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May 02, 2021 48 min read

The Best Stand Up Paddle Boards in 2021

Are you craving fresh air, warm sunshine on your face, and a peaceful float on the water? Then let’s go paddle boarding! 

But first, you need the perfect paddle board. We’re here to help you find the best stand up paddle board to make your day perfect.

The best paddle boards at the lake

Top 17 Best Paddle Boards for 2021

In our quest to find the perfect stand up paddle board, we’ve narrowed down the field of MANY options to our top ten (and it wasn’t easy!) The winners are:

Inflatable SUP Boards Size Weight Capacity Reason to Consider Price
1. GILI Komodo

Best all around iSUP board

10’6 x 33” x 6” 21 lbs 340 lbs Best All Around iSUP Check Price
2. GILI Air

GILI 10'6 Air Best Budget iSUP

10'6 x 31” x 6” 19 lbs 280 lbs Best Budget Board Check Price
3. GILI Meno

GILI Meno Best High End SUP package

10'6 x 35” x 6”

11'6 x 35” x 6”

23 lbs

24 lbs

450 lbs

485 lbs

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4. GILI Manta Ray

GILI Manta Ray Best Multi-Person use

12’ x 45” x 8”

15’ x 56” x 8”

35 lbs

52 lbs

725 lbs

1150 lbs

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5. GILI Adventure 11’/12’

GILI adventure great performance iSUP

11' x 32” x 6”

12’ x 32” x 6”

22 lbs

23 lbs

290 lbs

330 lbs

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6. GILI Meno Touring 12’6

Meno Touring GILI best iSUP

12’6 x 31” x 6” 24 lbs 300 lbs Great Touring Check Price
7. Isle Explorer 11’6

Isle Explorer 11'6 SUP

11'6 x 32” x 6” 24 lbs 300 lbs Great Performance Check Price
8. Red Paddle Co 10’6

Red Paddle Co SUP board

10'6 x 32” x 4.7” 21 lbs 240 lbs Faster Speed Check Price
9. Isle 10’5 Versa

Isle Versa 10'5 SUP

10’5 x 32” x 4.5” 26 lbs 215 lbs Best Solid/ Epoxy Board Check Price
10. iRocker Cruiser 10’6

iRocker 10'6 Cruiser SUP Board

10’6 x 33” x 6”

4 available sizes

25 lbs 400 lbs Great Storage Capacity Check Price
11. Atoll 11’

Atoll 11' SUP Board

11’ x 32” x 6” 21 lbs 400 lbs Cool Logo, Quality Construction Check Price
12. Serene Life 10’6

Serene Life 10'6 SUP board

10’6 x 30” x 6” 19.6 lbs 275 lbs Lightweight Check Price
13. Thurso SURF Waterwalker

Thurso SURF Waterwalker SUP Board

11’ x 32” x 6” 28 lbs 300 lbs Stable and Fast Check Price
14. Tower 10’4 Adventurer 2

Tower 10'4 Adventurer 2 SUP

10’4 x 32” x 6” 25 lbs 350 lbs Good Maneuverability Check Price
15. Bluefin Cruise Carbon

Bluefin Cruise Carbon SUP

10’8 x 32” x 6” Unlisted 330 lbs Includes Kayak Kit Check Price
16. Peak Expedition

Peak expedition Inflatable SUP

 

11’ x 32” x 6” 19.5 lbs 275 lbs Good Touring Board Check Price
17. ISLE Glider 10’10

Isle glider 10'10 solid board

10’10 x 31” x 4.5” 25 lbs 245 lbs Beautiful Epoxy/ Wood board Check Price

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Best inflatable paddle boards ultimate review

Paddle Board Reviews

Now let’s dive in a little deeper to review our top fifteen paddle boards. When hunting for a great paddle board, take the time to determine the best fit for you. Never rush into a long-term relationship with a board that you plan to enjoy for many years.

As we review our favorite paddle boards, we’ll break it down into the essentials. Let’s find a paddle board that works best for your needs and for its intended use.

1. GILI Komodo SUP Board Review - Best for Most People

Best all around iSUP board
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price
10’6 x 33” x 6" 21 lbs 340 lbs Best All Around Check Price

The GILI Komodo 10’6 inflatable stand up paddle board is our pick for the best all around paddle board. Versatility is the main ingredient of an all around board. The 10’6 Komodo allows for a wide stance and the stability to adapt to many different environments and activities. It’s perfect for any skill level. The comfortable EVA deck pad extends from nose to tail and pads your feet during your yoga routine, or it can ensure your children (who’re riding along!) are cozy at your feet. Dogs love the full length traction pad, an uncommon but well loved feature, too.

Stability

The inflated Komodo is 10’6 x 33” x 6” and can be inflated to 15 psi. An inflatable board can achieve similar rigidity as a solid board. The width of the deck means plenty of room to bask in the sun, or balance into your yoga tree-pose.

The Komodo has a 6” thickness for maximum stability. It can handle a weight limit of 340 lbs and is one of the most stable inflatable stand up paddleboards available today.

Build

The GILI Komodo construction uses Triple Layer Fusion technology. This means the drop stitched layers are machine-bonded and then covered in a PVC coating. This sup is extra rigid, durable, and puncture resistance - it’ll last you years of fun on the water. 

Because of the triple layer fusion tech, this SUP is 20% lighter than competing dual-layered boards. 

Performance

The GILI Komodo has a pointed nose and aerodynamic design so you don’t lose speed as you cut through the water’s surface. It’s easy to paddle and it tracks well. 

The 9” snap-in main fin and the detachable side fins are easy to install and provide additional maneuverability - you can even surf small waves on the Komodo. 

Design

The Komodo design makes it perfect for nearly every kind of SUP activity. A full-length EVA traction deck pad extends from nose to tail to ensure you won’t lose your footing when reeling in a fish or doing some yoga. 

A 6-point detachable bungee system in front allows room for your waterproof dry bag, and the 4-point rear detachable bungee system provides even more cargo space. Central D-rings allow attachment points for a SUP to kayak conversion kit to change up your journey into a sit-down kayak float. A built-in paddle holder holds your paddle so it doesn’t try to float away.

New for this year, the Komodo sports two extra GILI Action mounts, used for mounting cup holders, fishing rod holders, action cameras and more.

Grab handles in the center, rear, and front are made of neoprene for easy transport. The Komodo has a slick design and comes in blue, teal, or a unique yoga design. The logo on the bottom reminds you that you’re helping with ocean conservation efforts. 

Package

Gili komodo paddle board package

The GILI Komodo comes as a complete package. In addition to the iSUP, you receive a 3-piece travel paddle, a snap-in center fin, two detachable side fins, high-pressure dual-stage pump, ankle leash, repair kit, and travel SUP backpack. 

The travel paddle breaks down into three easy-to-pack pieces and is available in fiberglass or carbon fiber. The paddle adjusts to 67” to 86” in length. 

The SUP backpack is crafted from heavy-duty nylon and built to hold your SUP and all of your gear. It has padded shoulder and waist straps to comfortably trek your paddle board to distant mountain lakes. The bag has a special fin pocket, so you’ll never leave your fins behind.

GILI offers a 2 year warranty on every board, as well as a 60 day trial run.

Board Specs and Special Features

  • Durable, Triple-Layer Fusion PVC material
  • Full length, nose to tail EVA Pad
  • Adapts to multiple paddle board activities and suitable for all skill levels
  • Removable Front and Rear Bungee Systems
  • Complete paddle board package
  • Attractive design with many D-Ring and bungee attachment points
  • Measurements: 10’6 x 33” x 6”
  • Weight: 21 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 340 lbs
  • 60-day return policy and 2-year warranty

A Portion of your  purchase goes toward ocean conservation

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Complete package
  • 2 year warranty.
  • Stable tri-fin design
  • Your purchase goes to ocean conservation.

CONS:

  • Does not come with dual-chamber pump (it would admittedly increase the price.

Related: Best Paddle Board Life Jackets & Best Life Jackets for Dogs

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2. GILI Air - Best Budget/Cheap Paddle Board

GILI 10'6 Air Best Budget iSUP
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price
10'6 x 31” x 6” 19 lbs 280 lbs Best Budget Board Check Price

The GILI Air is the best inflatable paddle board on a budget. Coming in at $500, you get a stable, all around board that is perfect for beginners, children, and for general recreational use, but it also provides the maneuverability for advanced riders to catch a few waves. You will find other inexpensive paddle boards on the market, but none have the same durability and quality to make your investment last the duration.

Stability

The inflated Air is 10’6 x 31” x 6” making this a broad stable board. With a wide deck to allow a broad stance, it easily supports entry level paddlers, your child, your dog, and yoga-lovers. 

The 6 inches of thickness provides more rigidity and stability than thinner boards, and the Air allows a weight limit of 280 lbs. It can even manage up to 300 lbs for experienced riders. You can inflate this SUP to 15 psi and it literally feels like a solid board under your feet! At such a great price, it’s a perfect board to cruise along flat water and to accessorize with fishing rod holders or an action camera. 

Build

The Air is made from single-layer, military grade PVC making it lightweight for easy transport. It’s only 19 lbs when inflated, so even your kids can carry it to the beach. 

Performance

The nose of the Air is rounded to stay above tricky waves and make it more stable. The planing hull is not built for speed, but easily adapts to twists and turns for hours of fun.

The Air manages best on flat water, rivers, or lakes, and with a few big strokes of your paddle, you can get it moving a decent speed. 

The 9” center fin and the addition of removable side fins for 2021 help the Air track through the water to provide a stable ride. 

Design

The design makes this board rigid and stable and perfect for beginners, but it’s also ideal for experienced paddlers needing an additional, inexpensive, yet durable sup board. 

A 6-point front bungee system and removable 4-point rear bungee system mean you can load your board with lots of gear. With 15 D-rings and three action mounts, you have multiple attachment points for your rod holder, a kayak seat, and action camera for more paddle board fun.

The Air comes with three grab handles in the front, middle, and rear. It is an attractive inflatable paddle board that comes in FIVE colors: teal, blue, green, coral, and camouflage.

Package

Gili air paddle board package

The GILI Air comes with a complete package including iSUP, travel paddle, snap-in center and side fins, ankle leash, repair kit, dual-stage hand pump, and SUP backpack.

The travel paddle is made of aluminum and breaks down into three pieces for easy transport. It extends easily to adjust to your height.

The SUP backpack is easy to carry with padded shoulder and waist straps. It includes a fin pocket in front to keep your fins safe (and not left on the beach.)

Every GILI Air comes with a 60-day trial period to return if not completely satisfied. A 2-year warranty makes it an even better deal when looking for a reliable and inexpensive iSUP.

Board Specs and Special Features

  • A lightweight and stable stand up paddle board perfect for beginners, for SUP yoga, fishing, or all around recreational use
  • Complete iSUP package
  • Designed with many D-rings, action mounts, and bungees to make any SUP adventure possible
  • Measurements: 10’6 x 31” x 6”
  • Weight: 19 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 280 lbs
  • 60-day return policy and 2-year warranty

A portion of your purchase goes toward saving our oceans

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Stable and lightweight
  • VERY affordable
  • Great for beginners

CONS:

  • Can drift on a windy day due to its light weight
  • Aluminum paddle is heavier than carbon or fiberglass (but makes it less expensive)

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3. GILI Meno - Best Premium Paddle Board

GILI Meno Best High End SUP package
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price

10'6 x 35” x 6”

11'6 x 35” x 6”

23 lbs

24 lbs

450 lbs

485 lbs

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The GILI Meno is the top pick for the best high end, all around inflatable SUP board. It's a stable board that is fun for the entire family. The included “extras” and upgrades in the package make this a paddle board that’s hard to pass up.

Stability

The Meno is 35” wide and 6” thick making this board incredibly stable on the water. With such a wide board, the space for a wide stance makes it easy to paddle with your child and dog at your feet with little chance of falling. It is a great option for beginners, for families, and yoga enthusiasts. 

The Meno has the capacity to carry up to 450 lbs. The stability and high weight capacity means you can throw on tons of fishing gear for a great day targeting some bass. 

Build

The Meno is constructed from military grade PVC that is triple-layered and fusion laminated. It’s nearly impossible to damage this board. There’s no fear when floating in a rocky or rough environment.

A Carbon Tech rail provides the extra rigidity to improve the Meno stability - a welcome feature found on high performance SUPs. A carbon rail means that carbon fiber has been added along the paddle board edges to increase its rigidity. This feature is a nice addition that sets the Meno apart from other boards on the market.

Performance

The GILI Meno has a tapered nose and displacement hull for increased speed on a stable board. It tracks well with a smooth glide.

It comes standard with a snap-in fin box with custom 9”, 4.5”, 3” river fins as well as snap-in side fins. This easy setup adapts to different water conditions and the extra-versatility means it’s an inflatable SUP to travel anywhere. The side fins provide extra traction when turning, which we appreciate on a wider board.

Design

The Meno is wide and stable with the carbon fiber rails, yet has a hybrid, tapered nose designed to minimize drag in the water. 

An exciting new feature for 2021 is the 5 available action mounts. Multiple action mounts mean you can bring along a GoPro, fishing rod holders, AND a cup holder. 

An extra-large grooved EVA traction deck pad ensures stable footing, while a rear diamond pad can hold your gear without slipping or provide the space to plant your foot securely as you maneuver some turns. A front 6-point  bungee and removable rear bungee ensure you can carry your cooler, dry bags, or tackle box with ease. 

There are 18 available D-rings, a paddle holder, and the snap-in fin kit to make the Meno our top premium SUP. In addition to all of that, the Meno comes in four color options: blue, teal, sand, and white. The turtle and manta ray on the underside spread the word to save our coral reefs.

Package

Gili meno paddle board package

The GILI Meno comes with the usual items in a complete package, BUT it includes many additional bonus items to make this stand up paddle board package impossible to beat. Everything pictured here:

A carbon fiber travel paddle comes with the Meno and is available with a nylon or carbon blade. The carbon fiber paddle is lightweight, rigid, and sturdy.

The package also includes a repair kit, an 8’ coiled ankle leash, and a dual chamber 3-Stage High Flow hand pump. The high quality dual chamber pump means you can inflate your board in 30% less time than standard pumps. 

Let’s talk about fins. Without needing to purchase additional fins, you’re ready to tackle waves, tour long distance, or cruise your local river. The 9”center fin, two snap-in side fins, and the 4.5” and 3” snap-in fins provide the opportunity for many different adventures. We particularly love the inclusion of a 3” fin. No one else has 3” or 4.5” snap-in fins on the market, and we use these river paddling all the time!

Even the backpack has been upgraded to a rolling backpack. Roll your entire SUP as easily as you would a suitcase. 

Board Specs and Special Features

  • Dual layer, fusion  PVC material. Military grade.
  • Stable and versatile board to meet multiple types of water for all skill levels: from amateur to expert paddler
  • Over-the-top high-end package that can’t be beat
  • 18 D-rings and 5 action mounts to tailor your trip
  • Measurements: 10’6 x 35” x 6” or 11’6 x 35” x 6”
  • Weight: 23/24 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 450/485 lbs
  • 60-day return policy and 2-year warranty
  • A portion of your SUP purchase benefits ocean conservation efforts

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Tremendous package with upgrades - a great value
  • Rolling backpack
  • Multi-piece fin kit
  • Dual chamber 3-stage pump
  • Carbon fiber paddle
  • Great customer service - 60-day guarantee and 2 year warranty

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4. GILI Manta Ray - Best Multi-Person

GILI Manta Ray Best Multi-Person use
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price

12’ x 45” x 8”

15’ x 56” x 8”

35 lbs

52 lbs

725 lbs

1150 lbs

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The Manta Ray is a monster of a multi-person paddle board that’s just waiting for a party! It comes in a 12’ or 15’ length and is also super wide to provide incredible stability. Load up your cooler, three dogs, five friends, and bring them ALL on your Manta Ray SUP for a great day on the water. It’s a board that can be used by paddlers of all ages at any skill level.

Stability

The inflated Manta Ray comes in two sizes: 12’ x 45” x 8” and 15’ x 56” x 8”. At 45 or 56 inches wide and the 8 inches thick, the SUP board won’t buckle or flex in the middle. It can comfortably carry a handful of your friends, family, and a ton of gear. The Manta Ray is best for a leisurely day on the water or a fun float down the river. You could have your own fishing platform that is the envy of other anglers on the water, use it as a dock to connect all your paddler friends, or become a floating river barge. 

The Manta Ray can hold a whopping 725 lbs for the 12’ board and up to 1125 lbs for the 15’. Whether you simply want more space to lay in the sun and soak up the rays, or you want to bring your whole family on the board, the Manta Ray has you covered. With its plethora of mounting options (5 action mounts and 4 scotty mounts) it’s got room for cup holders, fishing rod holders, anchors, and more! There are even built-in paddle holders - two on each side of this massive SUP. We’ve included two inflation valves and two dual-chamber pumps so you can inflate this beast in no time! Securely stow yours and your crews’ gear with the massive front bungee and removable rear bungee systems.

Build

Made from Military strength PVC, this board is durable with little risk of damage on your paddling adventures. The Manta Ray may be large, but it’s still lightweight enough to manage. Obviously, the larger boards may need two people to haul it around, but it has the grab handles and durability to make hauling this beat fairly easy with two people. I mean, you’re not buying a multi-person SUP to paddle alone, right? 

Performance

The Manta Ray is not built for speed given it’s large size, but it serves as a great platform for multiple uses. 

It includes one 9” snap-in center fin as well as 4-detachable side fins. This means that despite its size, it can still track well and make a few turns on the water. The fins remove easily for safe storage. GILI’s 3” and 4” Snap-In Fins fit the Manta, so whether you’re on a river, lake, or shallow water we’ve got you covered.

Design

The Manta Ray is designed for many users and provides ample space for fun. With multiple users, the Manta Ray comes with two paddle holders so you and your friends can float without worrying about losing your paddle. Two color options are available: teal and orange.

The board features six grab handles mounted on the rail, so you can haul the Manta with (relative) ease. The handles allow you to easily pull yourself aboard from the water. An oversized grooved traction pad allows more stability and grip.

With 22 D-rings, you can load up everything including the kitchen sink if you choose. Pack your coolers, clothes and gear in your waterproof dry bag, or enough fishing gear to spend a day catching a mess of fish. The front bungee system in addition to a removable rear bungee provides extra storage space.

Five action mounts and four additional Scotty mounts mean you can attach your rod holder, GoPro, cup holders, or even use them all at once given the tremendous stability and weight capacity. 

Package

Gili manta board package

The Manta Ray package comes with plenty of extras for such a massive board. The complete package includes not one, but two Dual-Chamber inflation pumps make the beast easy to inflate in minutes. It comes with two inflation valves so you don’t have to inflate it alone. It also includes two travel paddles in either carbon or fiberglass that break down into three pieces for storage. Your passenger has their own paddle so you share in the paddling effort.

In addition to the inflatable sup, your complete package includes the 9” center fin and four side fins. Additional speed or river fins can be added if you choose.

The rolling duffel bag is made of high-quality nylon and can easily transport and store your Manta Ray for many trips to the lake. 

The 60 day trial period means you can return your iSUP for a refund if you’re not completely satisfied. A 2-year warranty is evidence that GILI stands behind the quality of their product. 

Board Specs and Special Features

  • A massive inflatable SUP designed for multiple users yet easy to maneuver
  • Easy to use by all skill levels
  • Massive amount of storage with bungees, action mounts, and D-rings
  • Measurements: 12’ x 45” x 8” or 15 x 56” x 8”
  • Weight: 35 lbs or 52 lbs 
  • Weight capacity: 725 lbs or 1125 lbs
  • 60-day return policy for refund and 2-year warranty
  • A Portion of your SUP purchase directly benefits ocean conservation efforts

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Massive amount of space
  • Multiple attachment points
  • Dual chamber pumps for rapid inflation.

CONS:

  • We’d love to see this board in more colors!

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5. GILI Adventure 11’/12’- Great Performance

GILI adventure great performance iSUP
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price

11' x 32” x 6”

12’ x 32” x 6”

22 lbs

23 lbs

290 lbs

330 lbs

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The GILI Adventure comes in an 11 and 12 foot length to provide increased speed over boards. The deck is wide enough for a stable stance and smooth ride. A raised rear kick pad helps you to maneuver in and out of waves, yet the GILI Adventure is stable enough for beginners to use as an all around board.

Stability

The GILI Adventure stand up paddle boards measure 11’x32”x 6” or 12’x32”x6”. With a wide deck and added length, this board can support a large weight capacity with less chance of tipping.

Build

It is built with Fusion Dual Layer technology for a durable, yet lightweight, SUP. Despite the added length, the board only weighs 22 pounds so is easy to transport to any destination.

Performance

The long, narrow GILI Adventure has a slightly increased rocker with a streamlined design to get up on the surface of the water and cruise. A raised rear kick pad means you can kick back with ease to make turns. With a wider deck, it’s perfect for early learners to feel stable as they float the shoreline.

The Adventure has a tri-fin setup with a 9 inch center fin and two side fins that snap in and are easily detachable. The fin setup increases drag to reduce overall speed compared to boards without side fins, but the added maneuverability of the tri-fin set up allows the Adventure to tackle most any water condition.

Design

The GILI Adventure has a planing hull with a pointed nose for increased speed, and it comes in four color combinations: blue, teal, yellow, and orange. An extra-large EVA traction pad is comfortable under your feet.

You can pack your board with gear because it has spacious storage with front and rear bungee systems. It has three central grab handles and four removable side handles to make transport a breeze. A paddle holder ensures you never lose it in the water.

With 20 D-rings, three action mounts, and two Scotty mounts, there’s no accessory you can’t bring along. Load your tackle box, attach a cup holder and fishing rod holder, and know your dry bag is secure.

Package

The Adventure package includes SUP backpack, travel paddle, ankle leash, snap-in fins, and two stage inflation pump. You can hop on the water as soon as you open the box.

The travel paddle is hybrid carbon fiber for a durable and lightweight paddle that performs well. The single chamber pump is dual action to inflate your pump quickly.

GILI offers a 60 day trial period as well as a 2 year warranty on all paddle boards. They donate a portion of each purchase to protect coral reefs, save sea turtles, and protect our oceans.

Board Specs and Special Features

  • Durable build to enjoy for many years
  • 20 D-rings, action mounts, and Scotty mounts for ample storage
  • Increased speed of the board due to design
  • Measurements: 11’ x 32” x 6” or 12’ x 32” x 6”
  • Weight: 22 lbs or 23 lbs 
  • Weight: 23/24 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 290 lbs or 330 lbs

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Single chamber pump rather than double chamber

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6. GILI Meno Touring 12’6 - Great Touring

Meno Touring GILI best iSUP
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price
12’6 x 31” x 6” 24 lbs 300 lbs Great Touring Check Price

The GILI Meno Touring 12’6 paddle board is long, narrow, and built for speed. Whether traveling down the shoreline for an all-day tour or overnight camp, the GILI Meno Touring board has the features to provide a smooth ride.

Stability

The GILI Meno Touring board measures 12.6 x 31” x 6” and can support 300 lbs of weight. The added length in addition to 31 inches of width make this board stable as you slice through the water. 

Build

Crafted with Fusion Dual Layer technology, the durable PVC material is lightweight but won’t easily puncture. A carbon fiber rail is added for increased rigidity and performance.

Performance

The GILI Meno Touring 12’6 SUP has a planing hull with a pointed nose designed to slice through the water for more speed. The sleek design causes minimal drag for easier paddling. 

When it comes to touring or racing, your fin setup can affect your speed. The Meno Touring board eliminates the two side fins to reduce drag. This may decrease maneuverability, but that is less important when touring. The board comes with one central snap-in fin that comes in a 9” central fin, 4.5” Speed fin, and 3” River fin.

Design

The GILI Meno Touring 12’6 board has everything needed for an all-day tour with space to store all the gear you’ll need. Front and read bungee storage areas can store your dry bag or cooler and three grab handles make it easy to transport.

With 18 D-rings, you can attach additional gear such as an anchor or chair to convert your SUP to a kayak. Four action mounts are perfect spots to attach your GoPro and record your journey, and three additional Scotty mounts can attach your cup holder or fishing rod holder.

The large EVA deck pad is grooved for good traction and a diamond pattern pad at the rear provides footing for turns. A paddle holder secures your paddle so you don’t lose it overboard. 

Package

The GILI Meno Touring 12’6 package includes a rolling SUP backpack, a dual chamber three stage pump, carbon fiber travel paddle, and fin kit with a 9”, 4.5”, and 3” fins.

The paddle is carbon fiber so it is lightweight and performs well. The SUP backpack is upgraded to a rolling backpack to make transport to the water easier. 

Board Specs and Special Features

  • Designed for speed with planing hull
  • Durable with quality construction and added carbon fiber rails
  • Paddle holder
  • Measurements: 12’’6 x 31” x 6”
  • Weight: 24 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs
  • 60-day trial and 2 year warranty

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Rolling SUP backpack included
  • Includes three types of fins for touring or riding the river
  • Carbon rails for increased performance
  • Dual chamber pump
  • Purchase supports ocean conservation efforts

CONS:

  • Is only available in one color

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7. Isle Explorer 11’6 - Great Performance

Isle Explorer 11'6 SUP
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price
11'6 x 32” x 6” 24 lbs 300 lbs Great Performance Check Price

The Isle Explorer is an attractive inflatable paddle board with additional length at 11’6 to provide the stability for many paddling options. Tour down the shoreline for a longer tour or attend a floating yoga class. This inflatable SUP makes a great do-everything board for paddlers of all skill levels.

Stability

The Isle Explorer measures 11’6 x 32” x 6”. The added length with 32 inches of width provides for excellent stability and a higher weight limit. The Isle is wide enough for yoga and stable enough to throw on your fishing gear.  

Build

The inflatable sup is crafted with Air Tech Fusion Lite technology. Machine coated drop stitching provides a durable base layer that is fused to a high density PVC layer. The construction provides a durable design that resists damage.

Performance

The pointed nose and extra length of the Isle Explorer make this a good touring board option. The displacement hull makes it less maneuverable, but still a stable lightweight option to enjoy numerous paddle board activities.

A central 9” fin detaches while the two side fins cannot be detached. The additional side fins provide maneuverability to stabilize turns as you paddle.

Design

The Isle comes in two color options: blue and army green. The attractive board has a sharp design and is easily transported with reinforced grab handles at the front, center, and rear of the board.

There is spacious storage with a 6-point front bungee system and a 4-point rear bungee. Pack up your cooler, fishing gear, or dry bag with plenty of room. Two central rail mounted D-rings and one rear D-ring provide attachment points for more bungee cords or your ankle leash.

An EVA traction pad is grooved to reduce slipping. There’s a convenient paddle holder so you don’t lose it overboard while reeling in a fish or practicing SUP yoga.

Package

The Isle Explorer stand up paddle board comes with a complete package. It includes an 8’ coiled ankle leash, manual pump, iSUP backpack, nylon touring center fin, and travel paddle. 

The paddle is carbon with a nylon blade, and it breaks down into three pieces for easy travel. The backpack is a durable bag to pack your inflatable sup and all of its gear.

Board Specs and Special Features

  • Sleek design that tracks well
  • Paddle holder
  • Strong lightweight paddle
  • Measurements: 11’6 x 32” x 6”
  • Weight: 24 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs
  • 60-day ride it guarantee and 2 year warranty

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Durable and backed by 2 year warranty
  • Carbon shaft paddle with nylon blade
  • Paddle holders
  • Great touring board

CONS:

  • Side fins cannot be detached
  • Screw attachments for center fin - could be easily lost in the sand.
  • Less maneuverable

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8. Red Paddle Co 10’6 - Faster Speed

Red Paddle Co SUP board
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price
10'6 x 32” x 4.7” 21 lbs 240 lbs Faster Speed Check Price

The Red Paddle 10’6 inflatable stand up paddle board is a great option for all around use. Stable enough to bring the kids or the family dog, while versatile enough to enjoy yoga or a fishing trip.

Stability

The Red Paddle Co 10’6 measure 10’6 x 32” x 4.7” thick. Even though thinner than the competitors inflatable stand up paddle boards, it is rigid enough to provide a stable base. A thinner board means the ability for more speed, but with less overall stability.

Build

Red Paddle Co uses their MSL fusion technology to craft a rigid and durable board. The unique multi-layer coating means the board is tough and difficult to damage, while it remains lightweight and easy to transport.

Performance

The Red Paddle 10’6 performs well and is great as an all around inflatable paddle board option. The stability from the 32” provides a broad platform for yoga, fishing, or recreational use. The rounded nose helps the paddle board’s stability. 

Design

While the appearance of the Red Paddle Co 10’6 is not flashy, it is a durable board to withstand years of use. Designed for most any environment, the deck pad extends to the tail and means no slipping while performing advanced maneuvers. 

Twin iFins are affixed on the side with no center fin. This makes the board track well with less drag to slow down the board. The fins cannot be removed. The overall board design is not overly attractive and is only available in the one color combination.

Three flat bungee straps on the front of the inflatable SUP are a unique design to store your gear. Rounded grab handles at the front, center, and rear make this board easy to transport.

Package

The Red Paddle Co 10’5 board comes as a complete package. An all-terrain backpack will transport your board wherever you go. Also included is a pump, repair kit, ankle leash, paddle, and waterproof phone case. 

The dual chamber pump means faster inflation with less effort. Buyers have their choice of three paddle options: alloy, hybrid carbon/glass fiber, or carbon fiber. The travel paddles adjust to your size and height.

The board comes with two durable attached fins that can really take a beating! 

Board Specs and Special Features

  • Complete package with several paddle options
  • Great all around board versatile for many uses
  • Thinner than other inflatable boards while maintaining stability
  • Measurements: 10.6’ x 32” x 4.7”
  • Weight: 21 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 240 lbs
  • An amazing 5 year warranty

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Durable board. 
  • 5 year warranty
  • Great package with several paddle options
  • Included phone case

CONS:

  • Two side fins cannot be detached and no center fin
  • Could use color and design updates - a little boring

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9. Isle 10’5 Versa - Best Solid / Epoxy Board

Isle Versa 10'5 SUP
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price
10’5 x 32” x 4.5” 26 lbs 215 lbs Best Solid/ Epoxy Board Check Price

The Isle Versa 10’5 is voted the best epoxy/solid board on our list. When comparing the Versa to the other inflatable stand up paddle board options, it is similar in overall function and versatility while remaining relatively lightweight.

Stability

The Isle Versa 10’5 features a planing hull and a rounded nose perfect for all around paddle board use. Great for beginners and cruising across flat water. The thickness is less at 4.5”, and this makes it float lower in the water compared to most inflatables. This can make it more stable for light-weight paddlers, but for heavier paddlers, it may be a challenge.

Build

The Isle Versa 10’5 is crafted with an EPS base and fiberglass and epoxy shell to provide for a durable, solid board. Despite the epoxy design, the stand up paddleboard only weighs 26 lbs to make transport manageable. 

Performance

A center fin means better tracking for potential touring. The epoxy glides well across the water’s surface, but the single central fin takes away from potential maneuverability that a tri-fin design could offer.

Design

An EVA deck pad extends all the way to the tail, and the rear traction pad includes a grooved design and a raised tail pad for increased traction during maneuvers. A vent plug in the central board allows air to escape and protect your board on hot, humid days.

A front bungee system allows room to pack your dry bag or cooler. The central pop-up grab handle lies flush with the board and will pop out to allow for easier carrying. An important feature so you’re not tripping over your handle or lying on it during yoga.

The Isle Versa comes in three colors: white, coral, and green. 

Package

The Isle Versa package is complete with an 8’ coiled ankle leash, 9” center nylon touring fin, and a 2-piece carbon hybrid travel paddle. 

Board Specs and Special Features

  • Lightweight epoxy board great for all around use
  • Pop-up grab handle for easy transport
  • Included package of fin, leash, and carbon hybrid paddle
  • Measurements: 10.5” x 32” x 4.5”
  • Weight: 26 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 215 lbs
  • 1 year warranty and 60-day trial period

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Durable epoxy board that is lightweight
  • Great for all around and beginner use
  • Top pick for hard/epoxy board.

CONS:

  • No included bag to protect the board
  • Does not travel well - would need roof rack and room for storage

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10. iRocker Cruiser 10’6 - Great Storage Capacity

iRocker 10'6 Cruiser SUP Board
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price
10’6 x 33” x 6” 25 lbs 400 lbs Great Storage Capacity Check Price

The iRocker Cruiser provides stability with a design that is perfect for all skill levels, including beginners. It performs well and is a great all around inflatable SUP.

Stability

The iRocker Cruiser 10’6 measures 10’6 x 33” x 6” to give a stable, broad base with a wide tail. This allows a wider stance for stability. It can carry up to 400 lbs which is an impressive - allowing  for multiple users or extra gear. 

The 6 inches of thickness gives it the rigidity to support activities such as yoga, fishing, or paddling with your dog. 

Build

Dual Layer composite PVC to give the inflatable SUP durability without adding extra weight. It can withstand repetitive use with little risk of damaging your board. 

The pointed nose on the Cruiser creates a displacement hull to give faster speeds and better tracking for potential touring. 

Performance

The iRocker Cruiser 10’6 design is balanced to provide stability while still being fairly quick on the water 

Three removable flip-lock fins offer good tracking and maneuverability. This means you can tackle more than a day of calm water, you can venture into the waves, surf, and wind.

Design

The iRocker Cruiser 10’6 was built for stability and for use by all levels of paddler. The extra-large EVA traction pad is soft on your feet and provides comfort for your yoga poses or for lying in the sun. 

A front and rear bungee cargo area oversized to allow for extra gear. Front, middle, and rear grab handles make for simple transport of your inflatable stand up paddle board to the water. 

An amazing 20 D-rings and 4 action mounts mean you can attach many different accessories to your paddle board for almost any activity. Attach your rod holder, GoPro, and cooler for a great day on the water. 

The iRocker Cruiser has an attractive sporty design and comes in multiple color combinations including: sea-foam green, teal, green, gray, orange, and white/blue striped.

Package

The iRocker Cruiser 10’6 c comes with a 10’ ankle leash and Dual Chamber Triple Action hand pump for quick inflation. Detachable fins pack up easily for their protection, and it also includes a repair kit.

A durable SUP backpack can hold your iSUP to transport easily with padded straps and waist support. It has bungees and velcro pockets for extra storage.

The paddle breaks down to 35” and floats. It can be adjusted from 72-86” and the stronger carbon material means more durability over time. 

Board Specs and Special Features

  • Stable for beginners and great for all around use in multiple environments
  • Tracks well with pointed nose and detachable fins
  • Complete package included
  • Measurements: 10’6 x 33” x 6”
  • Weight: 25 lbs
  • Weight Capacity: 400 lbs
  • 2 - year warranty 

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Stable great all around board
  • High quality product with complete package.

CONS:

  • Would love to see a paddle holder
  • Carbon “blend” paddle is not full fiberglass. Blade is small.
  • Parts of the traction pad are not very grippy.

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11. Atoll 11’ - Quality Construction, Cool Logo

Atoll 11' SUP Board
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price
11’ x 32” x 6” 21 lbs 400 lbs Cool Logo, Quality Construction Check Price

The Atoll 11’ makes the list of best all around inflatable stand up paddle boards due to its construction and durability. Its streamlined appearance at 11’ to also make this a great touring option.

Stability

Inflated, the Atoll 11 measures 11’ x 32” x 6” and has been rated for  up to 400 lbs,. The longer length with 32 inches of deck width makes it a great all around board for beginners as well as for experienced riders.

The 6” thickness increases the stability and rigidity. This SUP can adapt to different water environments so you can try out fishing, SUP yoga, or experience a few waves.

Build

The Atoll 11’ is crafted from machine laminated, military grade dual-layer PVC to make it incredibly durable while remaining relatively light. 

Performance

The eleven foot, sleek design featuring a pointed nose makes the Atoll stable, and it has a displacement hull built for speed. It makes for a good touring board.

It’s universal fin box (also known as a US fin box) and tri-fin design offers maneuverability, stability, and tracking on the water. The lightweight of the board makes reaching your destination easier to achieve.

Design

The Atoll 11 has a sleek, sturdy design with an awesome buffalo logo. 

It comes in army green, aquamarine, light blue, or desert sand. 

A large deck pad allows for padding under your feet with ample surface for yoga or fishing. A large front bungee system means you can pack plenty of gear for a day on the water. 

Fifteen D-rings mean you can attach your dry bag or cooler for travel. Center and rear grab handles help with easy transport.

Package

Included with your inflatable SUP, is a 10’ ankle leash, repair kit, and a dual-action high-pressure hand pump.

A universal fin box includes an 8” composite fin. The included quality SUP backpack has padded straps and designed to load your inflatable paddle board and gear. 

It comes with a carbon travel paddle with a nylon blade for a durable design that breaks down into three pieces to transport.  

Atoll offers a 2-year warranty.

Board Specs and Special Features

  • Light and durable construction
  • Streamlined design and extra length for better performance, yet stable enough for a beginner.
  • Complete iSUP package
  • Measurements: 11’ x 32” x 6”
  • Weight: 21 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs
  • 2-year warranty

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Great design for all around use.
  • Love the buffalo logo

CONS:

  • Would like a rear bungee system
  • No paddle holder or reinforced front grab handle
  • No action mounts
  • Mediocre backpack

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12. Serene Life 10’6 - Lightweight

Serene Life 10'6 SUP board
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price
10’6 x 30” x 6” 19.6 lbs 275 lbs Lightweight Check Price

The Serene Life stand up paddle board is great overall for a stable inflatable board. It is an inexpensive option for anyone looking to have another great all around board on hand. It can be used for anything from teaching a new paddler to practicing some yoga.

Stability

The Serene Life iSUP measures 10.5’ x 30” x 6” and inflates to 20psi for a rigid and wide base. It can hold up to 275 lbs for a stable option. 

At 30 inches, it’s slightly narrower and this could translate into less stability than an inflatable paddle board at 31 or more inches.

Build

Constructed from reinforced PVC, it is engineered to be durable to last for years of paddling fun. It has a triple fin panel on the base that cannot be detached. We’re not a fan of this setup because it interferes with storage and transport, but for a cheap paddle board, it gets by.

Performance

The Serene Life maneuvers well with the three fins on the base. A lightweight inflatable stand up paddle board with the potential for surfing, yet stable enough for beginner use. 

Design

The Serene Life SUP is designed for a single rider to enjoy flat water for recreational use. The board is just wide enough for an early learner and has a cushioned non-slip deck to provide the security to balance your favorite yoga pose.

It includes a front bungee cord system for storage so you can pack your cooler or dry bag. The triple fins on the base will let you turn with ease, while the rounded nose and planing hull makes for decent maneuverability and stability.

A center grab handle means easy transport of the lightweight board. Even the kids can carry it to the water. Four central D-rings and one rear D-ring provide attachments for most of your favorite accessories.

The board comes in multiple color options: aqua, blue, orange, or pink. Weighing only 19 lbs, the paddle board is easy to transport to the water.

Package

The Serene Life comes with a complete package that includes a manual air pump, ankle leash, SUP backpack, repair kit, and an aluminum paddle. 

The aluminum paddle is a great base option, but heavier and less durable for some. 

The backpack allows you to pack up your inflatable paddle board and gear and easily transport to any distant location without the need for roof racks or a monster-sized truck. 

Board Specs and Special Features

  • A versatile all around board for beginners with the maneuverability for surfing. 
  • A complete package included with backpack, leash, repair kit, and paddle.
  • Lightweight for easy transport and beginner use
  • Measurements: 10’5 x 30” x 6”
  • Weight: 19 lbs
  • Weight Capacity: 275 lbs
  • One year warranty

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Lightweight board and compatible with many uses
  • Inexpensive board that is great for all around use.

CONS:

  • Aluminum paddle
  • Limited attachment points with few D-rings and no action mounts.
  • Only one grab handle
  • Fins cannot be detached

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13. Thurso SURF Waterwalker - Stable and Fast

Thurso SURF Waterwalker SUP Board
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price
11’ x 32” x 6” 28 lbs 300 lbs Stable and Fast Check Price

The Thurso SURF Waterwalker is an inflatable stand up paddleboard with a streamlined, aerodynamic design but with solid stability for all around use. The Waterwalker is a great board for beginners but can also be used for SUP Yoga, fishing, or paddling with your dog.

Stability

When inflated, the Thurso SURF Waterwalker measures 11’ x 32” x 6”. The board’s stability is amped up with carbon rails to improve rigidity. Though it’s a narrower board than others on the list, the stability is bolstered by its build. Slightly heavier in weight also means more stability on the water.

Build

The Waterwalker is a durable board with quality construction. Two layers of military grade PVC are secured with a drop-stitch core. Carbon rails add extra protection to the side of the board to increase its rigidity and stability.

The 6” thickness provides a stable base that can manage an impressive 330 lbs of weight. 

Performance

The Thurso Waterwalker performs well in many water conditions. The tri-fin design means more stability with the ability to maneuver. Hop on your inflatable SUP and tour the shoreline or catch a few waves on the surf. Three fins will potentially reduce your speed for longer tours.

The narrow design in a longer-than-average all around board means more potential for speed. Overall, the Waterwalker performs well as a great all around paddle board for beginners..

Design

The Waterwalker has a design that makes any activity accessible. The textured deck pad provides improved grip so you don’t lose your footing.

The Waterwalker’s overall appearance - is fantastic. The natural wood tones that were “inspired by Mother Nature'' make this a beautiful board. 

The included paddle holder is an added bonus so your paddle doesn’t get separated from your board. The quick lock attachment for the three fins means a quick setup to get onto the water. Nose and tail bungees and 15 D-rings mean you can load up for a great day on the water. An action mount on the nose can attach your camera or cup holder.

Package

The Thurso SURF Waterwalker comes with a complete package and everything you need to get on the water. A dual chamber triple-action pump inflates your board quickly. Three fins snap easily into place, and then you can simply attach the 10’ coiled ankle leash and head out onto the water.

The travel paddle is carbon fiber for a lightweight quality paddle. The package includes a rolling backpack for ease of transport from your vehicle to the water. 

Board Specs and Special Features

  • Great all around that also works for surfing or floating with your dog
  • Beautiful streamlined design and attractive board
  • Carbon paddle
  • Complete package
  • Measurements: 11 x 32” x 6”
  • Weight: 28 lbs
  • Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
  • 30-day guarantee and 2-year warranty

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • A beautiful inflatable stand up paddle board for multiple uses.
  • Stable with a durable build
  • Quality carbon fiber paddle
  • 2-year warranty

CONS:

  •  The additional weight makes it a little slower in the water.

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14. Tower 10’4 Adventurer 2 - Great Maneuverability

Tower 10'4 Adventurer 2 SUP
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price
10’4 x 32” x 6” 25 lbs 350 lbs Great Maneuverability Check Price

The Tower 10’4 Adventurer 2 is a stable all around board but also designed for great maneuverability. An option for beginning paddlers as well as experienced boarders looking for an additional all around board.

Stability

The Tower measures 10’4 x 32” x 6” and the thick board has a wide deck that makes it an extremely stable board. With a removable center fin and two non-detachable side fins, the stability is increased while still allowing it to maneuver well.  

Build

The Tower is constructed with military grade PVC and the rigidity is increased with a drop stitched core. It is durable while still being light enough to carry to the beach. 

The materials and thickness make the Tower hold an impressive 350 lbs of weight.

Performance

The Tower 10’4 performs well as an all around beginner board that can also be used to surf by more experienced paddlers. The pointed nose will cut through waves easily for increased speed and a better glide, while the shorter length of a lightweight board makes it maneuver well. 

The tri fin design means your stability is better and you are able to make a few turns with ease. A grooved deck pad prevents slipping.

Design

The Tower has a sleek, pointed shape and sporty look. It has a white and gray striped pattern with a catchy logo of a lifeguard tower. 

A front bungee cargo area can store your cooler or dry bag. There is an attachment point on the rear to connect your ankle leash. There are three grab handles located in the front, center, and rear to make for easy transport to the water. 

The three fins are in a 2+1 pattern for better stability and maneuverability. Only the center fin can be detached. A carrying strap is also included with the board.

Package

You can buy the Tower 10’4 as a board only or as a complete iSUP package. The package includes a pump to inflate your iSUP and a three-piece fiberglass paddle. 

The package does not include a SUP backpack and is replaced by a carrying strap to haul your board to the water. It does come with a 2 year warranty

Board Specs and Special Features

  • Overall designed to maneuver well
  • Measures: 10’4 x 32” 6”
  • Weight: 25 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 350 lbs
  • Tri fin setup for stability
  • A good all around beginner board
  • Fiberglass paddle breaks down for travel

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • 2 year warranty
  • Maneuvers well
  • Durable design and good for beginners

CONS:

  • Complete package does not include SUP backpack
  • Two side fins do not detach - can make storage difficult and risk damage
  • Few attachment points and no action mounts for accessories

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15. Bluefin Cruise Carbon - Includes Kayak Kit

Bluefin Cruise Carbon SUP
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price
10’8 x 32” x 6” Unlisted 330 lbs Includes Kayak Kit Check Price

The Bluefin Cruise Carbon is a great inflatable SUP for all around use. It’s unique because it includes a kit to convert your stand up paddle board into a kayak. It has a quality build with two separate chambers that are inflated to improve rigidity and stability.

Stability

The Bluefin Cruise measures 10’8 x 32” x 6” and inflates to 28 psi. This makes for a rigid, stable board that is great for all around and beginner use. There’s plenty of room to float with your dog or a friend on the wide 32” deck.

The tri-fin design increases the stability and means it can maneuver fairly well. The added carbon fiber rail also increases the rigidity for a stable ride.

Build

Bluefin uses ESL (Exo Surface Laminate) technology for a UV resistant deck. This is reinforced with drop stitching to make for a durable, long-lasting iSUP.

Two chambers (a central loop and the main chamber) are inflated separately to increase rigidity. A carbon rail takes the stable build to yet another level. 

Performance

The Bluefin Cruise is a rigid, stable board that has the ability to maneuver with the tri-fin design, yet it can also cruise across calm waters. 

A kick pad on the back makes turns easier. 

Design

The Bluefin is an attractive board with multiple attachment points to make it adapt to SUP Yoga, fishing, or to pack a cooler for a day on the water. There are 14 D-rings and one action mount on the nose.

A bungee storage area in the front and back provide the space for gear. Neoprene reinforced grab handles at the front, center, and rear make for easy transport. A crocodile deck pad provides good grip to reduce your chances of slipping. 

The tri fin set up has a US fin box system with a removable snap-in center fin and fixed side fins. The central fin is shorter than we’d like to see.

Package

The Bluefin Cruise 10’8 comes with a complete package that includes a dual-chamber pump for fast inflation and a kayak conversion kit with 4-piece dual blade carbon fiber paddle.

Durable SUP backpack with dual chamber pump means easy transport to your location with fast setup. An ankle leash and detachable center fin included.

Board Specs and Special Features

  • Converts easily to a kayak with included kit
  • Durable, rigid design with quality materials
  • Raised heel pad to make turns easier
  • Carbon fiber paddle and carbon rail
  • Dual chamber pump included
  • Measures: 10’8 x 32” x 6”
  • Weight capacity: 330 lbs

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • A durable, quality-built board that is great for beginners
  • Included kayak conversion kit and adapted paddle
  • 10 D-ring and one action mount to add accessories
  • 5 year warranty and 60 day guarantee
  • Great price tag
  • Removable snap-lock fins

CONS:

  • Heavier board - may be difficult for kids to transport
  • Fixed side fins and short center fin

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16. Peak Expedition - Good Touring Board

Peak expedition Inflatable SUP
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price
11’ x 32” x 6” 19.5 lbs 275 lbs Good Touring Board Check Price

The Peak Expedition is a great all around inflatable SUP perfect for beginners and for general recreational use. Load up your kids or enjoy SUP Yoga on this stable board.

Stability

The Peak Expedition measures 11’ x 32” x 6” when fully inflated. The 11’ of length combined with a wide deck and 6” of thickness make for a rigid and stable board. It is lightweight and easy to maneuver. It’s a great inflatable SUP for beginners and those wanting to paddle with a friend or their pet.

Build

Quality construction with military grade PVC and a drop stitch core means a durable board that is still lightweight. 

The Expedition includes three fins with a removable center fin and fixed side fins.

Performance

The PEAK Expedition makes for a great all around board with a wide deck and 11’ of length for great stability. 

The tri fin set up makes maneuvering manageable, while the hybrid nose makes the iSUP cut through the water easily to make touring a decent option.

Design

An inflatable SUP with an attractive design and logo that comes in two color combinations: coral and green.

Front and rear spacious bungee system to allow storage space for coolers, dry bags, or a tackle box. Three grab handles in the center, front, and rear for easy transport. 

A tri-fin design with the center fin easily detached with a snap-in design. The side fins are affixed to the board. 

Package

The PEAK package has everything you need to hop onto the water. Easily transport your iSUP with a SUP backpack. A 3-piece travel aluminum paddle, ankle leash, and a waterproof phone case are also included. 

A dual action inflation hand pump contributes to a quick setup time. A easily removable single fin 

Board Specs and Special Features

  • Attractive all around inflatable SUP
  • Stable for beginner use with quality construction
  • Complete package with all you need
  • Snap-in center fin for ease of use
  • Measures: 11’ x 32” x 6”
  • Weight: 19.5 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 275 lbs

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Stable all around board for beginner or multi-purpose use
  • Tri fin design for stability and maneuvering
  • Complete package included with all you need to start paddling
  • 60 day guarantee and 1 year warranty

CONS:

  • Only the center fin can be removed - the affixed side fins make storage more difficult.
  • Includes single chamber pump so may want to upgrade to dual chamber for faster setup.
  • Aluminum paddle heavier than carbon alternatives
  • The lightweight board may drift more easily in the wind

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17. ISLE Glider 10’10 - Beautifully Epoxy/ Wood Board

Isle glider 10'10 solid board
Measurements Weight Weight Capacity Special Feature Price
10’10 x 31” x 4.5” 25 lbs 245 lbs Beautiful Epoxy/ Wood board Check Price

The ISLE Glider is a premium solid SUP with a beautiful wooden veneer/epoxy build. It is not only aesthetically pleasing but with great performance for an all around board.

Stability

The ISLE Glider measures 10’10 x 31” x 4.5” with a weight capacity of 245lbs. The 31” deck of the Glider makes a stable stance possible with room to carry a friend onboard. A single center fin reduces stability compared to comparable boards with a tri fin design.

Build

The Glider has a rigid EPS foam core with a wood finish. This is then sealed with epoxy resin. The board remains lightweight while still durable.

Performance

The ISLE Glider is a long and narrow rigid SUP that translates into excellent glide and tracking. The board performs in calm ocean waters as well as on small waves.

A 9” nylon center fin makes touring a decent option for good tracking over long distances. The board will not maneuver as well with displacement hull design and with only a single center fin.

Design

The ISLE Glider is simply a beautiful stand up paddle board. The wood veneer adds a classy appearance and it is available in coral, aqua, or green colors. 

A 6-point front bungee system provides great storage space for dry bags or a deck cooler. A center Gortex vent plug allows air to escape to prevent damage to your board. 

A brushed EVA traction pad means a non-slip surface to prevent falls. A textured tail pad means good grip when making turns. The center grab handle has a “lift-SUP” design so it lays flat when paddling. Additional grab handles in the front and rear make it easy for someone to assist when transporting your board to the water.

Package

The ISLE Glider has a complete package that includes an 8’ coiled ankle leash, a carbon hybrid two-piece travel paddle, and nylon center touring fin. 

Board Specs and Special Features

  • Wood veneer with color combinations to create a gorgeous SUP
  • Package includes carbon paddle and ankle leash
  • A durable all around board great for beginners to use
  • Measurements: 10’10 x 31” x 4.5”
  • Weight: 25 lbs
  • Weight Capacity: 245 lbs

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • A beautiful board with stylish wood veneer
  • Lightweight for a solid board
  • Carbon hybrid paddle of good quality
  • 1 year warranty and 60-day guarantee
  • Performs well as an all around board with design also good for touring

CONS:

  • Solid board makes transport difficult when traveling
  • No included storage system to protect board
  • Center fin attaches with screws that could be lost and take longer to assemble

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The Best Paddle Boards in 2021: Buyer’s Guide

inflatable paddle boards buyers guide

We’ve recommended our favorites, but how do you decide which stand up paddle board is right for you? You want to find a SUP board that fits with the activities you wish to enjoy. That could be a board for flat water paddling, practicing SUP Yoga, fishing, or touring with friends. 

You want to invest in a quality stand up paddle board that also has the right components to fit your individual needs. That might mean enough attachments and a rod holder for a day of fishing or a plush deck pad for a comfortable yoga routine. We’ve broken down the essential elements to help ensure you purchase a GREAT board. We’ll also assess the build and materials to avoid a poorly constructed board that will only last one season.

Hull Type

Stand up paddle boards come in either a planing hull or a displacement hull. Each type of hull is geared toward certain activities. 

A planing hull is designed to ride on top of the water and it will maneuver better with a wide, flat and rounded nose. A planing hull is best for yoga, surfing, or recreational paddle board fun. 

A displacement hull is designed to cut through the water to provide more speed. A displacement hull often has a pointed nose to push water to the side. It’s the ideal hull for stand up paddle board for touring and racing.   

Board Length

What size paddle board you need depends on your intended use for your SUP. 

Short boards (<9 feet) are slower, but maneuver the turns more easily. Longer boards (>12 feet) are designed for speed, but maneuver poorly. The ideal range for general paddle board use is right in the middle at 10’ to 11’6 .

Board Width

When asked if you’d rather walk over the Grand Canyon on a bridge or on a balance beam, it’s obvious that the wider base of the bridge means you’re less likely to tumble to your death. The same concept is true with paddle boards – the wider the board, the more stable the ride. (Without the death part, of course!)

Typically, paddle boards greater than 31 inches in length provide the space for the wide stance needed for beginners. Paddle boards under 30 inches target avid paddlers who desire more speed. Widths of 30” or less are not suitable for beginner paddlers.

Materials

Nearly all stand up paddle boards are either inflatable or solid. It’s important to know how each is designed to determine their durability and ease of transport.  

  • Rigid stand up paddle boards are generally made from an EPS foam core that is encased in epoxy or fiberglass.
  • Inflatable paddle boards are typically made from military grade PVC and reinforced with drop stitching which allows for an even, solid surface when fully inflated.

You should factor in travel plans and your capacity for storage when considering what type of stand up paddle board to choose. Hard/epoxy SUPs tend to perform better, but they do not transport easily. You’ll need ample storage space and a roof rack or truck to get it to the water. 

An inflatable SUP is lightweight and can be rolled up to the size of a sleeping bag! Throw the SUP in its backpack and then into the trunk of your car for easy storage and travel. We’ve even flown with our iSUPs to distant locations across the globe!   

Performance

Once you determine the type of paddle board activities that are important to you, then look at its overall performance. If you want to tour and race, look for long and narrow boards with a centralized fin built for speed. If you want to surf the coast, a shorter board with a rounded nose and a tri-fin set up will make it easier to maneuver and catch waves.

Solid paddle boards maneuver better than most inflatable stand up paddle boards, and solid SUPs usually provide more speed and agility in the water. Epoxy and fiberglass SUPs make for easy cruising, but inflatable paddle boards tend to be more versatile and you’ll sit a bit higher (and drier) on the water.

Stability

The most stable board will be at least 31” wide to allow a broad stance, but they should also be a firm board usually between 9-12 feet in length. 

The construction materials also factor into stability. An inflatable paddle board crafted with drop stitching or one that includes a carbon fiber rail will have increased rigidity to improve your stability. A high quality SUP that’s 6” thick will feel nearly as rigid as an epoxy SUP. Cheaper inflatable paddle boards (under $400) will feel flimsy.

Maneuverability

Maneuverability relates to how well a stand up paddle board can turn. Surfing requires many twists and turns so you want a board that can maneuver well. When touring longer distances down the shoreline, you’re less worried about turns than your ability to track straight with decent speed.  

Versatility

When you find the perfect stand up paddle board, you’ll want to use it whenever and wherever possible! The more versatile a paddle board, the more activities you can enjoy. All around boards can be used by beginners, for yoga, or for fishing. 

Inflatable stand up paddle boards provide the ultimate versatility and portability. You can easily transport them across the world to enjoy watery worlds far from home. Inflatable paddle boards can have many attachment points to add accessories such as a fishing rod holder, a cup holder, and even your GoPro.

Durability

Durability must be considered when purchasing a stand up paddle board, because you want your investment to last. Pay attention to the material used to craft the board.

Cheaper materials used when crafting a solid stand up paddle board may also make them break, crack, or be easily damaged through normal wear and tear. Inflatable SUPs are very labor intensive to produce. You get what you pay for in the paddle board world.

When considering an inflatable paddle board, look for multiple layers with drop stitching to improve the rigidity and overall durability.

Ease of Transport

Inflatable paddle boards easy to transport

When spending the day paddle boarding, the last thing you want to worry about is how you’re going to get your board to the water. Solid paddle boards require more storage space and either a truck or roof rack to transport them to the water. They can be difficult to travel over long distances.

Inflatable paddle boards shine in this department because storage and transport is easy. Toss your SUP backpack in the trunk with little worry. Once you arrive at your distant destination, throw the backpack on and hike for a mile to a quiet lake tucked in the mountainside. 

Accessories

Assess a paddle board for available attachment points to add accessories. The more D-rings, action mounts, and bungees mean that your board can transform into a fishing barge or yoga studio. Attach GoPro cameras to action mounts and secure your cooler in the bungees to bring the essential cold beverages. 

Pay attention to accessory bundles. While some offer extra gear, pay attention to the overall quality of the package. You can always add extras later (like a kayak seat, SUP to kayak kit, electric pump, etc.) relatively cheaply. If you’re on a budget, we recommend spending more on the SUP and less on extra accessories.

When looking at inflatable paddle boards, consider a dual chamber or electric sup pump to make setup faster. For solid boards, consider the type of roof racks needed to make transport easier. 

Consider the quality of your SUP paddle. A carbon fiber paddle with carbon blade will be lighter and of better durability than an aluminum paddle. A fiberglass paddle is a good, affordable option that’s lighter than an aluminum paddle but not quite as expensive as carbon fiber.

Ease of Set Up

The goal is to hit the water paddling as soon as possible. With an inflatable paddle board, set up is extremely simple, but it may take a bit of time. After unpacking your gear, you’ll need to inflate your paddle board. Using a dual chamber pump or an electric pump can reduce set up time. 

With a solid paddle board, you unstrap the SUP, unload your board, grab a paddle, and hit the water! Carrying your hard SUP to the water can be challenging, and you may need an extra person to help unload your board safely.

Are Inflatable Paddle Boards Worth the Money?

Yes, they are definitely worth it! The first time I stood on an inflatable paddle board, it was solid under my feet and felt like a rigid board. It is lightweight and can travel with you anywhere.

The best inflatable paddle boards are durably built with layered PVC and drop-stitching to provide years of fun. With quality craftsmanship, the stability of an inflatable paddle board mirrors that of a solid board, and you can’t beat their versatility and ability to maneuver.

A big reason to invest in an inflatable paddle board is their ease of transport and versatility. With all your gear tucked neatly into a backpack, storage space is minimal and you can travel to distant beaches with ease.

So, yes - inflatable stand up paddle boards are definitely worth the money!

What is the Most Stable Paddle Board?

You’ll want a stable paddle board if you’re a beginner or if you want to use your stand up paddleboard for yoga, multiple riders, or recreational paddling. 

A wide, rigid board will make balancing easier than a narrow, sleek board. A quality inflatable paddle board can provide the same rigidity as a solid board. The most stable paddle boards are the GILI 10’6/11’6 Meno and the 10’6 Komodo. Their wide deck and with rigid, durable design make them versatile for multiple activities.

FAQ’S

🏆 What is the best paddle board for beginners?

All around paddle boards with good stability are the best paddle boards for beginners. Choose board width of at least 31” and with the appropriate weight capacity. We recommend inflatable paddle boards for beginners as they are lightweight and versatile for many uses such as SUP Yoga, fishing, or simple recreational use.


👍 What are the best paddle boards?

Whether you want to paddle on flat lake waters or you plan to tour long-distance up the ocean’s coast, you’ll need the appropriate paddle board. Finding the best paddle board means looking for the paddle board design that fits your activity. Solid boards perform well, but lack the versatility to travel easily like an inflatable paddle board.

An all around paddle board will be the best SUP for beginners and general recreational use. When looking for more specialized activities such as touring or surfing, you’ll want to look at high performance paddle boards designed for that purpose.


🏝️ What should I look for when buying a paddle board?

When you’re ready to purchase your first paddle board, consider looking at it’s stability, versatility, and construction. A broad deck at 31 or more inches will provide space for a wider stance and stability. If you’re looking for long-distance touring on your SUP, then consider a longer, narrow board to give you better tracking and speed.

An inflatable paddle board is more versatile to use for many activities. Your kids can lift a lightweight, all around paddle board and enjoy hours of fun cruising with the family dog. A quality inflatable paddle board will have D-rings and action mounts to adapt your board with fishing rod holders and a tackle box for a day of fishing. A thick deck pad means extra comfort for SUP yoga. Inflatable paddle boards can be easily packed into a SUP backpack and travel with you anywhere.

Look at the construction of the paddle board to ensure you’re buying a quality product that will last for multiple seasons. For inflatable SUPs, look for dual layers of PVC and a drop stitched core to provide good rigidity and to resist puncture. An inflatable paddle board can provide the same feel as a solid board under your feet.  


❓ What are the best SUP brands?

Obviously, our favorite SUP brand is GILI, but when you decide to purchase a new paddle board, you should do a little research. Buy a paddle board from someone who specializes in paddle boards. Large sporting goods stores might carry paddle boards, but they will not be as knowledgeable as someone who lives and breathes them for a living.

Look for a company who details the materials and construction of their paddle boards and one that stands by their products with a warranty. Research their website to determine what they KNOW about paddle boarding and look for a company who you can call or message if there’s a problem. Reputable paddle board companies will have excellent customer service, and if you call with an issue, there’ll be an actual person on the other end of the phone.


📦 Is paddle boarding difficult?

No, paddle boarding is not hard! As with anything new, it takes a bit of time to adapt and learn, but paddle boarding can be enjoyed at any age level. Your grandma can float with her dog, and the kids can easily pick up paddle boarding. 

Once you master it, you’ll be addicted to paddle boarding and wonder why it took you so long to hop aboard!


📦 How long do inflatable paddle boards last?

Inflatable paddle boards are built to last at least 5 seasons (and usually many more with proper care). Most inflatable SUPs can take a beating on rocks and when dragged across the sand by children. When properly cared for, your inflatable paddle board will give you many seasons of sun and fun.


🏝️ What should I wear to go paddle boarding?

You’re ready to go paddle boarding, but what should you wear? Consider the wind, sun, and water temperatures. The first thing to remember is your PFD - safety first. Second, attach the leash to your ankle so you won’t get separated from your board. 

The appropriate clothes can vary depending on the season and your skill level. A seasoned paddle boarder might float fully clothed on a peaceful morning, while a beginner likely wants to wear a swimsuit and rash guard. 

Deck pads provide comfort for bare feet, but others might consider water shoes. No matter what you wear, plan for hours of fun.


❓ What is the average cost of a paddle board?

The cost of the average paddle board varies, but it will typically range from $500-1200. Usually, an inflatable paddle board is less expensive than epoxy boards. 

Prices will vary depending on quality of the construction materials as well as the design. An all around board will have a more generalized shape and design when compared to a high-performance board tailored for touring. The more specialized the design, the higher the price tag.


📦 What size paddle board should I get for my height?

Your weight is a more important factor than height when choosing a paddle board. This handy guide can help. Consider your gear, the kids, and whether your dog is a St. Bernard or Chihuahua when you calculate the anticipated weight of your board.

Your height is more important when it comes to choosing the paddle. Most paddles are adjustable. If looking to buy a fixed length paddle (usually lighter), make sure you choose the correct paddle size for your height.


📦 What should I look for when buying a paddle board?

After reading this article you hopefully have a better handle on what to look for when buying a stand up paddle board. Consider how you want to use your board and choose the right design for the appropriate activity. 

Do you plan to travel? An inflatable SUP transports and stores more easily than a solid board. Once you factor in the durability and cost, you can narrow down the field to find the best stand up paddle board. 


📦 So what are you waiting for?

It’s time to make your choice! Your stand up paddle board is out there ready and waiting to hit the water. If you already have a SUP or you just purchased one, please share your experience in the comments below!

Pat McCaw
Pat McCaw

Author, physician, mom and lover of all things outdoors. If there’s water or a hiking trail nearby, that's her happy place. Throw in family and a couple of dogs and it's paradise!


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