These days, more and more people are discovering stand up paddleboarding not only as an awesome outdoor or watersport activity during vacations or weekend getaways, but also as a great core workout. Thus, begins the hunt for the best SUP paddleboards at the most affordable prices.
Here we’re going to take a look at three of the most talked-about inflatable paddleboards under $1000 namely the AIRIS 12’6” HardTop, the iSUP Package Adventurer, and the Aqua Marina 10’10” Inflatable SUP. All three boards have different advantages and suit different paddlers. By the end of this review you will be able to pick the one best for you.
This board is shorter, less than ten feet long, but surprisingly it feels very solid and paddles quite well despite its length and width because it has a thickness of six inches which makes it very stable. The board also glides smoothly and tracks straight because of its large removable center fin.
- Length: 9’10”, Width: 32”, Thickness: 6”
- Weight: 24lbs
- Carrying capacity: Up to 400 lbs
- D-ring at the back
- Equipped with one large center skeg(removable), and 2 smaller side skegs(attached)
- Composed of rugged drop-stitch PVC material
- Comes with a two-year warranty
One of the best features you’ll love about this inflatable sup board is that it’s super compact and convenient to carry. It may be smaller compared to other boards but if it’s just you together with your dog you’ll have ample space to move around. Plus, it could also hold a considerable amount of weight with no flex to worry about.
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Again, setting up this one is very easy since it’s very compact so you have it inflated and ready to use in a matter of minutes. Others like to inflate their paddleboards up to 15 or 17 psi but for this one, 11 psi is actually sufficient to make it totally strong and rigid.
The downside is, although it’s very compact and comes with a hand strap to keep it together, it doesn’t have a carry bag where you could store it in, nor does it have any extra D-rings to attach bungee cords or other gear you might need along the way.
Nonetheless, it’s a good SUP priced well under $1000. In the end, this SUP may not be the fastest one on the planet, but if you’re just up for a relaxed, smooth sailing cruise, this is the perfect one to choose. I also wrote a full review about the Tower iSup here if you need more information.
The first thing you’ll notice about the AIRIS 12’6” HardTop is its stability, efficiency, and its ability to withstand quite a big weight. You’ll love the fiberglass steps because it will help a lot in keeping your balance, giving you support and rigidity regardless if you’re paddling on calm lakes or ocean swells.
- Length: 12’6”, Width: 31”, Thickness: 6”
- Weight: 33 lbs
- Carrying capacity: 275 lbs
- Equipped with one large skeg at the rear
- Made with patented AirWeb construction by Walker Bay
You’ll love the Airis Board, especially if you’re a beginner wanting to tag along your child or pet dog because of its extra length and thickness that’ll give you more stability.
Setting up is also a breeze because there’s only one main air chamber for inflating and deflating and you can be up and paddling on the water in just a few minutes. It also has its own carry bag for easy storage and transport.
The Airis is also great for touring because it is specifically designed to glide smoothly through the water. You also don’t have to worry about it not tracking straight because its large rear skeg does the trick for you. And unlike other sup boards that don’t have these unique fiberglass steps, you’ll find balancing so much easier!
The only downside to this is, just like other long paddle boards, it’s a bit hard to maneuver or do quick turns. But overall, it’s a great board that’s quite affordable, currently costing just under a thousand dollars.
If you’re looking for a different size check out the chart below. The Board is also available as a 11′ or 9′ version.
And last, but definitely not the least is the Aqua Marina 10’10” Inflatable SUP. This board is highly recommended for beginners and even intermediate level SUPers who really want to get their money’s worth. It’s one of the cheapest boards you can currently buy.
- Length: 10’10”, Width: 32” , Thickness: 4”
- Can be inflated up to 15 psi but is very strong and rigid at 10 psi
- Composed of PVC material and drop-stitch construction
- Equipped with 7 D-rings (4 in front, 3 in rear), elastic bungee cord for light gear
- Carrying capacity: 255 lbs
- Complete package includes SUP board, 3-piece aluminum paddle, 3 fins, starter pump, and a carry bag
SUPers enjoy this because it feels so much like a hardboard but is very easy to carry along and store. And because it’s made from high-grade PVC material with a drop-stitch construction, it’s ready for various water conditions. The seven D-rings are more than sufficient to carry gear or cargo that you’ll need. An anti-slip deck is another ingenious feature to help keep your balance and on your feet. The Aqua Marina inflatable is great for tracking on flat water with the three fin set up, and even has an aluminum collapsible paddle to boot.
The downside? Well, try not to drive those fins into the sand because they might break. And the paddle is okay, but you may want to replace it with a better one in the long run. But overall, you’re getting a great deal given the low price, don’t you think?
Overall you should keep in mind that you really get what you pay for.This is especially true for SUPs since the material cost involved is high. The three boards reviewed in this article are all great choices at a low price. They are fantastic options for beginners or recreational paddlers. If you’re paddling a lot or are looking to become a bit more serious about paddle boarding consider spending a bit more money. You will be happier in the long run. Happy paddling and let me know what you think about the boards! Anything missing? What would have been your choice?