The 2018 BLACKFIN 10’6″ Model X is an extremely high-quality inflatable SUP that is part of iROCKER’s brand new BLACKFIN line. iROCKER’s popular lineup of inflatable paddle boards is well-known for their great build quality and affordable price points, and the BLACKFIN line is geared towards paddlers who want a higher-end inflatable paddle board with premium features and accessories.
Founded by Dave Erwin and Steve Elder, Jacksonville-based iROCKER SUP has quickly become a well-known brand in the world of inflatable paddle boards. The company’s growing iSUP line currently consists of 7 models ranging in size from 10′ to 11’6″ in length, and their new premium BLACKFIN line includes both the 10’6″ Model X and 11’6″ Model XL.
We’ve recommended iROCKER paddle boards for quite some time due to their bombproof build quality, great warranty, and affordable price points. The new BLACKFIN line offers the same great build quality and warranty, but it takes things to a whole new level in terms of premium features and a massively upgraded accessory bundle.
In this review of iROCKER’s brand new BLACKFIN 10’6″ Model X board, we’ll take a look at all of the features that make this board unique, the construction and overall build quality, performance, what’s included, what we like and don’t like about the board, where to buy it, and how you can save some money to get the very best deal.
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BLACKFIN 10’6″ Model X Review: SUP Overview
Measuring 10’6″ x 35″ x 6″ and weighing in at 29 pounds, the BLACKFIN Model X is an incredibly stable board that is tough enough to handle anything you throw at it. From the minute you pick the Model X up, you can tell that it’s built to withstand serious abuse.
As far as the board’s aesthetics go, iROCKER really did a fantastic job on this attractive new model. From the colors and design elements to the BLACKFIN branding, everything is tastefully done. While this is obviously quite subjective, the overall design of iROCKER’s BLACKFIN Model X is one of the nicest we’ve seen when it comes to inflatable SUPs.
The top deck of the BLACKFIN 10’6″ Model X features a top-shelf traction pad — a two-tone EVA deck pad that is neatly embossed with the BLACKFIN logo. At the center of the traction pad is a high-quality carrying handle that is covered by a BLACKFIN-branded neoprene cover.
Located along the sides of the traction pad are four stainless steel D-rings for attaching the optional BLACKFIN kayak seat. These D-rings can also be used as additional gear tie-down points should you need additional storage space.
At the nose are six more D-rings and a bungee cord storage area for securing a dry bag and other gear. Just as they’ve done with the updated 2018 iROCKER ALL-AROUND 10′ and ALL-AROUND 11′ boards, the company has incorporated two neoprene safety grips into the bungee storage area which gives children a great place to hold onto while sitting on the nose of the board.
Also located at the nose is a heavy-duty grab handle which really comes in handy whenever you’re pulling the board in and out of the water…
At the tail of the BLACKFIN Model X are four more stainless steel D-rings and a second bungee cord storage area for additional storage. There’s also another neoprene grab handle that is branded with the Model X logo, as well as a high-quality Halkey Roberts-style inflation valve.
The bottom of the Model X features the handsome BLACKFIN logo across the middle of the board, and there’s a D-ring strategically located on the underside of the nose for towing.
The Model X comes with a versatile tri-fin setup, with two fixed side fins and a large removable center fin that can be quickly and securely attached without tools. This board features a top-shelf U.S. fin box which opens up a whole new world of options as far as fin experimentation goes.
iROCKER made the decision this year to beef up their entire iSUP line with a new quad-layer PVC construction. This additional layer of PVC gives the 2018 iROCKER boards additional durability, improved rigidity, and also increases the max weight capacity (450 pounds for the Model X). The downside, of course, is that the company’s new models pack on a few additional pounds of weight.
In addition to the indestructible quad-layer PVC construction, the BLACKFIN Model X also features a carbon rail. The carbon reinforced rail further increases the board’s durability by adding another layer of protection, and it also gives the board a significant boost in the rigidity department. When pumped up to the recommended inflation pressure of 14-18 PSI, the BLACKFIN Model X is super stiff and feels very similar to a hard board.
Lastly, all of the hardware on this inflatable SUP is top notch and the fit and finish is exactly what you’d expect from a premium board.
As you might expect, the BLACKFIN Model X isn’t the fastest board on the water, but it moves surprisingly well for a board that’s 35″ wide. At no point did the board feel sluggish to us, and tracking was also quite good.
The stability department is really where the Model X shines, however. The widest board in the company’s lineup and even more stable than the popular iROCKER CRUISER, the BLACKFIN Model X feels rock-solid under the feet and really inspires confidence — even when it comes to first-time paddlers.
The BLACKFIN Model X is also an extremely versatile board. Perfect for beginners and advanced paddlers alike, this board is perfect for paddling with children or a dog, and it can handle everything from flatwater cruising to whitewater conditions. The Model X would also be a great choice for fishing and SUP fitness.
BLACKFIN 10'6" Model X Rating
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|Max Capacity||450 pounds|
When it comes to high-end inflatable paddle boards, people expect to receive a premium-quality SUP accessory bundle — iROCKER does not disappoint with their brand new bundle of BLACKFIN SUP accessories.
The company has really gone all-out with the launch of their new BLACKFIN line, throwing in a premium wheeled roller backpack, upgraded carbon fiber shaft paddle, dual-chamber triple action SUP pump, coiled leash, repair kit, and BLACKFIN sticker pack…
BLACKFIN Wheeled Travel Bag
A huge upgrade over iROCKER’s standard iSUP backpack, the BLACKFIN wheeled roller backpack is an extremely sturdy bag that’s very well designed…
On the front of the bag is a large zippered storage compartment that is large enough to accommodate the included dual-chamber SUP pump. The front of the bag also features a see-through luggage ID window, compression straps, and a heavy-duty grab handle located at the top.
There are additional grab handles and compression straps located on both sides of the bag, and the bottom of the bag features a fourth grab handle that is made out of durable plastic. All of these handles are really helpful whenever you’re pulling the board in and out of your car.
The wheels that iROCKER incorporated into the bottom of the backpack are oversized and feature deeply grooved traction which comes in handy when pulling the bag through sand, grass, etc. Also, the company strategically positioned the wheels on the front of the bag which prevents them from digging into your back and keeps the bag’s straps from dragging on the ground.
On the back of the bag are two nicely padded backpack straps. The comfortable straps are fully adjustable and feature plastic D-rings for attaching gadgets and other small accessories.
The back of the bag is also cushioned, and there’s an adjustable sternum strap and waist belt for stabilizing the bag when it’s on your shoulders.
Carbon Fiber Shaft SUP Paddle
The BLACKFIN carbon fiber SUP paddle is essentially an upgraded version of iROCKER’s standard fiberglass paddle. Featuring the same blade and reliable 3-piece design, the BLACKFIN paddle comes with a shaft that’s made out of lightweight carbon fiber. The shaft has a very nice matte finish to it and it’s neatly branded with the BLACKFIN logo…
The edge of the blade is protected by a tough rubberized coating which keeps it from being damaged by rocks and other hard objects. Also, iROCKER has also extended the length of this new paddle to 86 inches which makes it a better choice for taller paddlers.
Dual-Chamber Triple Action Hand Pump
The BLACKFIN Model X comes with an upgraded triple action pump that can literally cut the time it takes to inflate your SUP in half. Featuring a highly-efficient dual-chamber design, the BLACKFIN SUP pump has three modes: (1) Max Capacity, (2) Medium Pressure, and (3) Max Pressure. Inflating the Model X with this new pump is really easy — just start inflating the board with the pump in Max Capacity mode, and as the pumping gets increasingly difficult, bump the setting to Medium Pressure and then ultimately to Max Pressure to finish the inflation process.
This top-shelf iSUP pump also comes with a convenient built-in pressure gauge…
BLACKFIN SUP Leash
Also included with the BLACKFIN Model X is a 10′ coiled SUP leash. Branded with the BLACKFIN logo on the ankle cuff, this comfortable leash features dual stainless steel swivels to eliminate tangles and a hidden velcro storage pouch for stashing your keys.
Repair Kit and Sticker Pack
Last but not least, the Model X comes with a BLACKFIN sticker pack and an inflatable SUP repair kit. Included in the repair kit is a valve wrench as well as three PVC patches.
The entire BLACKFIN SUP line is covered by iROCKER’s same rock-solid 2-year warranty which covers any and all manufacturer defects. Additionally, the company offers a generous risk-free 30-day money back guarantee for added peace of mind.
Where to Buy it (+ Special Discount Promo Offer)
You can order the brand new BLACKFIN Model X at iROCKER’s official online store. In addition to offering fast, free shipping and super low prices, iROCKER charges zero sales tax on all non-Florida orders. Additionally, iROCKER is offering a really nice promo on combo purchases at the moment — just add any two regular iROCKER or BLACKFIN boards to your cart and you should automatically see a discount applied when checking out (no iROCKER coupon code or promo code is needed).
We’re really excited about the new BLACKFIN line and were thoroughly impressed with the 10’6″ Model X. This board is loaded with great features and we really love the stunning design and fine attention to detail.
The four convenient grab handles and dual bungee storage areas are really nice, and we also like the upgraded U.S. fin box and super stiff carbon rails. On the water, the board is stable, extremely rigid, and a ton of fun to paddle.
As far as negatives go, there’s really not much to make mention of. The board is a bit on the heavy side due to the quad-layer construction, and it’d also be nice if the carrying handle’s neoprene cover could be removed for things like SUP fitness — but that’s nitpicking.
Overall, the Model X is a fantastic option if you’re looking for a top-notch all-around board that can pretty much do it all. While we’re still big fans of iROCKER’s regular SUP lineup, we really appreciate all of the BLACKFIN upgrades and highly recommend this board if the higher price point isn’t an issue.