iRocker All Around 11’: Overview
The iRocker All Around 11’ offers great versatility and stability while still capable of moving quickly and efficiently across the water. As the name implies, it’s a great all around style paddle board, especially for paddlers over 5’8” or for those who regularly carry a little more stuff with them on the water whether that’s fishing gear, camping equipment, pets or kids. The feature set, high quality construction, and well thought out shape make the iRocker All Around 11’ a great choice for paddlers of all skill levels.
— iRocker All Around 11’ Summary Ratings and Review —
iROCKER ALL-AROUND 11'
Construction & Durability
Features and Versatility
The All Around 11’ is stable and versatile with a high quality build and kit.
- Durable and rigid construction with reinforced seams
- Triple fin setup allows you to adjust your tracking and maneuverability performance to suit your needs
- Stable shape with a high weight capacity
- Highly Versatile deck setup with numerous different cargo and accessory attachment options
- Carbon fiber/nylon paddle is lightweight and easy to use
- Triple action hand pump is quick to inflate the board
- 3 year warranty on the board and 1 year warranty for all accessories
- The fliplock fin boxes are easy to use, but we’d like to see iRocker offer a larger variety of fin choices
- A full carbon fiber paddle upgrade option at time of purchase would be a nice addition to this board.
Construction and Durability
The iRocker All Around 11’ shares the same construction type as the All Around 10’ and iRocker Cruiser. iRocker refers to this as their “triple layer composite” construction.
At the core of the All Around 11’ is a drop stitch core that is made of three different parts. There are two layers of knitted polyester fabric material connected by thousands of individual yarns that run between them. These space yarns set the specific distance between the two layers to keep the paddleboard 6” thick and flat once inflated.
The drop stitch core is then sealed with two layers of PVC material on the top and bottom to create the deck and hull of the board. Together the two layers of PVC material and fabric base layer create iRocker’s “triple layer composite” construction for the core of the All Around 11’.
The edges of the deck and hull are then brought together and glued with a third piece of PVC material to complete the airtight paddle board. This interior seam goes all the way around the edge (rails) of the board and is covered with another, wider, layer of PVC material called the outer rail band. Lastly, two narrow pin lines of PVC material are adhered across the edges of the outer rail bands for one final layer of protection against any physical damage to the board during use.
The All Around 11’ is rated to a maximum internal pressure of 18 PSI. Increasing the maximum pressure from the typical 15 PSI to 18 PSI increases rigidity and performance, especially for heavier paddlers or paddlers with more cargo.
With two layers of PVC and essentially two and a half rail layers, the iRocker All Around 11’ is built to handle quite a lot of use and abuse. However, for the best longevity, it’s best to treat your board well by keeping it clean and dry when not in use, storing it out of the sun and heat, and avoid dragging, dropping, or sliding it whenever possible.
With a double layer of PVC and a maximum recommended internal pressure of 18 PSI, we checked the iRocker All Around 11’ to see how rigid it can be. First we put it through our static bend test. With 170 lbs of weight and a 7’ unsupported gap, we measured just 1.438” of bend for the iRocker All Around 11’. That puts it at just above average (1.573”) in our bend test. With an above average score on land, it’s time to see how it feels on the water.
While out on the water, I did not experience any noticeable flex in the iRocker All Around 11’ while standing and paddling normally. I did find it to have a moderate amount of flex while jumping on the board with a tight, but short-lived, rebound once I stopped. As I moved around on the board I could feel some slight vibration, but it was also small and dissipated quickly. When I started paddling with more effort for our sprint test I could feel the All Around 11’ bending slightly as I shifted weight back and forth between the board and the paddle, but not so much that it impacted my stability. Overall the iRocker All Around 11’ is well-built with high rigidity for its price point.
|Max Capacity||400 pounds|
|Board Weight||26 pounds|
|Returns period||45 days|
Features, Accessories and Versatility
The iRocker All Around 11’ does a great job of blending stability and speed along with a large variety of options for customization with accessories, cargo storage, and passengers.
In addition to all of the great features built directly onto the iRocker All Around 11’, you also get a great kit of paddling accessories. The All Around 11’ comes with a color-matched carbon fiber/nylon three-piece paddle, double-chamber/triple-action hand pump, color-matched coiled leash, a set of three surf/all-around style fins, a repair kit, and a wheeled travel backpack that can easily hold the board and all of the included accessories. The only other thing you’ll need to get before heading to the beach is a life jacket.
The iRocker All Around 11’ includes a carbon fiber/nylon hybrid adjustable paddle that’s well suited for most paddlers in most conditions – an all-around paddle for an all-around board!
The iRocker paddle has a medium-large paddle blade (surface area of around 89 square inches) with a rectangular shape. Rather than using a larger angle where the blade meets the paddle shaft, iRocker has chosen to use a lower angle and build in a moderately deep curve throughout the blade. This blade shape is very intuitive to use and beginner friendly. The curve in the blade helps mimic some of the benefits of a more steeply angled blade and also works with the flex of the nylon material to keep transferring power as the blade bends slightly in the water. Rectangular blades also have the benefit of allowing you to easily adjust your power level while paddling by sinking the blade deeper in the water, or not using the entire blade. By contrast, teardrop-shape blades put more surface area at the bottom of the blade which makes you take a “bigger” stroke each time no matter what.
The carbon fiber paddle shaft is a really nice upgrade for paddle board kits at this price range. Carbon fiber allows the paddle to be lighter overall (around 28.5 ounces) without losing strength. It’s actually stiffer than most fiberglass paddles that weigh more! There is still a comfortable amount of flex in the paddle shaft, so you won’t stress your body while using it.
The handle section is also made of carbon fiber, but has a plastic palm grip on top. I found the plastic grip to sometimes feel “soft” or “weak” while using the paddle, but mostly just when I was speed testing the All Around 11’. During normal use, the grip feels fine in your hand. The pin-and-clip adjustment system makes changing the length of the paddle very quick and easy, and it automatically keeps the grip and blade aligned.
The iRocker All Around 11’ offers great stability to paddlers across a large range of skill levels and sizes.
While standing and paddling on the All Around 11’ iSUP I feel very comfortably stable. There is no random rolling or twitching and the board is rigid enough that it doesn’t flex with wind chop and boat wake. When paddling it back-to-back with the iRocker Cruiser I can tell that the Cruiser offers more of this initial stability, but independently, the All Around 11’ feels great. Paddlers over 6’ tall typically prefer a larger board (like the Blackfin Model XL), but I find the All Around 11’ to fit a huge swath of paddlers.
When I rock the All Around 11’ from side to side, the relatively wider, parallel, shape keeps the board feeling consistent as it rolls and dips under the surface and back up. That same shape also makes it really easy to hold the All Around 11’ on an edge. This secondary stability is really helpful for newer paddlers as they tend to wobble back and forth a little more. A board that can handle that wobble smoothly is much more comfortable to paddle.
There is some light vibration when I walk around on the board, but overall that feeling is light and short-lived. I did notice a small drop in stability as I stood back on the tail to lift the nose, but still remained confident in the board’s ability to handle tilt and roll as I spun around for a few pivot turns.
Having three fin boxes on an all-around flatwater board isn’t truly necessary, however the extra surface area of the additional fins does help in stability. The extra fins help the board resist rolling more than just a single fin, especially for small “twitch” style rolling from your body balancing and moving as you stand and paddle.
Longer paddle boards tend to have higher top speeds. The All Around 11’ is the fastest of iRocker’s core line of paddle boards.
We test both the top speed and cruising speed of each paddle board we review. We also examine how efficiently they paddle, or their glide.
In our top speed sprint testing, the iRocker All Around 11’ clocked an average sustained sprinting speed of 5.4 MPH (8.7 KMH) and a top speed of 5.5 MPH (8.9 KMH). These speed scores are on the upper end of the speed range for all-around iSUPs of the same size.
Sprinting all the time gets tiring fast, but you can cruise along at a casual paddling pace pretty much all day. At a very comfortable 25 strokes per minute the All Around 11’ maintained a cruising speed of about 3.5 MPH (5.6 KMH) without any hesitation. This is on par with other all-around paddle boards of this size.
The last speed measure we make is all about efficiency. How far will the All Around 11’ travel with each stroke before it starts to slow down? The answer to that question is about 17.5 feet on average, or 1.6 board-lengths. This puts the iRocker All Around 11’ just above average efficiency compared to similar boards.
Overall I find the iRocker All Around 11’ to be pleasant to paddle at a cruising pace, but with the capability to move quickly when you want to.
Maneuverability and Tracking
Maneuverability is as much about how you go about turning as it is the features of the board. But when using basic turning strokes, the All Around 11’ has moderate turning ability.
Our maneuverability test focuses on basic turning strokes for two reasons. 1) these are the strokes that new paddlers will begin using right away and 2) by using less-efficient turning strokes we see a wider variation in maneuverability performance between boards.
With a forward sweep stroke (paddling in an arc from nose to tail) the iRocker All Around 11’ can make a complete circle from a standstill in just over 5.5 strokes. While not as maneuverable as the shorter iRocker Cruiser and All Around 10’, it is still relatively easy to turn the All Around 11’ where and when you want, especially when you just need to steer the board rather than make a complete about-face.
Where the All Around 11’ really shines is in its tracking performance. Tracking is the ability for a paddle board to maintain its course while paddling forward. Longer boards, and boards with larger (and/or more) fins tend to have better tracking performance than shorter boards with smaller fins. In this case, the All Around 11’ does an excellent job of staying on course thanks to its moderately-long length and triple fin configuration.
In our 10 stroke paddle test we pick a target and begin paddling towards it. Once the board is moving in a straight line we take 10 paddle strokes on a single side and measure the difference in our direction of travel at the end. After 10 paddle strokes, the iRocker All Around 11’ had an average course deviation of just 9°. That’s approaching the level of dedicated touring sups that are specifically designed to paddle as straight as possible.
The triple fin setup on the iRocker All Around 11’ allows you to customize your paddling performance. For all of our testing we used all three included fins: one 9” center fin and two 4.5” side fins. This setup promotes stability and tracking, but does reduce maneuverability and speed. Using just the center fin provides a more balanced performance set, and using just the side fins allows you to paddle in shallow water with good maneuverability, but with less tracking ability. All three fin boxes use a flip lock style connection for easy, toolless installation and removal. This style of fin box does limit the types of fins you can use, so I would like to see iRocker expand their lineup of available fins for even better performance tuning.
Warranty and Customer Support
iRocker offers a 3 year warranty on the All Around 11’ against seam leaks, a 2 year warranty against any other manufacturing defects and a 1 year warranty for the included accessories. iRocker does have a 45 day return policy in case you decide that the All Around 11’ is not the right board for you. Customers are responsible for return shipping and refunds may be subject to a reduction based on the condition of the board. If you have any questions, you can contact iRocker via telephone, email, webform, and social media.
Overall Impressions/Review Summary
The iRocker All Around 11’ truly is an all-around iSUP. Whether you are just cruising around, or wanting to dabble in fishing, expedition paddling, or even yoga, the All Around 11’ can handle it all. I really enjoy paddling the All Around 11’ – it’s got a great blend of stability, maneuverability and tracking, and it just feels nice to paddle. The carbon fiber paddle matches the board nicely for general paddling (though the blade is a bit soft for paddling fast). I think the All Around 11’ offers an excellent value for beginner and intermediate paddlers who want to be able to do a variety of different activities without investing in a full quiver of specialist products. The 11’ length is great for folks 5’8” or taller. It can be used by smaller paddlers as well, but many I’ve spoken with prefer to use a shorter option like the All Around 10’.
iRocker All Around 11’ iSUP FAQ
Nautical vs. iRocker vs. Blackfin— which SUP should I buy?
If you’re on a tight budget and money is an issue, we’d recommend the Nautical. If you can afford to pay a bit more for an inflatable SUP, then we’d highly recommend bumping up to the iRocker or Blackfin range. In short, buy what you can afford and know that all of iRocker’s inflatable SUPs offer outstanding value at the price point they’re sold at.
Can I paddle with my dog on the iRocker All Around 11’?
Yes! The tough outer-layer of PVC won’t be damaged by your pup’s paws. WIth a 400 lbs weight capacity, there’s plenty of volume (and room) for you and your dog.
How long does it take to inflate the iRocker All Around 11’?
Depending on how quickly you pump, the All Around 11’ can be inflated in as little as 5-7 minutes, but average times when using the hand pump are between 7-10 minutes.
Is the All Around 11’ compatible with a kayak seat?
Yes, the All Around 11’ is compatible with a kayak seat. There are four D-rings around the midsection of the board that are designed to work with iRocker’s kayak seat.