15 Best Inflatable SUP Board Reviews (September 2018)

atoll best isup board 2018

Somebody said that inflatable paddleboards (iSUPs) are the future. They weren’t wrong. Inflatable SUPs are better than traditional paddleboards in several ways. They are more convenient when it comes to traveling and storage and they are less expensive. Many people now prefer iSUPs to epoxy boards. If you are among those people, you are going to enjoy your paddling experience – no doubt.

Users say that it is stable and fantastic on water… The Atoll inflatable SUP is one of the best iSUPs that you can get.

There are very many inflatable board brands on the market today, and many more keep sprouting up every day. You may be wondering which board will serve you best or what iSUPs are most popular and why. In this article I review 15 of the most popular inflatable stand up paddleboards in detail to help you understand their pros and cons and decide which board to purchase.

Best Paddle Board Comparison Table

Best SUP Boards
Sizes
Weight
Capacity
My rating
My Choice - Best iSUP of 2018: 1. Atoll Inflatable SUP 11'
11' x 32" x 6"
19 lbs
300 lbs
(4.9 / 5)
2. iRocker Cruiser 10'6 iSUP
10'6 x 33" x 6"
24 lbs
350 lbs
(4.9 / 5)
3. iRocker All-Around Paddle Board 10'
10' x 32" x 6"
22 lbs
350 lbs
(4.8 / 5)
4. Peak 11' Expedition iSUP
11 x 32” x 6”
20 lbs
350 lbs
(4.8 / 5)
5. Thurso SURF 10'6 Inflatable Paddleboard
10'6 x 31" x 6"
24 lbs
280 lbs
(4.7 / 5)
6. Isle Airtech11' Explorer
11' x 32" x 6"
22 lbs
275 lbs
(4.7 / 5)
7. Isle Airtech 12' Explorer
12' x 32" x 6"
24 lbs
300 lbs
(4.7 / 5)
8. Xterra 10' iSUP Board
10' x 30" x 6"
29 lbs
250 lbs
(4.7 / 5)
9. Ten Toes Weekender 10'
10' x 30" x 6"
29 lbs
275 lbs
(4.6 / 5)
10. Tower Adventurer 2 iSUP 10'4
10'4 x 32" x 6"
26 lbs
400 lbs
(4.6 / 5)
11. Driftsun Inflatable SUP 10’
10' x 32" x 6"
23 lbs
300 lbs
(4.5 / 5)
12. Tower Adventurer 9'10 SUP
9'10 x 32" x 6"
24 lbs
350 lbs
(4.5 / 5)
13. Isle Airtech 10'6 Inflatable SUP
10'6 x 31" x 6"
21 lbs
240 lbs
(4.5 / 5)
14. PEAK Inflatable Paddle Board 10'6
10'6 x 31" x 6"
23 lbs
300 lbs
(4.3 / 5)
15. Atlantis Paddle Board 10'6
10'6 x 30" x 6"
35 lbs
398 lbs
(4.3 / 5)

Best Inflatable Paddle Board Reviews

Let’s take a closer look at these boards.

1. Atoll Inflatable SUP Review

Atoll Paddle Board Review

This Atoll board is a product of the famous Atoll Board Company. The Atoll inflatable SUP has been made with state of the art technology. It comes with all you need to paddle without making extra purchases. Compared to its competition, this board is -30% lighter and more rigid.

Atoll Board are caring enough to include all your paddling necessities in the package. It includes a Bravo dual action hand pump, nose and tail bungee tie downs, repair kit, leash, backpack, removable toolless fins and a lightweight adjustable 3-piece paddle. The bag is heavy-duty and large enough for all your gear.

Features and Specifications

  • Made with an advanced ultra light PVC construction
  • Comes as an all-inclusive package
  • Large and heavy duty backpack with mesh sides
  • Second layer of PVC both at the top and bottom for enhanced durability
  • Tri-fin design for easier and efficient tracking
  • Super light
  • Nylon blade paddle
  • Length x weight: 11’ x 32”
  • Height: 6”
  • Weight: 19 lbs
  • Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Rating: (4.9 / 5)

Pros & Cons

  • Durable
  • All inclusive package
  • Tri-fin design
  • Adjustable paddle
  • Two-year manufacturer's warranty
  • Some complaints about lack of attention to detail, especially along the seams.

Customer Feedback

This board is highly rated on Amazon. Users say that it is stable and fantastic on water. They love that it comes as an all-inclusive package as it saves them a lot of trouble. Paddlers with dogs have no problem paddling with their furry friends. The Atoll inflatable SUP is one of the best iSUPs that you can get.

Read my hands-on, in-depth review of the Atoll Paddle Board

2. iRocker Cruiser iSUP 10’6

irocker cruiser inflatable paddle board

The stylish all round iRocker SUP from iRocker is bound to make you love paddleboarding even more. Besides being well constructed and durable, this board looks amazing and you will attract many envious stares and attention.

With its extra wide tail and 6” thickness, this iSUP is very stable and can support a maximum of 350 lbs. It is also ideal for beginners.

Just like the Atoll, the iRocker also comes as an all-inclusive package. Inside you will find a 3-piece paddle, an iRocker pump, leash and a backpack. They did not include a repair kit— maybe because they trust their products.

The fiberglass paddle weighs half as much as an aluminum paddle to protect you from fatigue. There is no way you will chip its blade (even if you try) since the edges are made of strong rubber material. With the optional kayak blade, you can always convert it to a kayak paddle when you need to.

Features and Specifications

  • Super rigid and stable
  • Tracks fast because of shape
  • Comes as an all-inclusive package
  • Adjustable paddle is made of floating fiberglass and rubber edges
  • Large backpack with padded and adjustable shoulder and waist straps
  • Two-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Length x width: 10’6” x 33”
  • Height: 6”
  • Weight: 24 lbs
  • Capacity: 350 lbs
  • Rating: (4.9 / 5)

Pros & Cons

  • All inclusive package
  • High quality and sturdy
  • Easily adjustable paddle
  • It is wider than most boards and this limits speed a little.

Customer Feedback

The general feedback for the iRocker Inflatable Cruiser is positive. Most users say that their package arrived promptly and well packaged so iRocker’s customer service is great. The board is stable on water. More lovable features include the durability of the material, its lightweight and safety line for windy/rough days.

3. iRocker All-Round Paddle Board 10’ Review

This is another quality product from iRocker with even better qualities. The iRocker inflatable has been made with so much skill and expertise, making it one of the best iSUPs in the market. It has a triple layer of state of the art PVC. It is tough and will serve you for a very long time. Its maneuverability, stability and speed will have it performing amazingly regardless of the water conditions and your skill levels.

iRocker put everything in the box so you do not have to spend more money buying paddling necessities. They offer a fiberglass adjustable paddle (adjustable 67-79”), a high-pressure dual action pump, a slide in center fin and a backpack.

The provided dual action pump does a fantastic job and makes it very easy to inflate your paddleboard. Pumping with the dual action then the single action when the PSI increases will ensure you are not too burnt out to paddle after manually inflating your iSUP.

Features and Specifications

  • Highly durable and rigid
  • Comes as a complete iSUP package
  • Dual-action pump
  • Ideal for all skill levels
  • Large bungee cargo area
  • Length x width: 10’ x 32”
  • Height: 6”
  • Weight: 22 lbs
  • Capacity: 350 lbs
  • Rating: (4.8 / 5)

Pros & Cons

  • Ideal for all skill levels
  • Complete package
  • Rigid and durable
  • Highly portable
  • Not ideal for speed

Customer Feedback

Riders love the iRocker All-Round paddle board. It has proven to be as stable as advertised, even for SUP Yoga. It is also highly portable and light; paddlers really commend it for this.

4. Isle Peak 11’ Expedition Inflatable Paddleboard

Isle Peak 11' Expedition Inflatable Paddle Board Review

The Expedition iSUP is more suited for long SUP tours. It is meant to offer convenience that makes trips easier. First, Isle Surf & SUP have used their awesome Fusion Lite construction to give you a very light board that you can carry wherever you want.

Regardless of where you want to go on your expedition, no condition will damage this board. You can take it to the stream, river, lake or ocean and not worry about obstacles leaving dents and dings. The deck features a diamond traction pad to not only keep your feet comfortable, but also prevent you from slipping on the wet board. The pad is pet friendly and you can have some fun time with your furry friend. There are two storage bungee systems, both at the nose and tail for all your storage needs.

The Isle Expedition is available in two colors; aqua and moss. The paddling package comes with all you need. In the box you will find a backpack, paddle, high pressure pump, detachable center fin, coil leash and a waterproof case for your phone. Everything is color-matched with the board.

Features and Specifications

  • All-around design
  • Comes with bag, paddle, leash and manual pump
  • Made with military grade PVC material
  • Suitable for all conditions and skill levels
  • Has a bungee system for gear storage
  • Stylish diamond traction pad for comfort
  • 3-piece paddle is adjustable and made of aluminum
  • Inflates to 15 PSI
  • Large removable fin
  • Comes in three colors: white, aqua and blue
  • Measures: 11 x 32” x 6”
  • Maximum rider weight: 350 lbs
  • Weighs 20lbs
  • My rating: (4.8 / 5)

Pros & Cons

  • All-inclusive package
  • Two colors to choose from
  • Three fins help in tracking
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Paddle is a little heavy
  • Not great for racing

Customer Feedback

Both the board and paddle are light and if you are the kind of paddler that moves around a lot you will love this package. It is easy to inflate the Expedition to maximum PSI using the provided pump. The storage system is enough for all paddling essentials – something that SUP touring enthusiasts appreciate. All users seem to agree that everything about this iSUP is awesome.

5. Thurso SURF Inflatable Paddleboard

thurso waterwalker inflatable sup board review

The Thurso SURF Waterwalker from Thurso SURF is an all-round paddleboard that is suitable for all kinds of paddlers and all water conditions. The top layer features military-grade PVC and underneath is a Dropstitch internal fabric. The outcome is a ding-proof board that can handle whatever you throw at it.

Thurso SURF is kind enough to include everything you need in the package. The package has an iSUP, traction pads, carbon shaft paddle, a leash, easy-carry handle, 3 fins, deck bungees, a wrapping strap, a deck bag, a storage bag and a pump. This is an amazing deal. The included carbon paddle floats in water and is way lighter than an aluminum paddle. You can now paddle longer distances without fatigue

Besides being lightweight, it has a unique wood stripe that enhances the board’s appearance and it will stand out among your friends’ boards. Take a look at what it has to offer.

Features and Specifications

  • Has a two-layer construction
  • Comes as an all-inclusive package
  • Gorgeous board
  • Lightweight and easy to store
  • Carbon paddle floats on water
  • Length x width: 10’6 x 31”
  • Height: 6”
  • Weight: 24 lbs
  • Capacity: 280 lbs
  • Rating: (4.7 / 5)

Pros & Cons

  • Package includes everything
  • Convenient
  • Durable
  • Attractive
  • High-quality
  • A bit slow in the water

Customer Feedback

The Thurso Inflatable has a general positive feedback from the users. They seem to love everything about it. The pump works just fine and it is stable. The cooler bag that comes with the board has also been mentioned in the positive reviews.

6 & 7. Isle Airtech Explorer Inflatable Paddleboard

As the name suggests, the Explorer is a board for the adventurous SUPer. You can get it in two versions; the 11′ long one and the 12′ long one. The longer board is better if you want more deck space and will be faster than the shorter version. However, it also means that it is harder to control. Both boards are 6” thick so bending in the middle and being submerged in water are two things you will never have to worry about. At 32” wide, there is enough space for you to move around and bring a buddy along.

The Isle Airtech Explorer package is all-inclusive and includes a high pressure pump, paddle, fin, leash, carry backpack and a manual. The paddle is made of carbon, something that most iSUP bundles do not offer. Carbon paddles are very light and great for long SUP tours. They are also great for kids who cannot handle heavy paddles. Other features include two carry handles and two bungee systems on the deck for all your belongings.

Features and Specifications

  • Available in two versions: 11′ long and 12′ long
  • Comes in two colors: blue/gray and yellow/gray
  • Package includes bag, paddle, leash, manual, fin, and pump
  • 3-piece paddle is made of carbon
  • Only takes 5 minutes to inflate and deflate
  • Two bungee systems for storage
  • Made with military grade PVC
  • Features a total of 15-D rings
  • 30% lighter than other boards
  • Two carry-handles; at the tail and nose
  • Measures: 11′ x 32” x 6”/12′ x 32” x 6”
  • Weighs 22 lbs
  • Maximum rider weight: 275 lbs
  • My rating: (4.7 / 5)

Pros & Cons

  • Package is all-inclusive
  • Ultra light carbon paddle
  • Sufficient storage
  • Great family iSUP
  • Easy to inflate
  • Durable
  • A little slow because of shape

Customer Feedback

For a board its size, the Isle Explorer is very easy to inflate. According to most reviews it takes about 5 minutes with a manual pump. The iSUP is stiff and no one mentions cases of it sinking in the middle. The accessories are not cheaply made. In general, users agree that the Explorer paddle board is worth its price.

8. Xterra 10’ iSUP Board Review

Xterra pride themselves in designing boards that suit their customers’ needs. The Xterra 10′ premium paddle board is made with an eye for detail. It is made from military Dropstitch material and you are guaranteed of enjoying your inflatable for a very long time.

It offers stability and sturdiness, comparable to that of an epoxy board. According to Xterra, the Xterra iSUP can stand anything; from falling off a car roof to being run over a vehicle. It is 6” thick and offers you enough stability to learn and do SUP Yoga on. It can support up to 250 lbs. Also, the iSUP can accommodate 2-3 people on board.

Xterra includes all paddling necessities in the box, among them, a board, repair kit, backpack, removable center fin, adjustable paddle, a double action pump, D-rings, a 10′ coiled leash and a GoPro mount.

Features and Specifications

  • Complete package
  • Highly durable
  • Very stable
  • Portable and easy to store
  • Ideal for different water conditions and SUP variations – cruise, surf, play and do Yoga on rivers, lakes and oceans comfortably
  • Length x width: 10′ x 30”
  • Height: 6”
  • Weight: 29 lbs
  • Capacity: 250 lbs
  • Rating: (4.7 / 5)

Pros & Cons

  • Complete package
  • Stable
  • Durable
  • Easy transport and storage
  • The included pump is not that great

Customer Feedback

The Xterra 10′ iSUP has attracted a lot of positive reviews. The users are finding it stable and of good quality. It inflates and deflates fast. They describe using it as fun to ride on.

There are a few negative reviews from customers who received defective boards.

9. Ten Toes Weekender 10' Inflatable SUP Review

Ten Toes inflatable boards have a reputation for being virtually indestructible. It is made of military grade PVC which makes it withstand tough situations without getting dents and dings. The Ten Toes weekender works just as well as a hard board; the only difference is that a Ten Toes inflatable offers more convenience and benefits.

The manufacturers want you to get to paddling without wasting time making extra purchases; that is why they include all necessities in the box. In the package you will find, an inflatable board, a lightweight aluminum paddle, three removable nylon fins, a high-pressure hand pump, a nylon strap, a repair kit and a handbook.

The Ten Toes Weekender is a board for all skill levels and all water conditions. It supports up to 275 lbs. It is totally approved for dogs too because of the soft deck pad – no need to leave Fido behind next time.

Features and Specifications

  • Rigid and durable.
  • Comes as a complete package
  • Easy to store and transport
  • Deck pad is soft EVA textured
  • For all skill levels, water conditions and dogs too
  • Length x width: 10′ x 30”
  • Height: 6”
  • Weight: 29 lbs
  • Capacity: 275 lbs
  • Rating: (4.6 / 5)

Pros & Cons

  • Soft deck pad - dog approved
  • Easy storage and transport
  • High quality
  • Adjustable paddle
  • Backpack not included

Customer Feedback

Users have given this board a lot of positive reviews. According to some riders, when the Ten Toes Weekender is fully inflated you can mistake it for an epoxy board. It is sturdy and stable.

A few people complain about how difficult it is to inflate this board, but an electric SUP pump would solve that.

10. Tower Adventurer 2 iSUP

tower inflatable sup adventurer2

The Tower Adventurer does not compromise stability just because it is inflatable. It is 6 inches thick and can hold medium-sized to larger riders without bending. This increased thickness makes it a great choice for beginners and SUP Yoga enthusiasts. If you want to teach your kids paddleboarding or you are just starting out, the Tower Adventurer is a good option. Its maintenance is simple – even for someone who knows little about SUP boards.

Almost all modern inflatable paddleboards are built of military-grade PVC material with Dropstitch construction and this one is no different. With this board, dings and dents will be the least of your worries.

Tower Adventurer offer a great package deal. In addition to the board, they include a pump, fin and a three-piece fiberglass paddle in the box.

Features and Specifications

  • Great package deal
  • Easy to transport and store
  • High-quality and super durable.
  • Easy to learn on
  • Ideal for kids and beginners
  • Length x width: 10’4” x 32”
  • Height: 6”
  • Weight: 26 lbs
  • Capacity: 350 lbs
  • Rating: (4.6 / 5)

Pros & Cons

  • Great capacity
  • Super stable
  • Durable
  • Adjustable paddleboard
  • Does not include backpack or leash in package

Customer Feedback

Generally, users love the Tower Adventurer 2 iSUP. The rigidity is as advertised; it is just like a hard board. Paddlers also say that it is indeed well made and its maneuverability is something to write home about.

The few existing negative reviews are from users who received faulty boards.

11. Driftsun Explorer Inflatable Paddle Board

The Driftsun iSup is a very affordable paddle board for the amazing quality it provides. The Driftsun 10′ x 32” x 6” iSup comes with everything you need in its package.

The board is in the shape of a traditional longboard style and has a sky blue surface with a triple white stripe down the center stringer. The Driftsun logo is located on the rear as well as on the front center. A grey single traction pad is attached to the surface and includes three fins for maximizing stability and control.

The Driftsun Paddle Board quickly inflates and deflates full under five minutes and weighs only 23 Ibs. Its rigid construction and superior military grade drop-stitch interior can hold weight up to 300 Ibs. It has been said that when fully inflated, it resembles the texture and performance of a fiberglass board.

A center handle is equipped for easy carry along with front nose and rear tail straps for assistant transporting.

Features:

  • Adjustable aluminum paddle
  • Front bungee for storage
  • Nose and tail carrying handles
  • Backpack carrier
  • Hand pump with PSI gauge
  • Repair kit
  • Detachable fins
  • Great beginner board, superior thickness, extremely light weight, multiple grab handles.
  • One size and one style.

Pros & Cons

  • All inclusive package
  • Tri-fin design
  • Adjustable paddle
  • Some consider the bag too tall

12. Tower Adventurer 9’10 SUP

tower adventurer paddle board review

The 6 inch Tower 9’10 SUP offers maximum stability to paddlers of all skill levels. It is a high-quality board that is made by experts to suit a SUPer’s specific needs. Buying it gets you a great package deal. Inside the box, you will find a board, a three-piece adjustable paddleboard and a pump.

With Dropstitch construction and military-grade PVC material, your board will not be getting dings and dents even when subjected to tough conditions. You will be free to enjoy your SUP sessions for a long time without worrying about a replacement.

For paddlers that love to travel or hike with their boards, you will be happy to learn that this board is lightweight and folds compactly when deflated. You also do not need to have a large storage space as this board will fit anywhere.

Features and Specifications

  • Highly durable
  • Extremely rigid
  • Easy to store and transport
  • Great package deal
  • Two-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Length x width: 9’10” x 32”
  • Height: 6”
  • Weight: 24 lbs
  • Capacity: 350 lbs
  • Rating: (4.5 / 5)

Pros & Cons

  • Stable
  • High quality
  • Durable
  • Few items come in the package, compared to other iSUP brands

Customer Feedback

Users are saying nice things about this board. Some of them have used it for over three years and counting. The Tower iSUP is sturdy, stable and high quality – just as advertised.

13. Isle Airtech Inflatable SUP Board 10’6

Most of the 2018 Isle Surf & SUP inflatable models have been made using the Fusion Lite Construction. This construction makes super light iSUPs while maintaining top-notch quality. The Isle Airtech for example is 30% lighter than competing models. Like many other inflatable boards, this one is not meant for a specific purpose so you can use it for whatever you feel like – as long as it is on water. All family members, regardless of skill level or size will find this iSUP comfortable.

As pointed out above, the quality of this board is impeccable. You can easily find videos of people throwing it off a roof and running it over with a car on the internet and it does not even sustain a scratch. The Isle Airtech Inflatable comes with a backpack, pump, paddle, leash, fins and a repair kit. This is the complete paddling package. The paddle is adjustable and can be used by paddlers of different heights. It breaks down into three pieces to fit in the bag for transport. The tri-fin system helps with tracking and the bungee system on the deck is very convenient when you need to carry a few things into the water.

Features and Specifications

  • Made of military grade PVC material
  • Created with Fusion Lite construction
  • Comes in two colors: aqua and blue/gray
  • All around design for all SUP variations
  • Super durable and sturdy
  • 30% lighter than other boards
  • Comes with carry bag, paddle, fins, leash, pump, and repair kit
  • 3-piece paddle is adjustable and made of aluminum
  • Pump inflates to 15 PSI
  • Bungee storage system on deck
  • Tri-fin system
  • Measures: 10’6” x 31” x 6”
  • Maximum rider weight: 240 lbs
  • Board weighs 21 lbs
  • My rating: (4.5 / 5)

Pros & Cons

  • Paddling package is all-inclusive
  • Tri-fin system helps with tracking
  • Extremely durable
  • Lighter than other boards
  • Deck storage system for cargo
  • Easy return in 60 days
  • Aluminum paddle is not very light
  • Not great for speed

Customer Feedback

Paddlers cannot appreciate the all-inclusive package enough. It saves a lot of time and money because they do not have to make any extra purchases. The iSUP is easy to inflate to 15 PSI which is the maximum PSI. Although a SUP electric pump does make the process effortless, the pump included does a great job and you should be done in five minutes or so.

14. Peak Inflatable Paddle Board Review

Isle Peak Inflatable Paddle Board Review

The Peak Inflatable SUP is a product of ISLE Surf and SUP. They are passionate about water sports and are well-known for making quality boards. Like most other inflatable paddleboards, the Peak board has been built with military-grade PVC material. The material is very strong and ensures durability.

It comes as a complete package. ISLE Surf and SUP include the following in the box; a board, a high-pressure pump, paddle, coil leash and a carry backpack. There is a six-point mounted bungee system for you to store your gear. There is also a nose handle that makes carrying your board easier.

Features and Specifications

  • Strong and durable
  • Complete package
  • All-round and suits riders of all skill levels
  • Bungee system for securing gear
  • Length x width: 10’6” x 31”
  • Height: 6”
  • Weight: 23 lbs
  • Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Rating: (4.3 / 5)

Pros & Cons

  • Complete package
  • Durable
  • Stable
  • Ideal for all skill levels
  • Portable
  • Some complaints about the strength of the seams.

Customer Feedback

According to the users, the Peak inflatable is worth spending your money on. It is stable and high-quality. They also commended ISLE Surf and SUP for including a bag and other accessories in the bag.

A few users are complaining about the seams.

15. Atlantis Paddle Board

The Atlantis inflatable paddle board is a great quality iSUP. The board has been made with the paddler’s needs in mind for the best SUPing experience.

The military grade material that built this board ensures that it neither cracks nor chips. Whether it is white water rapids or rocky shores, the Atlantis will withstand whatever you throw at it. The UV resistant PVC will get your board through harsh summer conditions.

This board comes as a complete package. It comes with a dual action pump with PSI gauge, an adjustable paddleboard and a lightweight backpack

Features and Specifications

  • Enhanced durability
  • Complete paddling kit
  • Unique 3-fin design for enhanced stability
  • Large anti-slip deck
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Length x width: 10’6” x 30”
  • Height: 6”
  • Weight: 35 lbs
  • Capacity: 398 lbs
  • Rating: (4.3 / 5)

Pros & Cons

  • All-inclusive package
  • Durable
  • Great deck size
  • The inflator valve is at the front

Customer Feedback

Standup paddlers that have used this board seem to love it. One of the most commended features in the positive reviews is the large deck. The users also say the board is amazingly stable and durable.

Conclusion

All the above iSUPs are great. As you have seen from their features, they can all give you a great paddling experience. However, they differ in small ways; for instance, some boards come with more accessories in the package than others. The dimensions also differ, giving you different SUP experiences. Hopefully, this article has helped you make a wise choice and so that you can get yourself a board that you will love.

Should You Buy An Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board?

When inflatable paddle boards first entered the market there were concerns about their durability and rigidity. For some people the concept of inflatables made them think of rubber ducks and children’s floaties. Since then inflatable paddle boards have shown the error of these misconceptions, and have deserved a reputation as a great compact, lightweight, durable and often cheaper alternative to rigid paddle boards.

Let’s have a look at some of the advantages of inflatable paddle boards:

Inflatable paddle boards are compact

inflatable paddle boards are compactThis is probably the main reason why inflatable SUP board were ever made. Unless you live right by the water or own a large vehicle, transporting a rigid paddle board is often a pain.

Not so with inflatable paddle boards. When rolled up they are often no larger than a sleeping bag. So bringing one along while traveling is easy enough. And storage isn’t an issue either. Any shelf space will do.

Inflating and deflating these paddle boards does take some time and effort, but is usually seen as part of the work out experience. And an electrical pump can make this process easier as well.

Inflatable paddle boards are lightweight

Have you ever tried to carry a solid paddle board? Well, no such problems with the best inflatable paddle boards. They are generally much lighter. Often weighing less than 30 lbs. For instance, the Atoll paddle board above only weighs about 19 lbs.

So you can take an inflatable paddle board with you on a plane ride without worrying about extra airline fees. And carrying one from your vehicle to the water and back is no backbreaker any more.

Inflatable paddle boards are rigid

inflatable paddle boards rigidThis is the most often asked question people have about inflatable SUP boards: “Can they carry my weight?” With the right size paddle board, of course they can!

Some of the cheaper or thinner paddle boards may bend or sag in the middle, or may even sink beneath you. But the better quality inflatable paddle boards are usually just as rigid as their solid cousins. And since they are filled with air, inflatable paddle boards usually also have a lot of buoyance and a larger weight carrying capacity than a similar shape rigid paddle board.

Inflatable paddle boards are durable

inflatable paddle boards durableThis is another question people often have of inflatable paddle boards: “Are they durable? Won’t they spring a leak when I bump them into a rock?” The fact is that most inflatable paddle boards are made from heavy-duty, military grade materials and can take a lot of abuse. Epoxy foam is very strong. And double layers of PVS stitched together with drop stitch construction make them withstand almost all bumps and scratches.

In fact, because of their inflatable nature iSUPs are often a bit more forgiving then their traditional fiberglass cousins. When you ding a rigid paddle board, the fiberglass is not as flexible, so a solid board is more likely to crack and chip. However, the more flexible materials of an inflatable stand up paddle board can take the impact much better, making them often the better choice in rocky conditions.