Best inflatable SUP boards
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Top 10 best inflatable SUP boards
Solid SUP vs iSUP
If you are currently looking at Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boards to have some fun in the water, then you should consider inflatable SUP boards (or iSUPs). Inflatable paddle boards have the massive advantage of being inflatable which means they take next to no room to transport and store (when deflated) compared to their solid body counterparts. And unless you’re a professional paddle boarder, you wouldn’t notice the benefits of solid boards, however you would notice the price difference! Solid boards are also more prone to dents and scratches which demands for more maintenance and repairs.
Which iSUP to choose
With paddle boarding becoming more and more mainstream, there is a wide array of inflatable SUP board brands. This gives you a plethora of boards to choose from with various sizes and options. Hopefully this article will help you find the best inflatable SUP boards to suit your needs. If you don’t really know what usage you’ll make of your board, you can get a beginner all-round which should get you going and allow you to learn how to SUP and have quality fun times on the water.
With more knowledge and experience you can refine your selection and then decide exactly what you need your iSUP for. It could be a touring stand up paddle, surfing, racing, multi-person iSUP, yoga, white water, or even windsup. A Windsup is a SUP board setup with fixings allowing you to attach a surfing sail to your board. So the choice is vast. If you’re not sure yet, or don’t have a specific type in mind, then go for an all-round iSUP. They are the most common and the most available ones around.
Inflatable stand up paddle boards have become very popular in the last few years as more paddling enthusiasts realise how convenient and truly awesome they are. Paddle boarding is a great workout, tons of fun, can be done with family and friends, and is a great way to enjoy the outdoor in a different way. Hope you get to find the best inflatable SUP board for you.
The best inflatable SUP board BRANDS
Red Paddle Co really are at the top of their game when it comes to inflatable SUP boards. This is not a surprise to see Red Paddle SUP boards for hire at many locations across the country. With Red Paddle Co iSUPs, quality always comes as standard. They’ve been producing the best inflatable SUP boards since 2008 and are now using their own patented RSS stiffening system delivering unrivalled stiffness.
ITIWIT inflatable SUP boards by Decathlon are highly regarded especially for beginners to intermediates who want to take the plunge in the iSUP world without having to spend the high price tags of market leaders like Red Paddle Co. They come in 3 different sizes, 8’9″, 9’8″ and 10’7 and cost around £300 (more or less depending on the model’s size). They come with an easy-to-carry bag, a fin and a leash. You need to buy a pump and paddle separately but it is still a very decent deal for a board that gets so many great reviews.
The ITIWIT iSUPs are some of the best inflatable SUP boards available in that price range. Read our full Decathlon’s ITIWIT inflatable SUP board review.
Aquamarina produces a good range of inflatable stand up paddle boards. The BREEZE (around £270), MONSTER (around £430) and VAPOR (around £340) iSUPs get a decent amount of good reviews. You can usually grab one of them new for at around half the cost of a Red Paddle Co board of the same type, if not more. So if you don’t have the budget for a Red Paddle Co, an Aquamarina could be a good option to get you started. Alternatively, check our cheap iSUPs page.
Hydro Force inflatable SUP boards are owned by Bestway. Bestway is a very well known brand in the world of mainstream inflatable water related products. They produce inflatable swimming pools, inflatable hot tubs (Lay-Z-Spa) and inflatable stand up paddle boards. Their iSUP boards are lightweight, quick to inflate, easy to carry, store and transport. The Hyrdro Force boards are in the low to mid range price.You can bag an iSUP from Hydro Force from around £200 up to £500 depending on the model.
Starboard is another high end inflatable SUP boards manufacturer with the like of Red Paddle Co. Starboard have a huge choice of inflatable SUP boards from the all-rounder to more specific Yoga paddleboards, surf paddleboards, multi user, touring boards, river SUP boards, kids boards and even foil paddle boards. Their range is HUGE! Starboard iSUPs are you usually fetching somewhere between £800 and £1,500 depending on the board type and the size.
The best inflatable SUP boards
The Hydro-Force Oceana is an all-round SUP board with kayak settings (detachable padded seat) which costs around £300 and gets good reviews. Its well thought out shape and design means it is great for beginners and advanced alike. Its medium length and narrow tail makes this paddle board easily manoeuvrable whilst its large width keeps you super stable and makes paddling extremely easy. The Hydro-Force is currently one of the best selling inflatable SUP board on Amazon UK.
Aquamarina is up there in the industry for producing quality SUP boards. The Aquamarina Fusion inflatable SUP board owes its enviable reputation as an excellent flat water SUP to its excellent gliding properties. Designed for SUP activities, fitness and cruising tours. Thanks to the 15 cm strong, 2-layer drop stitch construction, the Fusion offers unlimited paddling fun, even to heavy paddlers! This paddleboard goes for around £300.
In a price range medium to high (around £650), the Aquamarina VAPOR is a thin (4 in) but long (330 cm) stand up paddle board. The VAPOR is another SUP board that gets great reviews and feedback. It is a perfect all-round board, very versatile. It is an ideal choice for all skill levels from beginners to more experienced SUP riders for flat water and waves.
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The best multi user iSUPs
If you are after a multi person inflatable stand up paddle board to have fun with your friends or family, or to partake in competitions like CrossFit where they are sometime used, then this multi person iSUp is the one just for you.
Last updated on August 16th, 2018