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Top 10 Best Inflatable Paddle Board (SUP) in 2017

Paddle boarding is a water sport that is growing in popularity since it is an awesome full-body workout similar to swimming. When paddle boarding is your sport of choice it is important that you make a solid investment when it comes to buying a SUP or Stand Up Paddle board.

Not only will you want to know that you are buying a board made of a durable material but you will also want to consider the right size for your height and weight. Along with buying a quality inflatable paddle board you will need (while very minimal) some good gear to go with it.

In this article we narrow down your selection to top 10 best Inflatable Paddle Board you can buy in 2017.

1 – Tower Adventurer Inflatable Paddle Board 9′ 10″ SUP PackageTower Adventurer Inflatable Paddle Board

This is hands down my favorite SUP of all time right now. It is very affordable, can handle a decent amount of weight and is just a great all around SUP. It is super easy to store with it being able to be rolled up to only 1 foot in diameter. This is a total game changer when it comes to storage ability of an inflatable paddle board. There is no reason why someone wouldn’t be able to store this.

Not only this board is easy to transport and store but also its indestructible! with some paddle boards you have to stress over dings and cracks in your board but not with the Tower paddle board. This board is made with a super thick PVC material to last you a lifetime in and out of the water.

If you get this board, do not be surprised to see some other paddlers out there on the same one. It is really that good of a board that lots of people end up getting it.

Tower Inflatable Paddle Board Features:

  • Military grade PVC with drop-stitch construction.
  • Max recommended weight is 350 pounds, suitable for tandem use.
  • Inflated size is 9′ 10″ long x 32″ wide x 6″ thick.
  • Includes inflation pump, a 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle, 3 fins, carry bag and a patch kit.
  • Deflated size is 1 ft. tall by 33 inches wide and weighs 25 pounds.
  • 2 year manufacturer’s warranty covering anything outside of normal wear & tear.

2 – Pathfinder Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board 9′ 9″ (5″ Thick)

Pathfinder Inflatable SUP

The Pathfinder inflatable SUP is perfect all-round SUP board. This versatile and durable board is 9′ 9″ long x 5″ thick. The complete package includes SUP board, high-pressure air pump, and removable center tracking fin, bungee tie-down, adjustable aluminum paddle, valve wrench and a carry bag with shoulder straps. So portable and easy to store! When fully inflated, it feels very similar to a hard board (inflate to 15 PSI). Great for all day family fun wherever the next water adventure takes you!

Features:

  • Measures 9’9″ long x 30″ wide x 5″ thick.
  • Bungee for securing on-board cargo, and D-ring to attach a leash.
  • Weight limit is 240 lbs.
  • Amazing Durability – PVC material and strong multi-layer drop stitch.
  • Large, comfortable deck pad will keep you on your feet.
  • Includes adjustable aluminum paddle, pump, detachable center fin, carry bag (with shoulder pads), and valve wrench.

3 – ISLE Inflatable Paddle Board (6″ Thick)

ISLE Inflatable Paddle Board

Another solid contender in quality and features is the Isle Airtech paddle board. It is made of military grade PVC rubber with drop stitch construction and is made to last. The Isle Airtech 10 is almost indestructible; you can literally run it over in your car and not hurt it! It is almost impossible to puncture the paddle board with normal use, so you can feel confident taking it anywhere.

The Isle Airtech 10′ has a good amount of nose rocker so it can handle rougher water allowing you to take it out in the ocean, rapids or a lake and in my opinion, is the best inflatable SUP for surfing.

The diamond groove pattern on the deck of the board gives you exceptional traction, and it has 3 fins for good tracking.

Inflated the Isle Airtech 10′ is 10 feet (3 meters) long, 31 inches wide (77 cm) and 6 inches thick (15 cm) and will hold over 200 pounds (90 kg) of weight. At 6 inches thick (our recommended thickness) provides more rigidity than the aqua marina paddle board.

Isle is so confident you will love their paddle board. They offer an unprecedented 30-day guarantee that says; if you don’t love it for any reason, they will take it back, the Isle Airtech is an excellent mid-priced option.

ISLE SUP Airtech 10 features:

  • Military grade PVC with drop-stitch construction.
  • Max recommended weight load is 200 lbs.
  • Inflated size is 10′ long x 30″ wide x 6″ thick.
  • Includes inflation pump, a 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle, 3 fins, carry bag and a patch kit.
  • Stainless steel D-rings located on the stern and bow for storage or docking.
  • Deflated size is 1 ft. High x 36 inches wide and weighs 24 pounds.
  • 2-year warranty on workmanship and materials.

4 – Tower iSUP “Adventurer 2″ 10’4”

Tower iSUP Adventurer 2 10'4"

This is hands down my favorite ISUP of all time right now. It is very affordable, can handle a decent amount of weight and is just a great all around SUP. It is super easy to store with it being able to be rolled up to only 1 foot in diameter. This is a total game changer when it comes to storage ability of an inflatable paddle board. There is no reason why someone wouldn’t be able to store this.

Not only is this board easy to transport and store, but it is also indestructible! With some paddle boards you have to stress over dings and cracks in your board but not with the tower paddle board. This board is made with a super thick PVC material to last you a lifetime in and out of the water.

If you get this board, do not be surprised to see some other paddlers out there on the same one. It is really that good of a board that lots of people end up getting it.

Tower Paddle board adventurer features:

  • Military grade PVC with drop-stitch construction.
  • Max recommended weight is 350 pounds, suitable for tandem use.
  • Inflated size is 9′ 10″ long x 32″ wide x 6″ thick.
  • Includes inflation pump, a 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle, 3 fins, carry bag and a patch kit.
  • Deflated size is 1 ft. tall by 33 inches wide and weighs 25 pounds.
  • 2–year manufacturer’s warranty covering anything outside of normal wear and tear.

5 – Ten Toes Emporium Inflatable Long BoardTen Toes Emporium Inflatable Board

Paddle boarding is a water sport that is growing in popularity since it is an excellent full-body workout. When paddle boarding is your sport of choice, it is important that you make a solid investment when it comes to your SUP (stand up paddleboard).

Not only will you want to know that you are buying a board made of durable material but you will also want to consider the right size for your height and weight. Along with buying a quality board, you will need (while very minimal) some good gear to go with it.

Ten Toes offers a board that is right for everyone – from the Nano 8’ inflatable paddleboard to the Jetsetter 14′ Inflatable Touring SUP there is something to fit every paddle boarding need.

Centered on a durable design that can easily become compact for a storage and transportation just about anywhere these paddle boards are highly recommended, most of all the company is passionate about their products and go are sure to inflate all rafts for 72 hours prior to packaging for sale.

There are 4 main designs offered by Ten Toes – each has a specific need in mind and is designed for each of use.

Specs:

  • 10 feet long
  • 30″ wide.
  • 6″ thick.
  • Weighs 29 lbs.
  • Can hold up to 275 lbs.
  • Air pressure: 12-16 PSI.
  • Two small removable fins, one large removable fin.

6 – iRocker 11 Inflatable SUP

iRocker 11 Inflatable SUP

This board comes with an all-inclusive package, so you get everything you need to maintain your board and all the gear you will need to have a great SUP ride. This SUP is perfect for all skill levels, whether you are a beginner or expert this board will provide you with great balance, speed, and cruise ability through the water.

One of the accessories that come with the board is a backpack. This is really convenient because this board will deflate and roll up and fit perfectly in the backpack giving you a stress-free way to transport your inflatable SUP. It also comes with a great bungee tie down system that will keep any eager gear that you bring with you.

The iRocker paddle board comes with an industry leading 2-year warranty that covers any manufacturing defect, (very unlikely).

The paddle board has bungee cords in the front of the SUP to carry some cargo or hold your paddle while resting plus it has stainless steel D-rings to attach gear and a read D- ring designed to connect up a leash.

If you are looking for a little more length and/or weight capacity, the iRocker comes in an 11 ft model as well. This is a great SUP at a very reasonable price.

You may want to consider adding a seat for the iRocker; it’s nice when you want to take a break and sit on the board.

Features of the iRocker SUP:

  • Triple layered, military grade PVC with drop-stitch construction.
  • Weight capacity of 350 lbs.
  • Inflated size is 10′ long 30″ wide x 6” thick
  • Includes inflation pump, adjustable (63 to 85 inches) aluminum paddle, 3 fins, backpack and a repair kit.
  • Stainless steel D-rings located on the stern and bow for storage or docking.
  • Deflated size is 1 ft high x 33 inches wide and weighs 28 pounds.
  • 2-year full warranty on any manufacturer’s defects.

7 – SportsStuff 1030 Adventure Paddle Board

SportsStuff 1030 Adventure

Being a water person doesn’t particularly mean swimming; stand up paddle boarding is the perfect friendly spot for summer time this year especially with the rise of inflatable SUP’s users. If you think about it for a minute, you’ll know why; inflatable stand up paddle boards are made to simulate the authentic ones but with more features, options and a larger range of activities.

A good purchase is one that will save you the trouble of separately looking for items and accessories; an all-inclusive package is never a bad idea when you’re going for a SUP, and that’s why we have here the Sportsstuff 1030 Adventure Stand up paddleboard with everything you need to handle it.

Adventure 1030 paddleboard Features:

  • Large anti-skid EVA pads for secure footing.
  • Convenient carrying handle.
  • Adjustable aluminum paddle.
  • 8 D-ring.
  • 4 attached with a bungee cord.
  • 2 to attach a kayak seat or a backrest.
  • 1 on the board tail to attach the included safety leash.
  • 1 on the bottom to tow the board

8 – Solstice Bali Inflatable Paddle Board 10′ 8″

Solstice Bali Inflatable Paddleboard

The Solstice Bali is the best iSUP for multitasking. This board seems like it was made by taking positives and negatives in consideration from all the other paddle board bands out on the market. This board can be used for all different types of SUP activities. You can use this board for touring, yoga, riding waves and even just simply on a still lake.

You will fall in love with this ISUP at first sight! It is a very attractive board with contrasting colors. It looks amazing as you are gliding through the water. If you have an iSUP that looks as good as this one you will want to take it out on the water every day!

Solstice Paddleboard Features:

  • High-pressure inflatable paddleboard. Sleek, lightweight and fast.
  • Extremely rigid and strong.
  • Includes 4 stainless tie-downs for securing gear.
  • Durable 500 denier 3 ply PVC reinforced fabric material.
  • Kit includes: carry bag, pump & gauge.
  • 10-feet 8-inch size.

9 – Atoll 11’0″ Foot Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Atoll Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Atoll 11′ is the military-themed design, which is something that some will love and others will hate. The dark green color of the board is accented by black rails and white Atoll logos on the nose and rails.

Up top, the board features a nice length, black and white EVA foam traction pad. There’s also a carrying handle located in the middle of the board, and along the sides of the deck, pad are 8 D-rings for attaching a kayak seat or typing down your gear. The D-rings are also great for securing a cooler.

At the nose of the board is a grab handle, 6 additional D-ring, and over-sized bungee cord storage net for securing your stuff. It’s really nice to have so many options for tying down or stashing gear.

Moving to the rear of the board, you’ll find another D-ring for attaching your SUP leash. There’s also a second grab handle, which is super convenient for pulling the board out of the water.

On the flip side, the Atoll cruiser deluxe has a 2+1 fin configuration with a large, removable center skeg. The skeg is secured via a handy thumb screw, which is nice because you’ll never have to worry about cuts and scrapes from obstacles with this board – it’s definitely built to take some abuse.

Atoll ISUP Features:

  • Large non-slip traction pad that covers almost the whole back of the board.
  • 1 stainless D-rings.
  • Deluxe H3 valve: removable, replaceable, reliable and airtight.
  • 3 carry handle.
  • Ultra-portable:
    • Deflated size: 1 ft x 36 in
    • Inflated size: 11’0 x 32″ x 6″ thick
  • Package includes:
    • Aluminum adjustable paddle
    • High-pressure pump
    • Detachable fin
    • Convenient heavy-duty backpack case

10 – Peak Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Peak Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

The peak iSUP is 6 inches thick so when properly inflated it’s a very rigid board giving you stability and ease of paddling. This has been one of the knock iSUPS, and that is they are not as rigid as a traditional hard-shell board, so they are harder to paddle and lack the stability.

The peak inflatable SUP, while not as rigid as hard-shell SUP, it is in the ballpark. So if you want to use it for yoga, fishing or surf some light waves the peak iSUP performs well.

It features drop stitch construction to give it rigidity plus being made of military grade PVC material it is extremely tough. This is one of the great features of iSUPS; they don’t get dinged or scratched like a traditional SUP.

The top of the board is soft and grippy, so you or your riding companion’s won’t slide off the board. Feel free to take your dog with you; his claws are not going to puncture this board.

Coming in with a volume of 225 liters, means this iSUP will support a rider and gear up to 300 pounds. You can go over this slightly as you get more experience and can handle the board sitting lower in the water.

Naturally, the PEAK iSUP comes with all the standard accessories like a high volume hand pump, carry backpack, adjustable paddle, and a leash. You can buy this iSUP with confidence; it comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty covering defects PLUS a 30 day no questions asked return policy if you don’t completely love it.

PEAK Paddle Board features:

  • Military grade PVC with drop-stitch construction.
  • Max recommended weight load is 300 lbs.
  • Inflated size is 10.6″ long x 31″ wide x 6″ thick.
  • Includes inflation pump, a 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle, 3 fins, carry bag and a patch kit.
  • Rolled up size: 11″ x 36″
  • Weight: 23 pounds.

Characteristics of an Inflatable Paddle Boards

  • Length: as a general rule, the longer the SUP, the faster it goes. The disadvantage is they can be harder to turn. More experienced paddle boarders will tend to prefer a longer board while beginning boarders tend to prefer a shorter board because they are easier to control. A good length is in the range of 10 to 12 feet.
  • Width: the wider the paddle board, the more stability it will have. The wider the paddle board is, the slower it will tend to be. Beginners usually prefer a wider board for this reason.
  • Thickness: the thicker the board gives it more volume and ability to hold more weight. A thicker inflatable paddle board will also usually be more rigid. A thinker board will naturally be more rigid, but the trade off is a higher center of gravity and easier to tip over. Most brands are going to be either 4 or 6 inches thick. A 4-inch board is suitable for most people.
  • Hull shape: much like kayaks, a paddle board with a flat bottom gives it more stability and easier to turn but they are also much slower. A displacement hull is similar to a sailboat hull and tends to be the fastest of hull designs. Probably the best compromise for a hull shape is a planning hull. A planning hull is more rounded and faster than a flat bottom, but it is somewhat easier to tip over than a flat hull. It is the best overall design for beginners and experienced paddle boarders.
  • Nose rocker: the rocker refers to how angled the front of the board is. It is really only important in rough water or when or when surfing. If you don’t have much rocker, the nose of the board will tend to submerge or dive under the water.

How to Use Inflatable Paddle Board

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