BLACKFIN Model X Review + Discount (10’6″ iROCKER SUP)

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2018 BLACKFIN Model X 10'6" SUP BoardThe 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 iSUPs are geared towards paddlers who want a higher-end inflatable paddle board with premium features and accessories.iROCKER Blackfin iSUP Rail

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 SUP lineup includes both the 10’6″ Model X (which we’re covering in this review) and the faster 11’6″ Model XL.Blackfin Model X Inflatable SUP

We’ve recommended iROCKER paddle boards for quite some time due to their bombproof build quality, great warranty coverage, and extremely affordable price points. The new BLACKFIN SUP boards offer the same great build quality and warranty, but they take things to a whole new level in terms of premium features and a massively upgraded accessory bundle.iROCKER Blackfin SUP

In this BLACKFIN Model X review, we’ll take an in-depth 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.

In a Hurry? Here’s a Quick Summary…
ProsAmazing durability (quad-layer construction)
Super stable
Very stiff
Tracks well in the water
Versatile
Attractive design
Carbon rail
Convenient toolless fin system
Grab handles at nose and tail
Dual bungee storage areas
D-ring for towing
Additional D-rings for attaching a kayak seat
Safety handles at nose for children
High-quality, Blackfin branded traction pad
Carbon fiber shaft paddle
Ultra-efficient triple action SUP pump
Bombproof wheeled roller backpack
2-year warranty
30-day money back guarantee
Great customer support
ConsA bit on the heavy side
Carrying handle's neoprene cover isn't removable
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Table of Contents

BLACKFIN 10’6″ Model X Review: SUP Overview

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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.Blackfin iROCKER Model X SUP

iROCKER Blackfin Inflatable Paddle Boards

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 SUP 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.

Features

Blackfin Model X 10'6" TopThe 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. The traction pattern on this pad is unbelievably comfortable and much easier on the hands and feet than the style that you typically see on all-around boards, making the Model X a fantastic option for yoga/SUP fitness enthusiasts.Blackfin Embossed Traction Pad

Blackfin Model X Traction Pad

At the center of the traction pad is a high-quality carrying handle that is covered by a BLACKFIN-branded neoprene cover. While the handle’s neoprene cover isn’t removable, it does have a fairly low profile which we like…

Blackfin Model X Carry Handle

Located along the sides of the traction pad are four stainless steel D-rings for attaching the optional BLACKFIN kayak seat (more on that below). These D-rings can also be used as additional gear tie-down points should you need more storage space and they give you another spot to secure a SUP cooler.Blackfin Model X D-rings

BLACKFIN Kayak Seat Package

At the nose are six more D-rings and a bungee cord storage area for securing a dry bag, your camping or fishing gear, and more. 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.Blackfin Model X Bungee Cord Storage

Blackfin Model X Kids Grab Handles

iROCKER Blackfin Model X Paddling Kids

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. The handle has a very comfortable neoprene cover sewn in.Blackfin Model X Nose Grab Handle

At the tail of the BLACKFIN Model X are four more stainless steel D-rings and a second bungee cord storage area — the board’s dual bungee cords really give you a lot of options when it comes to carrying additional gear. There’s also another neoprene covered grab handle that is branded with the Model X logo, as well as a high-quality Halkey Roberts-style inflation valve.Blackfin Model X Tail Bungee Storage

Blackfin Model X Halkey Roberts Air 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 or tethering.Blackfin Model X SUP Bottom

Blackfin Model X Nose Towing D-ring

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.Blackfin Model X Triple Fin Configuration

Blackfin SUP Fin

Blackfin SUP Fin Screw

Construction

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.Blackfin Model X Paddle Board Rail

In addition to the indestructible quad-layer PVC and durable drop stitch material, 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.Blackfin Model X Carbon Rail

Blackfin Model X Rigidity

Lastly, all of the hardware on this inflatable SUP is top notch and the fit and finish are exactly what you’d expect from a premium board.

Performance

Blackfin Inflatable Paddle BoardAs 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. The board doesn’t feel sluggish at all, and tracking is also quite good.iROCKER Blackfin Model X 10'6" Board

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.2018 iROCKER Blackfin Model X Paddle Board

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 challenging whitewater conditions. The Model X is also a great choice for fishing and yoga/SUP fitness workouts.Blackfin Model X Kids' SUP

BLACKFIN 10'6" Model X Rating
  • Durability
  • Features
  • Versatility
  • Stability
  • Speed
  • Portability
  • Warranty
  • Customer Support
  • Price
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User Rating 3.2 (64 votes)

Specs

Length10'6"
Width35"
Thickness6"
Weight29 pounds
Max Capacity450 pounds
Price

What’s Included

Blackfin Model X Accessory BundleWhen 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.Blackfin Model X SUP Accessories

The company has really gone all-out with the launch of their new BLACKFIN SUP 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…Blackfin Wheeled Roller Backpack

On the front of the bag is a large zippered storage compartment that is big 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.iROCKER Blackfin Paddle Board Backpack

Blackfin Inflatable SUP Bag

Blackfin iSUP Carrying Bag

Blackfin SUP Bag Handle

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.Blackfin SUP Backpack Side Handle

Blackfin SUP Backpack Bottom

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 when the bag is on your shoulders. Additionally, this design keeps the bag’s straps from dragging on the ground when you’re rolling the bag around.Blackfin SUP Backpack Wheels

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 which clips and carabiners.Blackfin Roller Backpack Straps

Blackfin Premium SUP Backpack

The back of the bag is also cushioned, and there’s an adjustable sternum strap and a padded waist belt for stabilizing the bag when it’s on your shoulders.Blackfin Wheeled Roller Bag

Blackfin SUP Backpack Waist Strap

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…Blackfin Carbon Fiber Paddle

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 extended the length of this new paddle to 86 inches which makes it a better choice for taller paddlers.Blackfin Carbon Shaft SUP Paddle

Blackfin SUP Paddle Clasp

Dual-Chamber Triple Action Hand Pump

Blackfin Triple Action PumpThe 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.iROCKER Blackfin Inflatable SUP Pump

Inflating Blackfin Model X

This top-shelf iSUP pump also comes with a convenient built-in pressure gauge that is integrated into the handle.Blackfin iSUP Pump Handle

Blackfin Dual Chamber SUP Pump

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.Blackfin Coiled SUP Leash

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.Blackfin SUP Stickers

Blackfin iSUP Repair Kit

Blackfin Paddle Board Repair Kit

Optional Add-On Accessories

In addition to the impressive new range of BLACKFIN inflatable SUPs, iROCKER has also introduced a nice selection of BLACKFIN accessories that are available as optional upgrades. While not essential, they’re nice add-ons to consider and will definitely increase the overall enjoyment that you get from the board.

BLACKFIN Kayak Seat Kit

BLACKFIN Kayak Seat KitAn accessory that gives the Model X even more versatility is the BLACKFIN Kayak Seat Bundle. This easy to use kit includes a foldable kayak seat, mounting straps, matching carbon fiber kayak blade attachment, and zippered storage pouch.

To install the kayak seat, simply attach the metal hooks to the four D-rings located along the rails of the Model X. The included mounting straps are fully adjustable and it’s easy to shorten or lengthen them for the perfect fit.BLACKFIN Kayak Seat Installation

To assemble the kayak blade attachment, just remove the uppermost shaft section from your BLACKFIN paddle and slide the kayak blade into place. Then, simply line up the pins with the holes and close the lock mechanism.

Last but not least, the included storage pouch conveniently clips onto the back of the seat and can be easily removed whenever you want to take it with you.BLACKFIN Kayak Seat

SUP Deck Cooler Bag

Another great accessory that was just introduced is the BLACKFIN SUP Deck Cooler Bag. This fully insulated cooler bag has a convenient lunchbox design that is easy to carry around when it’s not strapped to your board.BLACKFIN Deck Bag Top

On the front exterior of the bag is a zippered storage pocket for stashing small accessories, and there’s a handy carrying handle on the top as well as an elastic bungee cord on the back. There are plastic hooks attached to the bungee cord which can be quickly clipped to the Model X’s D-rings, but our preference is to simply slip the bag under one of the board’s bungee storage areas.BLACKFIN SUP Deck Bag Bottom

The inside of the bag features an insulated liner that does a good job of keeping drinks and snacks cold while you’re out on the water.BLACKFIN Insulated SUP Deck Bag Liner

Weighing in at only 15.2 ounces, the BLACKFIN SUP Cooler is an incredibly lightweight and versatile bag that is perfect for keeping things cool during a paddle, road trip, or day at the beach.

Shoulder Carrying Strap

BLACKFIN Shoulder StrapAlso brand new for 2018 is the BLACKFIN Shoulder Carrying Strap. A much more convenient way to carry your board to the water and back, this handy strap is fully adjustable and features a grippy rubber lining on the underside of the strap pad. there are also four plastic D-rings attached to the top of the strap for securing small accessories.

Each end of the strap quickly attaches to one of the D-rings along the board’s rail, and once the board is over your shoulder, it’ll give you an additional free hand for carrying extra gear.

iROCKER Electric Paddle Board Pump

While the included dual-chamber BLACKFIN pump is as nice as they come, nothing beats the convenience of an electric paddle board pump. An electric iSUP pump allows you to plug in, set the PSI dial to the desired pressure, and walk away. It’s a real game changer, and after trying one out for the first time, we guarantee it’s something that you’ll never want to go without.

For those who are interested in the added convenience of an electric pump, iROCKER has one that’s available as an optional upgrade.

Warranty

iROCKER's Blackfin Model X 10'6" SUPThe 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 will automatically see a discount applied when checking out (no iROCKER coupon code or promo code is needed).

If you don’t live in the U.S., you can still order the BLACKFIN Model X and any of iROCKER’s other paddle boards through the following links: Canada, UK/EU, and Germany

FAQ’s

Is the BLACKFIN Model X a good board for paddling with kids and dogs?
Absolutely — in fact, this model is one of our favorites this season for parents and pet owners. For children, the safety handles that have been integrated into the nose’s bungee storage area are very helpful and the extreme stability of this board will help your children to feel safe and confident on the water. As far as pups go, the outer PVC layer is practically indestructible so you don’t have to worry about damage from your dog’s nails. Additionally, there is ample room at the nose for your pooch to comfortably sit or stand.

iROCKER vs. BLACKFIN — which is better?
We highly recommend both lines, but in terms of which one is best, this depends entirely on you. The regular iROCKER lineup is a bit more affordable and doesn’t include the premium features or upgraded accessories of the BLACKFIN SUP line. Also, both BLACKFIN boards include a carbon rail which adds even more durability and stiffness. Bottom line — if you can afford the slightly higher price tag and prefer extreme stability and premium upgrades, we’d recommend the BLACKFIN boards. If you’re working with a tighter budget and just want a stable, well-built board without the added bells and whistles, go with one of the regular iROCKER models.

Can I fly with the Model X?
Yes, both BLACKFIN boards are great options for airplane travel as they can be conveniently checked with the rest of your luggage. Just pack the board up in the included backpack and bring it along with you on all of your vacation adventures — you won’t have to spend money anymore on SUP rental fees. Also, since the Model X is such a versatile all-around board, it can be used on lakes, bays, rivers, and oceans anywhere in the world.

What type of care and maintenance is required for the BLACKFIN Model X?
Honestly, not much! First of all, it’s always a good idea to give your board a quick rinse after paddling (especially if you’ve been paddling in saltwater conditions). Secondly, don’t leave your board sitting out in the hot sun for extended periods of time as the heat will cause the air in your board to expand and potentially damage it by blowing a seam. This is obviously not an issue when you’re paddling as the water keeps the board nice and cool. Additionally, the sun’s ultraviolet radiation can deteriorate materials over time, so a little 303 Aerospace Protectant from time to time will provide added protection and prevent UV damage. 303 Aerospace Protectant won’t damage PVC, rubber, or plastics, and it’s safe to use on the Model X — just don’t apply it to the traction pad though as things can get a little slippery. Last but not least, if your board begins to look dirty, you can give it a quick wash with some mild soap and water.

Can this board be used without the center fin?
Yes, you can use the board with just the two fixed side fins in shallow water or whenever tracking performance is not essential. Additionally, the BLACKFIN Model X features an upgraded U.S. fin box which gives you the ability to experiment with different center fin setups.

How long does it take to fully inflate the BLACKFIN Model X with the included pump?
Inflation time varies depending on how quickly you pump, but it typically takes 5-10 minutes to pump the board up to 15 PSI.

Is the Model X be used for tandem paddling?
The BLACKFIN Model X was not designed for tandem paddling, but it’s certainly capable of supporting two adult paddlers. If you’re interested in doing some leisurely flatwater paddling it’ll work just fine, but for serious tandem paddling, we’d recommend a board that’s been specifically designed with that in mind.

Will this board work well for SUP fishing?
While not specifically designed with SUP fishing in mind, the BLACKFIN Model X is a great board for anglers who are interested in extremely stability, durability, and versatility. The dual bungee storage areas and multiple D-rings provide plenty of places to secure fishing gear and a SUP cooler, and this is a board that you’ll be able to use for a variety of other purposes when you’re not out catching fish.

Can I buy a BLACKFIN SUP in stores, or only online?
At this time, the BLACKFIN line is only available for purchase on iROCKER’s website — you won’t find them on Amazon or in stores. By bypassing the normal retail channels and selling direct to the consumer, iROCKER is able to sell their boards at much cheaper price points than their competition.

Is the BLACKFIN Model X a good inflatable paddle board for beginners?
Both BLACKFIN paddle boards offer outstanding stability and are ideal for SUP beginners. First-time paddlers will have absolutely no trouble standing up on the Model X thanks to the board’s 35″ width, and this board is a great option for confidence building with beginner paddlers. We highly recommend this board for paddlers of all skill levels.

Final Thoughts

Blackfin Model X Children's HandlesWe’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.Blackfin Model X 10'6" iSUP

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.Blackfin Model X 10'6" Stability

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.Blackfin Model X Rail

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.

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29 Responses to “BLACKFIN Model X Review + Discount (10’6″ iROCKER SUP)”
  1. Betsy Surcouf

    Accidentally must have hit review stars for the iRocker Blackfin and lowered their overall score. I was trying to read reviews. Can you please delete this as I don’t want to effect their overall reviews.

    I just purchased this board after grueling research and am sure it will meet my needs.

    Thanks,
    Betsy Surcouf

    • InflatableBoarder.com

      Done, Betsy! Thanks for letting us know and we hope that you enjoy your new BLACKFIN Model X once it arrives — you bought yourself one very nice board. 🙂

      Happy paddling.

  2. Brian

    Hi,

    Love the detail of your reviews, very helpful. Helpful enough to narrow my list down to three boards. The iRocker Crusier, Model X and Thuro 11′ waterwalker.

    We live on an inland lake in WI where we’ll be using this board. We’ve got two kayaks we use regularly but I want to give SUPing a try. We also have two Golden Retrievers ~60lbs each who kayak with us and I’d love to get them on the SUP as well. I’m 6’2″, 200. My wife is 5’9″ about 145. The lake is typically flat to light chop.

    From what I’ve read and heard back from the manufacturers (who both responded very quickly with thorough responses) the iRockers will likely be more stable and have quad layer construction, includes a tail handle (on both, front on the blackfin) and has what looks like more deck padding. The Thurso will be a bit quicker, has a shape which may be better as we gain more experience, has a better package than cruiser (carbon shaft paddle, deck pack cooler), 3 removable fins but not as good as the Blackfin. Curious your thoughts on which way to go.

    Thanks!

    Brian.

    • InflatableBoarder.com

      Hi Brian, thanks for your nice comment. You’ve definitely done your homework and it sounds like you have a solid understanding of the pros and cons of each board.

      The additional stability of the BLACKFIN Model X will definitely come in handy whenever you’re paddling the pups around. If that’s something that you’re planning to do a lot of and you can afford the slightly higher price tag, I’d recommend the BLACKFIN. The accessory bundle is extremely nice and it’s well worth the difference in price.

      Having said that, all three are great boards and will work well for the type of paddling you’re planning to do. I’d love to hear what board you decide to go with once you make your decision — happy paddling!

      • Brian

        After a few more emails back and forth with John from iRocker who was always very responsive and answered all my questions and after showing my wife all three of the boards / features we decided the BLACKFIN was the way to go. The additional stability will be great with the dogs and for early season paddling when the water temps are still too chilly to fall in (May 1 and water is 51F!!). The additional speed over the Cruiser will be nice when I’m on the board and my wife in her kayak so I can keep up. The package was also just so good compared to anything else out there so we pulled the trigger. Can’t wait to get it inflated and in the water. Will provide an update once we get it!

        Thanks for the feedback and input!

        • Thanks for the update, Brian. Congratulations — I’m sure you’re going to love the board.

          I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts once it arrives…

          Happy paddling.

          • Brian

            The Blackfin X has arrived and I couldn’t be more impressed. All of the included items are top notch as you’d expect. The backpack/roller bag is just silly – super well built, shame I won’t be using it very much since will 98% of the time be paddling from home. Pumping the board up took much less time than expected with the dual chamber pump. Love the three settings to make life easier as well. Quickly got the board up to 15psi (about 5 mins). The paddle is also outstanding, light, solid, comfortable. It’s been cool here and the lake was still in the high 50’sF so have had to wait to take it out. I got a chance to this week and just love it. I didn’t intend to go very far but was having such a blast I spent about :45min paddling around. Came back and let the dogs out, Each took a turn with me on the board. We have two ~60lb Golden Retrievers.

            Lucy (2.5 years) went first and sat in front of me the whole time, just a quick 5min paddle to get her used to it. Miller (5 months) was next and he walked around on the board the whole time, sometimes back and forth between my legs, sometimes around the outside of my legs!! Never once felt like we were gonna lose balance or fall in!

            With just me on the board it was VERY stable and it tracks really well. The long center fin does a great job keeping you headed in the right direction. The deck is also very comfortable on the feet, never felt the need to adjust foot position or move around.

            This is exactly what I was hoping for in a SUP and I can’t wait for more opportunities to get out on it. Gonna be great for spotting fish, calm morning and evening paddles w/ me on the SUP and my wife in her kayak. I’m a bit reluctant to let her try it out because I’m pretty sure we’re going to end up with two of these 🙂

          • Hey Brian, thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback on the Model X. I’m really happy to hear that you’re pleased with the board and that it’s working out perfectly for you so far. Your reservations about letting your wife try the board are valid, but if she digs it, you could always use that as an excuse to pick up the 11’6″ Model XL. 🙂

            If you’re on Instagram, ping me as I’d love to follow along with your paddling adventures this summer. Happy paddling, Brian.

  3. Marie-Eve

    Hello!

    I can’t decide between the Red Paddle 10.6 and the Blackfin X… The Red is more expensive and has less accessories included but what are the big differences between those boards?

    Thanks!

    Marie-E.

    • Hi Marie-Eve, thanks so much for the comment. Both are great boards, but they’re quite different…

      As you mentioned, the Red Paddle 10’6″ Ride is a lot more expensive and doesn’t include a paddle which is an obvious downside. However, if you buy the board here you’ll receive a free fiberglass paddle. The paddle obviously won’t be as nice as the carbon fiber shaft BLACKFIN paddle, but it’ll get you on the water. Also, you’ll get a free pressure gauge and a cell phone dry bag with the 10’6″ Ride which helps to offset the BLACKFIN’s included leash, although for a limited time iROCKER is also throwing in a free BLACKFIN swag bag which comes with a BLACKFIN hat, lanyard, and coozie.

      In regards to build quality, both are extremely well-made boards that include a 2-year warranty (prior to this season, Red Paddle only offered 12 months of warranty coverage). Other than the fact that the Ride 10’6″ is quite a bit lighter than the BLACKFIN (22 pounds vs. 29 pounds), I personally prefer the BLACKFIN Model X in every way. It’s stiffer (6″ thickness and carbon rail), more buoyant, more stable, tracks better, and has more features (dual bungee storage areas, safety handles for kids, dual grab handles, and versatile U.S. fin box).

      You won’t go wrong with either board as they’re both outstanding inflatables, Marie-Eve. However, if given the choice of one or the other, I would personally choose the BLACKFIN over the Red Paddle.

      I hope that’s helpful — if you have any other questions or need additional help, feel free to ask!

    • Jeff

      I used the Red Paddle 10’6″ for my first time paddle boarding and didn’t like it at all. I’m in the U.K. and was on normal marine water and felt unstable and half sunk in the water. I was informed later it was only 4 inches thick compared to 6 on the Blackfin. Everything about the Blackfin looks better than the Red Paddle.

  4. sandi

    I have terrible balance and am a 70-year old female, but I’m thinking about a Blackfin. I’m also concerned about the additional weight as I will have to carry it to the water as the parking lot is too far to leave the board and bag while I go back to the vehicle. So I am just trying figure out how hard and unbalanced it would be to carry it about 100 feet or so at my age. I just love being on the water and even if I can’t stand on it, I I’ll feel safer knowing it is stable. Any suggestions on being able to get it to the water by myself? Thanks.

    • Hi Sandi, thanks for your comment.

      It sounds like the BLACKFIN Model X will work very well for you as it’s an extremely stable board in the water — I’d be very surprised if you have balance issues when standing on it. Regarding your concerns about carrying the board from your vehicle to the water, the folks at iROCKER just released this brand new strap that will make things much easier for you.

      I hope that helps, Sandi. If you have any other questions, just let me know. 🙂

  5. Sreeni

    Hi, I have been looking at the Blackfin reviews, and I can’t decide between the X and XL models. I am newbie, have average balance, and I don’t swim well. So a stable board, and one which is easier to climb back on when I fall in water (which is going to be frequent) is what I am looking for. Which one would you recommend? Thanks in advance.

    • InflatableBoarder.com

      Hi Sreeni, both boards are extremely stable and easy to climb back onto when in the water. If you are a small to mid-sized paddler, the Model X would be perfect. For larger paddlers, I’d recommend the Model XL.

  6. AlwaysMakeTheWifeHappy

    Trying to decide between the Blackfin X and XL. 110 lb wife, 5’1″. Never been on a paddleboard in her life. I think that most usage would be by herself but we have eight (as in 8) grandkids ranging from 18 years down to 3 months which she will want to either have on board or use it themselves during visits. Also a couple of her (inexperienced) friends will want to go tandem. SUP will be kept on and used from our 42′ trawler so weight is less of an issue, not carrying it anywhere. Waters will be anchorages off the intracoastal waterway in south Florida. Any hints on which inflatable would be more suitable? Is the XL overkill? Sometimes less is more…not sure about this instance!

    • InflatableBoarder.com

      Hi there, thanks for your comment…

      Overall, I think the Model X would be a better choice for your wife. The only instance where the additional length of the Model XL would really come in handy is when she’s paddling with a friend. Keep in mind that the BLACKFIN boards aren’t really designed for tandem paddling with two full-sized adults — while it’s definitely doable, things will be a bit more cramped than on a larger multi-paddler model like the new iROCKER BIG BLUE.

      I hope that helps. They’re amazing boards and I’m sure you’ll be really happy with whatever you decide on!

      Happy paddling…

      • AlwaysMake The Wife Happy

        Thanks for the info. The tandem use with a grown adult would be very infrequent. With grandkids under the age of 10, more frequent but most use would be solo. Is the XL much more difficult to propel and maneuver than the X? Is it too big a board for 5’1″ 110 lbs beginner going solo? Sounds like I should maybe look harder at the XL due to grandkids maybe? Sorry for the bother with all of this.

        • InflatableBoarder.com

          No bother whatsoever, I’m happy to help…

          I would still recommend the Model X for your wife — it’d be the ideal choice for her when paddling solo and it would also work great for those times when she takes the grandchildren out. Both BLACKFIN boards are excellent for hauling kiddos around due to the fact that they are incredibly stable and have child grab handles integrated into the front bungee storage area.

  7. Christian

    Hello!

    I want a paddle board that i can ride with my girlfriend (not just a kid lol) . We are both fit, so we don’t weigh that much. Is this the right one for that? Also, would like something that can navigate fast. I have been looking at many options for these features that i want, and i think this is the one. Am i right? what other would you recommend?

    Thank you so much for your reviews!

    • InflatableBoarder.com

      Hi Christian, thanks for the comment!

      Are you guys interested in doing some serious tandem paddling, or are you just planning to paddle her around a bit? If you’re planning to paddle your girlfriend around while she sits on the deck of the board, then the Model X and the Model XL would both work (given the choice, I’d opt for the larger XL). However, if you’re planning to do some serious tandem paddling, I would go with a board that is specifically designed for tandem paddling.

  8. Anne

    I will be paddling for the first time on a friend’s isup. Have been seriously looking at them for the last month. Really debating wether to get the blackfin model x or model xl. I am 5’7 130 pounds and a mother of 2. I would love to go on my own but realistically will no happen often due to hubby’s long work hours. So I will most likely have 1 maybe even 2 kids onboard with me. Was thinking of getting kayak seat and attaching at front d-ring and first d ring of the bungee cord so they can both sit together when needed. They are7 and 4. My hopes is to go more often with just one of them but have a feeling if I really want to enjoy my board, most time, I will have them both on board. I don’t want those super big family board as I am hoping hubby will love my board when able to and buy a second one in which case we could each porter one kid on the weekends. Would you recommend X or XL?

    • InflatableBoarder.com

      Hey Anne! Thanks for your comment…

      If you think your husband would enjoy paddling, you could surprise him with the XL and purchase the Model X for yourself. iROCKER is running a great combo deal promo that will get you an additional discount if you buy two boards at the same time.

      Having said that, if you only feel comfortable buying one board at this time, I’d recommend the Model X. There won’t be quite as much room to move around with two kids on board, but it’ll still work for you and will be an easier board to handle.

      Hope that helps, Anne — I’d love to hear what you decide!

      • Anne

        I tried my friend’s body glove performer today 11 foot, 34 inches and 6 inches thick and loved it. I want to splurge and buy the blackfin for sure. Just afraid 10.6 foot might be a bit small for 3 people. I didn’t find her 11 foot hard to manage and I didn’t fall even if there were boats on the lake ( was pretty proud of myself!). The x would be more stable versus the XL and bit longer. Was just wondering if we could fit 3 comfortably on the X. I personally love the color of the X but like the idea of longer and a bit more speed… i am so torn between the 2. Any idea how they compare to the body glove I tried today?

        • InflatableBoarder.com

          Hey Anne…

          Keep in mind that you can always stagger the kiddos if needed — one on the front, one on the back. As far as differences in stability goes, both boards are very similar so I wouldn’t be overly concerned about that. At the end of the day, the Model X and Model XL are both unbelievably stable on the water. If you ultimately decide that you really want the additional length of the XL or the bump in speed, go for it!

          As far as comparing these two models to Body Glove’s Performer 11, the BLACKFIN boards are more stable and track much better in the water. The BLACKFIN models also come with a higher-quality bundle of accessories, premium features (dual bungee storage areas, grab handles at nose and tail, safety handles for the kiddos, etc.), and a better warranty (2-year vs. 1-year).

          I hope that’s helpful info for you, Anne. Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll be happy to help!

  9. Mark Lee

    What are your thoughts on the Blackfin compared to Hala? Obviously there’s a price difference but what do you get in the Hala for the price difference? In your 2017 review of the Hoss you seem to think highly of Hala, but now that the Blackfin is available why would I choose one over the other? Thanks.

    • InflatableBoarder.com

      Hi Mark, thanks for your comment…

      Hala makes fantastic boards, but the new BLACKFIN models are a much better value in my opinion. They’re built incredibly well, come with a nice bundle of accessories, and are priced very affordably.

      Hala obviously has a much more diverse lineup at this time, but if you’re simply looking for a really nice all-around board, I’d recommend one of the BLACKFIN boards.

  10. Steve

    Hi, I’m wondering if there are user reviews we can read?

    • InflatableBoarder.com

      Hi Steve, thanks for your comment. You can find additional user reviews here.

      After that page loads, just scroll down and click the “Reviews” tab.

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