iROCKER ALL-AROUND 11′ iSUP Review | 2024

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The iRocker All Around 11’ does a great job of living up to its name, especially for paddlers over 5’8”.

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 —

  • Construction & Durability
  • Features and Versatility
  • Stability
  • Speed
  • Maneuverability
  • Tracking

Overall Score

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.

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The All Around 11’ has double-reinforced seams and additional rail band reinforcements for excellent durability..

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.

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The All Around 11’ has no noticeable flex while standing or during regular paddling.

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.

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Bouncing up and down on the All Around 11’ does generate some flex, but it’s not felt even while paddling hard for a sprint.

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.


Length 11’
Width 32“
Thickness 6“
Max Capacity 400 pounds
Board Weight 26 pounds
Kit Weight
36 pounds
Buying Info
List Price $
Warranty 3 years
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.

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The iRocker All Around 11’ is 11’ long, 32” wide, and 6” thick. It has a maximum weight capacity of 400 lbs and a maximum internal pressure of 18 PSI..
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The All Around 11’ has a moderately wide nose that aids in stability, but is not so obtuse that it limits the board’s speed.
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The front cargo area is spread out across six D-rings just in front of the main standing area. The cargo bungee is large enough to easily hold medium to large dry bags. For larger cargo (like a medium size cooler) you can use the D-rings as tie down points. There is also one D-ring just in front of the front carry handle that can be used as an extra tie down if needed.
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The rear D-rings have integrated threaded accessory mounts. These mounts are compatible with cup holders, fishing rod holders, camera/phone mounts, and more. There is also a set of removable passenger handles on either side of the cargo area.
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There are four D-rings set around the middle of the All Around 11’ for compatibility with the iRocker kayak seat for those who enjoy sitting down while paddling.
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The deck pad is made of EVA foam and covers the rear ⅔ of the board. The entire pad is logo-embossed, and the main standing area has grooves for additional traction. The pad itself is comfortable and grippy with bare feet or with shoes, and is comfortable to sit on as well.
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Behind the main standing area are two more threaded accessory mounts. The mount itself looks different, but uses the same thread standard so you can easily swap the position of your accessories around the board.
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The rear cargo area is also quite large with six more D-rings and two more passenger handles. Instead of integrating threaded mounts into the front D-rings, there are two stand-alone mounts between the cargo area and main standing area. The inflation valve (max pressure 18 PSI) and leash D-ring are also located here at the tail.
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The tail of the All Around 11’ is moderately wide with a squared-off shape. This wider tail shape helps increase stability, especially when standing at the tail or when carrying heavier cargo or passengers.
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Under the nose of the board is another D-ring that makes a great attachment point for an anchor or if the board needs to be towed.
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The All Around 11’ has three fliplock style fin boxes that require no tools for fin installation or removal. Included with the board are one 9” center fin and two 4.5” side fins.

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.

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The All Around 11’ comes as a complete kit.


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!

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The iRocker paddle has a carbon fiber shaft and a medium-sized nylon blade.

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.

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The All Around 11’ has a relatively parallel outline for beginner-friendly stability.

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.

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Even when rocking the board side to side, the All Around 11’ is stable and resurfaces smoothly.

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.

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The All Around 11’ is the fastest of iRocker’s original core line of iSUPs.

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.

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With a longer waterline and three fins, the All Around 11’ can be a little harder to turn compared to a shorter board, but good technique can keep it nimble on the water.

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.

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The All Around 11’ has excellent straight line tracking – nearly as good as dedicated touring iSUPs.

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.

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The three included fins can be used together or in various combinations to change the All Around 11’s performance on the water.

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

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The iRocker All Around 11’ is a versatile midrange iSUP for larger paddlers or paddling with extra cargo or passengers.

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.


  1. The fin box on my IRocker was crooked. I tried contacting IRocker and have yet to hear anything from hip them. Poor build quality.

    • Sorry to hear about the issue with your board. Unfortunately sometimes problems will slip through manufacturing – I’d recommend contacting iROCKER to have them remedy it under the warranty.

  2. Hi,
    After lot of great reviews here, i’m stuck between Irocker 11 allround one or Bluefin Cruise 12 (10.8 maybe). Wich one do you recommend ? Both will be for same purpose. Family paddling across the choppy sea (rarely lakes), maybe me and my miss 165lbs together on it. I am 5.10 and 190lbs. Paddling will be 3-5 miles nothing more on small choppy waves and calm sea. Thanks in advance for answer.

    • Hi Goran! Both are worthy options. They handle pretty similarly, so which is better for you will depend on your priorities in terms of features, accessories and budget. Let’s look at the strengths of each…

      The iROCKER All Around 11 comes with two cargo areas (front and back), more action mounts, and more color options. In terms of accessories it has a nicer carbon fiber paddle, nicer dual chamber/3-stage pump, and the newly released 2021 version has a roller backpack.

      On the other hand, the Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ or Cruise 12′ comes with an included kayak kit (this is an optional accessory for the iROCKER) and usually runs a little cheaper depending on sales.

      You mentioned you and your miss together on one board. Have you considered the Bluefin Cruise 15′? This is designed as a tandem board for two paddlers either standing or sitting (using dual kayak seats). You can check it out here: Bluefin SUP Cruise 15′

  3. Hi, thanks for all of the great info you provide. I’ve been researching and think I’ve narrowed it down to the iRocker All Around 10, the iRocker All Around 11, or the Atoll 11. The differences in the features between the iRockers and the Atoll aren’t a huge concern. I’m 5’4″ and weigh 110 pounds. I like the idea of the tracking and slight speed advantage of the 11-footers, but I’m concerned about getting pushed around too much, much like Amanda described, above. I’m new to the sport but am comfortable on the water. I live in SoCal, and most of my paddling would be in the bays, harbors, lakes, and maybe occasionally, if I dare, some very small surf (but don’t base your rec on that last one ;). For context, I’ve only been out on the heavy (44 pounds, 10 ft. long) HDPE boards sold at Costco. I’ve had fun, but am looking for portability and a step up. iRocker 10 vs. 11? iRocker 11 vs. Atoll 11? Thanks for any input you provide.

    • Dana – thanks for the question! All three boards are great options for the uses you describe.

      Given your height and weight, either a 10′ or 11′ would work fine for you. 11′ is convenient for the extra space if you plan on carrying gear (cooler, pack, etc.) or the occasional passenger (child, four-legged friend, etc.). If either of those uses applies to you, I prefer the iROCKER 11′ for the the larger storage areas and the removeable “safety” grab handles for kids. I also prefer the extra length of an 11′ board if using the SUP with a kayak seat conversion kit.

      If you’re just using the board standing, on your own, with no gear, then the All-Around 10′ saves you a bit of weight when carrying it around and is arguably a bit more maneuverable in surf.

      The Atoll 11′ is also a great board — when we have beginner paddlers test iSUPs many comment that they find it particularly stable and confidence-inspiring.

  4. Hello! I just purchased this board and I am 5’4 and 115lbs and fairly experienced on SUP. I took out the board for the first time when there was a strong current. I wasn’t able to direct the board against the current and every time I tried the board would turn the opposite direction, eventually just had to go with the current. I should mention on other boards I’ve had no issues going against any current. Just wanting some advice if there is a chance the board is to large and to light for my smaller size? Any advice would be helpful!

    • Hi Amanda! Great question — there could be a couple of factors going on.

      Wind – you don’t mention if there was any wind, but generally speaking the larger the board’s side profile (overall length plus how much it curves up in the front and back), the more you can be pushed around by the wind.

      Drag – when you’re trying to cut across current or go against the current, a greater surface area on the bottom of the board and/or fins can expose you to more drag, which will tend to pull you in the direction of the current.

      Board shape — some board shapes tend to cut through current or choppy waters betters. Typically longer/skinnier iSUPS (like touring boards) can track better in these conditions, although you give up some stability. And noses that are either more pointed and/or raised out of the water can help as well.

      In terms of suggestions, there are a few things you could look into:

      1. Change you fin combination — try removing the two side fins (leaving just the center fin) and see if you’re more easily able to travel up current. Or remove the center fin and leave just the two side fins. Depending on your current and water conditions you may find one or the other of these helps reduce fin drag and makes it easier to cut through the current. iROCKER also offers an optional river fin that you could try.

      2. Try a smaller board — given your small size and weight, unless you’re carrying a lot of gear or passengers, you could easily get away with a smaller all-around board like the iROCKER All-Around 10. This will help reduce your profile to the wind, surface area on the bottom for drag, and save some weight.

      3. Try a different board shape — depending on what you’re using the board for, you might try something closer to a touring shape like the BLACKFIN Model V, NIXY Manhattan, or Sea Eagle NeedleNose.

      Finally, can I ask what type of boards have you been using before when you said you had no issues?

  5. Hello, I am 5’8″ and 170lb athletic and good balance on boards but new to inflatable SUP’s. Will use on lakes and want something that can handle wind(won’t get thrown around) but also stable and can paddle distance across lakes. Also ok for for kids to use. Looking for good all around board. Seems like the 11ft Thurso Waterwalker or 11ft irocker all around are the two popular ones. Which would you go with for 2020 boards overall if you had to choose ?

    …also considering the more affordable Irocker Nautical because I am looking to buy 2 boards and not sure how different it would perform vs the All Around or Waterwalker.

    • Hi Brian! The Thurso Waterwalker and the iROCKER All-Around 11 are definitely two of our top picks for all-around boards. Which is better for you comes down to which features you prioritize more. The iROCKER has lots of action mount points for attaching things like gopro cameras. And if you have little kids, the removeable safety handles are a really nice feature to have.

      While the Thurso Waterwalker has fewer mount points, it does have a nice set of velcro straps on the side of the board for securing your paddle if you’re doing fitness or going for a swim. And it has that retro wood-effect look, if you like that style.

      Both will perform similarly have a really nice paddle, backpack, and pump included. But I’d have to give the edge (slightly) to Thurso for having my favorite pump and backpack of the season so far. I also prefer the rubber grip on Thurso’s paddle, although I think iROCKER’s locking mechanism is tighter — so I’ll give that a tie.

      So I can’t tell you which one is best for you, but if you make your choice based on what items above are important to you, you’ll be in good shape. There’s not a bad option in that choice..

      If you’re considering the iROCKER Nautical, it’s important to know that it was designed to compete with the low cost “budget” boards that are flooding Amazon. For the price point, it’s a great option (from a reputable company that will be around to provide customer service in the future, unlike a lot of the Amazon boards), but the features and accessories are all much more basic compared to the All-Around 11, and the warranty is shorter.

      So, if you can handle the step up cost-wise to the All-Around 11 or the Waterwalker, that’s definitely the sweet spot for getting the best value-for-money. Both those SUPs are best-in-class and will last you a long time.

      Hope that helps… let us know what you decide or if you have more questions!

  6. I am 6′ 6″, 240 lb male who has never paddle boarded. I am looking for a board that both my daughter (5′ 10″, 145lb) and I could try. We would be using on a lake on calm/choppy water with the usual boat wakes. Which would be better, the iRocker 10’6” Cruiser or the iRock All Around or other?

    • Philip, thanks for the great question! Both iROCKER boards are great options for getting started with paddleboards. They’re a nice balance of features, performance, and price. And the 2020 models feature a lot of nice improvements over 2019.

      The iROCKER Cruiser 10’6″ and iROCKER All-Around 11′ are fairly similar in weight and capacity — they’ll accommodate both you and your daughter. My daughter’s not yet 100lb and she’s able to maneuver either one easily.

      Which to choose mostly depends on whether you prioritize stability or speed and maneuverability. The Cruiser is an inch wider (33″) overall and has a wider tail (22″) than the All-Around 11′. This makes it a bit more stable, which will make learning to balance easier when you’re first starting out. On the other hand, the All-Around is an inch narrower (32″) and has a much narrower tail (16″) than the Cruiser. This will make it moderately more maneuverable and a touch faster when you’re really pushing it.

      It’s rather like learning to ride a bike — at first, you’re mostly focused on balancing and not falling, but once you get the hang of it you’ll be scooting around without a second thought. So there’s not a bad choice here, it’s just a matter of whether you prefer stability or performance.

      I hope that helps — let me know what you end up choosing. Happy paddling!

  7. Hi Jason! Thanks for clear and amazing info. I am quite new to paddleboard. I wanted to buy a kayak but the transportability of the inflated paddleboard won me over since I move a lot to paddle ’cause I live in the city. I am super interested in the possibility of kayak seat. I am 5’7 , 130 lbs. I do a little of everything: up and down rivers (R1-R2 max) , lakes and stream/ocean. I often stay a long time on water…sometimes a whole day. I was definitely opting for an all-around model. I am a little lost in the differences of tracking quality, speed and agility between 10′, 10’6 and 11 of lenght. I guess any width from 32 or 33 is perfect for me as I won’t be surfing, just going through small rapids (probably sitting while doing them!) I was looking at both 10′ and 11′ all-around irocker, at 10’6 and 11′ Thurso Waterwalker and Nixi Newport. Would you have a recommendation for me? Thank you so much for your time.

    • Hello Emmanuelle! Thank you so much for the nice comment…

      All of the boards that you mentioned would be excellent options for you, they’re stable all-around models that’ll work well in all of the conditions that you mentioned. The shorter 10′ boards will be more responsive in the water but they’ll lag the longer SUPs a bit in terms of tracking performance and speed. In addition to the models you mentioned, I would also take a look at the iROCKER CRUISER which is 10’6″ x 33″ and adds a bit of extra stability into the mix.

      Ultimately, I’d recommend prioritizing what’s most important to you (stability, performance aspects, and features) and then choosing the model that ticks the most boxes for you personally. All of those boards offer outstanding value, very nice accessory bundles, and 2-year warranties so you really can’t go wrong.

      I hope that helps, Emmanuelle. If you need additional help or have further questions, just holler!

  8. I’m having a tough time really distinguishing the Blackfin X vs the iRocker All-Around. In terms of paddling performance (speed, turning agility/tracking, stability), are they both about the same?

    • Hi Tim, the BLACKFIN Model X is designed for those who are looking for extreme stability. The additional width of the Model X does have a negative impact on glide and it won’t be quite as easy to maneuver as the narrower ALL-AROUND 11′. Hope that helps — if you need anything else just holler.

  9. Hi guys,

    Congrats for the site/reviews! Very informative, thorough and objective.

    I am a beginner in paddling and currently searching for all around board that can stand small waves, as I am from Greece where the end of summer gets a bit windy.

    Currently struggling to choose between the iRocker All-around 11′, the Thurso Waterwalker 11′ (those two are directly comparable) and finally the iRocker Cruiser. Those are on a similar price range, have a 2yr warranty, can carry a kayak seat and seem to be equally appreciatted a solid beginners choices. Therefore, as mentioned before, the key question would be which of those 3 boards can perform better in a windy/small to medium waves situation? Any advice would be more than helpful!


    • Hello Yiannis, thanks so much for the nice comment.

      The iROCKER CRUISER is the most stable board out of the three you’re considering and I think it’ll be the best choice for you as a beginner in choppier conditions.

      I hope that helps, Yiannis. If you need anything else, just let me know.

  10. Hi guys… awesome and very detailed reviews.. I’m looking to buy a board for my wife as a present after she expressed great interest after a day on the lake riding/sampling our friends boards (Costco hyperlite models). She is a complete newbie to paddling and I’d like to make sure I get her something that will be stable but at the same time has room to grow grow and develop more skills. I’m torn between and all-around 11’ and the New blackfin xl… I like the narrower width of the all a rounder but also like the construction of the blackfin xl…, your comments and recomedations are highly appreciated.

    • Hey Andre, thanks a lot for your nice comment — much appreciated.

      The construction of the ALL-AROUND 11′ and Model XL are virtually identical, with the exception of the BLACKFIN’s carbon rail. If you’re looking for a great all-around board that offers plenty of stability for most paddlers, the ALL-AROUND 11′ would be a perfect fit. If you feel that your wife needs the extreme stability offered by the Model XL or you simply prefer all of the premium features on that board (upgraded roller backpack, carbon shaft paddle, dual bungee storage areas, carbon rail, upgraded fin box, etc.), then you know what you must do. 🙂

      Hope this helps, Andre. If you need anything else or have additional questions, just let me know and I’ll do my best to help.

  11. Great website, very useful! I recently bought a bluefin iSUP which was faulty and had a negative rocker so nose was lower in water than rest of board! So now I want to spend a bit more and get something decent.

    I am 90kg+/- & 5ft 11” tall. Regularly take kids out. It’s a toss up between the BLACKFIN Model X or the iROCKER ALL-AROUND 11. Which would you go for? Or should I stretch the budget even more and go for a Red, but they do so many!

    Board also needs to be usable by my wife who is shorter & lighter.

    Many thanks

    • Hey Matt, thanks for your comment and I’m sorry to hear about the trouble you had with your previous board.

      Both of the boards you’re considering are fantastic and I’m sure you would be very happy with either one. The Model X will offer a bit more on the stability side of things and has some nice additional features. The BLACKFIN wheeled roller backpack is also a big upgrade over the standard iROCKER bag, so that’s something else to take into consideration if it’s important to you.

      Bottom line: If you’re okay with the regular iROCKER bag and don’t really need the additional stability offered by the BLACKFIN, I’d save some money and get the ALL-AROUND 11′.

      I hope that helps, Matt. If you need anything else, holler.

    • Great review!
      I was considering to buy allaround 11 2019 model since it is now much cheaper in the official website. So are they too much different, 2019 and 2020? I am a newbie, so just wonder 🙂

      • Hi Jay, glad you find the review helpful! Both the 2019 and 2020 iROCKER All-Around 11’s are top picks on our site, so you’ll end up with a great board either way. The dimensions and performance in the water haven’t changed for the 2020 model. What has changed, in short, is that the 2020 version is lighter (moving to a new triple-layer construction), has a new visual design, and has more action mount points. They’ve also updated the paddle (lighter), pump (more efficient), and backpack (more pockets).

        If you’re someone who really wants to max out the mount points (for attaching gopro’s, cup holders, cell phones, fishing rods, etc.) then you’ll want the 2020 model. OR if you’ll be carrying it a long way and so shedding weight is important. On the other hand, if those features aren’t important to you and you’d rather save some money, then the closeout deals on the 2019 model are definitely a great deal.

        Whichever way you decide, we do recommend buying directly from iROCKER for the best customer service and warranty coverage. When you get ready to buy, if you use our referral link it helps support the work we do on this site. Here’s the link:

        Happy Paddling!

    • Hi Eric, thanks for your comment. At the moment, the best iROCKER paddle board for fishing would be either the BLACKFIN Model X or Model XL. Between those two models, I’d recommend the longer Model XL due to the additional deck space it provides.

      Hope that helps, Eric. Happy paddling and tight lines!

  12. Hi, I read your reviews of iRocker all-round 10″ and 11″ long.

    I am 6’0″ and 175 lbs and now I have no idea which size is better for me 10″ or 11″.
    Occasionally I will take on board my 3-4 year old son, but mainly I am looking board which will be easy to maneuver (“agile”) and not to slow.

    Maybe some time my wife will jump on the board as well but really rarely.
    Could you advise me if the 11″ is a must have? Personally I’d prefer 10″ model.

    Kinds regards

    • Hello Szymon, thanks for your comment.

      You can definitely get away with either board, but I’d recommend the ALL-AROUND 11′ for you. You’ll compromise a slight amount of maneuverability with the 11′, but it’ll be a bit faster and more stable in the water.

      May I ask why you prefer the 10′? Is it mainly because the ALL-AROUND 10′ has a lower price than the 11′?

      By the way, your son will love the integrated safety handles at the nose — these are both great boards for paddling around children.

      • Hallo, thanks for the feedback, really appreciate it.

        I was so interested in difference between 10′ and 11′ because recently I was paddling on rented board – EXOCET DISCOVERY 10’8 and 10’6. While the 10’6 was fine the 10’8 was moving like a bus – and that was only 2″ difference. So when I saw that there is a 1′ difference between iRocker all-rounders I was worry that 11′ model will be like a “oil tanker” with comparison to the 10′ model. 🙂 That is why I was focused on 10′ model, wanted something more nimble.

        I am kitesurfer and when I was younger I spent some time windsurfing so keeping balance on the board is not an issue for me. Additional I have tendency to loose weight. Usually with the height of 6″0 I am around 170lbs (+-5). So following height parameter 11′ board is better for me but from weight point of view 10′ should be enough.

        Reading your review I am worry that with my height I will loose too much of tracking and glide on 10′ model (board will be turning to much with every paddle movement). Unfortunately I have only little experience in hard windsurfing boards.


        • Hi again, Szymon. Keep in mind that the 10’8″ EXOCET you mentioned is thicker, wider, and longer than the 10’6″ you paddled — the ALL-AROUND 11′ is the same exact width and thickness as the ALL-AROUND 10′, it’s just longer.

  13. Hi, the reviews are great, thanks! I’m debating between the isle explorer 11 and the irocker inflatable 11. Any thoughts? they seem comparable on performance, with the one potential difference in weight capacity. I’m ~200lbs and might have my 60lb retriever join me, so i suppose the 275 capacity of the isle might be cutting it close. Any thoughts?

    • Hi Todd, thanks so much for your nice comment…

      I would definitely recommend the new iROCKER ALL-AROUND 11′ over the ISLE Explorer 11′. While the Explorer gets the edge when it comes to weight (22 pounds vs. 27 pounds), paddle (carbon shaft vs. fiberglass), and onboard storage options (lots of D-rings and dual bungee storage areas), the iROCKER has bombproof quad-layer construction, safety handles for kids, and a brand new upgraded dual-chamber SUP pump which dramatically reduces inflation time and effort. The iROCKER is also priced much more affordably than the Explorer 11′.

      For those who really prefer the Explorer’s additional D-rings and dual bungee storage areas, I’d recommend checking out the new BLACKFIN line of premium inflatables by iROCKER. Both of these models come with additional D-rings, dual bungee storage areas, twin grab handles, premium logo-stamped deck pads, quad-layer PVC construction, carbon rails, carbon shaft paddle, dual-chamber pump, and a wheeled roller backpack. All of this, yet both models are still cheaper than the ISLE Explorer 11′.

      I hope that helps, Todd. If there’s anything else that you need, just holler. 🙂

      Happy paddling…

  14. Jason, thank you for all your detailed reviews. They are quite helpful. I’m torn between all around 11 or blackfin XL. Your reviews have been great in this regard.

    Anyways, I don’t often comment on things, but if you don’t mind, would you share more information about your clothing from this review. The shirt looks lightweight, airy, and provides sun coverage on the arms and neck. BTW, you must love the shorts too, since they’re in a lot of reviews. Thanks again your site has been instrumental in steering my purchase for an iSUP.

    • Hi Erik, thanks for your nice comment.

      There are a few different shirts/shorts pictured in the review. The blue shirt is a lightweight, quick-drying Horizon travel shirt by The North Face. The others are very similar — they’re Columbia Silver Ridge shirts. In addition to being light and quick-drying, they also provide excellent sun protection which is important here in Panama.

      The red shorts are just a pair of off-brand board shorts that I picked up locally. The others are Mountain Khakis Equatorial Shorts, you can read a full review of them here:

      Hope that helps, Erik. If you have any other questions, just let me know!

  15. I absolutely love mine. I primarily paddle lakes, rivers and occasional small surf ocean. Since I drive a Ford Focus sedan, I knew that I wanted a quality inflatable board. I am 6’2′, 175 lbs., and though this board may be a bit of overkill weight wise for me, I can load it up with extra gear and even a second paddler. Love getting out on a limited access lake close by the house for some quiet soul searching moments.

    • Thanks for sharing your feedback on the board, Doug. Are you happy with how it performs in small surf?

  16. I’ve had my iRocker all around 11′ for a few weeks now and have had it out a few times. The clincher for me was the other day i had it out in some choppy water on a windy day and the thing was still so easy to paddle and cut through the water… So much fun!!

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