Best Inflatable Paddle Boards (iSUPs), 2023
Are you looking to purchase a new inflatable SUP board? If you are, take a moment to read over our newly updated 2023 best inflatable paddle board list. This list will continue to be updated as new boards hit the market – so be sure to check back often for updates.
Sadly, the internet is full of false information from people who have not tested any of their top-rated iSUPs (some of them have never even paddle boarded before). Instead, they simply throw up a list of ‘top 10 rated inflatable stand up paddle boards’ and move on to the next post. Or you have a paddle board company who puts together their top rate list, which is inherently going to be biased towards their brands and unfair to others.
At SupBoardGuide.com, we not only paddle and test each board we recommend, but we spend hours talking with manufacturers and give them advice on how to better improve their boards every year. We are a team of people across the globe, from the USA to Germany to New Zealand and have one goal – to give you the best inflatable stand up paddle board reviews so you can find the right iSUP for you.
Below you will find our current Best All-Around Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards for 2023. This list is our attempt at putting together recommendations based on how well each board performs on the water, how well the SUP is built (we want to make sure any board listed is made with high quality materials and is going to last), and what people old and young, short and tall, small and large think about the boards. This list is not just a list from industry pro’s who are so far removed from the average paddler that they only recommend $1,500 inflatable paddle boards. We know that most people are budget-conscious, and also take cost into consideration when creating this list. Finally, we also vet every company and make sure that you will be given the customer support after you make your purchase.
Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards of 2023
(scroll to the right to see all our top rated, best paddle boards for 2023)
|Board||Blackfin Model XL||Isle Pioneer 2.0||iROCKER All Around 11' Ultra||Sea Gods Skylla Cross||Thurso Surf WaterWalker||Gili Meno 11'6||Hydrus Joyride XL||BŌTE Breeze Aero||Atoll 11'||NIXY Newport||BlueFin Cruise||Sea Gods Diatom Ten6||Honu Byron 10'6 All-Rounder||Red Paddle Co Ride 10'6||Isle Pioneer Pro|
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|Best For Person Who Wants:||Very stable, high weight capacity, and super versatile. Great for larger paddlers, families, beginners, and fishers, or anyone wanting to load their SUP with lots of gear||A lightweight but still stable board. Great option for beginners, and for bringing gear, pets, or kids with them.||A good performing, well-built, lightweight & ultra compact SUP. Great for travel and hiking, and everyday paddling||A highly stable board that can still pick up some speed, ability to load up with gear, kids, or pets. Gorgeous artwork as well!||Has a smooth, gliding feel on the water making for a more enjoyable, relaxing experience.||Best Family SUP, high weight capacity yet lightweight construction makes it easy for kids to carry, paddle, or ride along as passengers.||Want a high weight capacity, high performance SUP that is great in all conditions, from the river to the lake.||A great beginner board that's lightweight, wide, and stable and has a great design.||Great lightweight, adventure SUP that's easy to throw on your back to hike in to lakes.||Smaller Paddlers, very lightweight, can turn easily, carbon fiber reinforced rails, high quality fins, great backpack||A super rigid, lightweight board with lots of accessories||Very stable Around SUP with one of the best designs.||A high-performance all-around, has a hardboard-like feel on the water due to the 4.7" thickness and impressive construction||Great performing all-around SUP with fantastic combination of speed, tracking, and stability thanks to higher-performing 4.7" thickness.||A game and industry changing iSUP that is both an extremely high quality inflatable SUP AND recreational kayak.|
|Specs||Blackfin XL||Pioneer 2.0||All Around 11' Ultra||Skylla CX||Waterwalker 132||Gili Meno||Joyride XL||Breeze Aero||Atoll||Nixy||Bluefin||Sea Gods||Honu||Red Paddle Co||Pioneer Pro|
|Weight||29 lbs||24 lbs||21.4 lbs||19.5 lbs||26 lbs||24 lbs||29 lbs||20 lbs||19 lbs||20 lbs||25 lbs||24 lbs||16.9 lbs||20 lbs||23 lbs|
|Capacity||485 lbs||285 lbs||290 lbs||350 lbs||330 lbs||485 lbs||400 lbs||250 lbs||400 lbs||300 lbs||200 lbs||340 lbs||250 lbs||220 lbs||300 lbs|
Just keep that in mind and let us know if you have any questions!
Best All-Around Inflatable/Blow-Up Stand Up Paddle Boards
This year we have chosen to set up our best stand up paddle board page a little different. Below you will find our list of the best iSUPs for 2023. As mentioned above, each of these boards have been fully tested in a variety of conditions by a variety of paddlers.
Best Stand Up Paddle Boards
- Blackfin Model XL
- Isle Pioneer 2.0
- iRocker All Around 11′ Ultra 2.0
- Sea Gods Skylla Cross Touring
- Thurso Surf Waterwalker 132
- Gili Meno
- Hydrus Joyride XL
- BOTE Breeze Aero
- Atoll 11′
- NIXY Newport G4
- Bluefin Cruise
- Sea Gods Diatom Ten6
- Honu Byron 10’6 All-Rounder
- Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride
- Isle Pioneer Pro 10’6
So what makes best inflatable stand up paddle board?
Versatility really! As the name suggests, an all-around iSUP is going to be good at doing most things. All-arounders may not be the best for paddling long distances (that would be a touring board), or the best for surfing (that is probably not an inflatable to begin with), but they are the best if you are looking for a great board that you can take just about anywhere in a variety of conditions. From the lake to the ocean in smaller waves and a little chop. Essentially, it’s the jack-of-all-trades that is easy enough for a beginner to paddle but also still enjoyable for someone more experienced.
Next, an all-around iSUP also lets you do a lot of different things, from normal SUPing around to kayaking, fishing, or even yoga. If you want to do it all, then an all-around is a great choice.
So with that in mind, our best rated iSUPs on this list all have: higher weight capacities, great stability, and quality performance that allows beginners and advanced paddlers alike to have a great time on the water.
1. Blackfin Model XL(Full Review)
Returning to our list of best inflatable SUPs for 2023 is the Blackfin Model XL. The XL is a high weight capacity (485 lbs), super stable SUP that has surprisingly good performance for being 11’6×34″ wide. As such, the XL is a great option for anyone who is looking for a larger SUP, from the beginner to intermediate/advanced paddler.
While we find that the Blackfin XL is ideal for the larger paddler who likes the extra rigidity and stability, it’s also a great board for the average paddler who is looking to load up their SUP for camping adventures and/or paddling with kids.
Finally, we do love how well iRocker has taken care of our readers the past 10 years. Yes, the Blackfin lineup did get recalled last year, but we were impressed with how iRocker took the financial hit and replaced everyone’s boards even when the coast guard did not require them to do so. Not all brands did that, and while it really was painful (and a long wait) for consumers, we appreciate the honesty – and the construction improvements made to the 2023 lineup that makes the new Blackfin lineup better than any we have tested ever since the brand launched.
2. ISLE Pioneer 2.0
The Isle Pioneer 2.0 is a very stable, yet lightweight all around SUP that comes with everything you need to paddle on the water for a very reasonable price. At 10’6 x 34”, it’s also very wide throughout the nose to the tail, showing that once again Isle is leaning heavily into the ‘stability’ feature on their all around SUP.
It stands in contrast to the Blackfin Model X or XL in that the deckpad is much more open and has more of a classic beach vibe. It also features upgraded internal construction, using x-woven dropstitch for improved rigidity over previous models.
Overall, the Pioneer 2.0 is a great option for paddlers who want a wide, stable, clean paddleboard that is lightweight, easy to paddle, and surprisingly quick.
3. iROCKER All Around 11’ Ultra 2.0(Full Review)
Truth be told, we were blown away by the entirety of iROCKER’s Ultra series. From their compact designs to their impressive rigidity, and exceptional performance on the water, the Ultra series has quickly become staples in our team’s SUP collection. The 11’ All Around has stood out among the pack as a stable, yet lightweight and fast all-around that improved upon everything iROCKER’s original 11’ All Around had to offer.
The biggest selling point of the Ultra series by iRocker is simple: they are the most compact SUPs on the market (with a patent pending on the compact design). However, they are not just compact – iRocker was also able to make them very stiff, lightweight, and sporty.
While the performance and build quality alone had us hooked on the Ultra series, we also love the included accessories. The Ultras come in an extremely comfortable, compact, and lightweight SUP backpack, with a 5-piece carbon hybrid paddle, coiled leash, a pair of newly designed twin fins, and iROCKER’s 12V Electric Pump. An accessory list of this quality adds so much value to this SUP and it’s kit, making it impossible to beat in the compact SUP market right now.
4. Sea Gods Skylla Cross Touring
The Sea Gods Skylla is an impressive and lightweight hybrid board that balances the stability and versatility of an all-around with the speed and tracking capabilities of a touring SUP. It’s a unique combination that we love and find somewhat unique to this board.
And then you have the best selling point of this board: it’s absolutely jaw-dropping looks-wise. Out of all the boards on our best inflatable paddle board list, this one of our favorite from a looks/design standpoint. The only downside to how cool this board looks is that you are going to get mauled with questions about it every time you pump the board up at the lake or ocean.
At 11’ x 33”, the Skylla’s dimensions are a bit unorthodox at first glance, however its longer waterline combined with its tapered nose raise its speed capabilities above that of more classic all-arounds. At the same time, the 33” width combined with its boxy, squared off tail help to maximize the wet area, keeping the paddler feeling stable and supported on the water.
As with all Sea Gods SUPs, the Skylla has a few features to make it even more accommodating to a range of SUP activities. Integrated into the front and rear cargo area, the Skylla showcases 4 total universal action mounts, as well as kayak seat compatibility with 4 extra D-rings along the rails.
One of the things that impressed us the most about this board is its thoughtful construction. The Skylla CX is constructed using a cross-woven drop stitch, enabling Sea Gods to make this one of their lightest SUP at just 19 lbs, while also being one of the stiffest of their line up. On the water, this translates into a higher weight range without needing to opt for a heavily built SUP.
The Skylla has been a weekend staple here at SUPBoardGuide, as its versatile performance and ability to load up with camping gear, passengers, or pets make it a true ‘jack of all trades’.
5. Thurso Surf WaterWalker 132
Coming in at #5 on our list of best iSUPs is the ThursoSurf Waterwalker 132. While we’ll be focusing on the 132 in particular, the Waterwalker also comes in a 10′ and 10’6 version that are better suited to smaller solo paddlers.
The 2 things we love most about the Waterwalker are the board design and how the board performs in the water; it’s stable but not cumbersome, and has a really smooth glide that gives it a faster feel.
Accessory wise, there are a lot of things that we love about the WaterWalker. The upgraded bag comes with two wheels and an extra zipper pouch for fins and other accessories (leash, repair kit, etc.). Looking at the board, we love the velcro paddle holder on the side of the board that safely secures your paddle out of the way. On other boards, the center handle that can undo and wrap around the shaft acts as the paddler holder. This kind of design still leaves the paddle in the way for anything like SUP Yoga. Thurso’s design is the best for a paddle holder I’ve seen yet! It makes this one of the best-suited boards for any kind of extra activities like SUP fitness or yoga. I also love the extra D-rings and the bungee cords on the front and back of the board for storing all kinds of things or setting up the optional kayak seat.
Thurso chose to make their boards with a dual-layer PVC that’s both durable and has a high weight capacity. They also add an extra layer of PVC + carbon fiber to the rails for better protection and stiffness. Finally, Thurso kept with their well-known style of a wooden grain print but have a few different color options that we just love.
Overall the board is awesome, and we are excited to see what Thurso Surf comes out with in the future as they continue to grow!
6. Gili Meno 11’6 Inflatable SUP(Read the Full Review)
We have been super impressed with the Gili Meno series this year! Gili kept the core of the Meno series the same (dual layer PVC, carbon fiber rails), but upgraded most of the features and accessories. In general, the board just feels more fine-tuned and is a great inflatable SUP for anyone who wants a big board that is also light-weight. At just 24 lbs, this is one of the lightest 11’6 x 35″ iSUP on the market – but don’t think that the lightweight-ness of the board hurts its performance. The 11’6 Meno, despite being such a large board, tracked fairly well and was reasonably fast. Simply put – it’s a ton of fun on the water.
With a quality backpack, a standard fin set that includes 5 fins, and the ability to upgrade to a full carbon fiber paddle, the Gili Meno series is a great option. You’ll also notice that it comes in at a great price!
7. Hydrus Joyride XL(Read the Full Review)
New to our list is a SUP from my (Justin’s) hometown of Boise, Idaho: the Hydrus Joyride XL!
For those questioning if we added this just because it’s a hometown shop, the answer is no. The Hydrus easily earned a spot as one of the top rated inflatable SUPs for 2023. It not only performed very well in our testing, but we love the look and feel of this board. No, it won’t be the look that every paddler is going for, but if you like a more dark-themed, triton-staffed board, this might just be your board.
We found the Joyride XL to be very stable, well-built, and a general favorite of larger, more experienced paddlers. X-woven drop stitch and kevlar reinforced fibers, this is a very durable SUP that is great for paddling just about everywhere. With great stability and a high quality deckpad w/ tail kick pad, we love the Joyride for paddling on rivers or longer adventures were you need to carry a ton of gear.
Overall, this has quickly become one of our favorite boards, and think it’s a great option for anyone looking for a wider, more stable SUP.
8. BŌTE Breeze Aero
New to our list is the BŌTE Breeze Aero Inflatable stand up paddle board. BŌTE is known for their sturdy and stable SUPs, and their 2023 Breeze Aero model doesn’t disappoint. At 10’8 x 33”, this SUP leans towards the cruiser side of all arounds. As such, it’s a great option for someone looking for a good beginner board that is both lightweight and stable – but still easy to paddle given how lightweight it is (20 lbs).
It’s also one of the best looking boards in our opinion, with several different color and design options to choose from. And note – these color options are not just different colors of the same design. BŌTE offers several completely different designs with this board, so we are pretty confident you’ll be able to find one that suits you. You can also choose the larger 11’6 version if you need some extra volume for gear or even improved stability.
7. Atoll 11’ Inflatable Paddle Board
Cruising next onto the list is the Atoll 11’. At 21 lbs, it’s a zippy board on the water, and is a great option for someone looking for a solid all around board that is ultra light but still stable.
With their 11′ option, Atoll does a good job of covering its bases with a board that is a mix of all-around and touring yet still lightweight and stable. Atoll is able to keep the weight down by using fusion technology in the manufacturing process.
The difference that the Atoll has compared to many other all-around boards is it’s shape being more tapered in the front and back, giving it more of a touring/cruiser shape. This design makes the Atoll a super fun board to paddle. It’s fast and glides through water very easily.
It’s got great features on board with the nose having a good amount of storage and loads of D-rings on the rest of the body. The extra D-rings can be used for more storage, a kayak seat, anything you can clip on really! Though I would like to see one more handle on the nose, especially given its length, it’d make the portability better.
The pump could be improved but it’s an absolute score you get a carbon fiber blend paddle and high quality center fin. It’s a super fun board for beginners to intermediates alike. It comes in a few different color choices and a 2 year warranty.
8. Nixy Newport G4
The NIXY boards made a strong impression this year; they really focused even more on the accessories for the new models. In fact, we think NIXY deserves credit for giving paddlers the best kit paddle out of all the boards on our best inflatable paddle board list.
Back to the board itself, the NIXY Newport is the brand’s all-around board made to paddle in a variety of situations – and it does a great job.
If you are an intermediate to advanced paddler, and don’t need a high weight capacity board, then you should take a strong look at the NIXY Newport given the lightweight, quality construction and playfulness of the board. Out of all the top all-arounders, we think the Newport is the most maneuverable and playful of the group. With that extra maneuverability you do sacrifice some stability that you get with the larger SUPs on this list, but it’s more than manageable for smaller paddlers.
As far as materials go, NIXY has created a super light board due to their dual layer FUSIONtec technology. At just 20 lbs, the Newport is always one of the lightest boards on our top SUP list, but with the addition of carbon fiber rails you don’t sacrifice the strength or durability of the board.
Essentially, the NIXY founders created the exact board they personally like to use – a great all-arounder that displays a higher level of performance.
Looks wise, we love the fresh feel of the NIXY Newport. It’s clean yet stylish, and we love the attention to detail – down to their logo being imprinted on the deck pad.
As always, the accessories on the NIXY Newport continue to be top-notch, especially when it comes to their backpack and paddle. The NIXY backpack feels the most comfortable in the group, and has tons of great little compartments and features (like 3 wheels vs 2) that you don’t find on other boards. They also include a triple action, double chamber pump. Additionally, NIXY includes high quality, removable fins (great for tracking), 3 handles for easy carrying, extra D-rings for a kayak seat and securing other accessories, and even a carry strap included in every purchase.
The Newport makes for a great inflatable paddle board that can be utilized for a variety of activities and is highly recommended for those people looking for a more nimble, playful, all-around board.
9. BlueFin Cruise 10’8 All-Around Inflatable SUP
Located in the United Kingdom, BlueFin is a dominant player in Europe (perhaps the largest iSUP manufacturer there). BlueFin has entered the US market in a big way the last few years and been a constant board on our top SUPs list.
BlueFin makes excellent quality boards, and we love how the BlueFin Cruise feels. With an excellent build quality, the Cruise is one of the stiffer iSUPs we’ve tested in the entry-level price range (around or below $500).
In addition, the BlueFin Cruise literally comes with about every SUP accessory you could ever need, including: 3-piece fiberglass paddle, leash, single chamber dual action action pump,, and kayak conversion kit! Yes, it makes for a larger than average backpack, but it’s a great value!
We are excited to welcome BlueFin from across the pond, and think they have made a fantastic board and kit at an excellent price point!
10. Sea Gods Diatom Ten6 (Read Full Review)
The Sea Gods Diatom 10’6’’ is worth considering because of its incredible artwork alone; aside from the fact that it displays stellar performance on the water. If you’re a person that values artwork and aesthetic appeal as well as high performance, quality construction, and great weight support, the Sea Gods Diatom Ten6 will be a phenomenal fit.
The Diatom 10’6 more than meets the mark in the all-around SUP category. This lightweight board weighs just 24 lbs, and its high volume dimensions (10’6 x 34″ x 6″) and rigid build quality allow the Diatom to support over 350 lbs. The paddleboard is both beginner friendly and perfect for taller/heavier paddlers and features a nice, clean deck perfect for practicing yoga on without having to buy a dedicated yoga SUP. It also has D-rings for kayak seat compatibility as well as two bungee cargo areas for storing dry bags, coolers, or small containers.
We’re very impressed with the included accessories as well. The lightweight carbon fiber 3-piece paddle is one of our personal favorites and the unique Kumano flex-fin setup fits into the US fin box in seconds, without having to deal with a screw and plate or tools (like typical FCS fins). While the included pump is rather basic, the fantastic roller backpack isn’t, with sturdy roller wheels, a roomy fit, and plenty of organization pockets. Lastly, the Diatom Ten6 is backed by a lifetime warranty, which is a testament to the high quality work by Sea Gods.
If you want a paddleboard that is equal parts stunning to look at as it is fun to paddle with on the water, you should check out the Sea Gods Diatom 10’6’’ iSUP.
Best Performance All Around SUPs
Honu Byron 10’6 All-rounder (Read Full Review)
The Honu Byron 10’6 is one of the highest performing all-around inflatable SUPs we’ve tested to date. At 10’6 long, 32” wide, and just 4.7” thick, it’s stable enough for a wide range of paddler skill sets while having more of a hardboard-like feel on the water.
During our testing, the Byron proved to excel in all of our categories, whether it be stability, speed, maneuverability or tracking. The Byron does have a caveat though, in that its 4.7” thickness results in less volume than 6” thick SUPs, and will often cause inexperienced paddlers at or above its weight capacity to feel unstable and experience a decrease in performance. These paddlers would better enjoy the Byron’s larger counterpart, the Fairlight 10’9”.
Outside of (but not unrelated to) how it feels on the water, we were also very impressed with Honu’s construction. The Byron is constructed with a cross-woven drop stitch core encased in two layers of fusion-bonded PVC and sealed with triple layered rails, resulting in an iSUP that is rigid yet a lightweight 16.9lbs.
As the final cherry on top, the Byron 10’6 and Fairlight 10’9 are both competitively priced, despite being in the premium performance category and each come with a kit full of high quality accessories.
Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride” Full Review
Red Paddle Co makes some of the best paddle boards in the industry, so it’s hard to pick which board one is our favorite. However, when talking about all around SUPs, that choice is easy: The Red Paddle Co Ride.
In the past, we haven’t been as big of fans of Red Paddle Co’s Ride series. The three fixed fins it used to come with didn’t perform very well.
All of that changed when Red moved to their twin fin system. The fins now do justice to a well-constructed, super lightweight, yet stable board. The board tracks better, and this is the first board with fixed gummy fins that we actually like. Yes, you will still have to bend them back if your kids jump up and down on the board while it’s on the shore – but the point of the fixed fins is that they are indestructible and you never have to worry about losing fins or taking the time to put them in when your in a rush to get out on the water.
At 4.7” thick, the board also lowers your center of gravity and gives a better sensation of paddling through the water vs sitting more on top, similar to the feel of the Honu Byron. However, the Red 10’6 is more stable than the Byron without losing much in terms of speed.
Also, if you are a larger paddler, you can consider the 10’8 Ride and get that little extra volume and stability that you need.
ISLE Pioneer Pro SUP/Kayak (best SUP/Kayak Combo hands down)
The ISLE Pro series SUP/Kayaks are hands down the best paddle boards that are also easily turned into kayaks. If you are someone who is looking for both a very high quality SUP, but who also would like a high quality recreational kayak, then the Pro series by Isle is your answer (there are 5 different models to choose from).
The 10’6 Pioneer Pro is, as its name somewhat unoriginally indicates, is 10’6” long by 35” wide. It comes with Isle molly loop link system that allows you to connect any accessory you could ever dream of to any part of the board. It also comes with Isles revolutionary InfinityFiber stringer system, creating a super rigid, high performing all-around inflatable SUP. In fact, it’s so rigid that Isle is trying to coin the term “inflatable hard board” with their Pro series.
Overall Comparison Of The Best All-Around Inflatable SUP Boards
Something to keep in mind when taking all of this information in.
We have judged each boards performance based on the following:
- Performance and Versatility. A good all-around SUP board is one that performs well in multiple conditions as a jack-of-all-trades.
- Stability. From beginners to intermediate/advanced paddlers you want to make sure the board will support its weight limit. Nothing is worse than buying a 300lb capacity board, only to find it extremely difficult to balance on if you are 220 lbs (this is what happens when you buy a cheap board from a store like Costco).
- Tracking. Tracking refers to the ability for the board to paddle straight. A good all-around board might not track as well as a touring board will, but with a good fin set up the all-arounder will do a great job.
- Durability. The last thing we want is for you to be dragging your deflating board behind you, paddle sunk to the bottom of the lake.
- Features and Accessories. You want an iSup that comes with good paddles, bungees for storage, and D-rings for adding accessories like kayak seats. Another big selling point for iSUPs is how portable they are, so you are also going to want a quality backpack to store and carry your board in.
How they Compare: Performance and Versatility
The first thing you need to understand when it comes to performance is that your personal performance on each board will vary depending on:
- Skill level – an experienced SUP boarder will be much better on boards with lighter weight capacity and might find they enjoy how such boards are more maneuverable and playful.
- Weight – if you weigh 120 pounds your experience is going to be much different than someone weighing 180 or 220 lbs.
We found great performance with each paddle board on this list (we don’t just put up any board on this list). Each board performs really well, and the differences are slight, but important.
Overall, every board on this list is going to be a top-notch performing SUP. We don’t put a bad board on the list. However, you will see the highest ranked boards in terms of overall performance towards the end of this.
We put these boards at the end because they cost more than some of the other boards. That makes sense, given you are paying for high performance. Boards like the Honu Byron and the 10’6 Red Paddle Co Ride are fantastic 4.75” thick boards that help you feel more connected to the water.
The Isle Pioneer Pro is 6” thick, but incredibly rigid (the most rigid board we’ve ever tested), and also incredibly versatile as both an inflatable kayak and SUP.
Now the only other thing that comes into the performance is the paddle. So what paddle you get with these boards will determine a bit of your performance. However, I don’t make a huge remark about the paddles as you can easily just upgrade a paddle. Most companies will offer you a discount on an upgrade if you are already buying a board (so don’t be scared to ask!!). The best paddle here is the NIXY I believe. It’s got a slim blade that is also quite light thanks to less materials. Though because it’s been shaped with the ridges it is still quite strong and doesn’t flex. The Sea Gods and Cruiser Ultra paddles – both carbon fiber, as are the ThursoSurf paddles. The BlueFin paddle comes in last here as it’s a bit heavier/clunkier than the others.
How they Compare: Stability
There is a strong correlation with weight capacity, width and length with stability. That is the case with the top all-around SUPs on this list.
The most stable board here is the Isle Pioneer Pro, at 10’6×35” (you can even get its more stable sibling, the
Of course, there is a trade-off between stability and maneuverability, so keep that in mind.
Also, remember that if you are 110 lbs you are going to be much more stable than someone weighing 230 lbs, so you might want to choose an iSUP that is a little more nimble.
How they Compare: Maneuverability / Turning
The ability for the inflatable SUP to turn easily and maneuver makes for a fun board long after your first year of SUPing. The move maneuverable SUPs on this list are pretty much the opposite of the stability winners – like we said, stability and maneuverability are trade-offs. The NIXY Newport was the most nimble, maneuverable board on this list, which is one of the reasons we recommend it so highly for advanced, smaller paddlers. It’s a ton of fun! From an all-around perspective, the Honu Bryon and Red Paddle Co Ride were both extremely high performing here as well.
Finally, if you are a taller, more heavy SUPer then we recommend that you first focus on stability, as you are going to be able to maneuver a bigger board much easier than a smaller paddler will be able to.
How they Compare: Tracking
Tracking is a function primarily of fin setup and board shape/quality. Rubber, bendy fins that are short simply won’t grip the water and don’t help you track well. Larger, more firm center fins provide the best tracking, so if you are looking for long, straight adventures you want a very large, firm center fin set up. If you want to SUP in a river where there are shallow spots then you are going to need shorter fins, and you are going to sacrifice some ability to go straight for the ability to move and be agile around the rocks.
As far as tracking goes, every board on this list does a fantastic job. We brought out a group of beginners to intermediate SUPers and not a single one could tell us which board tracked better. That being said, there are some slight differences. The twin fins on the iRocker 11’ Ultra help the board track incredibly straight, and we also found improvement on the updated Red Paddle Co Ride boards now that they have moved to a twin fin system as well (technically Red Paddle Co adopted the twin fin system before iRocker, for those who are counting).
How they Compare: Durability
Durability comes down to what materials are being used in the manufacturing of the iSUP, and every manufacturer on this list prides themselves in using the highest-quality materials available. You won’t find a board on this list that isn’t durable and dependable. We’ve talked and reviewed in depth each company’s manufacturing process and materials – and you can feel comfortable on each of these boards.
One thing to note – we found a lot of boards moving to what we are calling woven drop stitch vs knitted drop stitch and welded rails vs glued rails. While we don’t have data yet on if these ‘improvements’ are going to be more durable, we have found that the woven boards with welded rails are more rigid in our bend test. They are also lighter. This is what we expect the industry to move towards over the next few years.
Best All-Around SUPs VS Budget Paddle Boards
The difference between our best inflatable paddle boards and the budget boards you are seeing everyone on Amazon is quite large. The top rated boards on our list are a step (or 3) above all those $200 boards on Amazon, from materials to accessories. Honestly, we wouldn’t touch a super cheap Amazon board with a 10 ft SUP paddle.
Now we’re done analyzing, it’s your time to shine.
What will it be? This is the exciting part where you get to decide who’s going to be arriving on your doorstep soon. If you are in need of some more reassurance, refer to our graph again. Or even better, leave us a comment below.
Like we mentioned, this is our list of best inflatable paddle boards. It’s what we think is best. We might share different preferences than you, but we spend hours every week testing different boards and get our friends to come along, so we don’t get too biased. We’ve paddled in rivers, seas, rapids, and lakes.
Choosing from this list, you can be assured that it’s really been put to the test. The only reason why we would suggest overlooking this list is if you are in the market for particularly niche boards. Racing or surfing hardboards for instance. Otherwise, there is something here for absolutely everyone. It doesn’t matter your experience, budget or preference, our best inflatable SUPs for 2023 is an all-inclusive list!
Till next time! Keep on enjoying the beautiful sport that SUPing is!
Note: We constantly update our content to make it as up to date and relevant as possible. That’s why you will see some comments about boards no longer listed in this review. Also, we’ve recently revamped this list to focus on the All-around iSUPs. We have more in-depth lists for best performance All-Around SUPs, best touring SUPs, best SUPs for Yoga/Fitness, and more.