Over the past few years, inflatable paddle board s have become increasingly popular. Due to favorable qualifications: portability, durability, and affordability, they have quickly overtaken their traditional rigid board counterparts.
Because of this, it has become challenging to keep up with all the new boards flooding the market lately. The sheer number of options can be overwhelming when choosing which board to buy. I've selected 6 of the best new inflatable paddle board s for your consideration. Each of these boards offers different tradeoffs depending on your needs.
Rankings are based on overall user satisfaction, brand reputability, accessory package, and value.
In addition, the boards I'm comparing are all of the highest quality. It doesn't need to be ranked #5 or #6 if it's a good board. I would never recommend a piece of garbage to my readers - it's still good enough to make my list. In addition, because there are so many goods and quality boards available, I don't want to waste my or your time reviewing the junk ones unless I think it's essential.
I present my picks for the best new inflatable paddle board s today without further ado.
These are the rankings of the top new inflatable paddle board s on the market if you're short on time or like to get right down to the nitty-gritty.
My picks for the top new ISUPs are, in order:
With the iRocker Cruiser, there are a lot of benefits:
Dimensions: 10’6″ x 33″ x 6″
Weight: 24 lbs
Max capacity: 350 lbs
In almost every way, iRocker has surpassed its competition. The 2-year warranty is impressive, and the vast majority of products are great right out of the box. Depending on where you live, you might not even be able to use your board all that much in one calendar year. However, two years gives you enough time to use it many times and notice if any defects appear, such as glue coming apart at the seams, defective valves, or blistering of the board. For two years, the warranty should cover anything beyond normal wear and tear (such as dings and scratches).
Fiberglass paddles are another huge bonus. In most cases, ISUPs come with a pump, a bag, and a paddle, but often the paddles are aluminum. Fiberglass is lighter and stronger than aluminum, so you can paddle longer and harder without getting tired.
A significant advantage of this board is its weight capacity. It has a weight capacity of 350 pounds, and all of the other boards on this list have a maximum weight of 250 pounds. While it is possible to use the boards at higher weight capacities, performance may suffer due to the extra weight. With the iRocker, you can be a big guy, paddle with a partner or furry friend, or tote a cooler or tackle box.
Lastly, the iRocker has a dual-action pump that makes pumping up your SUP relatively simple. With the dual action pump, you can inflate both up and down strokes, increasing your board quickly and easily. You can, however, switch to a single action if it starts to get complex in the last few PSI.
There's very little I don't like about this film, but here are a few nitpicks:
Even though the accessories offered are of a higher quality than most others, there is still room for improvement.
A few taller riders might find the included fiberglass paddle a bit short despite its excellent quality. If you're over 6 feet tall, the paddle might not fit you very well as it extends to 79" (about six and a half feet). There were mixed reviews about the included carry bag. Several people were pleased with the product, but others found it cheaply made.
It is worth noting that the person who made the latter remark later updated it to say that mockery cheerfully replaced her bag and their customer service was excellent.
Cruiser boards from iRocker beat pretty much every other board on the market. Rather than being a disappointment, the accessory package sets this board apart from the competition. Additionally, it's still very reasonably priced at $600-650 dollars for all the high-quality goodies and excellent performance. While it is still a newcomer, iRocker is tearing up the competition.
ISLE Surf and SUP boards are among my favorite boards. ISLE has been making paddle board s for many years, unlike some other manufacturers on this list. The paddle board shown here is just one of their latest models.
I like these things about PEAK:
In the first place, I cannot speak highly enough of the ISLE brand. Having been in the game for quite some time, they have built a solid reputation for quality and variety in the industry.
Active in the market means they interact well with their customers, provide valuable content about paddle board ing, and provide good customer service. These are all factors you should look for in a company. Not a faceless, nameless entity that you never get in touch with if you have a question or problem.
You can trust them, in a nutshell. Trust is a significant factor to consider, mainly if this is your first paddle board.
Also, like the iRocker, the PEAK can support a greater weight capacity. The iRocker weighs 300 pounds, slightly less than theirs but more than most. As a result, Isle informs people that they can exceed that limit if they are experienced paddlers. Larger paddlers, those carrying heavy gear like fishing tackle, or those paddling with more than one person will find a higher weight practical limit.
Though some people do not like the iRocker bag, they love the bag that comes with the PEAK. According to one person,
Users repeatedly commented on how rigid the board becomes when inflated. Cheaper or lesser quality inflatable paddle board s can sometimes sag in the middle, which is one of the complaints you see, but not so with the PEAK. Compared to a traditional paddle board, the PEAK inflatable will hardly make a difference.
Good things come with bad things as well. My concerns with the inflatable SUP from Isle Peak are the following:
People will always complain that inflatable paddle board s are hard to inflate to some degree, and the concern was echoed more often on this board than on others.
There is no doubt that some of this is operator error. However, the equipment is also to blame. When the board's pump reaches 7-8 PSI, the gauge needle doesn't even start moving. The board can appear rigid and inflated at around 5-6 PSI, which confuses people and makes them believe the pump/gauge broke.
Many people complained that it was challenging to get their pressure to the recommended 15 PSI. By the time they got to the beach. Another concern is that the board appears to be somewhat sluggish in the water, and the extra rigidity hasn't always translated into better performance.
Some people commented that they couldn't keep up with their other boards when paddling with friends.
An excellent board from a well-known brand should be at the top of your list if you want to buy confidently. Additionally, the PEAK board is nearly $100 less expensive than the iRocker Cruiser board. There is also a slight dip in quality with the lower price compared to the iRocker. The excessive effort needed to inflate this board, and some minor performance problems knocked it down to #2 on the list. Just barely.
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Due to its versatility, Starboard calls it the "Swiss Army Knife" of inflatable paddle board s. We'll see what else makes it unique.
Take a look at what makes Starboard the best!
One thing that sets this board apart from the others is how versatile it is. The board is short enough for surf, wide enough for yoga, and dynamic enough to glide effortlessly through the water. The inflatable board is one of the most versatile shapes available. Their cutting-edge technology is one of the most versatile shapes available.
In addition, they don't use glue, and the bond at the seams won't come apart with Starboard. Instead, the layers are fused using a heat laminating process. In addition, they come with a 3K Carbon laminated apex band. As a result, the board feels like a rigid board, thanks to its increased stiffness and strength.
Additionally, skipping glues and solvents in the construction process makes the process cleaner and greener. Packaging is also less plastic-intensive. Their unique construction process results in a more robust, stiffer board that performs excellently and quickly inflates. A matching bag is included.
You can easily wheel your board through an airport or carry it on your back to your launch point with the "magic travel bag.". They store in a convenient pouch whenever the straps are not in use. A generous 2-year warranty backs up all of this state-of-the-art design and innovation.
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Starboard's Whopper Deluxe paddle board is made with advanced technology and is expensive. For this top-of-the-line board, the Whopper costs over $1000.
You'll want the Starboard Whopper Deluxe in your collection of toys if you're the type who wants the best of everything - a Patek Philippe watch, an Audi A7, Miller High Life (the Champagne of beers!). Boards like this deliver what they promise. However, I cannot honestly list this as my top pick when it is double or triple the price of other equally acceptable boards. Moreover, most people interested in inflatable paddle board s do so because they offer an affordable alternative to many traditional boards. The fact that this board does not even come with a paddle adds insult to injury.
Starboard builds the Whopper Deluxe paddle board to the same high standard. Incorporating top-of-the-line technology and innovation, they have created one of the most versatile and stylish inflatable boards.
However, you have to pay a premium price to get a premium board. Consider the difference between shopping for an off-the-rack suit and one tailored specifically for you. You'll look great in a tailor-made case, and I know you'll love it. Wearing it is going to make you feel sexy. Starboards are like that. Treat yourself. If that's your style, go for the Starboard, you won't be disappointed. If not, you can find plenty of other high-quality inflatable paddle board s for under a thousand dollars.
The paddle board manufacturer Xterra is a newcomer to the market. Over the last few years, they've experienced some growing pains before hitting their stride.
Dimensions: 10′ x 30″ x 6″
Weight: 29 lbs
Max capacity: 250 lbs
One of the companies that have jumped into the inflatable paddle board market more recently is Xterra. However, they have managed to establish themselves as a quality manufacturer at a reasonable price by making well-made paddle boards.
The first thing that sets their paddle board kit apart is the extra package that comes with it. They throw in a mini dry bag, leash, repair kit, GoPro mount, and the typical carry bag, pump, and paddle. Not a big deal, just that little bit extra to indicate they're trying to set themselves apart from the competition. Unlike many other boards, this one might be easier to inflate than most. The number of complaints was far lower than for any other board. Though it's a less recognized company, most people have been pleased with its Xterra boards.
As I mentioned earlier, this is a relatively new player in the industry and, as such, has experienced some growing pains. The company entered the ISUP market in 2013 and gained momentum in 2014. Most of the negative reviews and remarks I've seen have been from the 2014-2015 period. Several complaints mention poor or non-existent customer service. A few complaints came in about defective valves, leaky seams, and poor-quality accessories on the board. In addition, the "new board smell" was pretty disgusting as well.
Nevertheless, most of these problems have gone away in the past two years. There hasn't been a negative review for these boards since 2016. Xterra made sweeping changes to its business model in response to the feedback.
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Despite their shaky beginnings, they seem to have turned the ship around. They do not have the same brand recognition as Isle or Starboard, but many paddlers love their boards. Within a couple of years, they will have established themselves as a reputable brand that offers good value for money for inflatable paddle board s.
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The best way to describe this board is FUN! Here’s why:
Dimensions: 10′ x 30″ x 6″
Weight: 27 lbs
Max capacity: 275 lbs
Oddly, one of the first things you notice about a paddle board is its appearance, as with the Ten Toes Weekender board!
We've all selected things based on their looks rather than their functionality - cars, clothes, furniture, <cough cough> girlfriends! You can now add Ten Toes SUP to the list. Colors include seafoam, pink, blue, green, and black/red. A minimalist but eye-catching logo will catch attention when you're out on the water. This board is fun and stable despite its looks, so don't let that fool you.
With Ten Toes Weekender, you can feel the wind blowing through your hair while riding a fun, stylish ride!
To some degree, the "hard to inflate" label can apply to almost any inflatable board, especially for newbies who have never inflated one before. Additionally, several people pointed out that the pump hose/gauge leaked.
There has been more than one incident like this, as you can see. The comments are similar to those above. We can fix it. If the pump fits the valve, buy a different one. However, the included pump shouldn't be a problem for so many. What appears to be a pretty mediocre accessories package has a faulty pump as a pattern. The paddle also received criticism for its quality. There were many complaints that the paddle felt loose when put together.
Unlike most other companies, the Ten Toes Weekender does not include a carrying case. Once the board rolls up, you place a strap around the center. Some people did not like this. While it's not the highest-end board, it's also not the cheapest, between the Isle PEAK and the $500-600 range. If you have to spend more on higher-quality accessories, this might be a riskier purchase with less return on investment.
It's an F-U-N board, as I said! I would choose Covergirl's product because it is "Easy, breezy, beautiful." In addition, it does not rank higher on the list because you don't take it seriously. Nothing about the board makes it stand out from other boards on the market.
It's an excellent board for recreational paddlers and a good choice for paddlers with little experience. The cool colors are the only thing that makes it stand out, but that's about it due to the poor accessory package and price. Almost everyone will be satisfied with their purchase, but some might want more for their money.
For those of you brand new to paddle board ing, here's one for you!
Dimensions: 9’9″ x 30″ x 5″
Weight: 24.5 lbs
Max capacity: 240 lbs
Are curious about paddle board ing but don't know where to begin. Many people are scared to experiment with something new because they don't know whether they will like it as much as they thought, and pathfinder lets you take this risk. Pathfinder is an affordable board with good quality and no frills. All these SUP accessories are included for less than $350! What a deal! In addition to the price, the board isn't particularly noteworthy. The ISUP world's equivalent of the Honda Civic: reliable, affordable, gets the job done, but is not super sexy.
Obviously, with a lower price point, you will run into some quality issues. Compared to most of the other boards, this one had more complaints about board quality. Several manufacturing defects range from leaks in the panel to poor-quality valves. Additionally, several complaints came in about the quality of the accessories. Due to the single action pump included, inflation is extremely difficult. Also, the valve and hose don't stay together very well. Some people also felt it wasn't very airtight.
People also disliked the paddle. People gave it 4 and 5 stars because of the paddle's poor quality. There is a tendency for the paddle to fall apart unexpectedly due to flimsy locking pins. These issues are made worse by the poor customer service that many people experience. For example, some people did not receive a callback. Several others had difficulty getting a replacement board or part due to manufacturer defects. One person learned that while a 1-year warranty covers the board, the valve is only covered for 30 days, even though nothing like this is in the warranty agreement.
It's probably one of the best value paddle board s on the market regarding price. The board is affordable without sacrificing much in terms of quality. You can use this board to get into the sport until you decide to upgrade to a better commission if you are a beginner. However, it is to be expected that there will be some quality degradation at this price point. In paddle boarding, "you get what you pay for" is also true.
Many people will take on this risk. It becomes unacceptable when a company fails to honor its warranty, ignores customer complaints, or looks for loopholes to get out of servicing the contract. Even though most people are happy with their purchase, this is one crucial thing to consider. If the quality and customer service are better, it might be worth spending an extra $100 on a board.
There you have it, the COMPLETE guide to the best inflatable paddle board s currently on the market. There is no doubt that inflatable paddle boards are not only challenging boards but also tough competitors on the market. Hopefully, you can find some valuable insights and guidance in this guide on how to choose an inflatable paddle board.
I'm sure you'll be able to find one with the "right stuff" soon enough! Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions, comments, or information you'd like to share, such as a "step-by-step" guide to inflating your SUP. I would love to hear from you!