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Tammy and Min

Hello and welcome to Justinflatablesups.com. Choosing the right stand-up paddleboard can be stressful and time-consuming due to the sheer variety of choices available on the market today. We have evaluated some of the top-selling paddleboards in different categories so that you can more easily find the most suitable board.

Choosing the Best Inflatable SUP

Woman paddling her stand up paddle boardMaybe you've tried stand up paddle boarding a few times and fallen in love with it.  It is an amazing feeling;  paddling over the water with the beauty of nature all around you.  There are so many things that you can do with your stand-up paddleboard (SUP). You can enjoy yoga, fishing, surfing, touring, whitewater paddling or just general paddling around for fun and exercise.

SUPing is great exercise as well as being great fun for the whole family; all ages from kids to the grandparents can enjoy tooling around on SUPs.

After you fall in love with paddle boarding the next step is to buy your board. However, the paddle boards are not cheap, and there are so many different choices available that it can be a bit overwhelming to compare them all and choose the best inflatable SUP board for you.

This website was created to gather information about the best inflatable paddle boards available, in a format that makes it easy to choose the top inflatable SUP for your needs.

After a lot of research and field testing into the mid-range, under $1000 top-selling ISUPs, we selected the best inflatable sups to include in the reviews, with links to where you can buy them at the lowest prices.

Is the Best SUP an Inflatable SUP?

Girl on her inflatable SUPAfter you decide to buy your stand-up paddle board the first choice confronting you is whether to choose a hard paddle board (SUP) or an inflatable paddle board (ISUP).  The main advantages of ISUPs are their portability and durability. They are very easy to transport; you can take them on planes with ease, put them in the trunk of your car, carry them in backpacks. You don't need a large vehicle or roof rack to move your ISUP to the water, and you don't need a lot of space in your house to store them either. You can just roll them up to sleeping bag size and store them in your closet.

Hard boards are much more cumbersome and difficult to move around. The advantage of hard boards is that their speed and maneuverability in the water make them a better choice for surfing or racing, but if you are just a general, recreational paddler, the convenience and portability of the ISUP are very hard to beat!

What is the Best Inflatable SUP for Different Activities?

After you've decided on an inflatable SUP paddle board, you need to look at what you want to use the board for to determine the best inflatable SUP for you. Paddleboarding started in the 1940s but has just recently experienced a huge boom in popularity and people are finding many different ways to enjoy their paddle boards.

You can paddle anywhere there is a body of water: rivers, lakes, oceans.  Here is a list of the top SUP board activities and what qualities make the best inflatable SUP for each activity.

ISUP for Beginners

When you are first starting out the best inflatable paddleboard is a very stable one. It takes some time to get used to keeping your balance traveling over the Puppy on inflatable supwater. If you are around 150 lbs or less and on the athletic side, things are much easier. However, if you are closer to 200 pounds, older and maybe not so flexible, or if you are balance-challenged, then a wider, longer board is crucial to give you extra stability. For more information and inflatable stand up paddle board reviews for beginners, check here.

ISUP Yoga

Doing yoga on inflatable paddle boards is awesome! It's a whole different experience than in the studio because you become a part of nature, floating on your board on the ocean. An inflatable board is an excellent choice for yoga for a couple of reasons. First, if you fall off your board, an inflatable board is nice because it's a little softer to climb back up on than a hard board. Also, an inflatable board has an extra little bit of give in the surface that makes it more comfortable to push your hands and feet against while doing different poses. For the best yoga experience, you should have a very stable board, wide, with a rounded hull shape, and also a comfy mat surface. For more details, and board reviews of the top selling iSUPs for yoga, check here.

Man fishing on his supISUP Fishing

For fishing on your paddle board, stability and storage are essential. The best inflatable SUP will be a big, wide board to give you a solid foundation under your feet. And it will have lots of d-rings and bungee cords to hold your fishing gear. This Badfish iSUP ticks those boxes and is an excellent choice for a fishing iSUP, but it is a little pricey and over the $1000 mark.  Some other accessories you will need are a rod holder to put your rod in while you paddle to your fishing area. And you will want to get a cooler or two to sit on. If your iSUP doesn't come with rod holders, the easiest way is to attach two vertical holders to the sides of your cooler.  If you want to sit down more and use your iSUP more as a sit-on-top kayak, then you should have a kayak paddle as well as the paddleboard paddle. For more details about SUP fishing and SUP fishing boards go here.

ISUP Surfing

It's a little hard to surf with an inflatable ISUP. If you want to get the most enjoyment out of surfing, you're going to want a hard board. However, if you lack the space or transport ability for a hard board, or if you just want to use your ISUP to have some fun in the waves, then a shorter, thinner, one with a pointier hull shape is better for more maneuverability. Like the iRocker here.

Man paddling a supISUP for Rivers and White Water

For paddling in rivers, removable fins are an excellent option; you can take them off and have more maneuverability and also not damage your board as you slide over rocks. If you're paddling on some white water, you have to be prepared to fall. As I don't like falling, I stick to flat water and use a wider board for more stability. An excellent choice for flat water or white water paddling for the paddler 200 lbs or less is this 10'6 Badfish iSUP here

ISUP for Touring/RacingTower Paddleboards iRace inflatable SUP

For going faster and farther, think pointy and thin. The longer, narrower boards and pointy hulls make for a fast ride. However, the narrow boards might be difficult for a beginner or heavier paddler. And the inflatable might be not quite fast enough for the serious racer. Some professionals do like to race on them, however. So don't entirely rule them out! One of the best inflatable SUPs for speed is the Tower Paddle Board iRace.

 

Putting it All Together

Here, in an easy to compare chart format, are some of the best inflatable SUPs available on Amazon. Click on Full Review for a more detailed look at each board or click on view price to see the latest sale prices and read all the customer reviews available at Amazon. I can't include the prices in the table as they change often depending who is holding a sale at that particular time.

 

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Top Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards of 2017

Name/Image Learn MoreSizeMax WeightAccessoriesSpecial Notes
Tower Paddle Boards 9’10 Adventurer ISUP

Tower Paddle Boards 9’10 Adventurer ISUP

view pricefull review 9'10x 31.9" x 5.9"350 lbs2 D-rings, detachable fin,2 fixed side fins, fiberglass paddle, middle handleSolidly built board, very stable, will give you years of fun paddling
10′ iRocker Inflatable SUP Package

10′ iRocker Inflatable SUP Package

view pricefull review 10'x 30"x 6"350 lbs4 Front D-rings, 4 central D-rings, rear leash d-ring, central handle, 2 fixed and 1 removable finWell constructed, stable, good for recreational paddling/fun/fitness.
Ten Toes theWEEKENDER

Ten Toes theWEEKENDER

view pricefull review 10'x 30"x 6"250 lbs4 front D-rings, tail D-ring, central handle,3 removable finsWell constructed, stable, all around general paddling board.
Atoll 11′ Foot Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Atoll 11′ Foot Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

view pricefull review 11'x 32"x 6"250 lbs14 d-rings, front and back carry handles, two attached, one removable fin, pump, backpack, 2 bungies, aluminum paddle, repair kit Decent recreational board with all the extras

How About Accessories?

Finally, after you’ve decided on the best inflatable SUP for you, there is the matter of accessories. Let’s look at the accessories that usually come with iSUP package deals: paddles, pumps, D-rings and bungees, and also safety items, and some other extras that you might like to add to your ride.

SUP Paddles

The paddle choice is important. The cheapest paddles are aluminum with plastic blades. These can be quite heavy and cumbersome after a long day on the water. And if you’re not that strong, using the heavier paddle can cause shoulder pain. Most paddleboard sets include this type of paddle. The lighter carbon or fiberglass paddles can be a better choice but they aren’t included with most sets, so if you want a good one, you might have to purchase it separately.

Also, the blade shape is something else you have to consider. A wide blade takes a lot more effort to move through the water and can cause shoulder pain after some time. A smaller blade is better for most users. It allows for more maneuverability and also requires less power to use. If you want to go longer distances, you can choose a narrower but longer paddle which allows you to get more distance from each stroke but isn’t as hard to use as the rounder paddles that require a lot of brute force to push through the water.

Inflatable SUP Pumps

The pump is another consideration. Some sets come with dual action pumps where they inflate on both strokes and others come with single action pumps where it takes a longer time to blow up. Also, using manual pumps of either kind, it is quite a bit work to pump up an iSUP  to the recommended psi. You might want to buy an electric pump that is compatible with the iSUP that you choose because it can be hard to match the ends with electric pumps for air mattresses or other uses. I don’t have any problems with the manual pumps so have never tried one of the electric models.

 

And to keep your gear, D-rings and bungees are needed. If they don’t come pre-attached, you can purchase separately and glue them on yourself.

Some people like to add a kayak seat and paddle and use their iSUP for sit-on-top kayaking. Some boards have d-rings where you can install a seat, or you can glue them on yourself. Another option is to use tie-downs to attach a cooler to your board. It can keep your beverages cold as well as give you a place to sit.

Safety

One last thing to think about before you’re ready to hit the ocean is what kind of safety features you need. The two most important safety items are a board leash and a personal floatation device. Also, a good idea is a dog lifejacket . If your dog is water-averse, like mine, the jacket will help make him feel much more at home on the water. The one I’ve linked to here is cute but fits a little small, so you might want to size up if Fido is borderline.

So there you have it, pick your board and accessories and away you go! Happy iSUPing.

If you have any tips, comments or questions, please leave them below.

 

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8 Comments

  • Alec Terry says:

    Hi Tammy,
    I must say that I didn’t even realize that there were such things as inflatable paddle boards. I had always had the picture in my head of the boards being made of material similar to that of regular surf boards, but this article opened my eyes.
    I have never tried this before but I would like to get into it. What do you think would be the best board for a beginner?

    • Tammy says:

      Hi Alec Terry, All the boards on this page are among the best selling iSUPs because they are solid, all-around, general purpose boards. You can’t really go wrong with any of them. You look young and fit, so stability probably won’t really be an issue for you. You can easily get back up when you fall down! There’s a bit of a learning curve so you will end up in the water a few times at first until you get the hang of it. It’s hard to tell without knowing more about you, but how about looking at the Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer iSUP? Or if you want a little more speed, you should check out the iRace 12’6 iSUP.

  • Jackie says:

    I LOVE paddle boarding. We have a few on a lake in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! Well, actually they don’t belong to us…they belong to our neighbors next door…(but they let us use them when they are not) I’m happy to know there is a cheaper solution because as you point out…they can be expensive! Totally happy to have stumbled on your site. Which one of these do you prefer to use yourself? Thanks for your great review.

    • Tammy says:

      Hi Jackie, my personal favorite is the Tower Paddle Boards 9’10 Adventurer ISUP. It’s very solidly constructed and, at 32″ wide, very stable so I can use it for a lot of different activities such as fishing or yoga. It’s not the fastest SUP but I’m not interested in racing, so it’s ok with me. My husband and 11 year old daughter also have a great time on this board.

  • TBonki says:

    An enlightening post, I assumed all paddle boards were hard and solid before reading this.
    It sounds like a very fun sport, not one that I have ever tried. I don’t live near the sea, but there is a large river running next to my house.
    I am a complete beginner, so don’t know what kind of water is required. Do you have to paddle boards in the sea?
    Thanks in advance,
    – TBonki

    • Tammy says:

      Hi, you can use a paddleboard anywhere there is a body of water. I don’t know what kind of river is by your house but if you are just starting out, you want to stick with a class one river. You should practice on flat water until you build up your skill before moving on to running water. Whitewater can be very dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing so it’s best to take some lessons with a qualified instructor before attempting that. You’re very lucky to be living right beside a big river and it could be a lot of fun! I absolutely love traveling down the river and looking at the beautiful scenery while drifting along. Wear a life jacket, paddle with a friend, don’t tie a leash around your ankle but use a quick release on your PFD, and always stay safe :).

  • M.Naeem says:

    Hi Tammy, very good product information frankly speaking this products is very useful one for my country Maldives. and almost all the resort islands here in Maldives is having the same as an outdoor activities frequently used by guests

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