for paddlers who want to try fishing or yoga while on their paddle board.

We recommend consdiering the Blackfin Model X inflatable SUP board to paddle boarders looking to upgrade or start off with something that can do a little more than most other options. This board is very popular, despite a higher than average price. Read our in-depth review to find out why.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Any level/all-rounder/travellers
  • Material: Triple layer composite PVC with drop stitched inner core layer
  • Volume: 330 liters
  • Capacity: 450 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’6” x 35” x 6”

Our Overall Review

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

4.8

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    High quality range of accessories

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Blackfin Model X 10’6”

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BARK has been working over 20 years with Surftech, creating high quality paddle boards, excellent for speed.

The BARK Commander 12’ Air Travel is a prone paddle board, ideal for racing and physical exercise. A kind of hybrid surfing is also fun with this one.

If you want to try prone paddling the BARK Commander 12’ Air Travel is an excellent place to start, given the fair price and portability.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Entry-level, Racing, Sport Enthusiasts
  • Material: Drop Stitch construction with Fusion V-tech
  • Volume: 220L
  • Capacity: 135-190lbs
  • Dimensions: 12’ x 22″ x 6″

Our Overall Review

4.3

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Surftech BARK Commander 12’ Air Travel

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The Ocean Spirit Inflatable Paddle Board in OutdoorMaster’s Chasing Blue series is a 10’6 beginner, all rounder SUP.

Unique selling points are the abundance of cargo space and 4.7’’ of thickness, which makes it very portable.

Overall the Ocean Spirit is worth looking at for first-timers. It’s both great for recreational use, but it’s also light and easy to unpack, easy to carry into the water.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners, Travel
  • Material: Military grade PVC with drop stitching technology
  • Volume: 250L
  • Capacity: 280lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’6” x 32” x 4.7”

Our Overall Review

4.7

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    Portable thanks to many carry handles
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    Easy to roll up and pack, thanks to the 4.7’’ thickness

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