BEST RATED INFLATABLE PADDLE BOARDS

BEST RATED INFLATABLE PADDLE BOARDS

PRODUCT  PRICE RANGE USE DIMENSIONS WEIGHT CAPACITY  COMES WITH REVIEW  SHOP
Roc Explorer 10′

 Best Rated Cheap Inflatable SUP
 Low  All-around  10’ x 33” x 6”  17.8 lbs 350 lbs  – Adjustable Paddle
– Backpack
– 1-Chamber 2-Action Pump
– Fin
– Leash
– Dry Bag
No repair kit
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Gili Air 10’6

Best Rated Affordable Inflatable Board
 Medium  All-around  10’6 x 31″ x 6″  19 lbs  280 lbs – Backpack
– Paddle
– Hand pump
– Ankle leash
– 3 fins
– Repair kit
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Thurso Waterwalker 132

 Best Rated Beginners iSUP
 Medium  All-around  11’ x 32″ x 6″ 26 lbs   210 lbs – Carbon shaft paddle
– 2-chamber 3-action pump
– Wheeled backpack
– 3 fins
– Leash
– Rapir kit
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Honu Byron 10’6

 Best Rated Lightest inflatable SUP
High  All-around   10’6 x 32″ x 4.72″  16.9 lbs  250 lbs – Wheeled backpack
– 2-action pump
– Fin
– Leash
– Repair kit
No paddle
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Sea Eagle FishSUP 126

 Best Rated Fishing iSUP
 High  SUP Fishing  12’6” x 40” x 6”  44 lbs
 350 lbs – Swivel seat
– SUP paddle
– Kayak paddle
– Backpack
– Storage box
– 2-action pump
– Repair kit
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BLACKFIN Model V

 Best Rated Fast Touring SUP
High  Touring  12’6 x 32” x 6”  30 lbs 485 lbs  – Carbon shaft paddle
– Roller backpack
– 2-chamber 3-action pump
– Leash
– 3 fins
– Repair kit
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BEST RATED PADDLE BOARDS REVIEWS

Roc Explorer 10′

Best Rated Cheap Inflatable Paddle Board

WHAT I LIKEWHAT I DON’T LIKE
– Easy to carry due to its lighter weight.

– Good performance for a beginner.

– Stable even for big paddlers.

– Large weight capacity compared to its weight.

– No need for additional purchases to start having fun.
– Slower a little bit.

– Inflation valve may require some tighten from time to time.

– Unstable in rough water.

– Its backpack is not that durable.

IDEAL CHOICE FOR:

  • Paddlers on a budget.
  • Beginners looking for have fun on the water without spending much.
  • Small paddlers after an easy to carry inflatable SUP board.

GREAT IN/FOR:

  • Flat water.
  • Slow moving rivers.
  • Ocean calm water.

QUICK SPECS

  • Price range: Low
  • Use: All-around
  • Dimensions: 10’ x 33” x 6”
  • Weight: 17.8 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 350 lbs
  • Comes with: Adjustable Paddle, Backpack, 1-Chamber 2-Action Pump, Fin, Leash, Dry Bag, No repair kit

TODAY’S PRICE

Roc Explorer 10′ REVIEW

  • GLIDE & SPEED

This board is not very fast, which is expected from an all-around SUP in its price range.

  • STABILITY

Roc Explorer 10′ offers pretty well stability, even if you are new to the sport.

  • TRACKING

This board will do a fine job of tracking in recreational paddle boarding on calm water.

Its lightweight construction makes it veer off track in heavy winds.

  • MANEUVERABILITY

Being amongst the best lightweight paddle board, Roc Explorer 10′ is able to make tight turns doable without a hassle.

  • EASE OF TRANSPORT

The same thing carrying it on your back, it’s very easy to carry due to its lighter weight and compact enough for easy transport,

  • EASE OF INFLATION

Inflating this board takes about 10 minutes and is fairly easy using the included hand pump.

  • ACCESSORIES

This board comes with everything (listed above) needed to get fun on the water.

The bag you get can tear easily if you are not careful and does not have wheels to roll it, but since the board is lightweight this is not a big deal.

But you still get plenty of room to easily get your board and accessories in or out of it.

The paddle you receive with this board uses aluminum in its shaft making it’s sturdy but heavy, which makes it a good paddle for most beginners.

The hand pump is dual-action, meaning it can provide air on the downstrokes as the upstrokes for faster inflation.

It still has just one chamber, which is more than expected from a very affordable paddle board.

You also get an ankle leash for the safety of you and of your board by not getting it swept away if you fall from it.

Gili Air 10’6

Best Rated Affordable Inflatable Paddle Board

WHAT I LIKEWHAT I DON’T LIKE
– Stable for a board in its price.

– Durable construction

– Easy to be carried on the back by even small paddlers.

– Very easy to paddle and feels good on the water.

– Provide more than enough storage area to secure your belongings.

– No additional things to purchase after getting it.

– Looks nice and clean.

– The brand gives donations to save the ocean with every purchase.
– In its price range, I expect to get a fiberglass shaft paddle.

– No kicktail for advanced turning techniques.

– D-ring small size makes removing bungees a little harder. Not a big thing.

– The deck pad area with no diamond grooves feels less grippy.

– Logo design fades off from the paddle and hand pump you get with it.

IDEAL CHOICE FOR:

  • Beginners (up to 225 lbs) looking for an affordable top rated paddle board.
  • Easy to carry top rated paddle board for youth and smaller paddlers.
  • Adventurous SUPers looking for a reliable board to explore SUP spots.

GREAT IN/FOR:

  • Recreational paddling in flat water.
  • Calm ocean.
  • Very small wave surfing.

QUICK SPECS

  • Price range: Medium
  • Use: All-around
  • Dimensions: 10’6 x 31″ x 6″
  • Weight: 19 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 280 lbs
  • Comes with: Backpack, Paddle, Hand pump, Ankle leash, 3 fins, Repair kit

Gili Air 10’6 REVIEW

  • GLIDE & SPEED

Gili Air 10’6 glides gracefully making your time on the water much more pleasant.

In terms of speed, it is faster than expected due to its narrow width.

Compared to other boards, it’s slightly faster than Bluefin Cruise 10’8 and Nautical 10’6, but not compared to the bigger sibling Nautical 11’6.

  • STABILITY

Gili Air 10’6 offers enough stability for beginners under 200 lbs.

Its tendency to flex a bit helps almost absorb the chop in rougher waters.

Compared to other boards, its width of just 31″ makes it less stable than Gili Meno 10’6 or Gili Meno 11’6.

  • TRACKING

Gili Air 10’6 is well at keeping a straight line while paddling in low speed as in high speed, due to its shape and its 9-inch center fin.

  • MANEUVERABILITY

This board is fairly well at maneuvring obstacles or others near you.

  • EASE OF TRANSPORT

Carrying this board on your back is comfortable with its waist belt and well-padded bag back and straps.

I like to see it coming with wheels to roll the bag but since the board is lightweight this is not a big deal.

  • EASE OF INFLATION

Inflating this board isn’t terrible for a larger person taking about 10 minutes using the included hand pump.

But I can see that a small person will struggle more, especially during these last bits of air.

  • ACCESSORIES

This board comes with everything you will need (listed above) out of the box to get fun on the water.

The paddle you will get is a good beginner paddle. Its shaft made of aluminum makes it feel very solid and its ability to float will give you enough time before it sinks if it falls from your hand to the water.

The included pump is a single-chamber, dual-stage one, making it able to inflate the SUP on the downstroke and upstroke, with a pressure gauge that indicates the current air pressure starting from 10 PSI.

What I like the most about this hand pump is how it breaks down for easy storage.

The bag became amongst the best SUP backpacks in its price range after getting upgraded.

Now it comes with a well-padded back pad and straps, with a dedicated fin pocket to lower the chances of losing it.

It is also spacious enough to fit your deflated board and all the accessories.

Thurso Waterwalker 132

Best Rated Beginners Inflatable Paddle Board

WHAT I LIKEWHAT I DON’T LIKE
– Solid performance.

– Feels great on the water.

– Carbon fiber rails make the construction durable with an impressive weight capacity.

– Feels comfortable standing up or kneeling.

– Paddle holder to get your hands free.

– Including everything needed makes its value exceptional.

– Bag wheels are useful for small or light people not comfortable carrying the board on their backs.

– Looks sleek with its flawless wood print.




IDEAL CHOICE FOR:

  • Paddlers in the 150-220+ lb range looking for good all-around SUP.
  • Large paddlers seeking a stable top rated inflatable paddle board.
  • Paddlers looking for a board that can attach a kayak seat.

GREAT IN/FOR:

  • Recreational paddling.
  • Flat water bodies.
  • Surfing some smaller waves.
  • Oceans, even if it’s choppy.

QUICK SPECS

  • Price range: Medium
  • Use: All-around
  • Dimensions: 11’ x 32″ x 6″
  • Weight: 26 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 210 lbs
  • Comes with: Carbon shaft paddle, 2-chamber 3-action pump, wheeled backpack, 3 fins, Leash, Rapir kit

Thurso Waterwalker 132 REVIEW

  • GLIDE & SPEED

The shape of the Thurso Waterwalker 132, combined with its slightly raised rounded rocker, and durable construction all make it able to glide really well, above what is expected from an all-around SUP.

  • STABILITY

Waterwalker 132 feels very stable even for a beginner weighing around 240 lbs.

Compared to other boards, Thurso Surf Max Multi-purpose SUP offers more stability with its wider width.

  • TRACKING

This board is able to keep a straight line while paddling due to its not wide width and fin setup.

You may get a different experience because paddleboard tracking has more to do with how you paddle than the board itself.

Compared to other boards in the Waterwalker series, it is the best in terms of tracking.

  • MANEUVERABILITY

Thurso Waterwalker 132 feels sporty and maneuvers easily.

Compared to the iRocker All Around 11’ for example, it feels a little more sporty.

  • EASE OF TRANSPORT

Having a 26 lbs board on your back might not be easy for small individuals but you still have wheels to easily roll it.

  • EASE OF INFLATION

Inflating this board to the recommended PSI takes about 10 minutes and is a considerable effort, which is expected.

Compared to other boards with a basic pump, inflating this board is easier with the tripe-action pump feature, and faster due to the two chambers.

  • ACCESSORIES

Getting the Thurso Surf Waterwalker 11′ gives you all the needed accessories (listed above) to have fun on the water.

The paddle you get feels comfortable. Its carbon fiber shaft makes it lighter weight, feels nice and comfortable in the hands.

Another thing that I liked about this paddle is that it can be converted to a kayak paddle with its pole symmetrical design.

The kit hand pump is effective, but as usual, inflating an inflatable board remains always quite a workout.

It has also a super convenient built-in gauge to never guess the current air pressure inside your board.

The bag is very solid with its quality zippers and thick materials. It is easy to carry around with its skinnier shape.

Honu Byron 10’6

Best Rated Lightest Inflatable Paddle Board

WHAT I LIKEWHAT I DON’T LIKE
– Amongst the lightest SUP boards.

– Faster to inflate to the recommended PSI.

– Maneuverable.

– Glide with less effort.

– Easy to carry on your back or roll the bag.

– Stable in chop, waves, or under the extra weight.

– Comfortable deck pad, standing or kneeling.

– Durable and strong.

– Comes with 2 years of free repairs on top of the warranty.

– The brand donates toward protecting the ocean with every sale.
– No paddle is included in the package. But you still get a 20% discount if you bundle it.

– I expect a dual-chamber pump with a top-rated board in this price range.

IDEAL CHOICE FOR:

  • Small individuals looking for an easy to carry iSUP.
  • Beginners looking for a stable top rated inflatable board.
  • People looking for and easy to paddle inflatable board.
  • Advenced paddlers looking for a responsive SUP.

GREAT IN/FOR:

  • Flat water.
  • Light ocean surf.

QUICK SPECS

  • Price range: High
  • Use: All-around
  • Dimensions: 10’6 x 32″ x 4.72″
  • Weight: 16.9 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 250 lbs
  • Comes with: Wheeled backpack, 2-action pump, Fin, Leash, Repair kit, No paddle

Honu Byron 10’6 REVIEW

  • GLIDE & SPEED

The well-thought construction of this board, combined with its very lightweight, make this board glide without much effort.

Honu Byron 10’6 cruises along nicely, which is to be expected from an all-around SUP.

It also

  • STABILITY

Honu Byron 10’6 feels very stable with its reinforced side rails and durable construction.

  • TRACKING

This board has superior tracking in the water due to many factors, including its fin.

  • MANEUVERABILITY

The high responsiveness of the Honu Byron 10’6 makes it quick at turning and maneuvering, making it ideal for small paddlers.

  • EASE OF TRANSPORT

Thanks to its weight of just 17 lbs, this board is incredibly easy to carry and transport.

If you are tired to carry the bag on your back, you still have bag wheels to easily roll it.

  • EASE OF INFLATION

Inflating the Honu Byron 10’6 is faster, due to its thickness of just 4.72″

  • ACCESSORIES

This SUP board comes with everything except the paddle, unfortunately.

The pump you get with this board is not dual-chamber, but the board thickness of just 4.72″ makes this less of a problem and at the same time its keeps the package weight lighter.

It has also a built-in pressure gauge to avoid over-inflating your board.

The included bag has no waist belt, but again, as a lightweight board, you will not need to carry it using the waist belt to transfer the weight to your lower body.

In terms of the material quality, the bag’s handles are really sturdy. It also has wheels that make transporting the paddle board easier for a kid or a very small individual.

You also get a repair kit that includes PVC patches and a valve wrench that some competitors do not include.

Sea Eagle FishSUP 126 (Swivel Seat Package)

Best Rated Fishing Inflatable Paddle Board

WHAT I LIKEWHAT I DON’T LIKE
– Extremely comfortable paddling, whether standing or sitting on the swivel seat.

– Maximum durability.

– Stable.

– Provides plenty of room.

– Tracks well.

– Portable.

– Extremely convenient built-in fish ruler.

– Handy paddle pocket that secures it out of the way when needed.

– Plenty of D-ring attachments to secure gear and equipment.

– Great accessories included.

– Best of the market in terms of warranty and return period.
– Heavy for a single individual to carry (especially with the seat and engine on), but the EZ Cart solves this issue.

– Deck pad covers just a limited area.

IDEAL CHOICE FOR:

  • Anglers looking for a strong and durable SUP to get into those hard to reach fishing spots.
  • Anglers seeking a quiet and efficient inflatable paddle board to get to the fish.
  • Serious anglers looking for a big and stable fishing SUP tp get wherever they need to go.
  • Anglers looking for an extremely comfortable way to fish in hard-to-reach fishing spots.

GREAT IN/FOR:

  • Chop and waves.
  • Flat water paddling.
  • Paddling through ocean waves.

QUICK SPECS

  • Price range: High
  • Use: SUP Fishing
  • Dimensions: 12’6” x 40” x 6”
  • Weight: 44 lbs (48.5 lbs with motor)
  • Weight capacity: 350 lbs
  • Comes with: Swivel seat, SUP paddle, Kayak paddle, Backpack, Storage box, 2-action pump, Repair kit

TODAY’S PRICE

Sea Eagle FishSUP 126 REVIEW

  • COMFORT

Sea Eagle FishSUP 126 is extremely comfortable due to its cushioned seat that swivels and has great back support.

  • STABILITY

This top-rated fishing rig is stable due to its very wide width and its swallowtail rear design.

  • MANEUVERABILITY

The same thing with its maneuverability, the swallowtail really helps with its maneuverability and control when turning.

  • EASE OF TRANSPORT

This board gives you a multitude of way to carry it, you have the center handle to conveniently carry it by yourself, the EZ Cart for rolling it easily, or the front and back grab handles to share carrying with another person.

Carrying this package feels heavy on the back since the board and everything included isn’t that light.

  • EASE OF INFLATION

Inflating this top-rated inflatable fishing SUP takes roughly 7 minutes using the included hand pump and it’s a simple and straightforward process.

  • ACCESSORIES

This top-rated fishing inflatable paddleboard comes in five different packages to suit people of different needs and budgets.

The backpack you get in the package is easy to get the board in or out of it with its three sides opening.

Its bag is fairly comfortable to carry with its padded shoulder straps.

The hand pump you get with this board is dual-action, meaning it can get s air on the downstroke and the upstroke, but it’s still a single-chamber one, which I do not expect from a high-end SU.

At the time of writing this paragraph, they are offering the electric SUP pump for free with the board.

I recommend you check all the packages from here to have a good idea of the included accessories.

BLACKFIN Model V

Best Rated Fast Touring Inflatable Paddle Board

WHAT I LIKEWHAT I DON’T LIKE
– Solid.

– Very fast.

– Uses extremely high-quality materials.

– Plenty of attachment, storage, and mounting features.
– I have nothing to really complain about.

IDEAL CHOICE FOR:

  • Big padlers who needs a very high weight capacity for gear, pet or kid.
  • Experienced SUPers seeking a very fast touring paddle board.
  • People looking for really top quality above all else

GREAT IN/FOR:

  • Flat water.
  • Recreational fun paddling.
  • SUP fishing.
  • Ocean paddling.

QUICK SPECS

  • Price Range: High
  • Use: Touring
  • Dimensions: 12’6 x 32” x 6”
  • Weight: 30 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 485 lbs
  • Comes with: Carbon shaft paddle, Roller backpack, 2-chamber 3-action pump, Leash, 3 fins, Repair kit

BLACKFIN Model V REVIEW

  • GLIDE & SPEED

BLACKFIN Model V glides fairly efficiently.

It is very fast, with its narrower width and longer length.

  • STABILITY

It is also very stable with the use of extremely high-quality materials and the carbon fiber reinforced rails that make it rigid.

  • TRACKING

BLACKFIN Model V does a great job at keeping a straight line while paddling in the water.

  • MANEUVERABILITY

What made this board very fast and tracks well has limited its maneuverability.

BLACKFIN Model V is hard to turn without lifting its nose, which is easy to do.

  • EASE OF TRANSPORT

The bag’s good padding makes carrying this board on the back comfortable for individuals that are able to handle its weight.

If its weight is too much for you, you still have the bag’s wheels for easy rolling.

  • EASE OF INFLATION

The included pump makes the job of inflating this board fairly effective with its multiple inflation settings.

  • ACCESSORIES

BLACKFIN Model V comes with everything (listed above) included to start your adventures without any additional buy.

Its paddle is the best kit paddle you can get. Its shaft is made out of carbon, making it a lightweight paddle and its blade uses nylon for high durability.

It still has some twisting while paddling, which is something to improve in the next year.

The pump is also amongst the best hand pump, not only for a kit pump but in the market right now.

HOW TO CHOOSE A BEST RATED INFLATABLE PADDLE BOARD

TRACKING

Get a SUP board with durable fins that don’t blend, a wide board but not too much, and a top-rated construction to have better tracking in the water.

STABILITY

Larger boards with high weight capacity are generally stable in the water.

MANEUVRABILITY

Top-rated boards about 10′6 in length tend to be more maneuverable than ones with a length of more than 11′.

FAQ

Top-Rated Inflatable Paddle Board for me is …

For people on a budget, I recommend them the Roc Explorer 10′. It is easy to carry by small individuals with enough stability for a beginner.

For people that can afford more, I recommend them the Gili Air 10’6. It is durable, field good on the water, and very stable.

Best Beginners’ Top-rated Paddle Board?

It’s Thurso Waterwalker 132.
For a medium price, you get a solid performance board, that feels good on the water and is comfortable standing up or kneeling with a paddle holder to secure it while taking pictures.

Updated on January 18, 2022 by Ben

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