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ITIWIT inflatable touring SUP board’s bag
The Decathlon ITIWIT inflatable touring SUP board comes in a big and resistant bag with enough space to pack your board back in easily after use. For an iSUP board of this size (381 x 74 x 15 cm), the bag is relatively concise (90 x 44 x 24 cm) and fits nicely in my car (QashQai). The amount of spare room in the bag allows to store accessories. I keep the fin, the leash and bits and pieces in the front pocket. A manual pump (purchase separately) and an adjustable two-part paddle (comes separately) will fit in the main compartment of the bag. At about 12kg, it is obviously not the light but the bag is comfortable enough and well balanced. I wouldn’t go on a treck with it on my back but it’s fine to take it to the shore.
In its front pocket, the bag continas the instructions inside of it and a repair kit. The front pocket of the bag shows in big the pressure required for the board. It’s a very simple but really useful feature! It’s simple and practical, tells you what you need to know right in front of you.
As mentioned above, this touring iSUP does not come with a pump or paddle. I got this adjustable paddle from Decathlon that was suggested to get with it. And I highly recommend to get a buoyancy vest too.
Inflating the Decathlon ITIWIT inflatable touring SUP board
After inflating a few inflatable SUP boards manually in the past, I decided to treat myself to an electric pump for another ITWIT sup board. The electric pump has been really good for me for other iSUPs, BUT it only goes up to 15psi. Unfortunately this board needs 17psi, so you will need a manual pump. I have both a manual and electric so I go up to 15psi with the electric and get to 17psi with the manual pump. It’s quite a flaw in my view but it can always be worked around. And it’s nothing to do with the board, just the actual pump. So if you can only get one, get the manual one as it can go up to 20psi.
The iSUP board
The paddle board tested here is the ITIWIT inflatable touring stand up paddle board 500/12’6-29”. As its name indicate it is a touring SUP board and it is 12’6 long (381cm). The board is 29″ wide and 6″ thick and can carry a weight of 130kg. It is suitable for touring and also racing. Being long and narrow it is a much faster board than a all rounder one but it comes with its downsides. It’s a bit less stable, it’s a lot harder to turn but it flies in a straight line. The plastic rail at the front (see the photo above) and the fin at the back keep the board in a straight line.
This iSUP board is made of 50.00% Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), 50.00% Polyester (PES). There was an obvious new plastic smell when I first opened the bag, not bad at all, just noticeable (not dissimilar to that of a new car – not the actual smell, just the fact you notice it). The deck has a grooved foam top for comfort and added grip and is made of 75.00% Polyéthylène (PE), 25.00% Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA). It also shows measures near the central handle to help you find your perfect position on the board and stick to it. The padding feels nice, comfortable and durable.
What it comes with
The board comes out of the bag with a large fin and a leash as mentioned above. You simply slide the fin under the board and place the plastic safety pin to keep it in place. Attach the leash at the back of the deck and the other end to your “back” foot once you’re in the water.
The board is made for one person but you could in theory have a small kid with you on the board as long as the total weight is below the recommended 130kgs for this board.
All in all, this ITIWIT inflatable touring SUP board is an affordable piece of equipment when it comes to touring board. It’s recently been reduced in price too! It is fast, well made, easy and light enough to carry for a little while, easy to inflate and of good quality. It’s packed with almost all you need to get started. It’s a bit of a shame the pump and paddle need to be bought separately. Then again, these items are relatively affordable and you can choose from various options to suit you. Electric or manual for the pump. Adjustable, detachable, adjustable carbon or detachable carbon paddles depending on your needs and budget.
SUPing with the ITIWIT inflatable SUP board
As mentioned above, using a touring inflatable board is very different than a standard all round board most beginners use. The biggest difference is the stability. You’ll notice straight away it’s not as stable as but if you have experience with an all rounder then you should adapt quickly.
The other bi difference is the speed! It’s actually impressive how much speed you can gain by simply changing the shape of the board compared to an all rounder. Being thinner and longer makes the board a lot more streamlined and as a result every stroke propels you further and faster.
And finally, the other big difference is turning. It’s harder but again you get used to it.
This is a touring board after all and it will be used cover long distances, with little to no turns.
Deflating the ITIWIT inflatable SUP board
Deflating this SUP board couldn’t be easier, simply undo the valve cover (turn it anti clockwise) and press the valve to its “down” position. You can help the board deflating by pushing the air out from the furthest point to the opened valves by folding the board over from the back. That’s it! It’s that easy.
Cleaning the ITIWIT inflatable SUP board
It’s a doodle, it takes 5 minutes max with a hose for a thorough clean. Simply rinse the board with clean water on each side. Don’t use any chemical, soap or detergent to clean your board, just clean water.
I washed mine with my pressure washer the first time which worked OK (minus dirt splash back), but it works just as well if not better with normal garden hose pressure (no splash back). Basically, stick to clean water, a garden hose, pressure washer or buckets of water will do just fine and neither will take very long.
Drying the ITIWIT inflatable SUP board
You’ll need a bit of space to lay the deflated board flat on the floor to dry. On a sunny hot day, it doesn’t take very long to dry. Lay the board flat and keep an eye out. When one side is dry just flip it over for the other side to dry too. Drying time will obviously depend on weather conditions but on a reasonably warm dry day it doesn’t take long.
Repacking the ITIWIT inflatable SUP board
Once your SUP board is clean and dry, lay the board flat on its bottom part, flip the board from the back in bits of about 50cm. When you reach the middle of the board, rehiterate the operation but this time from the front. Both groups of folded sections should now join roughly in the middle. Fold these 2 groups on themselves and you should be good to go. All you have left to do is to place the bottom of the bag over the rolled board, then flip the whole thing over and finish zipping it up.
The video below from Decathlon shows how to inflate, setup, dismantle and repack the ITIWIT inflatable SUP board.
Repair and replacement parts for the ITIWIT inflatable SUP boards
The bag comes with a repair patch and there replacement parts available on Decathlon’s website as listed below.
- Replacement leash
- Repair kit
- Fin replacement
- Valve replacement
- Valve key for valve replacement
- Replacement carry bag
- Replacement parts and other accessories
Overall review of the Decathlon’s best selling 9’8 orange ITIWIT inflatable SUP board
At £399 (recently reduced from £499), it is a very good quality touring board. Perfect to use on flat water and calm seas to cover longer distances. The carry bag doesn’t take too much room in a car boot.
The ITIWIT inflatable SUP board comes with a 2 year guarantee and lots of spare parts are available online if you ever need any.
You can buy the ITIWIT inflatable SUP board from the Decathlon online store here
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Last updated on July 16th, 2019