What’s the Best SUP Board for Big Guys in 2020?

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You want to create awesome paddleboarding memories with friends. Or maybe you’d like to go out to the water for some much-needed peace and quiet. The idea of cruising, racing, yoga or fishing on a SUP board sounds wonderful.

To make that idea a reality, you need a paddleboard. The problem is that many boards have low weight limits. If you get on them they sink—and sometimes this is even before you add any luggage. The good news is that there are manufacturers who consider big paddlers.

In this article, I review 7 of the best stand up paddle boards for big buys. Not only do they have a higher weight capacity, but they also have other awesome features that guarantee a great SUP experience.

Stand Up Paddle Boards For 300 lbs+ Compared

Heavy Duty SUP Boards
Sizes
Weight
Capacity
1. Atoll Paddle Board
11′ x 32″ x 6″
21 lbs
700 lbs
2. iRocker All-Around 11′
11′ x 32″ x 6″
24 lbs
435 lbs
3. Tower Xplorer 14’
14′ x 32″ x 8″
42 lbs
800 lbs
4. iRocker Cruiser
10’6 x 33″ x 6″
26 lbs
400 lbs
5. Tower Adventurer 2
10’4” x 32” x 6″
26 lbs
400 lbs
6. Peak 11’ Expedition
11′ x 32″ x 6″
20 lbs
350 lbs
7. Bluefin 12 Carbon Cruise
12′ x 32.5″ x 6″
38 lbs
309 lbs

SUP Boards For Big Guys Reviewed

Read on for my reviews:

1. Atoll SUP Board

atoll best inflatable sup board

The Atoll 11’ is suitable for paddlers that love a classy look. It looks gorgeous and its performance in the water is just as amazing.

Build Quality

Many things make the Atoll 11’ notable, and one of them is its construction. It is made using military-grade PVC, like many other iSUPs. However, it is uniquely designed to be 40% lighter than the average inflatable boards. This makes it durable and lightweight.

Stability

The Atoll 11’ inflates to 15 PSI. Some people refer to it as the “Hard Board Mimicker” because of its rigidity. When inflated to capacity, the iSUP can support individual riders up to 400 pounds without flexing. The Atoll has been successfully water tested with multiple riders with a combined weight over 700 lbs.

The board is 32 inches wide, giving you a stable platform for what you may want to try.

Performance

This paddleboard has a tri-fin system that offers efficient and faster tracking. Its shape and size are just perfect, as far as maneuverability is concerned. You can even let your kid paddle as you teach them.

iSUPs are not usually fast. But the Atoll moves well—you will be impressed. It may not be better than a solid board in this area but it is great.

Design

The Atoll 11’ comes in three colors; army green, light blue and desert sand. Good luck trying to choose because they all look awesome.

There is a bungee cord at the front, attached to six D-rings for your stuff. Extra D-rings are placed on the deck for your leash and other uses.

Package

It comes with a carbon fiberglass paddle, backpack, center fin, dual-action pump and a leash. The paddle breaks down into three pieces and it floats.

The backpack has a zipper opening for your paddleboard to dry while in storage.

Features and Specifications

  • Military-grade PVC
  • Lightweight construction
  • Remarkably rigid
  • Tri-fin design
  • Three colors available
  • Bungee cord at the front
  • Extra D-rings
  • Fiberglass carbon paddle
  • Inflates to 15 PSI
  • Measures: 11’ x 32” x 6”
  • Weight capacity: 700 lbs
  • Weighs 21 lbs

Pros & Cons

  • All-inclusive package
  • Floating paddle
  • Super durable
  • Great stability
  • Inflating is hard

Customer Feedback

Many users had a problem with the supplied paddle but Atoll Boards Company upgraded it. Now the complaint is about the iSUP being a little difficult to inflate. Other than that, paddlers love their Atoll 11’. It is stable, tracks well and features impeccable construction.

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2. iRocker All-Around 11’ Heavy Duty SUP

irocker all around 11 inflatable sup board

The iRocker all-around iSUP is designed for big riders or multiple paddlers. If you have never used an inflatable board before, remove all doubt.

Build Quality

This SUP board is made using quad-layer military-grade PVC. This construction is the highest quality you can find. Unlike many double- and single-layer paddleboards, the iRocker is super stiff and does not flex. The heavy-duty material used makes it great for all kinds of conditions.

Stability

Tall paddlers (and beginners) need a board they can trust when it comes to balance. The wider the board, the more stable it is. This iRocker iSUP has a width of 32 inches. It will be easy for you to find a balanced spot.

Performance

Although the iRocker is wide enough for stability, it is not too wide that it hinders speed. It has a sporty shape and tri-fin system—both of which facilitate fast tracking. The weight of a board also contributes to its speed, and the iRocker is light. Prepare to be amazed by its performance.

Design

This iSUP is available in five colors; blue, seafoam green, white, aqua and white/blue (stripe). It has a bungee storage section at the front, attached to 6 D-rings. There are more D-rings on the deck and a center carry handle.

For comfort and anti-slip function, there is a crocodile texture pad on the deck.

Package

The iRocker comes with a triple action pump, bag, paddle and leash. The quality paddle is made of fiberglass and can be broken down into three pieces. The pump only weighs 4 pounds, is 100% faster and makes pumping 50% easier.

Features and Specifications

  • Quad-layer, military-grade PVC
  • Sporty shape
  • Three-fin setup
  • Comes in five colors
  • Front bungee storage section
  • Extra D-rings on deck
  • Crocodile-textured pad
  • Center carry handle
  • All-inclusive package
  • Bag has waist support and padded straps
  • Removable fins
  • Inflates to 15 PSI
  • Measures: 11’ x 32” x 6”
  • Weight capacity:435 lbs
  • Weighs 24 lbs

Pros & Cons

  • All-inclusive package
  • Lightweight adjustable paddle
  • Stable and reliable
  • No front/back carry handles

Customer Feedback

Everyone agrees that the iRocker all-around paddleboard is high-quality. Some users say that inflating is hard, while others have no complaints. The board is stable and stiff. Paddlers expect it to last. It works well for big guys—just make sure you inflate it to at least 15 PSI.

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3. Tower Xplorer 14’ Inflatable SUP

tower xplorer inflatable touring sup board

Not many paddleboards can compare to the Tower Xplorer. It was designed to bear all kinds of SUP-related abuse. Check out the details.

Build Quality

This is one of the most rigid and durable boards you will come across. It is made using advanced Dropstitch technology and military-grade material.

To prove its quality, the manufacturer has run an Xplorer iSUP over with a car and thrown it off a building. After all that, no tear could be spotted.

Stability

This inflatable is 8 inches thick so it cannot submerge. At 32 inches wide, and given its rigidity, the stability offered is out of this world. It will hold you and all your luggage.

Performance

The Tower Xplorer is 14 feet long and has a pointed nose. These two features facilitate speed. It is a great board for people who love touring and racing. It also has a large center fin which helps with tracking.

Since this iSUP has a large platform, it is not limited to touring and racing only. You can use it for yoga, fishing and as a family board.

Design

It features a single fin—easily detachable—and a center handle for easy carrying.

The board has a four-inch nose rocker. Two D-rings are attached; one at the front and another at the back for your leash. It does not include a bungee cord for securing essentials.

Package

Unlike many inflatable paddleboards, the Tower Xplorer does not come with much. You get a three-piece paddle, fin and a high-pressure pump.

Features and Specifications

  • Advanced Dropstitch technology
  • Military-grade materials
  • Extremely rigid
  • Streamlined shape
  • Single-fin setup
  • Features a center carry handle
  • Four-inch nose rocker
  • Two D-rings at the front and rear
  • Comes with a paddle, fin and pump
  • Inflates to 11 PSI
  • Measures: 14’ x 32” x 8”
  • Weight capacity: 800 lbs
  • Weighs 33 lbs

Pros & Cons

  • Great weight capacity
  • Fast
  • Durable
  • Stable and rigid
  • No bag or leash in package
  • Lacks bungee storage area

Customer Feedback

As you can guess, many bought the Xplorer because of its weight limit. Just as advertised, it can carry a ton of things. One user says that they got on it with his wife and two kids. On the water, it is stable and fast. Some people are complaining about the accessories being cheap.

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4. iRocker Cruiser

irocker cruiser inflatable paddle board

You can never go wrong with an iRocker paddleboard. The company is committed to making sure that everybody enjoys their paddleboarding time.

Build Quality

Like the other iRocker board discussed above, this one is made using military-grade materials and quad-layer construction. You never have to worry about it getting dinged or dented. The Cruiser can handle rocks and any other sharp objects in the water.

Stability

At 33 inches wide, stability won’t be much of a problem, even for beginners and taller paddlers. The board is 6 inches thick. This and the construction quality ensure that it does not bend in the middle.

Once inflated fully to 15 PSI, the Cruiser is impeccably rigid. You will feel confident using it in all water conditions.

Performance

This paddleboard is not really made for speed. However, its tracking is amazing— thanks to the large center fin. The responsiveness is commendable as well.

Another impressive thing about the performance of the Cruiser is how it glides. It’s pretty smooth.

Design

In 2019, the iRocker iSUP was updated to include a crocodile-textured deck pad. It also comes with an Action Mount now for your valuables.

There is a bungee storage section at the front and two carry handles; one at the center and the other at the rear.

This iSUP is available in five colors; aqua, black, blue, green and orange.

Package

The Cruiser iSUP package includes a premium backpack, paddle, three fins, pump and a leash. The paddle is made of fiberglass and is adjustable. For maximum comfort, the bag has outer clinching straps and an inner stabilizing board strap.

Features and Specifications

  • Military-grade materials
  • Quad-layer construction
  • Wide tail
  • Tri-fin setup
  • Crocodile-textured deck pad
  • Action Mount for valuables
  • Front bungee storage
  • Two carry handles; center and rear
  • Five colors available
  • All-inclusive package
  • Inflates to 15 PSI
  • Measures: 10’6 x 33” x 6”
  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs
  • Weighs 25 lbs

Pros & Cons

  • All-inclusive package
  • Premium carry bag
  • Long-lasting
  • Stiff and stable
  • A little slow

Customer Feedback

Paddlers are pleased with their choice. They say that the Cruiser is easy to inflate and deflate. It performs very well and they love the stability. The included accessories are of great quality— not something you hear often. While it is slow, most users don’t seem to mind.

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5. Tower Adventurer 2 iSUP

tower inflatable sup adventurer2

With Tower paddleboards, you are assured of two things: durability and rigidity. The Adventurer is no different. It offers that and much more.

Build Quality

The Adventurer 2 is made with Dropstitch technology. The top and the bottom are connected using thousands of fibers. This is why the manufacturers have no problem running over their boards or subjecting them to all kinds of hard conditions.

Stability

The rigidity of a Tower Adventurer board matches that of a solid paddleboard. Expect no flex at all. The wide platform (32 inches) makes it easy for anyone to stay balanced. Six-inch thick iSUPs are also known to be buoyant. If you are heavier, make sure you inflate your Adventurer to the recommended PSI.

Performance

This paddleboard comes with a large center fin which makes it fast and easy to steer. The pointed nose contributes to speed as well.

You can use the Adventurer for most SUP activities and in any conditions, thanks to its stability and maneuverability.

Design

A bungee cord is attached to the front for securing essentials. If you are a pet owner or yoga enthusiast you will appreciate the large, soft deck pad.

There are three carry handles; at the front, center and back. The paddleboard comes in three colors; gray, blue and turquoise.

Package

The Tower Adventurer 2 package includes a high-pressure pump, paddle, handhold strap, roll-up carrying strap and a center fin. The paddle is made of fiberglass and is adjustable.

Features and Specifications

  • Advanced Dropstitch technology
  • Military-grade materials
  • Outstanding rigidity
  • Large center fin
  • Bungee storage at the front
  • Diamond grooved deck pad
  • Three carry handles
  • Available in three colors
  • Adjustable fiberglass paddle
  • Measures: 10’4 x 32” x 6”
  • Weight capacity: 350 lbs
  • Weighs 25 lbs

Pros & Cons

  • High quality
  • Maneuverable
  • Beautiful design
  • Great stability
  • Does not come with bag

Customer Feedback

Inflating the Adventurer 2 is tiresome if you are using a hand pump. That is something that almost all users seem to agree on. They advise you to buy an electric pump. Other than that, the Tower Adventurer works well in the water and has great speed. Paddlers are confident about the quality. There are complaints about the paddle being cheap—but it does the job.

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6. Peak 11’ Expedition

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The Peak Expedition would suit the stylish paddler that loves SUP touring. It has speed, stability and a cool design.

Build Quality

The manufacturer says that they built this paddleboard using military-grade PVC of the highest quality and Dropstitch material. Not only is it stiffer than most iSUPs, but it is also lighter. The outer shell cannot be punctured so the board can’t be damaged.

Stability

The Expedition offers an 11’ x 32” stable platform. Stability is a huge part of standup paddleboarding. No paddler wants to be on a wobbly iSUP—beginner or experienced.

That is something you won’t have to worry about with the Peak Expedition. Its rigidity will blow your mind.

Performance

This iSUP cuts through the water with so much ease. It has a large center fin and a shape that facilitates fast tracking.

Even with two people on board, the Expedition will still glide smoothly and stay above the water.

Design

The paddleboard is available in two colors; aqua and moss. It comes with matching color accessories.

There are bungee storage areas at the front and back. It also has three carry handles; at the front, center and back.

It features a tri-fin setup and the center fin is detachable.

Package

The matching color accessories in the package include a paddle, bag, leash, fin, pump and waterproof phone case. The paddle is made of aluminum and is adjustable.

Features and Specifications

  • Highest quality military-grade PVC
  • 35% lighter construction
  • Hybrid nose
  • Tri-fin system
  • Detachable center fin
  • Comes in two colors
  • Bungee storage areas
  • Three carry handles
  • Color matching accessories
  • Measures: 11’ x 32” x 6”
  • Weight capacity: 275 lbs
  • Weighs 19.5 lbs

Pros & Cons

  • All-inclusive package
  • Gorgeous colors and design
  • Durable
  • Difficult to inflate

Customer Feedback

Paddlers who bought the Expedition do not regret one bit. Even though inflating it with a hand pump is a real workout, they love how rigid and stable it is in the water. A user bought it for his son and he says that stability is amazing. Some customers are saying that the paddle is substandard.

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7. Bluefin 12 Carbon Cruise

bluefin carbon cruise 12

For those long SUP tours, you will need a fast, quality paddleboard that keeps you comfortable the entire time.

Build Quality

It is made using 1000 denier laminate technology PVC and high-tensile Dropstitch. The construction is revolutionary. Don’t be afraid to venture into rough waters. The Bluefin 12’ Carbon Cruise can take anything. Punctures will be a thing of the past.

Stability

The inflatable paddleboard has a special flex reduction system. It ensures that the iSUP is extremely stiff when inflated.

It is 32 inches wide and 12 feet long. The dimensions and the wide tail provide you with a stable platform.

Performance

The Carbon Cruise is long and narrow. This is the typical shape for fast paddleboards. It features a three-fin setup. The fins help with tracking and general movement in the water.

This does not mean that you can’t use it for other things. Its stability and size are ideal for yoga, fishing and leisure SUP as well.

Design

There is an independent inflation loop inside the main chamber that makes the Carbon Cruise more rigid and indestructible.

It has several carry handles and a gradual rocker. There are two bungee storage areas and more than enough D-rings. It also has an integrated GoPro mount and double side rails.

Package

The Carbon Cruise comes with many amazing things in the box. You will get a travel backpack, repair kit, manual, waterproof phone case, paddle conversion end, adjustable paddle, smart lock fin, leash and dual-action pump. The two-piece paddle has a fiberglass shaft.

Features and Specifications

  • 1000 denier laminate technology PVC
  • High-tensile Dropstitch
  • Special flex reduction system
  • Three-fin setup
  • Independent inflation loop
  • Several carry handles
  • Gradual rocker
  • Two storage areas
  • Sufficient D-rings
  • Integrated GoPro mount
  • Double side rails
  • Kayak conversion kit
  • Inflates to 28 PSI
  • Measures: 12’ x 32” x 6”
  • Weight capacity: 309 lbs
  • Weighs about 33 lbs

Pros & Cons

  • All-inclusive package
  • Kayak conversion kit
  • Advanced construction
  • Super rigid
  • 5-year warranty
  • Inflating is a lot of work

Customer Feedback

Despite the Carbon Cruise being 12 feet long, paddlers have an easy time controlling it. Some are saying it is hard to inflate it using the hand pump. This is the case for most iSUPs. The paddleboard is stable and rugged. One user says that he has had three adults on his Bluefin Carbon Cruise.

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Conclusion

Hopefully, your search for a paddle board for big guys has come to an end. The iSUPs above will support you and all your gear. Their weight limits range from 300 pounds to 800 pounds. With most of them, you can bring your dog, kid or even another adult. Now you can have carefree fun like every other paddler.

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