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iRocker All Around 11′: Overview
The hallmark of an all-around Stand Up Paddleboard is its versatility. A good all-’rounder will be stable enough for a beginner, maneuverable enough to paddle on calm rivers, track straight on its own, carry enough for a full day (or more) on the water and be durable enough to grow with you. In this sense, the iRocker All Around 11′ absolutely lives up to its name.
— iRocker All Around 11′ Summary Ratings and Review – —
iROCKER ALL-AROUND 11'
Construction & Durability
Features and Versatility
Warranty & Customer Support
The iRocker All Around 11′ is one of our most recommended boards for beginner and intermediate paddlers looking for a do-it-all iSUP.
- Lots of storage space, D-rings, and action mounts
- Great stability – very beginner friendly
- High weight capacity to bring kid, dog, or cooler
- Includes multiple fin sizes to adapt to your local waters
- Top-notch warranty and customer service
- High quality paddle that balances well in your hands
- Passenger Handles could be moved back to better position passengers on the deck pad
- Cargo bungees could be removable
- Tail of the board could benefit from a kick-pad
Construction and Durability
iRocker iSUPs are made by starting with a 6” knitted drop-stitch core, then surrounding it with a triple-layer composite PVC shell before double reinforcing the seams. But what does that actually mean?
Drop-stitch material is a knitted or woven fabric that incorporates thousands of individual yarns that span two layers of fabric at a certain spacing. This structure allows paddleboards to inflate to high pressures and maintain a flat, board-like, shape instead of inflating like a balloon. Sheets of PVC material are then glued onto the fabric (and each other) to make it airtight, increase stiffness, and make the board more resistant to damage. iRocker uses three layers of PVC. One of the inner layers is a partial layer, placed strategically to increase stiffness while keeping the overall weight lower.
The sides of the board where the deck and hull meet (called the rails) are then glued together using reinforcing layers of PVC. iRocker has a total of five layers of PVC material on the rail of each board.
All of this construction adds up to a bard that has a high weight capacity, stiff feel (for better paddling performance), and holds up well through years of use. A high quality Halkey-Roberts valve completes the construction and allows the user to inflate their board to 15 PSI for maximum performance and capacity.
iRocker uses glue in their construction versus heat-welding techniques. Glued constructions do typically weigh a little more and require careful quality control during the build to ensure excellent adhesion, however high-quality glue constructions (like iRocker’s) and heat-welding offer similar overall durability.
|Max Capacity||435 pounds|
|Board Weight||26 pounds|
(SUP & accessories)
|Returns period||90 days|
Features, Accessories and Versatility
Starting at the nose of the board, you’ll find an anchor/tow D-ring on the bottom of the board, and a general-purpose D-ring on top with padded carry handle. Six more D-rings are laced with a bungee cord for the front storage area. You’ll also find two removable passenger handles pre-installed and threaded action mounts built into two of the D-rings.
The action mounts use a standard M8 thread and are compatible with a wide range of accessories from iRocker, or you can make your own for custom outfitting your board.
The embossed foam deck pad extends into the cargo area, making for a comfortable spot for kids, dogs, and those extended yoga poses (I’m partial to Savasana, myself). The grooved panels allow water to flow under your feet rather than pooling. The center handle is soft and padded for an easy carry and stays out of your way while moving around.
Along the side of the board you’ll find six more D-rings. These can be used for an optional kayak seat conversion kit, extra tie-downs for larger cargo pieces, and the rear pair of D-rings work well for cooler attachments.
At the back of the All Around 11′ you’ll find two more action mounts, six more D-rings laced with a bungee cord, and two more removable passenger handles. Finally we have the inflation/deflation valve, a D-ring for your board leash, and a rear carry handle. While the passenger handles are removable, they are not particularly adjustable, so they really only fit between the D-rings they come pre-installed on. We’d love to see a bit more length/adjustability on these handles in future versions so we can move them to other locations on the board to adjust the passenger location.
On the hull, or bottom of the board there are three Flip-Lock fin boxes. These fin boxes require no tools to use, just set the fin in, press down, and close the latch. The 2+1 fin setup allows you to use all three fins for maximum tracking and stability, just the center fin for maximum speed, or just the side fins for shallow water paddling.
What you will find missing on the iRocker All Around 11′ is a kick-pad on the tail of the board (used for pivot-turning and surfing). We prefer to see kick-pads incorporated on all-around boards as they do provide an extra bit of functionality for the intermediate and advanced paddler, without detracting from the user-friendliness of the board.
The double-chamber, triple action, iRocker pump is very easy to use and inflates your iSUP quickly and easily. Starting in stage “1” the pump uses both chambers and pushes air into the board while pulling up and pushing down. Once it becomes hard to pull the handle up (generally around 5 PSI), flip the lever to “2” and you’ll still be moving lots of air into the board with both chambers, but only while pushing down. Lastly, when that gets to be difficult (around 10 PSI), flip the lever to “3” to use a single chamber for low-volume, high-pressure pumping. It takes the average user around 8 minutes to pump the iRocker All Around 11′ at a normal pace.
You’ll also find a coiled ankle/calf leash and small repair kit included. The repair kit includes a few pieces of color-matched PVC and adhesive for repairs, and a valve wrench to tighten the board’s inflation valve if it does become loose over time.
Lastly, the iRocker wheeled carry bag easily fits your board, all of the included accessories (including the pump and paddle) and has a dedicated fin pocket and zippered pockets on the side for your personal items. The backpack straps are padded well and comfortable to use when the bag can’t be wheeled.
The iRocker paddle is one of our team’s favorite kit paddles. Its size and shape works well for different sized paddlers and different situations.
Starting with the blade, the iRocker paddle has a “high-aspect” shape. This rectangular shape allows the paddler to take light strokes by using the lower half of the blade, or full-power strokes with the whole blade. It gives a consistent feel either way, and more easily allows you to pick up the pace when your partner shouts “I’ll race you to the beach, loser buys lunch!” More tear-drop-shaped paddles put a lot of the power low on the blade, forcing the user to take a heavier-feeling stroke every time, and make it harder to paddle at a higher cadence.
There is a slight spoon-shape in the blade that captures water for a stronger stroke. The trade off here is that while it is very intuitive to use, especially for beginners, intermediate-to-advanced paddlers may notice that it does not perform as well in high-cadence situations, or when “bracing” (a special kind of stabilizing stroke) as a blade that is more flat, but angled farther.
Some nylon blades suffer from being too pliable in the water. This usually manifests as a fluttering sensation in the blade. The smaller size and rectangular shape of the iRocker paddle helps reduce pliability without needing to bulk up the blade thickness (thus keeping the weight down). There is still some flexibility in the blade, but in this case that is actually okay as it matches the full carbon fiber paddle shaft well.
Carbon fiber is a great material that can be manipulated in all sorts of ways to give you the stiffness and strength you want. In a paddle, it’s important to have some flexibility to reduce strain on your shoulders and back as you paddle. The carbon fiber shaft of the iRocker paddle does have a medium-flex feel, and combined with the nylon blade is quite comfortable to use for long periods of time.
The paddle has a great range of adjustability that will fit paddlers from about 5’2” to 6’4” for normal paddling. The pin-clip system keeps the paddle handle oriented correctly. We do wish the handle section had a length and/or height scale on it to let users quickly set their preferred paddle length.
The handle has a comfortably sized and shaped palm grip. However it is made from smooth plastic and can occasionally have a small ridge of plastic left from the mold that can be easily removed with a razor blade and sanded smooth. The Blackfin paddle upgrades the handle to carbon molded carbon fiber and does not have this issue.
The iRocker All Around 11′ has excellent primary stability (how stable it feels when it is flat) and secondary stability (how stable it feels when tilted on its rail).
The high volume and stiff construction make the board feel very solid under your feet when paddling. At 32” wide you can stand normally and your feet will be in the most stable position (about ⅔ of the distance from center to edge).
In addition to the width, the iRocker All Around 11′ also has a very parallel shape throughout most of the length of the board. As you tilt the board onto the rail the balance and stability are very predictable and support a very hefty lean before reaching the tipping point.
The tail on the All Around 11′ is very wide which, along with a 2+1 fin system, helps the board resist rolling from side-to-side.
For an all-around board, there’s not much more we could ask for in construction or shape to make it more stable (not that it needs it), without reducing its overall versatility.
The biggest factor in the speed of any SUP is the person paddling it, so that’s why we like to get out on our boards and run tests over and over again – not just when we first get our hands on them.
Board shape and length also impact the speed of a board. Typically longer boards that have a smooth entry and exit point for the water will be faster. At 11’ long, the All Around 11′ is right in the middle of board length for this category. Its stiffness let us transfer power into speed really well, and the speed tests showed that. While it isn’t the fastest all-around SUP we tested, it is in the upper echelon for its category.
Speed is fantastic, but being able to effectively turn your board is, at least in my opinion, more important than straight-line speed. Going fast and then running into something might not be the highlight of your time on the water!
The same factors that impact speed tend to impact maneuverability as well. Longer, more parallel-shaped boards may not turn as quickly as shorter boards with a more torpedo-like shape. In the case of the iRocker All Around 11′ it once again surprised us with its nimbleness. Turning while keeping the board flat was easy to do with both forward- and reverse- sweep strokes. While there wasn’t a kick-pad on the tail, we were also able to comfortably pivot-turn the All Around 11′ without issue.
If you paddle on smaller rivers, or otherwise need to do a lot of maneuvering, you may want to consider looking at the shorter All-Around 10’. It’s still 32” wide, but will be easier to turn.
Having a board that will paddle straight without constant steering not only makes you faster, but allows you to paddle for longer on one side. This lets you relax some of your muscles for a while and can help tremendously when paddling in a cross-wind.
The All Around 11’s length and three fins keep it tracking very straight. After getting up to speed and paddling an equal number of times on each side, the All Around 11′ continued to glide almost perfectly straight without any additional paddling or correction. As the board slows down to a stop it is more susceptible to turning, but keeping on course while paddling was a breeze.
Warranty and Customer Support
iRocker has one of the top warranties and customer support systems in the industry. The iRocker All Around 11′ is covered by a 3-year manufacturer warranty against defects, and even the accessories are covered under warranty for an entire year. Many companies do not warranty their accessories at all, or only for short periods of time.
iRocker also wants to make sure that you love the board you buy, so they have a longest-in-industry 90-day no-questions-asked return policy. If you don’t like your board for any reason, they’ll take it back.
Lastly, iRocker makes it easy to reach out to them via social media, email, phone support, and online chat through their website.
When comparing the price of an iSUP kit, it’s important to look at the most relatable options in the same categories and pricing tiers. When reviewing the price, we don’t review the MSRP/List Price, but rather how the price – and more importantly, what you get for it – compare to other options in the same categories.
With this comparison we view the iRocker All Around 11′ as one of the best-priced iSUP kits you can get.
Overall Impressions/Review Summary
I have really enjoyed my time on the iRocker All Around 11′. It’s a great all-around board that keeps its focus on versatility and usability. At the same time, it performs incredibly well on the water and offers a great value. While there is some room for improvement, I’m mostly finding these to be very nit-picky concerns or wish-list upgrades that I would appreciate as an advanced paddler.
Do I recommend the iRocker All Around 11′? Yes, absolutely. I believe anyone would be hard-pressed to find a reason this wouldn’t be a great all-around inflatable SUP for them. Smaller paddlers (under 5’6”/140lb) should consider the iRocker All-Around 10’, rather than the 11’ for a better fitting board, but you’ll still find all of the same features, construction and accessories as the All Around 11′ with the same great value and fantastic customer support.
iROCKER ALL-AROUND 11′ FAQ
Is the iRocker All Around 11’ worth the price?
Absolutely. The All Around 11′ has been one of our favorite boards over the past several seasons and it’s one of our top recommendations if you’re looking for a versatile, fun, and affordable iSUP.
Should I get the iRocker All Around 11’ or 10’?
Both models are fantastic but we prefer the slightly longer All Around 11′ due to the fact that it is a bit faster on the water and tracks better. If you’re a smaller paddler, we’d recommend the 10′ model while average to large paddlers should bump up to the 11′ version.
iRocker Cruiser vs All Around 11’ - which is better?
The Cruiser and All Around 11′ are both excellent inflatable SUPs. Both offer outstanding versatility and are very stable on the water, however the ALL-AROUND 11′ is slightly faster while the 33″ wide CRUISER offers greater stability.
Where is the iRocker All Around 11 made?
The All Around 11′ and all of iRocker’s other inflatable paddle boards are designed in Jacksonville, FL, and manufactured at one of the best iSUP factories in China.
I want to know how to install the iRocker Kayak Seat - is it difficult?
iRocker’s popular SUP seat is incredibly quick and easy to install to the All Around 11′. Simply set the seat on the traction pad of the board and connect the four strap hooks to the D-rings along both rails. Next, just adjust the straps to your desired length and you’re ready to paddle.
What PSI should I pump iRocker boards to?
The board is rated to 14-18 PSI and we’d recommend inflating it to 15 PSI.
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