best inflatable SUP 2017 stand up paddleboards

Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards 2017

best inflatable SUP 2017 stand up paddleboardsStand up Paddle Boards are super cool and has become one of the fastest growing water sport in the past 3 years. Today we are going to look at the best iSUPs or inflatable stand up paddle boards that you can buy in 2017.

The one thing that makes inflatable stand up paddle boards popular for beginners is the storage advantage that these have over standard SUPs. Makes its very convenient to travel will as well as most come with a backpack like back that everything can fit into.

The price range of our top 10 vary and although they can get quite expensive, they are all very durable and will last for quite some time. Some have single fins or 3 fin options depending on what your type of suping that you plan to do.

Best iSUP 2017

There are some things that you should know about the different types of stand up paddle boards. There are 4 categories of paddle boards such as: All-Rounders, Touring / Cruisers, Fitness and Racing paddle boards. The shapes, density and sizing of the boards determine the category and what you can use them for.

iSUP Name

Dimensions

Max. Weight

No. of Fins

Atoll

11' L x 32" W x 6" H

300 lbs

3

ISLE Airtech Yoga

10'4" L x 31" W x 6" H

225 lbs

3

iRocker

10' L x 30" W x 6" H

350 lbs

3

Solstice Bali

10'8" L x 34.5" W

240 lbs

1

Ten Toes WEEKENDER

10' L x 30" W x 6" H

275 lbs

3

Atlantis

11' L x 32" W x 6" H

398 lbs

3

ISLE Airtech

10' L x 31" W x 6" H

240 lbs

3

PathFinder

9'9" L x 30" W x 5" H

240 lbs

1

Vilano Voyager

11' L x 31" W x 6" H

300 lbs

1

Tower

9'10" L x 32" W x 6" H

350 lbs

3

Before we begin, you should know that stand up paddle boards are commonly known as SUPs which is the acronym and short version.

There are 4 categories of SUPs that you can buy on the market. All-Rounders are the most versatile and easiest to use. Good for riding on flat water and catching smaller waves. Can be used in pretty much any conditions.

Touring or Cruisers are typically narrower than all-rounders and are made for fitness paddling. Meaning if you want to travel longer distances at a decent speed. The hull is also designed for less resistance than all-rounders and yoga boards.

Racing SUPs are the narrowest but lack the stability of all-rounders. This makes up in speed and good for racing.

Yoga or Fitness boards are the most stable and also the widest. These are used mainly for flat, calm waters in order to perform yoga exercises. Offers more balance for fitness. These have become very popular with yoga groups becoming more frequent in the warmer climate.

Overall if you are looking for a board that you can do a little bit of everything with, then all-rounders are for you. This is what I am currently using at the moment. We cover the different types of SUPs below. Continue to read are top 10 best reviews.

1. Atoll Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

I see many others rating the Tower as there number 1 iSUP but I beg to differ. I respect everyone's opinion but find the Atoll a lot more superior and much more stable. What makes this our number 1 pick is the larger detachable fin. Most other 3 fin SUP have smaller attached fins, but the Atolls main fin is much larger making tracking in a straighter line much better.

Specifications:

  • 11' long x 32" wide x 6" thick
  • Supports riders up to 250 lbs
  • H3 valve
  • EVA foam on the top
  • Fully wrapped with second layer for a more rigid and sturdy iSUP
  • Detachable fin
  • 2 Year manufacturers warranty

Includes:

  • High pressure Bravo dual action hand pump. Pumps air in both directions (up and down)
  • 2nd Generation Aluminum Adjustable 3 Piece Paddle with nylon blade
  • Detachable extra durable removable fin
  • Backpack Carry Bag now doubles as a dry bag (large enough to fit pump, paddle, paddle board, and ISUP repair kit)

The Atoll Deluxe Cruiser one of the best all-rounders and it is nice and rigid and moves very good through the water. It is not bad for catching waves but at the same time not the best. It does however have good stability going through choppy water. Inflating and deflating the board with the dual action hand pump is a lot more easier and travel is convenient. Good bang for your buck if you are looking for a iSUP on the higher end.

Pros

  • 2nd layer wrapping makes this iSUP more rigid
  • High quality, stylish and affordable
  • Durable and easy to store
  • Excellent customer service

Cons

  • Smaller fins may come lose from constant folding
  • Not the flashiest of colors

2. ISLE Airtech Inflatable Yoga Stand Up Paddle Board

This may be a surprise to many of you that I am rating a Yoga iSUP at number 2. Well the reason being, is that this one the best boards for yoga and fitness workouts that you may want to do on the water. iSUP Yoga has become one of the most popular activities to do on a stand up paddle board with many groups going out on the water in the summer time.

It makes for great balance and what a better place to be at peace than the calm and serenity of an open lake.

Features:

  • 10'4" long x 31" wide x 6" thick
  • Supports riders up to 255 lbs
  • Airtech construction
  • Stability for fitness
  • Ultra durable
  • iSUP accessory bundle
  • 30 day guarantee and 1 year warranty on materials

Includes:

  • 3 Piece aluminum adjustable travel paddle
  • Carry backpack
  • High pressure pump with pressure gauge (inflates to 15 PSI)
  • Removable travel fin
  • Repair kit

The ISLE Airtech Inflatable Yoga stand up paddle board has a wide nose and tail which offers a larger area for the yoga enthusiast. Its also a good board for a paddle on the bay or the lake. Not the best for choppy waters. It is a stylish board and has bungee cords to strap on any items you would like to take along with you.

Pros

  • Revolutionary iSUP technologically makes this board 30 % lighter than others in its class
  • Stylish, easy to store and transport
  • Great for the yoga enthusiast
  • Larger platform for fitness
  • Perfect for beginners

Cons

  • Not great for choppy water or ocean
  • May be too large for some.

3. iRocker Paddle Boards Inflatable SUP Package

The iRocker inflatable SUP is a fantastic All-Rounder and really excellent on any water condition. This is our number 3 choice because the price is unbeatable and makes this iSUP very affordable that rivals the high end boards. When fully inflated, the iRocker is nearly as firm as a standard paddle board at half the weight. It is also a the most durable of the lot and can support riders up to 350lbs. You can easy SUP with your kids on deck.

Features:

  • 10' long x 30" wide x 6" thick
  • Supports riders up to 350 lbs
  • Triple layer military grade drop stitch material - extremely rigid
  • High quality adjustable aluminum paddle that floats
  • Ultra light dual action hand pump
  • Backpack carry bag
  • 2 year warranty

Includes:

  • 3 Piece aluminum¬† paddle
  • Carry backpack
  • Ultra light dual action pump

The iRocker inflatable stand up paddle board is the perfect board for catching waves or cruising on the ocean. The extremely rigid design makes it durable and you will not have to worry about running into anything. The iRocker is good for any water conditions and glides very good which makes it easy to get to nice speed. The larger 3 fin helps tracking in a straight line better.

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Excellent all round iSUP
  • Durable and can withstand many knocks
  • 2 year warranty
  • Great choice for a first board

Cons

  • None come to mind

4. Solstice Bali Stand-Up Paddleboard

The Solstice Bali Stand-Up Paddleboard is another good All-Rounder and comes in at number 4 on our top 10 list. It is very stable for cruising and tracks okay with 1 fin. This iSUP does need to be pumped to 15 psi for good usage. Very good on lakes and bays but not the best for waves. I would use this solely for cruising.

Features:

  • 10'8" long x 34.5" wide
  • Supports riders up to 240 lbs
  • High-pressure inflatable paddleboard.
  • Sleek, lightweight and fast
  • Extremely rigid and strong.
  • Includes 4 stainless tie-downs for securing gear
  • Durable 1000 Denier 3 ply PVC reinforced fabric material

Includes:

  • Carry bag
  • pump & gauge

It comes in a good sharp color with the grey and light orange but you would need to buy a paddle as this iSUP does not come with one included.

Pros

  • Good price on the lower end
  • Good cruising iSUP
  • Great color
  • Easy to store

Cons

  • No paddle included
  • Needs to be pumped to the max for best rigidness
  • 3 fins would be ideal on this iSUP

5. Ten Toes WEEKENDER Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Board

Known as the everybody board, the Ten Toes Weekender rounds out our top 5. This versatile board is excellent for the fun cruiser, fitness and yoga. Not as wide as the ISLE Yoga which makes it better for long excursions. The hull is a planing style so it cuts through quite nicely. Not intended for speed or surfing the waves.

Features:

  • 10' long x 30" wide x 6" thick
  • recommended weight limit is 250lbs
  • Most stable inflatable standup paddle board for people of all skill levels
  • Made of military-grade PVC
  • Rolls up into compact package 11x36" for easy transport and storage
  • Includes Ten Toes' 1 year warranty

Includes:

  • 3 Piece adjustable & lightweight aluminum paddle
  • 3 Fins
  • Manual pump
  • Repair kit

What I really like about the Ten Toes is the range of colors that it is available in. They offer Blue, Green, Grey, Red/Black and Seafoam.

Ten Toes inflatable standup paddle boards are just as rigid, robust, and reliable as a traditional hard epoxy board. However, these are better because they can be deflated, rolled up and stored. Makes it super easy for travelling. Keep them hidden away in attics and garages until the snow thaws and the sun shines, then take them, unwrap them, unroll them, and inflate them for another glorious season of paddle boarding.

Pros

  • Great versatile board
  • Nice assortment of colors
  • 3 fins for great tracking
  • Easy to store
  • Strong and rigid

Cons

  • Pumping can become tiresome as it requires some effort

6. Atlantis Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Boards

If you are a beginner and want a very good inflatable stand-up paddle board that does not cost too much, then this Atlantis iSUP is for you. It is the whole package for an excellent price and you will be more than happy with your purchase. The Atlantis iSUP is a fantastic All-Rounder and with its 3 fins, makes for good tracking. Great on most water condidtions, the Atlantis is fun on the waves too.

Features:

  • 10'6" long x 30" wide x 6" thick
  • recommended weight limit is 398lbs
  • Easy for anyone to learn on
  • Highly durable
  • Light weight and portable
  • Fun for fitness and is the total package
  • Includes 2 year manufacturers warranty

Includes:

  • Adjustable paddle
  • Dual Action High Pressure SUP air pump with PSI guage
  • Very light weight backpack carrier bag

This is one of the faster iSUPs to inflate and you should be ready to go in under 6 minutes. One of the distinct features of the Atlantis inflatable stand-up paddle board is the raised bow which helps in choppy water and with riding waves.

Pros

  • Tracks well, very durable even on coral rocks.
  • Good through choppy ocean water
  • Nice size durable deck space.
  • Very unique design.
  • Crisp blue trim on white.

Cons

  • Inflation valve is at the front instead of rear
  • Aluminum paddle is okay for starters but move up to bamboo or carbon
  • Get an automatic pump, the one it comes with this good but takes awhile to get it to full PSI.
  • Little on the heavy side for the ladies
  • Screws for fin can be a pain because of small size

7. ISLE Airtech Inflatable All Around Stand-up Paddle Board

The ISLE Airtech inflatable SUP is another good all-round stand-up paddle board. Best for flat water and good on waves, this is one of the higher priced boards. ISLE is known for quality construction and they have a good variety of SUPs. Fully inflated the ISLE Airtech has little flex and is quite firm.

Features:

  • 10' long x 31" wide x 6" thick
  • recommended weight limit is 240lbs
  • Airtech construction
  • All-round design
  • Ultra durable
  • Includes iSUP accessory bundle
  • Includes 30 day guarantee and 1 year warranty on materials

Includes:

  • 3 Piece Aluminum Adjustable Travel Paddle
  • Carry bag
  • High pressure pump and gauge (inflates to 15 PSI)
  • Removable travel fin
  • Repair kit

This package is good overall and affordable. Has straps to attached a bag that you want to take with you on a long haul. Gets good consistent speed quickly.

Pros

  • Good all-round iSUP
  • Minimal flex when fully inflated
  • Good looking design
  • Nice and light to transport
  • Good for beginners

Cons

  • Weight limit is low so cannot carry another person
  • Does not track that well

8. PathFinder Inflatable Stand-up Paddle board

One of the smaller iSUPs on the market, the PathFinder iSUP is one of the cheapest as well. If you are a part-time SUPer then this board is for you. You get everything that you need to get started and will save on renting out from your local stand-up paddle board store.

Features:

  • 9'9" long x 30" wide x 5" thick
  • recommended weight limit is 240lbs
  • Great for wide range of water and use conditions
  • Amazing Durability - PVC material and strong multi-layer drop stitch
  • Large deck pad, bungee for securing on-board cargo, and D-ring to attach a leash
  • Available colors: Blue and Orange

Includes:

  • Adjustable aluminum paddle
  • Pump
  • Detachable center fin
  • Carry bag (with shoulder straps)
  • Valve wrench¬†

Many have been satisfied with the PathFinder but if you are serious about going out on the water often and going crusing, I highly recommend the Atoll instead. That is if you have the budget.

Pros

  • Good beginner board
  • Affordable
  • Light weight

Cons

  • Needs a better pump

9. Vilano Voyager Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Board Package

On the longer end of the iSUPs review here, the Vilano Voyager inflatable stand-up paddle board is a touring style designed for maximum speed over flat water and for long distance paddling. Priced in the mid range, the Vilano is a good option for many. It glides well and perfect for any tourer who likes to keep a consistent speed. The deck is a good size and the grip feels good on the feet. Nice and stable on the water.

Features:

  • 11' long x 31" wide x 6" thick
  • recommended weight limit is 300lbs
  • Rigid and durable - high grade PVC material with Korean Drop-Stitch construction
  • Ultra portable
  • Comfort diamond groove traction for grip and stainless D-Rings and bungee on front deck for storage
  • 1year manufacturers warranty

Includes:

  • Board
  • Pump with integrated pressure guage
  • 3-Piece aluminum paddle
  • Removable fin
  • Backpack carry bag

Pros

  • Good touring board
  • Pricing is in the mid range
  • Complete package

Cons

  • Flimsy paddle
  • 3 fins would make this board our top 5

10. Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer Inflatable SUP Package

Tower made its name on the popular TV show called Shark Tank. The opening statement from owner Stephen Aartsol did not go so great where he froze up. After that there was no turning back and Tower got the backing of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Tower has developed a good iSUP that is on the shorter side but can hold a good amount of weight without any flexing.

Well constructed with military grade PVC material, the Tower Adventurer can with stand the bumps and grinds. The Tower is one of the few that is great for river rapids and durable for that nature. Stable and strong, the Tower makes for good fishing excursions.

Features:

  • 9'10" long x 32" wide x 6" thick
  • recommended weight limit is 350lbs
  • Extremely rigid
  • Highly durable. Military-grade PVC material and drop-stitch construction
  • Easy to store and transport.
  • 2 year manufacturers warranty

Includes:

  • Board
  • Pump
  • 3-piece adjustable fiberglass paddle

The Tower Adventurer stand-up paddle board rounds up our top 10 best iSUP list and is a good performer. Priced in the higher range, the Tower gets our recommendation as it one of the strongest and most rigid. Better used on flat waters and some river rapids. The 3 fin setup makes decent tracking.

Pros

  • Strong and rigid. Can withstand lots of bumps
  • No concerns over board cracking
  • Nice fiber-glass paddle

Cons

  • Not the best on waves, okay on flat water

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