You know what are awesome? Paddle Boards
You know what isn’t? Lugging around a Paddle Board
The problem with traditional SUP’s is that they can be extremely cumbersome to lug around and store when not in season, oftentimes requiring two people to carry back to shore. For those who are wanting the ultimate freeing experience of the open water without the hassles of a bulky toy, the inflatable paddle boards, or iSUPs, make an excellent choice.
Inflatable SUPs have been around for a while, but it’s only in the most recent years that companies have perfected the design of their inflatable paddle board models, allowing you to enjoy practically the same level of stability that you’d normally expect from the traditional paddle boards. We’ve poured through over 55 models and ranked our top 20 inflatable paddle boards, so you can spend less time shopping, and more time on the water! 😉
The Best Inflatable Paddle Boards
For an all-around high quality inflatable stand up paddleboard (ISUP) from a company with top-notch customer service, you can’t beat the Atoll 11’ ISUP and that’s why it earns our top pick. At 11 feet in length and 32 inches width, this paddleboard is very roomy. The 6 inch thickness also provides buoyancy that allows the board to carry a maximum weight of 300 pounds. Go ahead and hop on with a friend, your dog, or your gear for a fun day on the water. With a pointed and slightly upturned nose, you’ll find that this board glides through water and can comfortably handle sharp turns. And don’t forget: you have a 2 year manufacturer warranty from one of the best companies in the business. If you have any questions whatsoever, simply send an email to Atoll. They answer quickly and provide top-level product support.
The details make the difference with the iRocker 11’ Inflatable SUP. This paddleboard measures at 11’ x 30” x 6” and supports a whopping 385 lbs. – plenty of room for yourself and a friend, or bring your gear and your pup on board. The board weighs only 22 lbs. and is made with a lightweight, triple layer military grade drop stitch material built to withstand impact from rocks and other debris. Included is a high quality, lightweight aluminum paddle that telescopes from 63 to 85 inches allowing you to select the length that fits you best. The paddle even floats – if it ever drops in the water, just pick it right back up. You’ll also get a hand pump and a backpack that fits the deflated, folded-up board and its accessories. Add $15 and you’ll get a safety leash to attach to your ankle, or $70 and you’ll get a detachable kayak seat!
Tower Adventurer 9′ 10″
Make your next trip to the beach an adventure with the Tower Adventurer Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard. This board is one of the higher priced items but it’s an extremely high quality design made by a very reputable company. The board is a slightly shorter length at 9 feet 10 inches but most people find that it’s just the right amount of board for them. The high-quality military grade PVC material coupled with its 6-inch thickness make for a board that is rated to hold upwards of 350 lbs. at a total board weight of just 25 lbs. Bring your child or dog with you on your next trip to the beach and let him enjoy the water as much as you do! The board comes with a pump and 3-piece lightweight and durable fiberglass paddle but does not come with a carrying bag.
For a board that makes a statement, get the XTERRA 10’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board. XTERRA does style right with this jet-black board with bright red accent on the deck and red trim around the sides. This is XTERRA’s best-selling 10’ ISUP and comes with some great bonuses. It’s 10’ long, 30” wide and 5.5” thick – standard measurements for a great all-around, multi-use ISUP. It comes with 4 d-rings with included bungee cords on the bow to hold down your gear. There are also d-rings on the bow and stern for tying it off when transporting – if you prefer to keep it inflated. Included are a high-pressure pump with integrated pressure gauge, 3-piece travel paddle, 3 removable fins, a repair kit, and 3 more bonus items: a backpack roller bag with wheels for easy transport, a Hi-Viz mini dry bag to store your cell phone and wallet, and a 10’ long coiled ankle leash.
ISLE Airtech 10′
This super-lightweight Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard weighs in at just 17.5 lbs.! ISLE has been in the business since 2004 and has come up with some revolutionary technologies for stand up paddleboards – which you’ll see in this model. Its proprietary Airtech Fusion-Lite construction process is what makes the feather-weight design possible. In addition, the military grade outer skin has a 6-inch thickness for a stable, durable ride that’s comparable to a hard board. The paddleboard has a maximum capacity of 240 lbs. and is perfect for a single rider. It comes in a light blue color with gray accents and includes a 42-ounce adjustable travel paddle made of aluminum, a carrying bag and a hand pump. The 10’ Inflatable All Around Paddle Board is ISLE’s best-selling ISUP model. You can’t go wrong with this paddleboard if you’re looking for a versatile board with great flat water and small surf performance.
Tower Adventurer 10′ 4″
Ready for another adventure? The “Adventurer 2” is the second Tower board on this list and for good reason – based in Southern California and created by paddle boarders for paddle boarders, Tower manufactures amazing products. This board is slightly longer at 10’4” and the nose is shaped a little differently: it comes to a sharper point and is slightly upturned. This makes it better for open ocean water because it’s able to go longer distances with less work and the nose cuts through waves more efficiently. The paddleboard has a huge 350 lb. maximum capacity – again, due to the high-quality materials used and the board’s rock-solid construction. Included is a 32oz 3-piece fiberglass paddle, high pressure hand pump and repair kit. And don’t forget about the 2 year manufacturer warranty, which covers everything outside of normal wear and tear.
iRocker 10′ 6″
For a beautiful board that’s as blue as the tropical waters, get the iRocker 10’ Inflatable SUP Package. This inflatable stand up paddleboard is the little sister of the iRocker 11’ Inflatable SUP. It’s the same in almost every way except that it’s a little bit more affordable, 1 foot shorter, a little lighter at just 20 lbs. instead of 22, and comes in a bright blue hue. This board has the same 350 lb. maximum capacity and the same optional add-ons of a $70 kayak seat or a $15 safety leash. Included is a hand pump, paddle, backpack and repair kit. You also get iRocker’s 2-year manufacturer warranty and 30 day, no questions asked guarantee. If you’re not happy with the package for any reason, you can return it within 30 days for a full 100% refund of the original price (you’ll be responsible for the cost of shipping it back though).
You’ve reached the peak of style with this Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard! The PEAK ISUP comes in 4 different minimalist color styles: Aqua, Blue, Red and White. Each come with gray accents and cool “wave in a circle” designs on the top and bottom. This board measures at 10’6” x 31” x 6” and is a standard all-around Inflatable SUP. It has a 300-lb. capacity and weighs just 23 lbs. Although, while many other paddleboards are constructed with a 3-ply PVC, the PEAK ISUP has only a single layer PVC meaning that it’s not quite as tough as other ISUPs. Included in your package is a 3-piece aluminum adjustable travel paddle, coil ankle leash, carrying backpack, dual-action hand pump, removable fin and repair kit. Also included are a standard 30-day guarantee and 1 year manufacturer warranty.
Ten Tose Weekender
Do you often find yourself daydreaming about exciting weekends you used to spend at the beach? Then pick up the Ten Toes WEEKENDER for some cheap thrills. Show off to your beach-bum friends when you get any of these boards in 5 different retro color options: Seafoam, Blue, Green, Gray and Red/Black. The board is sized and shaped at 10’ x 30” x 6” with a rounded body for maximum stability on the water. Stretch out on the textured-foam padded deck and you’ll find it’s perfect for yoga or lazy floats through calm waters. What’s more, the board comes bundled with a 3-piece adjustable and lightweight aluminum paddle, 3 fins, a manual hand pump and a repair kit. Buy this ISUP without any guilt: it’s competitively priced and backed by Ten Toes’ 2-year warranty against any manufacturer defects. The WEEKENDER is just perfect for fitness, fun, and thrills on the water.
ISLE Airtech 11′
Explore open waters with The ISLE 11’ Explorer Airtech Inflatable Paddle Board. It’s ideal for all-around use, fishing and long-distance touring. The Airtech Fusion-Lite construction keeps it light at just 19.1 lbs. and the military grade drop stitch PVC keeps it strong and rigid, able to withstand up to 275 lbs. It measures in at 11’ long, 32” wide and 6” thick. It features a pointed nose for a sleek look that cuts through choppy waters better. In your accessory bundle, you’ll find a paddle, carrying backpack and high pressure pump. This board has reinforced nose and tail carry handles as well as a center carry handle, for easily transporting fully loaded boards along the shoreline. The ISLE 11’ Explorer is a great all-around board that tracks well and turns easily. It goes a little faster than most middle-of-the-road boards and is a very versatile ISUP.
Lucky Bums 9′
Looking for a deal? It’s hard to beat the price of the Lucky Bums Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard Kit. Measuring in at 9 feet in length and with a 4-inch thickness, it’s fairly small. And it’s only rated to handle a maximum capacity of 180 pounds. Because of this, it’s a perfect board for the petite boarder or for kids. Sure, this shorter and thinner board requires more balance to stand on, but it makes for a killer core workout! Because it’s not as buoyant as a 6-inch board, you may find a little water splashing on your feet now and again. The board is constructed with heavy-duty 500-denier 3-ply PVC reinforced fabric for extreme durability. With the kit, you’ll receive the paddle board with a 5mm foot traction pad and d-ring attached bungee cords, dual-action high pressure hand pump, 3-piece aluminum paddle, removable middle fin, storage backpack and repair kit.
Solstice Bali 9′
The Solstice Bali combines stylish design with affordable pricing. It has a cool gray gradient look with yellow accents that makes for an appealing appearance. The board measures in at 10’8” x 30” x 4”. It is fairly thin at just 4-inches but works well for lighter riders such as women and children. The board weighs in at a somewhat heavy 34 lbs. because of the materials used to construct it but the heavier materials do add to the rigidity and stability of the board. The paddleboard uses durable 1000 denier 3-ply PVC fabric material to add to its structural integrity – use it in open water without fear of punctures. Included are a mesh bag for storage, detachable fin and hand pump. A paddle is not included although this way, you are free to buy a standard, inexpensive paddle or spend more on an upgraded, lightweight paddle for better performance: it’s your choice.
Supflex SUP 10′
You’ll find your style with a Supflex board. This board is super stylish and comes in 5 fun different patterns. Get the turquoise flower print option, or spring for any of the remaining 4 options with the geometric “barcode” look: in blue, green, grey or yellow. This board measures at 10’ x 30” x 6” and is a perfect beginners board or for casual riders. It weighs just 22 lbs. and carries a maximum capacity of 300 lbs. – lots of room for you and a friend. The board comes with a crocodile skin EVA anti-slip deck pad perfect for securing your footing or practicing your yoga. Included is a pump, removable fin, 3-piece collapsible aluminum paddle, backpack and free safety leash! Supflex is known for its amazing customer service. If you have any issue whatsoever, contact them – they respond quickly by phone.
ISLE Airtech 12′ 6″
If you’re looking for a high-quality touring ISUP, then look no further than the ISLE 12’6 Touring Airtech Inflatable Paddle Board. It’s made by one of the best companies in the industry and features ISLE’s revolutionary Airtech Fusion Light technology for a board that’s 30% lighter than comparable models. An aerodynamic nose and tail design also help the board cut across chop with ease. Machined with high-density PVC over a bonded and sealed drop stitch under layer, it’s constructed for maximum durability with the latest technological advances. This is simply the ultimate touring board, specially made for long distance cruising on flat water and open ocean. The board has a 275-lb. capacity and a sleek red racing stripe design that’s sure to draw envy. Also included is a 3-piece aluminum travel paddle, high pressure pump with gauge, removable center fin, travel backpack and repair kit.
Blue Wave Stingray
The Stingray sports a bevy of attachments and add-ons that make this an awesome all-in-one package for paddle boarding fun! Included in your package you’ll find a standard carrying case, high pressure pump and repair kit. However, the Stingray goes the extra mile with an included adjustable and removable fabric seat, foot rest and multi-configuration blade/paddle. You can stand on your board and use the 71-inch long SUP paddle. Or you can attach your seat and foot rest and use the paddle as a 50-inch canoe paddle or an 89.5-inch 3-piece kayak paddle with your included extra blade. The board has a 220-lb capacity and measures at 10’ x 30” x 4”. The 4-inch thickness creates a lower center of gravity and makes for better handling when sitting. One thing to be aware of: because of the counterintuitive construction of this paddleboard kit, make sure you read and understand the instructions to know how to properly inflate the board and use each accessory.
When you’re looking for an amazing deal on a grand touring paddleboard, get the Wakooda GT150. It’s competitively priced and great for both beginner and intermediate paddle boarders. Measuring at 12’6” long with a 32-inch width, it’s constructed extra-wide for better stability. With a load-bearing capacity of 350 lbs., it comfortably holds 2 people so you can double the fun. For kayak-style excitement, attach one or more seats using the 10-attached d-rings for center, forward, aft or double seating. The GT150 is constructed for tough performance with 1000 denier drop stitch that inflates to a maximum of 20 PSI for rigidity and resistance to scrapes and cuts – very handy for shallow waters or white water rapids. You’ll also move further with less effort because of the 5-degree raised and pointed bow. The Wakooda GT150 is built to perform in a wide variety of conditions and is perfect for open oceans, calm lakes, and fast-moving rivers.
Body Glove Inflatable
The Body Glove “Performer 11” Inflatable SUP shows off the meticulous craftsmanship of a company with over 60 years’ experience in all things water. Small details in the board’s construction make for an overall incredible product. The Performer 11 is fast and stable with an 11-inch length and an extra-wide 34-inch width. The rocker nose helps the board handle waves easier, turn quicker and overall maneuver in water better. On the underside, you’ll find a nose bumper: perfect for preventing dings when your board comes to shore. Then, on the tail side you’ll find 3 non-removable, flexible fins. They are constructed to withstand scraping and damage – you can stand on your board on top of concrete or rocks and the fins won’t get damaged. A dual-layer durable construction with triple-layer stringer makes for maximum stiffness and rigidity of the board. The paddleboard features even more intricate construction details (like a GoPro mount on the bow). It’s not cheap but with the Body Glove Performer 11, you know you’re getting a quality ISUP.
Looking for a steal? This is the most affordable ISUP on our list. It has a 10’6” length and a 30” width and weighs 27 lbs. The board is somewhat heavier than most its size due to less expensive construction materials. The maximum capacity is 250 lbs. but because it is only 4 inches thick, it’s not recommended to load the board with more than 180 lbs. or else it will start to sag into the water. The 1030 Adventure comes in a brightly colored blue, green and orange design and features a large anti-skid EVA pad for secure grip on the board. Also included are some fun extras: a mesh backpack that’s perfect for storing and draining off the board when it’s deflated, a removable kayak seat for comfortable seating, stainless steel tow rings, a high-pressure hand pump, a removable fin and a safety leash to attach to your ankle.
Driftsun SUP 10′
Take the day off and enjoy some fun in the sun! The Driftsun SUP Inflatable 10’ Stand Up Paddle Board is a complete package. The board is stylishly designed with envy-inducing bright blue and white racing stripes on the top and white trim around the sides. The board measures 10’ x 30” x 6” and holds an impressive 350 lbs. Go ahead and load up your cooler when you go out on the water; the Driftsun SUP comes with 4 d-rings with a bungee attachment at the bow to hold down any gear you put on it. The paddleboard also has 3 detachable fins. Put them on and they assist with stability and maneuvering in the water. Take them off and it’s easier to fold up your ISUP. In fact, it folds up to a tiny 12” by 35”. Your full package includes a board, a deluxe fiberglass paddle, backpack, hand pump and repair kit.
Tower Xplorer 14”
If you have a need for speed and you want to go the distance fast, get the Tower Xplorer. It’s specially made for racing and touring use. It measures in at a huge 14’ x 32” x 8” and yet rolls up to the size of a sleeping bag for easy transport and storage. The 8-inch thickness and military grade material add to the rigidity and stiffness for maximum stability and resistance to almost all dings and cracks. The board is wide and super long and has a 700-lb. capacity. You can fit yourself, your spouse, your dog, and your kids on it – at the same time! The Tower Xplorer features a sleek, racing-stripe design in practical gray hues that look good even with daily use (if the board was white, scuffs and stains would show more easily). The kit includes a high-pressure pump and 3-piece adjustable paddle.
Inflatable SUP Buying Guide
If you had board in mind that you didn’t see on this list, or are stuck comparing features between a few on here, this buyers guide is for you. As no two people are the same, no two paddleboards are the same and our aim is to help remove some of the “analysis paralysis” that comes with selecting amongst so many options.
Inflatable SUP vs. Fiberglass SUP
The #1 reason people are looking for an iSUP is because of the convenience they bring when traveling. We admit, being able to roll up your board and throw it on your back is awesome, however all of this just depends on your lifestyle and where you’re going to be predominantly using it. If you’re stuck choosing between an iSUP and a regular SUP, here is where we think each are best suited:
Features to Consider
There are more features than you might realize when it comes to choosing the best paddle board for you. Below are the attributes we used in selecting the paddleboards on our list above.
You probably noticed as you read through our reviews of the best boards, and noticed some had more rounded ends like longboards, while others had more pointy ends like surf boards. Those are not just stylistic choices, but rather deliberate hull designs specifically for your paddle boarding style. There are two different hull types available:
This paddle board hull design makes these types of boards the best overall, and for the majority of people. A planed, or planning, style hull is flatter and wider similar to that of a longboard. It’s designed this way so that you ride more (plane up) on top of the water. If you’re a beginner paddle boarder, or are buying it for a beginner, definitely stick to this style as they tend to be the most stable and versatile, and you can still surf with them.
This style of paddleboard shares a similar front end to kayaks, canoes, and surfboards. The hulls on these types of paddle boards are made so the boarder can slice through the water, essentially pushing the water to either side of the nose. These types of paddle boards are typically faster and more maneuverable than the plane style counterparts.
Probably the most overlooked when choosing a paddle board is picking a board that is sized properly for you. Picking a board too small for your body will ensure you’ll never be able to become balanced, and picking one too large will ensure you never get going anywhere fast.
There are so many different environments you can paddle board in, but as each condition differs it only makes sense that your board should too. Taking into consideration where you’re going to be using your paddle board will make all the difference in the world. Luckily with inflatable SUPS you don’t have to compromise your board length for storage space.
Short (Under 9’)
These boards are great if you’re wanting quick maneuverability. Obviously the shorter you go with your board length the more sacrifices you’ll make in stability, but if you’re planning on shredding ocean waves these sized boards are ideal. These sized boards are great if you’re planning on buying one for your kid as the size won’t be too big for them to paddle around.
Medium (9′ to 12′)
Ideal for those who plan on using these in calmer settings such as lakes and rivers, but still want more stability. This is ideal for novice’s who have paddled before but aren’t quite experts. This size is also great for bigger people who want to be able to go fast on the water.
Large (Above 12′)
Despite their size and surface tension long boards are actually ideal for people who want to paddle fast on the water. If you’re interested in competitive racing or just want a board that you can work out with, get a board bigger than 12’ long.
This will largely depend on your body type, so being honest when selecting your board will make for a much better time out on the water. A middle of the road width for all types of paddleboards is around 30-31” wide. Anything narrower than those widths you’ll start to lose stability, anything wider you’ll gain stability but lose speed.
You’ll notice as you shop for paddle boards each has a different volume attribute associated with it. All this is, is an indication of the boards volume displacement; the higher the volume the more stability you will have. So, if you’re choosing between two boards and all their specs are the same, we recommend picking the board that has a higher volume displacement factor.
Each board is rated for different weight capacities and this is something that should be adhered to, especially if you want to be safe on the water. If you’re going to be up against the weight capacity, we recommend getting a board one size bigger to ensure you’re never in a situation where the board is submerged below the water’s surface.
Fins are minor in size but majorly important to the stability of your paddle board. Fins can vary from board to board but the most common types are:
Sometimes these are referred to as “thrusters”. This is the type of fin you want varying situations as it promotes straight racking but not sacrificing maneuverability in surf conditions.
These fins are typically straighter and much stiffer than the common types seem on novice boards. The longer the fin the more side resistance you can have against wind.
Large Single Fin
Just a smaller version of the racing style fin, some come removable making them easier to stow.
SUP paddles are something that shouldn’t be overlooked as choosing the wrong paddle style or one that is made from cheaper materials will make for a bad overall experience. A good recommendation on paddle length is to make sure and choose one that can adjust to 6” – 8” taller than you are. This will make for an optimal paddle stroke.
Inflatable SUP Accessories
Paddle Board Paddle
If you’re paddle board doesn’t come with the paddle already bundled together, pick the carbon fiber paddle from BPS.
The majority of inflatable paddle boards come with their proprietary pump but if you’re eyeing one that doesn’t already have one we recommend the standup pump by blue wave sports.
If you’re going to be spending the day paddle boarding chances are you won’t have your phone handy to take pictures. Having a GoPro is an awesome way to capture all the fun on the water so you can watch it back later.
A lot of the time you’re going to be fine without having a life jacket on, but if you’d feel more comfortable or are going to be in some unknown conditions it is a great idea to grab a life jacket specifically designed for paddle boarding. The ONYX MoveVent life jacket is made to allow for your arms to move freely without constantly rubbing as you paddle. If you’ve ever tried paddle boarding with a regular life jacket, you’ll realize this is a god-send.
Paddle Board Leash
Paddle boards can get expensive and the last thing you want is to watch your toy go floating off into the sunset. A great way to keep you attached to the paddle board, and the paddle board to you is by leashing your ankle to the board. If you’re going to be using the board for any type of ocean paddle boarding this is a must have. The Nemesis surf coiled surfing leash is our top pick.
Paddle Board Backpack
Chances are the inflatable SUP you buy is going to come with a carrying sack, that you can easily fold up into. However, if you’re going to be taking your paddleboard on hikes or trekking long distances while carrying it, a great way to save your arms is to get a SUP backpack. The best one around is the Chaos Ready waterproof backpack.
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