Best Paddle Boards for Sale – 2017 Inflatable SUP Buyer’s Guide

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Best Paddle Boards Guide

In this 2017 inflatable SUP buyer’s guide, we’ll list our top picks for this year’s best paddle boards. We’ve broken our guide down into four main categories:

  • Best inflatable paddle boards over $1,000
  • Best inflatable SUPs under $1,000
  • Best iSUPs under $750
  • Best inflatable stand up paddle boards under $500

Although it has only been a mainstream sport for a short time, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is quickly becoming more and more popular around the world. Until recently, traditional rigid SUP boards meant that the sport was still dependent on roof racks, expensive trailers, and the inconvenience of having to drag a heavy board to your paddling destination.

Thankfully, with the development of new technology, a new breed of inflatable paddle boards is bringing some much-needed convenience to our sport. The latest generation of iSUP boards offers top-shelf durability, rigidity, and performance. While there are some who still believe that a “blow up paddle board” is nothing more than a toy, many are discovering the amazing world of high-quality inflatables and have left their hard boards behind.

As the inflatable SUP market continues to grow, so does the list of companies who are producing them. With so many options available, narrowing the field down can be a daunting task. In this guide, our goal is to do just that.

Before You Buy: Important Things to Consider

Broadly speaking, there are four main things to take into condisderation when choosing an iSUP:

  1. Performance (in terms of stability, speed, and maneuverability)
  2. The strength and durability of a board
  3. Weight
  4. What the board is designed for

Performance
When it comes to performance, an inflatable paddle board should be stable enough to allow for easy paddling, easily maneuverable, and fast enough to satisfy the paddler’s need for speed. These factors are largely dependent on the physical dimensions of the board itself.

In general, a longer, narrower board offers more speed but less stability and handling, while a shorter, wider board will sacrifice speed for stability and maneuverability. Because of this, board design has become one of the most important aspects of the field, as manufacturers strive to reach an optimal balance between the length, width, and thickness of the board.

Durability
Another important thing that you should consider when shopping for a paddle board is durability. This not only includes resistance to physical damage (such as punctures and abrasions), but also reflects the ability of the board to retain air. The higher the air pressure of an iSUP, the more rigid and buoyant it will be. A super stiff, buoyant SUP is easier and more enjoyable to paddle.

Weight
When it comes to choosing a SUP, weight should be considered. Thanks to advancements in inflatable SUP construction technology, boards are getting lighter and stronger every year.

Design
Last but not least, it’s important to determine how you’ll be using your board. Whitewater, flat water paddling, touring — be sure to buy a board that was designed specifically for the type of paddling you’ll be doing. Manufacturers are targeting more and more specific niches these days, and boards are becoming more and more specialized in their applications.

…now without further ado, let’s take a look at our top picks for 2017’s best inflatable paddle boards.

Best Inflatable SUP Boards Over $1,000

These boards are obviously the best of the best, and the price reflects it. If you’re willing to spend this kind of money, you know exactly what you’ll be getting — a super high-quality board that offers the best design and engineering available today. These inflatables have good weight-to-dimension characteristics, superior performance, and are extremely rigid.

Each of the following boards is easy to inflate (some even come with an electric pump to make inflation even easier), and they come with high-quality hardware and SUP accessories..

BOARDDIMENSIONSWEIGHTCAPACITYWARRANTYPRICE
Red Paddle Co 10'6" Ride
Red Paddle Co 10'6" Ride
10'6"x32"x4.75"21 lbs220 lbs1 year
Starboard Whopper Deluxe
Starboard Whopper Deluxe
10'x35"x6"25 lbs255 lbs2-year
SOL Paddle Boards SOLtrain
SOL Paddle Boards SOLtrain
10'7"x33.5"x6"27 lbs300 lbs3-year
SUP onthefly River Nymph
SUP onthefly River Nymph
10'x33"x6"28 lbs496 lbs3-year
Red Paddle 17' Ride XL
Red Paddle Co 17' XL Ride
17'x60"x8"68 lbs1,000+ lbs1 year

Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride

Red Paddle Co 10'6" Ride SUP

  • Length: 10’6″
  • Width: 32″
  • Thickness: 4.75″
  • Volume: 240 liters
  • Weight: 21 pounds
  • Capacity: 220 pounds
  • Best for: All-around
  • Included: Pump, backpack, repair kit, phone case
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

The 10’6″ Ride by Red Paddle Co is the most popular iSUP in the world and with good reason. Measuring 10’6″ x 32″ x 4.75″, this SUP excels as an all-round board.

The 10’6″ Ride is designed to glide easily over flat water while exhibiting just enough hull curvature to handle surf and chop without any problem. It inflates from 18-20 psi, a higher pressure than most inflatables guaranteeing rigidity and buoyancy that few boards can match. With the capacity to carry up to 220 pounds, this board is a great choice for the majority of all-around paddlers.

Red Paddle Co has only been manufacturing iSUPs since 2008, but the growing Red Paddle Co SUP lineup has earned a well-deserved reputation for being the best in the world. Using their Tec Air production process, Red Paddle constructs the 10’6″ Ride using their Monocoque Structural Laminate (MSL) Fusion technology. This innovative process not only allows the company to shave a few pounds off the final weight, but it also allows the 10’6″ Ride to remain more rigid at lower pressures and produces a smooth, blemish-free surface that is almost unique when it comes to inflatables. Also, Red Paddle Co has recently added fittings that are compatible with RAM mounts, allowing you to conveniently attach accessories like a GPS or fishing rod to your SUP.

The top features of the 10’6″ Ride include a crocodile deck-pad for non-slip paddling, cargo tie-downs, a center-mounted carry handle, a stern grab-handle, and three small fins. The 10’6″ Ride comes with a really nice backpack, hand pump, and inflatable SUP repair kit. Be advised that you’ll need to purchase a paddle and a SUP leash before paddling out (unless you already own them, of course). Last but not least, Red Paddle Co backs the 10’6″ Ride with a 1 year warranty.

For more info on this board, be sure to check out our thorough Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride review.


Starboard Whopper Deluxe

Starboard Whopper Deluxe SUP

  • Length: 10′
  • Width: 35″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: 300 liters
  • Weight: 25 pounds
  • Capacity: 255 pounds
  • Best for: All-around, SUP fitness, surfing
  • Included: Backpack, pump
  • Warranty: 2-year
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price (*use coupon code BOARDER75 for $75 off)

If you’re looking for an inflatable stand up paddle board that offers extreme stability, Starboard’s Whopper Deluxe is one of the better ways to spend your money. Measuring 10′ x 35″ x 6″, the Deluxe’s wide, comfortable deck is confidence-inspiring.

The recommended inflation pressure of this board is 15-18 psi, and although the Starboard Whopper Deluxe is neither the fastest nor the most maneuverable iSUP on the water, it excels as a reliably stable platform that can be used effectively for SUP fitness, SUP fishing, and all-around paddling.

Weighing a little more than 21 lbs., the Whopper Deluxe is super portable and easy to carry around. It’s manufactured using a glue-less, solvent-free process that fuses the material into a single layer, increasing overall rigidity. By choosing to fuse the layers rather than use adhesives, Starboard has created a lighter board that actively seeks to improve its own eco-footprint.

The Whopper Deluxe can carry 225 pounds comfortably, and can be fitted with 3 injection-molded fins that improve stability and tracking. The Deluxe has a center-mounted neoprene carry-handle and a similar paddle-holder/carry handle at the tail. The tail also features a recessed inflation valve and a leash ring.

Other nice features include a D-ring mounted on the nose and a bungee cargo net near the front of the board. The Deluxe has a 3mm full-deck pad of square-groove, non-slip EVA foam finished with a handsome croc skin pattern. Starboard covers the board with a 2-year warranty.

If you’re looking for a fun inflatable SUP that offers extreme stability and is built to last, the Whopper Deluxe is one to consider.


SOL Paddle Boards SOLtrain

SOL Paddle Boards SOLtrain SUP

  • Length: 10’7″
  • Width: 33.5″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: 300 liters
  • Weight: 27 pounds
  • Capacity: 300 pounds
  • Best for: All-around, river running, SUP fitness
  • Included: Backpack, pump, repair kit, paddle
  • Warranty: 3-year
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

The SOL Paddle Boards SOLtrain offers a genuine all-round iSUP experience and is well suited to just about any kind of SUP activities. With a hull length of 10’7″, a width of 34″, and a depth of 6″, the SOLtrain has been designed to offer a stable but manageable platform for everything from river running to ocean exploring.

The SOLtrain is a relatively fast iSUP that does not sacrifice anything in the way of stability or maneuverability. This board provides enough control to take you through white water or ocean surf while still being stable enough to serve as a fishing platform or SUP fitness board.

The SOLtrain weighs in at only 27 pounds, and the board inflates to a firm 15 psi. The board’s excellent rigidity is further enhanced by SOL’s dual PVC sidewall construction.

Three removable fins let you customize your skeg configuration to get the best performance for your particular paddling requirements. The three convenient grab handles (nose, tail, and middle) are great for pulling the board out of the water, and there’s enough storage capability to bring along your gear. The bungee cord storage area at the nose of the board is complemented by 4 tie-downs near the tail. All of the board’s D-rings are fastened to the board with a reinforced nylon webbing system that is specially designed to prevent them from tearing free. The SOLtrain also comes with a nice full-length traction pad to prevent slipping.

SOL Paddle Boards is a small company based out of Telluride, Colorado who is committed to providing the highest quality boards and the best in customer service. The SOLtrain comes with a paddle, hand pump, and repair kit — all of which pack away into the durable backpack. Lastly, all SOL paddle boards come with a three-year warranty and a lifetime guarantee on the tail-mounted valve.


SUP onthefly River Nymph

SUP onthefly River Nymph iSUP

  • Length: 10′
  • Width: 33″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: 315 liters
  • Weight: 28 pounds
  • Capacity: 496 pounds
  • Best for: All-around, SUP fitness, whitewater
  • Included: Backpack, pump, repair kit
  • Warranty: 3-year
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

The SUP onthefly River Nymph is an extremely high-quality inflatable SUP that not only looks good, but delivers a nice balance of stability and maneuverability.

Measuring 10′ x 33″ x 6″, the River Nymph is a nice all-around board that is stable and fun to paddle. The board has a unique rocker formation that centers the rider’s weight, providing a board that is not only stable enough for SUP fitness, but responsive enough to take you through surf and even white water. The raised stomp pad at the tail also gives you extra control.

Because the board, pump, paddle, and backpack weigh less than 50 pounds, the River Nymph meets airline check-in baggage requirements. This is a board that you can take with you all around the world, and the backpack includes large wheels and a handle which makes it super easy to wheel through airports.

The SUP onthefly River Nymph is constructed out of the industry’s toughest drop stitch material. Two 4″ fins and a large 8″ removable fin help things out in the tracking department, and the 9 reinforced stainless steel D-rings let you customize your rigging. The River Nymph features a full-length traction pad, and it’s covered by SUP onthefly’s 3-year warranty.


Red Paddle 17′ Ride XL

Red Paddle Co 17' XL Ride SUP

  • Length: 17′
  • Width: 60″
  • Thickness: 8″
  • Volume: 1,298 liters
  • Weight: 68 pounds
  • Capacity: 1,000+ pounds
  • Best for: Multi-paddlers, all-around
  • Included: 4 pumps, carry bag, repair kit
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

The Red Paddle Co 17′ Ride XL is a super fun, extremely well-built inflatable SUP that is designed for multiple paddlers. The Ride XL is 17′ long, 60″ wide, and 8″ thick.

This board is one of our favorite big SUP boards, and it offers great stability and buoyancy. the 17′ Ride XL can accommodate up to eight riders, opening up whole new worlds of paddling fun.

Thanks to Red Paddle’s MSL hull-fusion process, the 17′ Ride XL is an incredibly durable board with a hard-wearing polymer layer fused to the drop stitch core at the raw material stage. Not only does this process ensure that the board is puncture- and abrasion-resistant, it also eliminates the issue of hand-gluing errors that are characteristic of some boards. The Ride XL features 4 iFins, and a bungee storage area in front of the enormous non-slip deck pad gives you plenty of room to secure gear.

For such a large board, the 17′ Ride XL is extremely easy to carry. Deflated, it fits neatly into the included Red Paddle carry bag. Once inflated, the board’s 8 high-quality carry-handles make it easy to carry.

3 of Red Paddle Co’s Titan pumps are included with the Ride XL, allowing for quicker inflation through multiple inflation points on the board. Also, the Red Paddle Co 17′ Ride XL is now equipped with a threaded screw compatible with RAM Mounts’ versatile and efficient range of brackets, mounts, and fittings — this lets you customize the board the way you want.

Red Paddle backs the Ride XL with a 1 year warranty which covers all manufacturer defects.

Best Inflatable Paddle Boards for Sale Under $1,000

Despite the fact that they cost less than the boards in the previous section, the following inflatable paddle boards are still some of the best on the market. As you check out the top-rated SUP boards in this price range, remember to pay close attention to the length, width, and design of the different models as this will have an impact on the stability, speed, and overall performance of the board.

Also, some companies offer nicely packaged accessory bundles which include a SUP paddle, pump, carry bag, and more. Others offer far more basic packages which means you’ll have to go shopping for some additional SUP accessories unless you already own some gear. Remember to take this into consideration as you’re weighing all of the options.

BOARDDIMENSIONSWEIGHTCAPACITYWARRANTYPRICE
Sea Eagle Needlenose 126
Sea Eagle Needlenose 126
12'6"x30"x6"26 lbs225 lbs3-year, 180-day money back guarantee
Tower Adventurer 2 10'4"
Tower Adventurer 2 10'4"
10'4"x32"x6"26 lbs400 lbs2-year
Starboard Whopper Zen
Starboard Whopper Zen
10'x35"x4.75"24 lbs230 lbs2-year
YOLO Inflatable 11′ Mint
Yolo Mint 11'
11'x32"x6"22 lbs220 lbs1 year
Tower Xplorer 14' SUP
Tower Xplorer 14'
14'x32"x8"33 lbs800 lbs2-year

Sea Eagle NeedleNose 126 (NN126)

Sea Eagle Needlenose 126 SUP

  • Length: 12’6″
  • Width: 30″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: 258 liters
  • Weight: 26 pounds
  • Capacity: 225 pounds
  • Best for: Flat water, touring
  • Included: Paddle, backpack, pump, repair kit
  • Warranty: 3-year, 180-day money back guarantee
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

Sea Eagle’s line of NeedleNose iSUPs are very well-built boards that perform great, and the Sea Eagle NeedleNose 126 is the most popular board in the range. Measuring 12’6″ x 30″ x 6″, the Sea Eagle NN126 is a sleek SUP that is fast and super fun to paddle.

The first thing you’ll notice about the NN126 is Sea Eagle’s patented NeedleNose, which gives it its characteristic shape. Not only does the NeedleNose profile help this board to cut through the water much faster than more traditionally-shaped inflatable paddle boards, it also improves tracking. This means that less power is required to keep the NeedleNose 126 paddling straight, and more energy can be expended on paddling speed. The speed of this board is further improved by the fact that the hull has no upturn, with a full waterline length from nose to tail.

The extremely durable 1100 Decitex reinforced material that Sea Eagle uses on the NeedleNose 126 is highly-resistant to both piercing and abrasion, and it’s supplemented by two tough reinforcment layers for added protection.

The top of the board is covered by a full-length, diamond-patterned traction pad made from EVA foam for unmatched comfort and a non-slip paddling experience. The kick tail on the NN126 improves control and really comes in handy whenever you’re performing advanced maneuvers.

When it comes to portability and convenience, the Sea Eagle NeedleNose 126 weighs in at only 24 lbs. and folds away easily into a 32″ x 17″ x 10″ profile that fits neatly into Sea Eagle’s carry bag. Even inflated, the NN126 is easy to carry, thanks to a centrally-mounted and balanced carry-handle.

The nose of the board features a handy grab-handle that makes it easy to pull the board out of the water. The nose area also features an elastic bungee cord storage area for securing gear.

The NeedleNose 126 SUP also includes a stainless steel D-ring at the tail for attaching your SUP leash, three skegs (two small fixed fins plus one large removable), and Sea Eagle’s innovative PaddlePocket feature that holds your paddle when it’s not in use. Sea Eagle offers a wide variety of configurations for this board, and each package comes with everything you need to get out onto the water, including a paddle, pump, and repair kit.

The entire line of Sea Eagle paddle boards is well-known for its versatility, and the NN126 is no exception. The NeedleNose 126 can be easily converted into a swivel-seat fishing board or even a rowing platform. Also, all of their boards are backed by the company’s industry-leading 3-year warranty and 180-day money back guarantee.

To learn more about this board, read our in-depth Sea Eagle NN126 review.


Tower Adventurer 2 10’4″

Tower Adventurer 2 10'4" SUP

  • Length: 10’4″
  • Width: 32″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: 300 liters
  • Weight: 26 pounds
  • Capacity: 400 pounds
  • Best for: All-around, SUP fitness, flat water, rivers
  • Included: Paddle, pump, repair kit
  • Warranty: 2-year
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

The Adventurer 2 from Tower Paddle Boards is a popular choice in this price range, and the board sacrifices nothing when it comes to performance and quality. The military-grade drop stitch hull inflates to 10’4″ x 32″ x 6″, and the board boasts an impressive max capacity of 350 pounds.

Paddlers of all sizes can really enjoy this board, and it’s great for all-around purposes. From ocean bays to lakes and rivers, the Tower Adventurer 2 is a SUP that you’ll have a lot of fun with. Additionally, the board’s stiff rigidity, 32″ width, and 6″ thickness make it an excellent choice for SUP fitness.

A convenient carry handle lets you carry the Adventurer 2 under your arm when it’s fully inflated, while tail and nose grab handles make it easy to handle in the water. With one removeable and two fixed fins, the Adventurer 2 can be configured to suit any water conditions.

At the tail is a D-ring for attaching a SUP leash, and the board’s nose features a bungee storage area for stashing a bag, flip flops, change of clothes, etc. The deck of the Tower Adventurer 2 is covered with a comfortable, non-slip traction pad.

Like all inflatables, one of the Adventurer 2’s biggest advantages lies in its extreme portability. This board literally rolls up into a 12″ x 33″ bundle – just a bit bigger than a small sleeping bag. It can be secured with a single strap and carried under your arm, popped into an airplane’s overhead compartment, or even strapped to a motorcycle or bicycle for the ultimate in paddleboarding convenience.

As with all Tower Paddle Boards, the Adventurer 2 comes with a paddle and pump so you can start paddling as soon as you receive it. Also included is a SUP repair kit, although you’ll have to buy a suitable adhesive locally. Tower backs the board with a 2-year warranty.

For more info on this iSUP, be sure to check out our in-depth Tower Adventurer 2 review.


Starboard Whopper Zen

Starboard Whopper Zen SUP

  • Length: 10′
  • Width: 35″
  • Thickness: 4.75″
  • Volume: 237 liters
  • Weight: 24 pounds
  • Capacity: 230 pounds
  • Best for: All-around, surfing, SUP fitness, rivers
  • Included: Backpack, repair kit, pump
  • Warranty: 2-year
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

The Starboard Whopper Zen is the company’s more affordable alternative to the Whopper Deluxe, and the board compares favorably with its sister board in all aspects except weight. Measuring 10′ x 32″ x 6″, the Whopper Zen offers an outstandingly stable SUP platform for riders weighing up to 255 pounds, while itself weighing only 24 pounds.

Starboard has spent a lot of time researching how to make their inflatable SUPs stiffer. Features like a center stringer, outer rail band, and a sandwiched rail stiffener all improve the overall rigidity of the hull. Thanks to these, the Whopper Zen is one of the more stable iSUPs available. Although it does not excel as a racer or exhibit high maneuverability, the Whopper Zen is perfect for cruising, training, or even as a SUP fitness platform.

The Whopper Zen’s tracking is improved by three fixed fins, while a D-ring is integrated at the nose to make towing the Whopper more convenient. A centrally-mounted carry handle ensures that you’ll have no problems carrying the inflated Whopper Zen, while a handsome croc skin deck pad provides sure-footed traction while paddling. With a cargo net at the front of the board, a leash ring, a neoprene paddle holder, and a grab-handle at the tail, the Whopper Zen has all the features you’d expect in a great board.

If you’re looking for more than just overall performance and quality in an iSUP, then the Zen Whopper’s innovative environmental protection features could also play an important part in choosing this board. Thanks to Starboard’s dedication to actively protecting the ocean and environment, they are transitioning away from traditional materials towards a more bio-based and recycled-material manufacturing technology. Despite this, Starboard sacrifices nothing when it comes to quality — all Starboard inflatable paddle boards come with a two-year warranty.


YOLO Inflatable 11′ Mint

Yolo Mint 11' SUP

  • Length: 11′
  • Width: 32″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: 245 liters
  • Weight: 22 pounds
  • Capacity: 220 pounds
  • Best for: All-around, rivers, SUP fitness
  • Included: Paddle, backpack, pump, repair kit
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

YOLO Board has as passion to share inflatable stand up paddling with the world, which is exemplified by the YOLO 11′ Mint. At 32″ wide and 6″ thick, the Mint can support up to 220 pounds of weight, making it a good board for just about any paddler.

The Mint is a stable SUP that is suitable for anything from paddling down rivers to doing SUP fitness. Made from the same indestructible marine-grade material that’s used in the construction of white water rafts, the YOLO Mint is an extra durable iSUP that is ultra-convenient, light, and easy to maneuver in surf or flat water. The board also tracks well, thanks to the tri-fin setup which features one large removable center fin and two small fixed side fins.

YOLO Board’s motto of “You Only Live Once” is reflected in the design philosophy that inspired the 11′ Mint, and they’ve loaded this iSUP with lots of great features. Most iSUPs in this price range have only one cargo net, but the Mint boasts both a nose and a tail cargo storage area, giving you the chance to carry more gear with you when paddling.

With a carry-handle situated in the middle of the non-slip deck pad and a convenient grab-handle mounted on the tail, the Mint is easy to carry both in and out of the water. A leash-ring at the tail and a nose-mounted towing ring are also included. The Mint comes complete with a paddle, repair kit, backpack, and a 1 year warranty.


Tower Xplorer 14′ SUP

Tower Xplorer 14' SUP

  • Length: 14′
  • Width: 32″
  • Thickness: 8″
  • Volume: 600 liters
  • Weight: 33 pounds
  • Capacity: 800 pounds
  • Best for: SUP racing, touring, flat water
  • Included: Paddle, pump, repair kit
  • Warranty: 2-year
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

The Tower Xplorer 14′ is another big board, not only in length (14′) and width (32″), but also overall thickness (8″). Although the Xplorer 14 is not the lightest iSUP available (it weighs 42 pounds), it can carry an astonishing 800 pounds which makes it ideally suited for larger paddlers and tandem paddling.

The dimensions of the Tower Xplorer 14 make it a board you can take out in most conditions, whether it be ocean paddling, rivers, or lakes. The Xplorer 14 is not recommended for surfing, however. If you’re primarily interested in catching waves, we’d recommend checking out our top-picks for the best inflatable surfing SUP.

The exceptional stability offered by the Tower Xplorer 14 makes this a great SUP fitness or fishing platform, while the increased buoyancy of the 8″ hull and the nose rocker also provide more speed that most inflatables are capable of. Despite its somewhat bulky appearance, the Xplorer 14 is a very capable racing iSUP.

The Xplorer 14 inflates to 11 psi, and this is enough to create a hull rigid enough to be equally suitable for racing or touring. The military-grade material is virtually indestructible, and this is a board that can withstand serious use.

The Xplorer 14 features a single fin setup, and the large skeg is removable. With a centered carry handle, leash ring, nose-mounted towing ring, and extended-length traction pad, this board is both stylish and functional.

Because the Xplorer 14 comes with a paddle and hand pump, you’ll be able to take it out on the water the same day it arrives. When fully deflated and packed own, it measures only 12″ x 37″ and is small enough to take with you just about anywhere.

Tower backs the board with a 2-year warranty which covers all manufacturer defects. For more details, check out our complete Tower Xplorer 14 review.

Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards Under $750

Despite that fact that the following iSUPs are less expensive than the ones we’ve already covered, don’t be overly concerned that you’ll be sacrificing quality for affordability. In most cases, the material used for these boards is just as durable as what’s used on the costlier paddle boards, and the overall design and engineering is still quite impressive. In most cases, the only difference you may notice is a few less features.

Remember, it’s important to know what you want from your SUP before making a choice. It’s not necessary to spend a lot of money for additional features and extras that you don’t want or need, and the boards in this price range are equally suitable for beginners and advanced paddlers.

BOARDDIMENSIONSWEIGHTCAPACITYWARRANTYPRICE
Sea Eagle LongBoard 11
Sea Eagle LongBoard 11
11'x30"x6"25 lbs200 lbs3-year, 180-day money back guarantee
iRocker ALL-AROUND 11'
iRocker ALL-AROUND 11'
11'x32"x6"24 lbs385 lbs2-year, 30-day money back
iRocker SPORT 11'
iRocker SPORT 11'
11'x30"x6"22 lbs385 lbs2-year, 30-day money back
Tower Adventurer 9'10"
Tower Adventurer 9'10"
9'10"x32"x6"24 lbs400 lbs2-year
ISLE Airtech 10'
ISLE Airtech 10'
10'x31"x6"17.5 lbs240 lbs1 year, 30-day money back guarantee
Atoll SUP 11'
Atoll SUP 11'
11'x32"x6"19 lbs300 lbs2-year

Sea Eagle LongBoard 11 (LB11)

Sea Eagle LongBoard 11 SUP

  • Length: 11′
  • Width: 30″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: 232 liters
  • Weight: 25 pounds
  • Capacity: 200 pounds
  • Best for: All-around, surfing
  • Included: Backpack, paddle, pump, repair kit
  • Warranty: 3-year, 180-day money back guarantee
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

If you’re looking for an extremely versatile inflatable stand up paddle board, the Sea Eagle LongBoard 11 is an outstanding option in this price range. The LB11 can be fitted with a variety of optional extras such as an inflatable seat for seated paddling and SUP fishing accessories. You can even choose to configure it with a rowing kit that includes oars, oarlocks, and a padded seat.

Sea Eagle used high-quality 1100 Decitex reinforced material on the LongBoard 11, and the board measures 11′ x 30″ x 6″ when fully inflated. The LB11 weighs in at 25 pounds, and it can support a max weight of 200 pounds.

A 4″ entry rocker that continues around the hull makes this a good iSUP for surfing, while the excellent stability of the LongBoard 11 also makes it fun to paddle in flat water conditions. On the flip side, the board has two fixed skegs and a larger removable center skeg.

The LB11’s deck features a full-length diamond-pattern EVA foam deck pad which provides a comfortable non-slip surface for all kinds of paddling. The raised kick-tail gives expert and beginners alike better control for sharp turns and advanced maneuvers.

Front and rear grab-handles make the Sea Eagle LongBoard 11 an easy iSUP to pull through the water, while the bungee storage area near the nose lets you securely transport your gear. The LongBoard 11 also features a stainless steel D-ring at the tail which can be used for towing or attaching a paddle board leash, and the convenient PaddlePocket feature holds your paddle when its not in use.

Like all Sea Eagle products, the LongBoard 11 is designed with convenience in mind. A mid carrying handle lets you easily carry the board when its inflated, and when the board is deflated it fits neatly into the included Sea Eagle backpack.

The Sea Eagle LongBoard 11 comes with everything you need to start paddling (hull, pump, paddle, repair kit, and backpack), and you can always be confident of your board’s quality thanks to Sea Eagle’s 180-day return policy and 3-year warranty. To learn more about this board, read our full-length Sea Eagle LongBoard 11 write-up.


iRocker ALL-AROUND 11′

iRocker ALL-AROUND 11' SUP

  • Length: 11′
  • Width: 32″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: 245 liters
  • Weight: 24 pounds
  • Capacity: 385 pounds
  • Best for: All-around, lakes, rivers, SUP fitness
  • Included: Paddle, pump, repair kit, backpack, leash
  • Warranty: 2-year, 30-day money back
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

iRocker’s new ALL-AROUND 11′ is a great addition to their popular line of inflatable SUPs. This model is a fantastic all-around board that is stable and built like a tank. Featuring triple layer construction and quality materials, the ALL-AROUND 11′ is a great choice for anyone who wants a durable board that performs well in a wide variety of water conditions.

Measuring 11′ x 32″ x 6″, the ALL-AROUND 11′ weighs in at 24 pounds. This board is capable of supporting up to 385 pounds, which makes it a good choice for larger paddlers. Smaller paddlers should check out the iRocker ALL-AROUND 10′.

iRocker has packed a lot of value into the ALL-AROUND 11′ SUP package. New for 2017 is a totally redesigned SUP backpack and fiberglass paddle. iRocker also includes a nice coiled SUP leash, pump, and repair kit.

This board features a 2+1 fin setup, and the large removable center fin has a secure locking pin design that doesn’t require tools.

The top of the ALL-AROUND 11′ is covered in a diamond pattern EVA foam deck pad, and there’s a large bungee storage area at the nose with 6 stainless steel D-rings. There are 4 additional D-rings located along the sides of the traction pad for securing additional gear or attaching a kayak seat.

iRocker has just introduced an attractive red and black color option, and the ALL-AROUND 11′ is backed by the company’s 2-year warranty and 30-day money back guarantee.

For more information on this board, be sure to read our full-length iRocker ALL-AROUND 11′ review.


iRocker SPORT 11′

iRocker SPORT 11' SUP

  • Length: 11′
  • Width: 30″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: 230 liters
  • Weight: 22 pounds
  • Capacity: 385 pounds
  • Best for: All-around, flat water, surfing
  • Included: Backpack, paddle, pump, repair kit
  • Warranty: 2-year
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

Although they’re a relatively new name in the world of stand up paddleboarding, iRocker is becoming well-known for producing high-quality boards at affordable prices. The iRocker SPORT 11′ is an excellent example of this.

Despite it’s slightly longer length, the iRocker SPORT 11′ still offers excellent maneuverability thanks to the 30″ width and overall profile of the board. Although this board weighs in at only 22 pounds, it can support an impressive 385 pounds which makes it a perfect board for larger paddlers and paddling around children and large pets.

The iRocker SPORT 11′ is made from triple-layered, military-grade material which is essentially indestructible. The entire line of iRocker SUP boards is covered by a 2-year warranty and the company has a good track record for providing excellent customer service.

The iRocker SPORT 11′ is very much a no-frills, no-nonsense SUP. By focusing primarily on build quality, overall performance, and affordability, the company has come up with a design that has been very well received within the SUP community.

Featuring a tri-fin setup (two fixed, one removeable), mid-sized traction pad, leash ring on the tail, molded carry handle, and a bungee storage area at the nose, this board has all of the essentials that you’d expect to see. iRocker also added 4 stainless steel D-rings near the center of the board for attaching a kayak seat or tying down additional gear.

When it comes to convenience, the iRocker 11′ really delivers. The board is nice and light, and it packs down into a small 12″ x 33″ footprint. iRocker includes a solid SUP backpack with the SPORT 11′, as well as a paddle, pump, and repair kit.

All in all, the iRocker 11′ is an outstanding all-around board for this price range. It’s extremely durable, portable, and includes everything you need to start paddling. To learn more, check out our in-depth iRocker 11′ SUP review.


Tower Adventurer 9’10”

Tower Adventurer 9'10" SUP

  • Length: 9’10”
  • Width: 32″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: 300 liters
  • Weight: 24 pounds
  • Capacity: 400 pounds
  • Best for: All-around, lakes, rivers, SUP fitness
  • Included: Paddle, pump, repair kit
  • Warranty: 2-year
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

The Adventurer 9’10” from Tower Paddle Boards offers an exceptionally affordable, high-quality inflatable SUP for anyone looking for an all-round iSUP experience. Measuring 9’10” x 32″ x 6″, this board is a stable platform capable of carrying up to 300 pounds.

This board excels in any situation where stability is needed, which makes it ideal for SUP fitness as well as lakes and rivers. The fin setup on the Adventurer 9’10” is two fixed side fins with a large center skeg that is removable.

Tower has designed the Adventurer 1 with an eye towards efficiency and simplicity. While some inflatable paddle boards seem crowded with features and non-essential extras, the Tower Adventurer 1 displays a minimalism that confirms the company’s intent — to create an affordable and practical board that performs very well in a variety of paddling conditions. The deck is uncluttered and elegant, with only a towing D-ring at the nose, a leash D-ring at the tail, a center carry handle, and a Tower branded traction pad.

But don’t let the Adventurer 1’s simplicity fool you. This board is made out of heavy-duty, military-grade drop stitch material that is designed to be almost indestructible. When fully inflated, the board is a viable alternative to any rigid-hulled SUP.

Weighing in at 24 pounds and capable of packing down to 12″ x 33″ when deflated, this is an extremely portable paddle board that you can easily bring with you on flights or in the back of your car.

The Adventurer 1 9’10” iSUP includes a SUP paddle, pump, repair kit, and a 2-year warranty. For more information on this board, check out our Tower Adventurer 9’10” review.


ISLE Airtech 10′

ISLE Airtech 10' SUP

  • Length: 10′
  • Width: 31″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: 209 liters
  • Weight: 17.5 pounds
  • Capacity: 240 pounds
  • Best for: All-around, flat water, surfing
  • Included: Backpack, paddle, pump
  • Warranty: 1 year, 30-day money back guarantee
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

The corporate mission of ISLE Surf and SUP is to provide quality, gimmick-free products to their customers around the world. This philosophy of excellence is truly exemplified in the ISLE Airtech 10′ inflatable SUP.

This is a good-looking inflatable paddle board that measures 10′ x 31″ x 6″ when fully inflated. The board is covered by a tough, military-grade outer skin that is highly-resistant to cuts, scrapes, and abrasions.

Suitable for paddlers weighing less than 240 pounds, the ISLE Airtech 10′ is a good all-around board that works best in light surf conditions and flat water paddling. Because of the board’s excellent stability, it’s also suitable for SUP fishing.

ISLE’s Airtech Fusion technology results in a sturdier inflatable SUP that weighs considerably less than many comparable boards. Weighing in at only 17.5 pounds, the Airtech 10′ is one of the lightest boards in this price range. The comfortable grooved center carry handle is convenient, and the included backpack really comes in handy whenever it’s time to travel wth the board.

ISLE fitted this board with a diamond-patterned traction pad, a tail-mounted D-ring that lets you attach a SUP leash or tie up to a dock, a bungee storage area near the nose, and a nose handle that sits flush with the deck and stays safely out of the way when not in use. The ISLE Airtech 10′ is fitted with fins for improved tracking (two small fixed fins and one large removable), while the high-quality air valve allows for quick and easy inflation and deflation (less than five minutes).

A commitment to customer satisfaction is an important part of ISLE’s mission statement. The Airtech 10′ comes with everything you need to get on the water, including an adjustable paddle, pump, and a carrying bag. Of course, you’ll also receive the benefit of ISLE’s warranty coverage. All ISLE paddle boards come with a 1 year warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee.

Be sure to check out our ISLE Airtech 10′ write-up for more details on this popular inflatable SUP.


Atoll 11′ SUP

Atoll SUP 11' Board

  • Length: 11′
  • Width: 32″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: n/a
  • Weight: 19 pounds
  • Capacity: 300 pounds
  • Best for: All-around
  • Included: Backpack, paddle, pump, repair kit
  • Warranty: 2-year
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

With the Atoll 11′ inflatable SUP, Atoll Board Co offers a return to the core values of inflatable paddleboarding: an ultra-convenient, high-quality, affordable alternative to conventional rigid-hulled SUPs. With dimensions of 11′ x 32″ x 6″, the Atoll 11′ SUP is a stable and well-made board that offers many of the features you’d normally expect to find on a more expensive board.

Although it’s not a particularly fast iSUP, the stability and maneuverability of the Atoll 11′ make it ideal for beginners and intermediate-level paddlers who are looking for a lightweight, affordable board that is well-constructed and super fun to paddle.

The hull of the Atoll 11′ is designed to withstand just about anything you could throw at it, while the drop stitch chamber is protected by a double layer of military-grade material for added durability and strength. With an extended-length traction pad and a tail-mounted D-ring for securing your SUP leash, the Atoll 11′ has everything you need to stay safe on the water.

The Atoll 11′ iSUP is certainly not short on features. With a centrally-mounted carrying handle and a tail-mounted grab handle, this board is easy to carry when fully inflated. The tri-fin setup is entirely removable, and the bungee starage area and 14 stainless steel D-rings provide ample storage and tie-down options.

The Atoll 11′ paddle board comes with a SUP paddle, pump, repair kit, and a newly-redesigned Atoll backpack. To top it all off, Atoll Board Co backs the board with a 2-year warranty and a 60-day money back guarantee. Read our Atoll 11′ SUP review for more details.

Best Cheap Paddle Boards Under $500

Although these iSUPs are in the cheapest price range, that doesn’t mean that they are low-quality. Thanks to advancements in construction materials and technology, even less-expensive inflatable SUPs are extremely durable these days.

What you’ll typically find among the best boards in this price range are fewer features and options: these are basic boards more suited to casual and beginner paddlers than experts and die-hard iSUP enthusiasts.

BOARDDIMENSIONSWEIGHTCAPACITYWARRANTYPRICE
iRocker SPORT 10'
iRocker SPORT 10'
10'x30"x6"20 lbs350 lbs2-year
Ten Toes Weekender
Ten Toes Weekender
10'x30"x6"29 lbs275 lbs2-year
Vilano Navigator
Vilano Navigator
10'x31"x6"27 lbs250 lbs1 year
Supflex Fun 10′
Supflex 10'
10'x30"x6"22 lbs300 lbs2-year, 30-day money back guarantee
Aqua Marina Fusion
Aqua Marina Fusion
10'10"x30"x6"21 lbs308 lbs1 year


iRocker SPORT 10′

iRocker SPORT 10' SUP

  • Length: 10′
  • Width: 30″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: n/a
  • Weight: 20 pounds
  • Capacity: 350 pounds
  • Best for: All-around, surfing, flat water
  • Included: Backpack, pump, paddle, repair kit
  • Warranty: 2-year
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

If you’re looking for an iSUP that offers excellent quality at a super affordable price point, the iRocker SPORT 10′ iSUP is a board to seriously consider. Although his board doesn’t offer a lot in the way of unique features and extras, this is a high-quality SUP that delivers excellent all-around performance.

Measuring 10′ x 30″ x 6″, the iRocker SPORT 10′ is capable of supporting an impressive 350 pounds. This is a board that does well in a variety of paddling conditions — from lakes to slightly choppy rivers to mild ocean surf, the SPORT 10′ can handle it. Overall tracking is very good, and the military-grade drop stich material is virtually indestructible.

The iRocker 10′ SUP has a stainless steel leash attachment ring at the tail, a small bungee storage system at the nose, and a carrying handle. For the convenience of the paddler, there are also a number of D-rings placed around the diamond-patterned traction pad which can be used for extra storage or the attachment of a kayak seat.

The iRocker 10′ comes with a pump, paddle, repair kit, and backpack. It’s also covered by iRocker’s rock-solid 2-year warranty. Get the full scoop on this popular iSUP by reading our full-length iRocker SPORT 10′ review.


Ten Toes Weekender

Ten Toes Weekender SUP

  • Length: 10′
  • Width: 30″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: n/a
  • Weight: 29 pounds
  • Capacity: 275 pounds
  • Best for: All-around, SUP fitness
  • Included: Paddle, pump, repair kit
  • Warranty: 2-year
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

The Weekender from Ten Toes Board Emporium offers outstanding quality and performance at a budget price point. An ideal choice for first-timers and casual thrill-seekers of all paddling levels, the Weekender measures 10′ x 30″ x 6″ and weighs in at 29 pounds.

The rounded shape of this board adds stability and makes it a good choice for all-around paddling and SUP fitness. Manufactured from military-grade PVC material, the Ten Toes Weekender boasts an almost indestructible drop stitch hull that holds up well to use.

Although it’s not the lightest or fastest inflatable SUP on the water, the Weekender remains a great choice for anyone who wants a convenient and affordable way to enjoy the SUP lifestyle. Also, with a max capacity of 275 pounds, the Weekender is great for all but the heaviest of paddlers.

Although the Weekender isn’t loaded with unique features, it does represent a great bargain for iSUPs in this price range. Featuring a comfortable deck pad, a stainless steel D-ring at the tail, and a convenient bungee storage area near the nose, the Weekender has all of the essential bases well-covered.

The Weekender is available in a nice range of fun color combinations, and we like the fact that all three of the fins are removable. This makes it easy to swap out the fins, and in the even that a fin ever gets broken, you won’t have to deal with a complicated and time-consuming repair.

When it comes to transporting and storage, the Weekender doesn’t include a backpack which is a negative. If you like this board but really want a backpack, you can purchase one separately from the company.

The Ten Toes Weekender comes with an aluminum SUP paddle, pump, and repair kit. All Ten Toes paddle boards also come with a 2-year warranty which covers manufacturer defects. Check out our Ten Toes Weekender review to learn more about this popular board.


Vilano Navigator

Vilano Navigator SUP

  • Length: 10′
  • Width: 31″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: 350 liters
  • Weight: 27 pounds
  • Capacity: 250 pounds
  • Best for: All-around
  • Included: Carry bag, pump, paddle
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

Although Vilano is best known for their bikes, their Vilano Navigator is a popular affordable SUP. Although this is not a fast or particularly high-performance inflatable paddle board, it does offer a stable and dependable paddling platform for recreational flat water paddling.

Fully inflated, the Vilano Navigator measures 10′ x 31″ x 6″ and it can support up to 250 pounds. When deflated, the board rolls up into a 12″ x 36″ footprint and fits nicely into the included carry bag.

The Navigator has a single removable fin, a leash-ring at the tail, a single carry-handle, extra D-rings for storage or even fitting a kayak seat or backrest, and a diamond-groove traction pad for comfort and safety. The entire line of Vilano paddle boards is backed by a 1 year warranty, and the Navigator comes with a paddle, pump, repair kit, and backpack.

Made from quality PVC with Korean drop stitch construction, this board is rigid and designed to hold up well to hard use. Read our in-depth Vilano Navigator SUP review for more details on this affordable board.


Supflex Fun 10′

Supflex 10' SUP

  • Length: 10′
  • Width: 30″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: 230 liters
  • Weight: 22 pounds
  • Capacity: 300 pounds
  • Best for: All-around, SUP fitness
  • Included: Backpack, pump, paddle, leash
  • Warranty: 2-year, 30-day money back guarantee
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

Designed to be an ideal casual iSUP for flat water and light surf conditions, the Supflex Fun 10′ is another good choice if you’re looking to buy a cheap stand up paddle board. Thanks to its stability and design, the Fun 10′ offers a stable all-around SUP platform with many of the features normally reserved for more expensive boards.

The drop stitch chamber is protected by a double layer of military-grade PVC, resulting in a durable inflatable paddle board that won’t be damaged by rocks and other obstacles. The attractive, colorful EVA crocodile-skin patterned deck pad provides a comfortable surface for sitting, standing, and even SUP fitness. To improve the stability and tracking of the Supflex Fun 10′, three fins are included on the underside of the hull – two small, lateral fins and a single larger removable fin.

The Fun 10′ is also fitted with a carry-handle, leash ring, and a bungee storage area located at the board’s nose. Although this isn’t a specialized SUP, the Fun 10′ offers an acceptable balance between speed, performance, and convenience for beginner and intermediate paddlers. This is a fun board to paddle, and it rolls up neatly into a 12″ x 33″ bundle that can be packed away in the included backpack.

The Supflex Fun 10′ comes with a paddle, pump, backpack, and a SUP leash. Although the Fun 10′ isn’t a paddle board that was designed for high performance, it does offer a fun and stable paddling experience.

All Supflex paddle boards include a 2-year warranty, and the Fun 10′ is available in a range of fun colors.


Aqua Marina Fusion

Aqua Marina Fusion SUP

  • Length: 10’10”
  • Width: 30″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: 290 liters
  • Weight: 21 pounds
  • Capacity: 308 pounds
  • Best for: All-around, flat water, SUP fitness
  • Included: Paddle, backpack, repair kit
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: Click Here to Check Price

The Aqua Marina Fusion is the cheapest paddle board for sale in this year’s buyer’s guide, and it’s a solid choice for anyone who wants a super affordable inflatable paddle board that performs well. Measuring 10’10” x 30″ x 6, the Fusion offers a nice blend of maneuverability, speed, stability, tracking, and convenience. The Fusion weighs at only 21 pounds pounds, and it can support up to 308 pounds.

When inflated to the recommended 15 psi, the Aqua Marina Fusion is quite suitable for exploring, cruising, and SUP fitness. The board is fitted with a leash D-ring, carry handle, and a large bungee cargo area near the nose. Also, a honeycomb-patterned, heat-embossed EVA foam deck-pad provides traction on the board’s deck.

All in all, this is a nice budget-friendly board that even comes with a pump, paddle, backpack, and repair kit. As with all Aqua Marina SUP boards, the Fusion is covered by a 1 year warranty.

To learn more about this board, be sure to read our full Aqua Marina Fusion review.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, the inflatable SUP that you choose will depend completely on what you want to get out of your paddling experience, as well as how much you’re willing to put in. If you’re looking for a specialized board (particularly a high-speed, high-performance, or multi-person option) you’ll more or less be forced to shop from the top-shelf and fork over a bit more money.

If this is your first board and you’re really just looking for something convenient and fun, you’ve got some great all-around boards to choose from in all price ranges. In the end, the board you buy will mostly come down to a matter of personal preference — even the super cheap inflatable paddle boards are durable and can be a ton of fun on the water.

So sit down and really think about what you want to get out of your iSUP, then make your decision and don’t look back! Once you have your new board, get out there and paddle — all of these boards are made for enjoying and are an absolutely blast…

Happy paddling!

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