The new and improved 2019 iROCKER CRUISER 10’6″ is an affordable and versatile inflatable SUP that’s a lot of fun to paddle. The CRUISER is an all-purpose board that is a bit wider than the iROCKER ALL-AROUND 10′ and ALL-AROUND 11′ models, making this a great choice if stability is your primary concern…
iROCKER is a fairly new name in the SUP world, but the Jacksonville, Florida-based company has quickly built a loyal following over the past several years due to their high-quality gear and super affordable price points. They’ve got an excellent customer service track record and are well-known for standing behind their boards.
In this freshly updated 2019 iROCKER CRUISER review, we’ll cover the specs of the latest model, the pros and cons, the best features, what’s included, optional accessories, how it compares with last year’s model, and how to save some money on the board to get the very best deal. For those who enjoy videos, we’ve also included several on this page including our in-depth review, setup, and unboxing videos.
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Table of Contents
- iROCKER CRUISER Review: Board Overview: (Features, Construction, Paddling Performance, Setup Video, Likes & Dislikes)
- Included Accessories: (Unboxing Video, Backpack, Paddle, Pump, Leash, Repair Kit, User Guide)
- Optional Add-ons: (Kayak Seat Kit, SUP Deck Cooler Bag, Fishing Rod Holder, Shoulder Strap, Electric iSUP Pump, Waterproof Speaker, Action Mount, 5″ River Fin, Waterproof Phone Case, Cell Phone Holder)
- Where to Buy it
- Final Thoughts
iROCKER CRUISER Review: SUP Overview
The iROCKER CRUISER is a super versatile stand up paddle board that can pretty much do it all. Measuring 10’6″ x 33″ x 6″ and weighing 26 pounds, this board’s extra width gives it great stability, making it an ideal choice for SUP fitness/yoga, fishing, families, paddling with your pup, and beginner paddlers.
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The top deck of the 2019 iROCKER CRUISER is covered with an upgraded, iROCKER-branded EVA foam traction pad. This year’s deck pad incorporates a new crocodile textured grip which is easy on the hands and feet.
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Enlarged bungee storage area for stashing your dry bag, backpack, Crocs, and other gear.1 of 8
Neoprene covered center carry handle makes it easy to carry the board around when it’s fully inflated.2 of 8
Convenient rear grab handle is perfect for pulling the board in and out the water, allowing you to elevate the fins up off the ground and avoid damage caused by rocks and other hard objects.3 of 8
D-ring at tail for quick and easy attachment of the included ankle leash.4 of 8
Brand new Action Mount makes it easy to attach a GoPro camera, wireless Bluetooth speaker, fishing rod holder, and other accessories.5 of 8
Handy D-rings along board’s rails for attaching iROCKER’s optional kayak seat kit, shoulder carrying strap, or tying down your SUP cooler and other gear.6 of 8
Removable kids’ safety handles give children a safe and secure place to hold onto while riding along at the nose of the board.7 of 8
Super comfortable EVA foam traction pad features a croc grip pattern that’s easy on the hands and feet.8 of 8
Mid-board is a convenient carrying handle that’s covered by a soft and comfortable neoprene grip. There are also 8 stainless steel D-rings located along both sides of the traction pad for attaching the optional iROCKER kayak seat and shoulder carrying strap. These D-rings can also be used to tie down a SUP cooler or additional gear.
At the board’s nose are 6 more stainless steel D-rings and a bungee cord storage area which is perfect for stashing your backpack or dry bag, flip flops, and a change of clothes. This year, iROCKER repositioned the D-rings closer to the rails which has enlarged the board’s cargo capacity.
Also integrated into the bungee cord storage area for 2019 are removable kids’ safety handles. These were initially introduced last season on several of the company’s other models, and we’re excited to see them added to the CRUISER this year. They are covered by a soft neoprene cover and give small children a safe and secure place to hold onto while they’re riding along at the nose of the board.
Lastly, iROCKER has also added an incredibly useful Action Mount to the CRUISER’s nose. This mount allows you to secure a variety of accessories to the nose such as a GoPro camera, waterproof Bluetooth speaker, or iROCKER’s new fishing rod holder.
Located at the tail of the board is a high-quality Halkey-Roberts style air valve, an additional D-ring for attaching the included SUP leash, and a convenient grab handle which really comes in handy whenever you’re pulling the board in and out of the water. The handle’s position allows you to elevate the board’s fins off of the ground, preventing potential damage caused by rocks and other hard objects.
On the flip side, the CRUISER features a tri-fin setup with three removable fins. Previously, iROCKER used a large removable center fin with two fixed side fins.
We really like this change to three removable fins as it allows the CRUISER to be rolled up into a more compact form for easier packing, storage, and transport. Also, if you happen to rack your boards on the roof of your vehicle, being able to remove all three fins allows the boards to be stacked in a much neater fashion.
Last but not least, there’s also a final D-ring located on the underside of the CRUISER’s nose which allows you to tow the board behind your boat or tether it to a dock.
A transition that was made last season, all iROCKER paddle boards now feature bombproof quad-layer PVC construction. Combined with the CRUISER’s tough drop stitch material, this additional layer of military-grade PVC has resulted in a 10’6″ CRUISER that is even more durable, with improved rigidity and an increased maximum weight capacity rating (400 pounds vs. 350 pounds). The only downside to iROCKER’s quad-layer build is added weight, making the 2019 model slightly heavier than previous models.
When fully inflated to the recommended pressure of 14-18 PSI, the new iROCKER CRUISER offers exceptional stiffness and feels very similar to a hard board under the feet.
On the water, the iROCKER CRUISER 10’6″ is a ton of fun and is the most stable board in the company’s lineup with the exception of the premium BLACKFIN Model X and Model XL boards. In addition to the board’s outstanding stability and ability to handle choppy waters, it also tracks well thanks to the triple fin configuration.
In the speed department, the CRUISER won’t set any world records — but that’s obviously not what this board was designed for. If you need a durable and extremely stable iSUP that is affordable, fun, and can pretty much do it all, this model is a great choice. For something that offers a bit more as far as speed goes, we recommend checking out the iROCKER SPORT 11′ or the new BLACKFIN Model V touring SUP.
Likes and Dislikes
iROCKER has done a great job once again on the latest updates to their iSUP line. The new CRUISER looks even nicer than previous versions and it comes with several great new features.
The additional D-rings and enlarged front bungee cargo area give you a lot more onboard storage capacity this season and we love the new kids’ handles and Action Mount at the nose. These are wonderful new features for families who paddle with children — it’s easier than ever to capture amazing footage of your family’s paddling adventures.
We also really like the new fin setup. Having the ability to remove all three fins gives you added versatility as you can experiment with single fin, twin fin, and tri-fin setups. Of course, this new setup also allows the board to be packed down into a smaller form which is good news for anyone who is a serious traveler.
As far as downsides go, there’s honestly not much. The board is slightly heavier than previous versions due to the fact that iROCKER used their quad-layer PVC construction and also added quite a few new features to the board. This is a worthwhile tradeoff in our opinion, but it would be great if the company could shave a few pounds off of the board’s overall weight in the future.
Secondly, the neoprene cover on the center carrying handle is not removable. This is a really minor gripe, especially considering the fact that the handle has a fairly low profile as it is, but we thought we’d mention it. For SUP fitness enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys laying on the deck of their board, having a handle that lays flat makes things more comfortable.
iROCKER Cruiser 10'6" Rating
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iROCKER has once again raised the bar this season and made improvements to their accessory bundle. In addition to the paddle and carrying bag, the company also includes an upgraded dual-action high-pressure hand pump, iSUP repair kit, and 10′ coiled SUP leash.
The iROCKER backpack underwent a major update a few seasons ago and the only real change for 2019 is the addition of some plastic D-ring attachment points for small accessories and a new heavier duty material. iROCKER’s carry bag is fairly basic, but it gets the job done and is roomy enough to comfortably fit the 10’6″ CRUISER, pump, and other accessories.
The front of the bag features bold iROCKER branding and twin compression straps. On the side of the bag is an open mesh pocket which can be used to secure the included paddle, a side carrying handle, and additional compression straps for cinching everything up when the bag is fully packed.
Located on top of the backpack carry bag is a transparent luggage ID window and the bottom of the bag features four rubber feet and a metal grommet for draining moisture and dirt out of the bag.
On the back of iROCKER’s SUP backpack is another nylon webbed grab handle as well as two padded and fully adjustable shoulder straps. The shoulder straps include an adjustable sternum strap and there are convenient plastic D-rings for attaching gadgets and other small accessories.
The back of the bag is well-cushioned by a mesh covered pad that keeps things cool when the bag is on your shoulders. There’s also an adjustable waist strap that’s designed to provide additional stabilization.
When packed down into the backpack, the iROCKER CRUISER can be conveniently stored in a closet or underneath your bed. The backpack makes it super easy to carry the board around, and you can even check it with your luggage when flying.
iROCKER initially included an aluminum paddle with their boards, but a few years ago the company introduced their upgraded fiberglass paddle.
This floating 3-piece travel paddle is fully adjustable and extends from 79 to 86 inches. This is obviously good news for taller paddlers who need the extra length.
The iROCKER CRUISER comes in 5 colors for 2019 (black, blue, aqua, orange, and green) and the blade and handle of the paddle are color-coded to the board once again — a detail that we really like.
Lastly, the paddle’s tough nylon blade features a thin rubber coating along the outer edge to prevent chips and cracks caused by rocks and other hard objects.
Full Throttle Pump
In May of last year, iROCKER announced that they were replacing their reliable dual-action pump with a brand new dual-chamber triple action model that dramatically reduced inflation time and effort. For 2019, the company is shipping their boards with the brand new iROCKER Full Throttle Pump — an improved dual-chamber triple action model that’s even faster and more efficient than last year’s version.
In addition to outperforming last year’s pump, iROCKER’s 2019 Full Throttle Pump is also much lighter. Last year’s pump weighs in at 5.34 pounds while this year’s model comes in at only 3.81 pounds.
This pump is far more efficient than single-chamber pumps, reducing the overall time and effort it takes to inflate the iROCKER CRUISER by approximately half. The pump comes with a flexible inflation hose that screws on securely to the back of the handle and there’s also a built-in pressure gauge which conveniently tells you exactly how much air is in your board at all times during the inflation process.
On the back of the pump is an Action Control dial which can be set to one of three modes. To change settings, all you need to do is simply turn the dial to the desired number.
When you initially begin to inflate the iROCKER CRUISER, you’ll want to set the adjustable dial to setting #1. This will rapidly add air to your deflated board by utilizing both chambers and adding air on both the up and down strokes.
Once you begin to notice that it’s increasingly difficult to pump, turn the settings dial to mode #2. Now, the pump will bypass the second chamber and will only add air to the board on the up and down strokes using a single chamber.
Lastly, when resistance becomes too strong, just turn the dial to setting #3. This mode will give you the additional power needed to inflate the CRUISER to 15 PSI and it adds air to the board only on down strokes using a single cylinder.
We love the fact that iROCKER promotes SUP safety by including a coiled 10′ leash with all of their boards. In addition to color-matching the SUP paddles, the company is also color-coding their leashes which is a nice touch…
The CRUISER also comes with an inflatable paddle board repair kit. Included in the kit is a valve wrench, 3 PVC repair patches, and 3 replacement flip locks for the board’s fins.
User Manual, Quick Start Guide, and Stickers
Last but not least, iROCKER also includes a user manual with lots of helpful setup and maintenance information, a handy quick start guide, and an iROCKER sticker pack.
In addition to iROCKER’s popular lineup of inflatable stand up paddle boards, the company also has a growing range of SUP accessories. While not included in the iROCKER CRUISER accessory bundle, the following accessories are available as optional add-ons…
Kayak Seat Kit
An accessory kit that really brings a lot of added versatility to the iROCKER CRUISER, the kayak seat bundle will transform your board into a kayak configuration and allow you to comfortably paddle it from a seated position.
The iROCKER kayak seat bundle comes with an adjustable kayak seat and kayak paddle blade attachment. To attach the kayak seat to the CRUISER, simply clip the metal hooks located at the ends of the straps to the D-rings located along the rails of the board. The straps are fully adjustable, allowing you to easily customize the seat’s position based on your height. Lastly, to attach the included kayak paddle blade, just replace the top section on your paddle’s shaft (the piece with the grip) with the included kayak blade attachment.
SUP Deck Cooler Bag
An excellent way to keep food and drinks cool with you while you’re out on the water, the iROCKER insulated SUP cooler deck bag is a really useful accessory to have.
Located on the top of the bag’s lid is a handy zippered storage pocket which is perfect for stashing small items and the side of the bag features a convenient carrying handle which allows you to carry the bag around like a soft-sided lunchbox when it isn’t strapped to the deck of the CRUISER.
On the back of the deck bag are four plastic mounting hooks along with an elastic bungee cord. These can be securely clipped to the D-rings on the nose or tail of the iROCKER CRUISER, or you can simply slide the bag under the CRUISER’s bungee cord storage area.
The interior of iROCKER’s SUP cooler deck bag is fully lined and does a good job of keeping drinks and food cool while you’re out paddling. This bag provides plenty of space for bottles, cans, and food, and the versatile design means that you can use it for far more than just paddleboarding.
Fishing Rod Holder
A new addition to iROCKER’s accessory line for 2019, the fishing rod holder quickly attaches to the CRUISER’s new Action Mount and gives anglers a convenient place to secure their rod while they’re out on the water.
Shoulder Carrying Strap
If you’ll be carrying the iROCKER CRUISER around quite a bit and are looking for a more convenient option than the board’s carry handle, the iROCKER shoulder carrying strap is a great accessory to consider.
The top of the strap features the iROCKER logo and four plastic D-rings for attaching small items with a carabiner. On the underside of the strap pad is a nice rubber liner that provides excellent grip and keeps the strap from slipping off of your shoulder when you’re carrying the CRUISER.
To attach the shoulder carry strap to the iROCKER CRUISER, simply clip the metal hooks to two of the D-rings located along the rail of the board and place the strap over your shoulder. The strap is fully adjustable, allowing you to dial in the perfect length.
iROCKER Electric iSUP Pump
iROCKER’s new electric iSUP pump is another great accessory that we highly recommend picking up. While the double-chamber Full Throttle Pump that’s included with the CRUISER does a fantastic job of inflating the board, there’s just nothing that beats the hands-free convenience of an electric paddle board pump.
iROCKER’s new electric pump features a compact, lightweight design with a convenient carrying handle on the top. The pump plugs directly into the cigarette lighter adapter in your vehicle and automatically inflates the CRUISER with zero effort on your part. There’s also an auto-shutoff safety feature that prevents over inflation of the board and the pump includes a handy set of alligator clips which allow you to bypass the cigarette lighter adapter and attach it directly to your vehicle’s battery (it’s always good to have an alternate power source in the event that your cigarette lighter blows a fuse or just stops working).
BLACKFIN SUP Waterproof Speaker (by Speaqua)
Another new accessory that we highly recommend this season is the new BLACKFIN SUP Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker. This speaker comes in two great colors (Black and Tital Blue) and it’s 100% waterproof, sand/dust proof, submersible, and even floats.
There’s a removable suction cup located on the bottom of the speaker that allows you to securely attach it to a variety of smooth surfaces (shower, boat, car, etc.). There’s also a threaded insert on the underside that allows you to screw the speaker directly onto the CRUISER’s new Action Mount.
This durable speaker produces a surprisingly rich sound and is a lot of fun to bring along when you go paddling. In addition to playing the music that you have stored on your phone, it also has 4GB of internal memory that allows you to store up to 1,000 songs — perfect for those times when you don’t want to risk bringing your smart phone along.
The speaker’s built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 5 hours of tunes and there’s also a really cool speakerphone/microphone with caller-ID function that you can use to answer calls. Last but not least, the speaker fully supports dual-pairing which means that you and a friend can wirelessly connect and sync two BLACKFIN SUP speakers together.
If you currently own a SUP without an action mount or you just want the ability to add more than one accessory to the CRUISER’s deck, iROCKER now has add-on action mounts available. These mounts include 3M mounting adhesive which allows you to quickly and easily attach it to the top of your board.
iROCKER 5″ River Fin
If you’ll be paddling the CRUISER quite a bit in shallow water, we highly recommend picking up iROCKER’s 5″ River Fin. This shorter fin provides additional clearance and is fully compatible with the CRUISER’s center fin box.
Waterproof Phone Case
Also available this year from iROCKER is a new waterproof smart phone case. Capable of protecting phones up to 6.5″ x 3.5″ in size, this useful little dry bag includes a handy lanyard and if you have a smaller phone, it even floats (just blow a little air into it before sealing it up).
Cell Phone Holder
If you enjoy bringing your phone along, another add-on accessory to consider picking up is iROCKER’s new cell phone holder. This convenient little accessory quickly screws into the CRUISER’s Action Mount and does a great job of keeping your cell phone handy at all times while you’re on the water.
As with all iROCKER paddle boards, the CRUISER comes with a 2-year warranty which covers any manufacturer defects. The company also offers a 30-day money back guarantee which is great in the event that the board doesn’t live up to your expectations.
Where to Buy it
If you’re looking for the best deal on the new 2019 iROCKER CRUISER, we recommend buying the board directly from iROCKER’s official website. In addition to fast, free shipping, you’ll pay zero sales tax unless it’s something that your state requires.
At the end of the day, the 2019 iROCKER CRUISER 10’6″ is a fantastic all-around board that’s hard to find fault with. The company has once again packed a ton of value into this new package, and the board’s design is perfect for a wide range of SUP activities.
The materials and construction of the CRUISER are solid, and this board is built to hold up to serious use.
We love the fact that iROCKER is clearly listening to their customers’ feedback. They continue to improve upon their previous designs and have managed to pack even more value into this year’s package.
If you’re looking for a super stable, extremely fun inflatable SUP that is well-built and suitable for a wide variety of paddling activities and conditions, the iROCKER CRUISER is pretty tough to beat.