Our Top Rated Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards from 2016
Searching for an inflatable stand up paddleboard? We can understand. Inflatable boards have a lot of advantages to offer. They’re convenient, practical and reliable. In this article, we’ll be going over some of the best models that you are able to buy today. Prices, weights and features will vary throughout our list, but we’ve tried to find a good assortment of boards, so there’ll surely be something to suit your tastes.
Isle Touring 12′ 6″
Retailing around $995, the Isle Touring 12.6 might be the best inflatable paddleboard currently on the market. In all of our tests, it passed with flying colors. It glides through the water with an incredible sense of speed and elegance, as well as providing a stable platform for one or more paddlers. It is a little on the heavy side, weighing in at 21.5lbs, and it also doesn’t come with its own bag. However, these small criticisms pale in comparison to the vast amount of advantages that this model has to offer.
Tower Adventurer 9′ 10″
If you shop around, you can find this board for less than $600, which is a really attractive price, especially when you see how efficient the Tower Adventurer 9.10 can actually be. It offers a nice degree of stability and is very easy to set up. It folds up nicely into a compact package and is fun to use. However, you shouldn’t use this board expect record speeds. It doesn’t have the best gliding rating, but it should be more than satisfactory for most paddlers.
Jobe Aero 12′ 6″
You might have to pay over $1,000 for this model, but we think it does enough to justify that price tag. It’s a surprisingly narrow board, meaning that it can only reliably support a single paddler, but it still offers a solid amount of stability. It also comes with a good quality pump and a handy carry bag, but you’ll need a screwdriver to attach the fin, which could be seen as a bit of an inconvenience.
Boardworks SHUBU Raven
Retailing around the $1,299 mark, the Boardworks SHUBU Raven features a really high quality pump that will have your board inflated in record time. It also folds down into a really small package for ease of transport. Unfortunately, our stability tests showed that this board couldn’t quite compete with some of the others on the list, but it’s still better than the majority of boards on the market.
Isle Explorer 11
You can find this board for approximately $950 and we think it’s worth every penny. With excellent ratings for stability, performance and convenience, the Isle Explorer 11 is a particularly attractive inflatable paddleboard. It comes with handles at each end for easy transportation and is also one of the lighter boards around. It’s not the fastest, so you need to put in a bit of extra effort to glide around, but that shouldn’t be a problem for most paddlers. If you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck, this might be the model for you.
Uli X Surf Series Gerry Lopez Ltd.
It’s smart to shop around if you’re looking to invest in one of these boards, as the retail price is around $1,499. This paddleboard has several advantages to offer for that rather large price tag: it’s lightweight, easy to inflate and set-up, and also comes with an intuitive pump. On the other hand, it can be a little wobbly out on the water and won’t have the same stability as other models, so it’s probably better-suited to experts rather than novices. You’ll also need an Allen wrench to attach the fins, which can count as a bit of a drawback.
The Tower Xplorer is a beast. It weighs in at a colossal 36lbs and is a big, big board, both inflated and deflated. All of that can be seen as a positive or a negative point, depending on your own needs and capacities. If you don’t mind carrying around a heavier board, this one can serve you well. Out on the water, it can move faster than most and is a dream to paddle. You just need to be prepared to spend a bit more time pumping it up. You can find this model for around $999.
NRS Baron 6
Are you a beginner to the world of inflatable paddleboards? If so, choose the NRS Baron 6. It offers an unbeatable stability rating that will allow you to get accustomed to the sport without any problems whatsoever. It also comes with a nice little backpack and several fins, as well as a good quality pump. It’s a big board and quite heavy, and it’ll also take a short while to inflate, but it’s the perfect choice for anyone who prioritizes stability above all else. You can find the Baron 6 online and in stores for approximately $1,200.
One of the cheapest entries in our list today, the Wakooda can be in your hands for less than $600. For that price, we doubt you’ll find anything better than this board. It’s very lightweight at just 18lbs and is therefore super easy to carry around. It also comes with some D rings for you to add your own seat if you like. When deflated, this thing rolls up into a tiny package for your convenience. At the same time, it won’t perform as well as the more expensive models in terms of speed or stability, but you get what you pay for and the Wakooda is an excellent budget model.