Best Inflatable SUP Boards (March 2020)

Best All-Around Paddle Board
πŸ†Β BLACKFIN Model XΒ (stable, premium features)
πŸ† BLACKFIN Model XLΒ (stable, premium features)
πŸ† iROCKER CRUISERΒ (stable, durable, affordable)
πŸ† iROCKER ALL-AROUND 11′Β (versatile & tough)
πŸ† iROCKER ALL-AROUND 10′Β (versatile & tough)
πŸ† 10’6″ Nautical (by iROCKER)Β (best cheap SUP)
πŸ† Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″Β (best warranty, stiff)
πŸ†Β Bluefin Cruise 10’8″Β (best warranty, good value)
πŸ† THURSO Waterwalker 11′ (stable, great value)
πŸ† THURSO Waterwalker 10’6″ (fun, great value)
πŸ† THURSO Waterwalker 10′ (nimble, great value)
πŸ† NIXY NewportΒ (stable, light, affordable)
πŸ† GILI Adventure 11′Β (lightweight, great value)

Best Touring SUPπŸ† BLACKFIN Model V (feature-rich touring SUP)
πŸ† THURSO Expedition (fast affordable touring SUP)
πŸ† NIXY Manhattan (light, feature-rich touring SUP)

Best Fitness Paddle BoardπŸ† NIXY VeniceΒ (best SUP fitness board)

Best Paddle Board for KidsπŸ† THURSO SURF Prodigy (best kids’ SUP)

Best Travel SUPπŸ† NIXY Huntington (ultra-compact, lightweight)

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For the vast majority of paddlers, we feel that blow up paddle boards are a far better choice than rigid SUPs as inflatable paddle boards made with drop stitch construction offer an unparalleled blend of portability, durability, and performance. In our opinion, inflatable boards are the best all-around option for flatwater paddling, yoga and SUP fitness workouts, river SUP, families, touring, and more. They’re also extremely safe for paddling around small children, and the tough military-grade PVC skin means you can even bring your dog along.

Regardless of your experience level, budget, and paddling interests, we’re here to help you find an inflatable stand up paddle board that is perfectly suited to your needs. At Inflatable Boarder, we’re passionate about inflatable SUPs and paddling in general, so if you’re a beginner and need additional assistance or simply have questions that we didn’t answer in a specific video or write-up, feel free to drop us a line! We’re always quick to respond and are more than happy to help fellow paddlers out…

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Our Latest Reviews


BLACKFIN Model V Review (2020 Touring SUP)

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iROCKER ALL-AROUND 10′ Review + SUP Discount (2020)

The brand new iROCKER ALL-AROUND 10′ is a fantastic all-purpose inflatable SUP that features some really nice improvements over last year’s model. This stable, well-built …

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BLACKFIN Model XL Review + SUP Discount (2020)

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BLACKFIN Model X Review + SUP Discount (2020)

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iROCKER ALL-AROUND 11′ Review + SUP Discount (2020)

The 2020 iROCKER ALL-AROUND 11′ is a well-built, stable inflatable SUP that performs incredibly well in a wide variety of paddling conditions. Measuring 11′ x 32″ …

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iROCKER CRUISER Review + SUP Discount (2020)

The new and improved 2020Β iROCKER CRUISER 10’6″Β is an affordable and versatile inflatable SUP that’s a lot of fun to paddle. The CRUISER is an all-purpose …

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iROCKER Nautical 10'6" SUP

Nautical 10’6″ Paddle Board Review (by iROCKER SUP)

The Nautical 10’6″ paddle board is part of a new budget range by iROCKER SUP, designed for paddlers in search of a cheap inflatable paddle …

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Bluefin SUP Cruise 10'8" Review

Bluefin SUP Cruise 10’8″ Review

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iSUP vs. Rigid Boards

Should You Buy an iSUP or a Hard Board?

Inflatable stand up paddle boards have absolutely exploded in popularity over the past few years due to the fact that they are affordable, convenient, and super durable. An iSUP can be stored in even the smallest of spaces which makes them perfect for apartment dwellers, high-rise living, and boat life. Also, if you happen to enjoy traveling, inflatable SUPs are a total game-changer as they can be deflated, rolled up, and brought along on planes, taxis, and even scooters!

But iSUPs weren’t always such a compelling option. When blow up paddle boards were first introduced, they left a lot to be desired. The first boards to hit the market lacked the durability and rigidity that today’s best inflatables offer, and performance was lackluster at best.

Fast forward to today, and the performance gap between the best inflatable paddle board models and their rigid counterparts continues to get narrower. Thanks to cutting edge advancements in drop-stitch construction technology, iSUPs are getting lighter, faster, tougher, and stiffer with each passing season. New manufacturing processes such as fusion construction are also helping to reduce weight, waste, and environmental impacts.

So should you buy an inflatable paddle board or a rigid board? Unless you’re a competitive paddler who is only interested in top-line surf or racing performance, an iSUP offers the most benefits and is by far the best choice. While there are literally countless reasons to choose an inflatable stand up paddle board over a rigid board, here’s a list of our top 7:

Inflatable SUP Durability
The best inflatable SUP boards are made from heavy-duty materials that are virtually indestructible. The tough outer skin is made from an ultra-durable PVC fabric that is highly-resistant to punctures, cuts, and abrasions. While cracks and dings are always a major concern with hard SUPs, inflatables are worry-free in this respect.
Inflatable Paddle Board Portability
With iSUPs, you never have to concern yourself with things like car roof racks or trailers. An inflatable SUP deflates and rolls up like a sleeping bag, allowing you to transport it in your vehicle’s trunk, backseat, or even on the back of a scooter, bicycle, or ATV.
iSUP Storage
Rigid stand up paddle boards require a ton of storage space and pose a serious challenge for anyone who lives in an apartment or high-rise condo. Inflatable SUPs, on the other hand, can be deflated, rolled up, and easily stored under your bed or in a closet.
Cheaper Stand Up Paddle Board

While there are some exceptions, for the most part, inflatable paddle boards cost less than equivalent hard boards. In addition to being less expensive to buy, inflatables are also cheaper to maintain as you won’t have to spend a lot of additional money on costly future repairs. Lastly, since you’ll be able to bring your blow up SUP along on vacations, you’ll also save a lot of money on SUP rental fees.

Traveling with Inflatable SUP
Traveling with an inflatable paddle board is a breeze, and you can even bring your iSUP along with you when you fly. Just pack your board in a carrying bag or backpack, check it with the rest of your luggage, and pick it up once you arrive at your destination.
SUP Backpack
For camping and hiking enthusiasts, an inflatable SUP is a great piece of gear to bring along as you can experience off-the-beaten-path paddling spots that would otherwise be inaccessible. An iSUP also makes a comfortable sleeping pad as it can be used as an air mattress.
Inflatable Paddle Board Safety
Last but not least, inflatable SUPs are safer than hard boards. While iSUPs are extremely stiff when fully inflated, they still offer a slight amount of “give” and are more forgiving than rigid boards when it comes to bumps, knocks, and falls. This also makes inflatables a better choice if you’ll be paddling with children or pets.

What to Look for in an Inflatable SUP

When you’re looking for a new inflatable paddle board, there are several considerations to take into account as you’re doing SUP comparison shopping. These are factors that we look at each and every time we do an inflatable SUP review. While individual paddlers will obviously have specific things that are more important to them than others, this core list will give you some basic guidelines to follow as you’re comparing stand up paddle boards…

  • SUP Company’s Reputation – We highly recommend that you deal only with brands that have a strong reputation for standing behind the gear that they make. Does the company have a history of providing solid after sales support? How easy is it to contact the company and how long does it take to get a response from them? Are existing customers happy with the performance and durability of their boards, or are there a large number of complaints?

  • Build Quality – When it comes to inflatables, look for boards that are well-built with quality drop-stitch material and military-grade PVC that’ll hold up for many years. Avoid cheap, low-quality paddle boards that feature flimsy construction, low-quality materials, and a sloppy fit and finish. Cheaper, poorly constructed boards can’t be inflated to higher psi pressures, so that’s something else to watch out for.

  • Intended Use – Another important factor to consider is how you’ll be using your board. Are you looking for a multipurpose board that does a lot fairly well, or are you looking for a specialty model that is specifically designed to excel at one type of activity? What about water conditions? Will you be doing flat water paddling? Oceans? Rivers? While not built for speed, an all-around model is typically ideal for most paddlers as these boards are versatile, extremely stable, and easy to paddle.

  • Thickness – When compared with thinner 4″ boards, iSUPs that are 6″ thick will be stiffer, more buoyant, and ride higher in the water. The additional thickness will help to keep your feet dry while paddling which is especially important with cold water paddling in the winter. With that said, if you’re planning to spend a lot of time playing in the waves, we’d recommend a high-quality board with a thinner profile (4″-5″) for better surf performance.

  • Width – Wider paddle boards offer increased stability, something that beginner paddlers will find helpful. 32″ wide is a good starting point.

  • Warranty – Often overlooked, the warranty is a key factor to consider when you’re looking to buy an inflatable SUP. Warranties typically range from 1 to 3 years, and a longer warranty period shows that a SUP company has confidence in the durability of their gear and is willing to make things right if manufacturer defects occur.

  • Included Accessories – Last but not least, the SUP accessory bundle makes a huge difference when it comes to overall value. Does the board come packaged with everything you need to start paddling, or will you be required to spend even more money on additional items such as a paddle or leash? Also, what is the quality of the included accessories like?

What Can You Do with an Inflatable Paddle Board?

In reality, this section would be more appropriately titled, “What CAN’T You Do With Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards”. Today, paddlers are using inflatable SUPs for everything from fishing to fitness, and their versatility and toughness are simply unmatched. Here are just a few of the things that you can do with an inflatable SUP:

  • SUP fishing
  • Fitness (yoga, pilates, etc.)
  • Surfing
  • Whitewater/river SUP
  • SUP racing
  • Touring and multi-day excursions
  • Paddling around small children or pets
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Adventure travel
  • Multi-paddler group fun
  • Windsurfing

What is the Best Inflatable SUP?

We get asked this question a lot due to the fact that we review so many inflatable SUP boards, but the truth is, there’s no single board that is right for every paddler. All inflatable paddle boards (and brands) have unique pros and cons, and the right board for you may not necessarily be the best iSUP for someone else.

Also, keep in mind that there are a variety of board categories covering different types of paddling activities and water conditions. Here are the most popular types of stand up paddle boards and in each of these categories you’ll find both inflatable and hard boards to choose from:

  • All-around: Very stable, great for beginners, designed for general fun.
  • Touring: Larger boards designed for long-distance paddles, overnight SUP excursions, etc.
  • Yoga & SUP fitness: Wide boards designed with stability in mind.
  • Racing: Long, narrow SUPs with sleek shapes that are built for speed.
  • Whitewater: Wide boards with rockers designed for river surfing and rapids.
  • SUP fishing: Stable paddle boards with plenty of accessory mounts and tie-down points.
  • Surfing: Shorter and easier to maneuver SUPs designed to perform well in the surf.

Additionally, some of our top-rated paddle boards are best for beginners while others such as touring SUPs and racing boards are designed for experienced paddlers. The best inflatable SUPs for beginners are going to be wider models designed with stability in mind while advanced paddlers typically look for more performance-oriented boards.

Best Inflatable Paddle Boards for 2020

Bluefin SUP Cruise Carbon 10'8"
All-around 10'8"x32"x6" 35 pounds
Bluefin SUP Cruise 10'8"
All-around 10'8"x33"x6" 33 pounds
All-around 10'6"x35"x6" 25 pounds
All-around 11'6"x34"x6" 27 pounds
Touring 12'6"x32"x6" 27 pounds
All-around 10'6"x33"x6" 26 pounds
All-around 11'x32"x6" 27 pounds
All-around 10'x32"x6" 24 pounds
Touring 11'x31"x6" 26 pounds
All-around 10'6"x32"x6" 19.5 pounds
THURSO Expedition
Touring 11'6"x30"x6" 28 pounds
THURSO Waterwalker 11'
All-around 11'x32"x6" 26 pounds
THURSO Waterwalker 10'6"
All-around 10'6"x31"x6" 24 pounds
All-around 11'6"x34"x6" 33 pounds
Child's 7'6"x30"x4" 19 pounds
GILI Adventure 11'
All-around 11'x32"x6" 19 pounds
NIXY Newport
All-around 10'6"x33"x6" 20 pounds
NIXY Venice
SUP fitness 10'6"x34"x6" 23 pounds
NIXY Huntington
Travel 9'6"x32"x6" 17 pounds
NIXY Manhattan
Touring 12'6"x30"x6" 22 pounds

How to Care for an iSUP

Inflatable paddle boards are designed to handle a lot of abuse and honestly don’t require much as far as special care goes. First of all, you should avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. When your board’s not in use, simply place it in a shady area and out of the sun’s intense rays.

Next, it’s essential to rinse your iSUP, paddle, and other paddling accessories off with fresh water after each use. Salt water will absolutely destroy your gear, so give everything a thorough rinse after you’re done. If you find that your board is looking dirty, some mild soap and water will do the trick. Also, an occasional wipe down with some 303 UV Protectant Spray will prevent damage from harmful UV rays and keep your board looking newer, longer – just remember not to spray your board’s traction pad.

Last but not least, make sure that your board is nice and dry before rolling it up placing it in the carry bag. Not giving your gear time to properly dry before storage will result in mold – something you definitely want to avoid.

In the event that your iSUP needs to be repaired at some point in the future, it’s good to know that all boards these days come with a repair kit. Most repairs are simple do-it-yourself fixes that can be easily completed in just a few minutes, and there are plenty of easy-to-follow tutorials online that will walk you through the repair process.


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