ERS V3 10’7” Inflatable SUP Review – 2020

ERS V3 10’7 Inflatable Paddle Board

9.7

Versatility

10.0/10

Construction

10.0/10

Stability

9.5/10

Appearance

9.0/10

Performance

9.9/10

Pros

  • High performance inflatable SUP for all conditions
  • High quality materials
  • Enhanced dynamic rail stiffening system
  • Fins for any condition, with US fin box
  • Great backpack and accessories

Cons

  • Pump is a quality pump, but I’d like to see a double chamber pump as an option
  • Can’t think of anything else - it’s a great performance board!

ERS V32020 Performance All-Around SUP of the Year!

We love the ERS V3, and were super stoked to get it in and tested! Earth River SUP is one of the performance level brands we recommend, and if you are looking for a fantastic, high-quality iSUP, then we can’t recommend the V3 enough.

The V3 by ERS is perfect for riders between 100-250 pounds who are looking for a high performance SUP to:

  • Paddle around the lake and other flatwater areas
  • Surf in smaller surf, or in classic long-board waves
  • Whitewater paddling

The shape and length of the V3 10’7 is a little faster than their 11’ option, and is also a little more maneuverable than the 11’ option. However, you can move up and down the V3 line from their 9’6” to 11’ boards depending on your height and weight and get pretty much the same experience.

Basically, the V3 is a great all-around board that is stable, yet playful and is a true advanced, performance stand up inflatable paddle board.

Specs

Length10’7”
Width32”
Thickness5”
Weight25 lbs
Max Capacity250 lbs

Performance

There is a reason we awarded the Earth River SUP V3 the best performance level all-around SUP for 2019 – it’s a fantastic board that you can truly use at an advanced level in all conditions from touring the lake and other flatwater to paddle surfing or even whitewater rapids.

Stability

ERS sells a lot of iSUPs to schools where they teach beginners how to paddle for the first time. In order for that to work their boards have to be stable, and we found the V3 to be a very stable board. You have good volume throughout the entire board that gives you really good support as your paddling around.

In fact, I was able to have my son jump on the front of the board and paddle around with ease and stability.

I will note, that I had a few different beginner testers try the board out and they loved it. The only exception was our 6’5 tester who is around 230 lbs – he struggled a little bit with the board and would for sure have enjoyed the 11’ board much more. However, ERS is really big on making sure you get the right board for your height, weight, and what you would like to do on the paddle board, so putting a 6’5 beginner on this board isn’t really a fair test as ERS would recommend the 11’ option for him (and so do we).

At 5’11” and 170 lbs I had absolutely no issues with balance and stability and felt very comfortable on the board.

In fact, and there is some science behind this, I found the 5” board to be somewhat more stable than similar 6” options. This is because on a 5” board you are slightly less above the water, so your center of gravity is lower, giving you a more stable platform. Why don’t all iSUP companies make their board 5” vs 6”? The answer is that it is much harder (i.e. expensive) to engineer a firm inflatable SUP that is only 5” thick, and in some situations you really do need that extra volume that a 6” board gives you.

Tracking / Glide

This is an area where the ERS V3 really shines. The shape, quality materials, and fin set up of the V3 makes for a high performance experience when it comes to tracking and glide. It’s something that even my 10 year old daughter noticed. She was out paddling with me on one of her favorite boards (the Gili Air) because she loves Turtles, and when I asked her which board she would prefer she said the ERS because it just feels different/better.

The V3 is truly a high performance level inflatable SUP that tracks and glides very well.

Maneuverability

You will have a tough time finding a more maneuverable 10’7” inflatable SUP. One of the reasons the V3 does such a good job in various conditions is because of how maneuverable the board is. It has a very tight turning radius, and is also very quick and responsive. So, if you are out surfing and need to paddle into a wave, or paddle around a rock in the river you will be able to do so with the V3.

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Materials

ERS has engineered their V3 using only high quality, durable materials. Their goal is to create inflatable SUPs that are light, perform well, and will last. There boards are an investment, and they make sure that your investment is worth it.

Starting with the base materials, ERS uses their own proprietary method of thermally fusing a layer of high quality PVC to the inner core of the board. Combining their core construction with their new enhanced dynamic rail produces a board that is not only stable and durable, but also light weight and playful for an all-around great experience.

Board Design/Shape

ERS V3 Front Design ERS V3 Back Design

As you can see from the images, the ERS V3 has been designed to be a jack of all trades. It’s fairly wide throughout the entire board, which gives you good stability. However, the shape still enables the board to be quick and responsive and it’s a ton of fun.

From a looks/design standpoint ERS is more of a traditional company (at least in our view). I personally like the clean look of the board but wouldn’t mind seeing Earth River SUP get a little more creative with their designs.

Features

Fins

ERS V3 Fins

When you purchase an ERS V3 you get a ton of great fin options included, as you can see above. The board comes with their entire ‘Lake River Coast’ fin system. This is a removable fin system with US fin boxes, so you can change out or add any US fin-box compatible fins if you want (although I’m not sure you’ll ever need to unless you lose a fin or two).

The Lake River Cost Fin setup comes with:

  • 4 different center fins (touring fin, standard fin, 2 shorter fins)
  • 4 side fins, giving you 3 different set up options (no fins, 2 regular sized side fins, and 2 smaller side fins for shallow water conditions).

Traction Pad

The ERS traction pads is one of my favorite pads, period. It’s about 40% thicker than some other brands and just feels really good while paddling. It also doesn’t bubble, and is made with super high quality materials. We’ve never had any issues with ERS tracking pads coming off or not lasting.

Finally, we love how the ERS V3 comes with a raised traction pad with arch support on the tail of the board. This makes it very easy to know exactly where you need to place your foot for turning the board, and gives you a little bit extra grip so you can really dig into the back and drive the board where you need to.

Handles

There is one center handle for easy transport and also for strapping your paddle in if needed.

D-Rings/Bungees/Cargo Areas

ERS V3 D-Rings/Bungees/Cargo

There are a total of 6 D-rings and one bungee/cargo area on the ERS V3. All of these are high quality materials that are going to last and function very well.

One thing about the V3 is that there are less D-rings and bungee/storage areas than some other boards like the BLACKFIN Model X, or iRocker All-Around. ERS designed this board with performance and versatility in mind. This is a board that you will be using from the back to the front of the traction pad. If you add a bungee system to the back of the board it would only get in the way with the V3 as you tried to turn the board. Basically, with the V3 you are going to want to pack your things (cooler, bags, etc.) on the front of the board (which is where they should be anyways).

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Accessories

ERS V3 Accessories Bag

Paddle

Currently, the V3 comes with a FREE hybrid carbon paddle!

ERS V3 Paddle

This is a $200 paddle and makes it much cheaper to get into a high-quality performance SUP. You can also get a $200 discount on the ERS full carbon paddles (which is what we chose to do). If you are someone who is going to be out paddling a lot, we do recommend that upgrade.

Pump

The V3 comes with a quality single-chamber, dual action pump. With this pump it takes about 8-10 minutes to pump up your board, and the pump does a great job. We would love to see a dual chamber, triple action pump as an option, but the single chamber is lighter and makes portability a little easier.

Backpack

We really like the ERS backpack. One thing that is very unique is that the straps can be tucked into a velcro pouch area. This makes transport super easy, especially if you are putting the board into a rocket box or something that you have to close and where straps get in the way.

ERS V3 Backpack

The backpack is also very comfortable and easily fits the board and any accessories that you would ever need with the V3.

Leash

Right now you get a free 10 ft coiled leash if you purchase the V3 from PumpedUpSup.com. It’s a great leash, and will stay out of your way while paddling around and even has a little pouch for your car key.

Repair Kit

You get a standard repair kit when you purchase the V3, which includes a few patches and also a handy key wrench in case your inflation valve comes loose.

Optional Accessories

ERS has a ton of great optional accessories that you can buy as you get more involved into SUP boarding. One optional upgrade that we strongly recommend would be to purchase the ERS 12VDC Pump with either the mini-GO or GO battery pack. This pump (pictured above) is fantastic, and makes going out and paddling so much easier. With their Go battery pack you can inflate your board anywhere, and you don’t need access to a plug or car battery.

The pump is also a great quality pump that won’t let you down and break – and you get a great discount on the pump if you purchase the pump with a board. Take our word for it, you will be glad you purchased the ERS electric pump!

Conclusion

Bottom line – if you are looking for a high-quality, performance level SUP board, then the V3 by ERS is our top pick for 2019. With ERS’s industry leading materials and design you will be able to paddle anywhere and in almost any conditions (I will say don’t try to paddle into a 20 ft wave unless you are crazy).

If you are looking to take your SUP paddling to the next level, and also want to save on some great accessories (like the free paddle and leash), then head on over to PumpedUpSUP.com and upgrade to the Earth River SUP V3 today.

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17 thoughts on “ERS V3 10’7” Inflatable SUP Review – 2020”

  1. Hi there – I’m using your reviews to help me purchase my first iSUP and it’s between the ERS v3 in 10.5 (which is out of stock), the ERS V3 11, the iRocker 11 or the Blackfin XL. I’m 5’9” and 190lbs. I’ve been SUPing on hard rental boards a few times and loved it. The primary use would be on lakes in Colorado, and the very occasional fishing use maybe. The kayak seats on the iRocker sort of appeals. I do value speed and performance, and have been into fast sports over the years until i had a back injury. I may end up with 2 boards eventually (for my girlfriend and I). Is the V3 worth the extra $500 over the iRocker in the long run, and is it equivalent on stability to the iRocker? I know the Blackfin XL would be the best fishing platform but that’s maybe 5% of the decision.

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    • Jason,

      Great questions! I do love the V3, and it is just as stable (if not more so) than the BLACKFIN XL, and is for sure more stable than the 11′ All-Around. The main difference is that the V3 is only 5″ thick vs 6″ on the BLACKFIN or iRocker. You get less volume and weight capacity, but the V3 does feel a little more like a hard SUP since you end up more in the water vs on top of the water.

      For fishing, then you are correct – the BLACKFIN XL is by far your best option. The V3 really doesn’t come with any action mounts for a fishing rod holder, and you don’t have as many d-rings to tie things like coolers down. I know that’s only 5% of the decision, but when you add the extra $500 you might want to consider the XL for the first board, then you can get the V3 as your second board.

      Let me know if that helps, and if you have other questions!

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      • Thanks so much for your reply and insight! Its a hard decision to make. 😉 I have both board options and accessories loaded up in 2 shopping carts right now! It’s a big jump in price between the two (ooof!). The folks at Pumped Up SUP were super helpful on the phone by the way – very impressed with them!

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        • Jason,

          Yeah, they are really great over at Pumped Up SUP and know their stuff! It’s always a tough decision when comparing 2 different boards, so let me know if you have any other questions and what you decide to go with!

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  2. Hi, I’ve been doing my research on iSUP and I’m really liking the ERSV3 10’7″, but i want to make sure it is the right for myself (I stand 5’7″, weighing no more than 165lbs on a bad day).

    I am new to the sport and live in an area where the waves are mostly calm (I live on Lake Ontario, close to Toronto), I don’t see myself going out on rough waters, but if there are surf waves, I can see myself trying that).

    Would you recommend this board? Which other boards so I consider?

    Problem right now is that this board is out of stock and I was hoping to get it before the end of the season.

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    • I think the 10’7 V3 would be perfect for what you are doing. I actually took it out surfing (3-4 foot waves) last week and had a blast! It doesn’t carve like a hard SUP, but it is a great board! It also performs really well in chop, and would fit your perfectly.

      Your problem is going to be availability – the board has been sold out for a while and I’m not sure when new stock is coming in. If you are wanting something before the season ends, you might need to consider an iRocker or Thurso. For your height, you could look at the Thurso 126, or you could do either the 10′ or 11′ iRocker. They are built really well and have more weight capacity than the ERS V3. The only real difference is that the ERS is 5″ thick vs 6″. The 5″ does perform a little better (hence the difference in price) in wind and chop, but on smooth waters they all do really well.

      I hope that helps, please let me know if you have any further questions!

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  3. Hello, my 11 year old daughter wants a pink inflatable stand up paddleboard with pink oars. What products would you recommend for a future xmas gift that she can grow into?

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    • Dave, I would recommend looking at the NIXY Venice SUP. It’s a yoga SUP, but it’s pretty lightweight – and it’s pink! As far as paddles go, that one has me stumped…I don’t think I’ve ever tested a pink paddle, but you might be able to find something on Amazon?

      Also, the NIXY is sold out right now, but contact them and see when they will have one in stock – you should be able to get one before Christmas.

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  4. Hi, I’m in the market for my first self owned paddle board, in the intermediate range. I am between the iRocker All around 11′ and an ERS V3 10-7 or V3 10-9. I’m 6′-2″, 195 lbs and like the length of the iRocker but the materials build and 5″ thickness of the earth river. I’m also worried that the ERS 10-7 is too short/small for my size and that the ERS 10-9 is too wide and I’d lose performance. Do you have any advice? Should I stick with the iRocker or upgrade to the ERS knowing I am a bit worried about size but love the 5″ thickness?

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    • William,

      The V3 10-7 should be ok weight wise, but you are getting close to where you would probably do a little better with a larger board. Your challenge might actually be more in terms of finding a board that is available. Right now, I don’t believe ERS has anything available – so that might not be an option. If they did have something, I would probably recommend that you look at the 12-6 V3, as that gives you some extra length and volume, but you still are only 32″ wide. Yes, you move to the 6″ thickness, but the board still handle’s very well in water, and almost all 12’6+ iSUPs are going to be 6″ thick to maintain rigidity.

      Given that isn’t an option, if you are wanting to stay with a 5″ board, you could check out the Red Paddle Co 11’3 Sport. Gives you a little more volume, is still 32″ wide, and I do believe that is available for sale currently.

      However, if you want to save some money and still get a good board, then I have no problem recommending the 11′ All-Around from iRocker. Yes, it’s 6″ thick, but still performs well on the water and has a very high weight capacity. For what it’s worth, most recreational paddlers tend to prefer the iRocker, while more advanced paddlers lean towards the Red Paddle Co and ERS.

      Hope that helps!

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      • Thanks so much for the reply on this and your help! I’m working with Pumped Up SUP and they have only the 10-7 S3 (32″ wide) and 10-9 S3 (34″ wide) so the 12-6 unfortunately isn’t an option. I also really like the idea of their 11-2 GT but also not available. These would be pushing the edge of my budget so Red Paddle, while probably my favorite option of all, is out of my budget. Knowing that I could move forward with one of those two options, it sounds like of the two ERS boards noted above, you’d probably recommend the 10-9? Do you think the 34″ would hinder me any as opposed to the 32″ width?

        While I do love what I’m reading on ERS and understand how the 5″ feels like more of a hard board, I am worried about the size (maybe falsely so?) and I see many great reviews on the iRocker All Around 11′ and lower price so wondering if that may be the better option to go. Would I give up a lot of rigidity and feel going to 6″ thickness instead of the 5″? Is there anything else out there you’d recommend (judging by the reviews though it seems the iRocker is very highly rated in that range and only falls behind the ERS/Red Paddle types)?

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        • William,

          Do you know what the width was on boards you have paddled previously? Most of the time, the people who are concerned about 34″ width are those who really like to get out and paddle for long distances. At 6’2 and on a 34″ board, you are probably going to be similar to someone who is 5’9 and paddling on a 32″ board. Pro’s will tell you, no – don’t go with something 34″ if you are looking for performance as it will be slightly harder to keep your paddle vertical. I tend to agree for intermediate to advanced paddlers. For beginners, extra width is a great thing.

          If you are confident enough in your balance, then you are probably fine with either the 11′ iRocker and the 10’7 V3. The V3 does perform a little better, but if you are paddling flat waters then it’s actually a bit hard to tell. The V3 does better in wind, chop, and in faster moving waters (rivers and surf)…but again the difference isn’t as large as it might sound.

          I guess bottom line – if you are more worried about the weight capacity and balance, then go with the iRocker. Worse case you can sell it and probably not lose much given how well known the brand is and how well made they are (and they are a great price). If you are confident with your abilities and are OK getting closer to the max weight capacity of the board, but want something higher performance, then go with the V3.

          Sorry it’s not more clear cut! I hope that helps!

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          • Justin, thanks so much for taking the time to respond to my post! I’ll post back once I have made a decision and provide some feedback. My final decision will be between the iRocker All Around 11′, Red Paddle 11′-3″ Sport and the ERS 10′-7″ S3. Thanks again.

          • Justin, last question I promise! I’ve ruled out ERS and am now between the iRocker 11′ All Around and the Red Paddle Co 11′-3″ Sport. I know the RPC is a much more premium price, but is the quality and performance truly reflected in that cost difference? In other words, is it significantly better than the iRocker? I know one is rated a 9.8 and the other a 9.9 in their reviews on the site.

          • William,

            Keep asking questions, we appreciate those! For this question, I wish I had a more clear-cut answer, but the reality is that it depends on you and how valuable an extra $600 – $700 is for your budget. I do think from a straight dollar/value comparison you are getting much more bang for your buck with the iRocker. I also wouldn’t necessarily say the quality of the RPC is better than the iRocker, as they are both high quality SUPs that are made from great brands. What you are really looking at is paying an extra $700 for higher performance. The 11’3 sport with the new speed tail is going to be a little faster for an advanced paddler, as speed is first determined by your technique and strength. It will perform slightly better in wind as it’s only 5″, and does have a slightly better feel because you are closer to the water.

            I hope that helps. To summarize, I would say that iRocker is a very high quality board at a value price, and I would say the Red Paddle Co is a high-quality premium board at a premium price.

  5. Thanks again for all of your help on this. Wanted to post back for anyone reading through the chain. I ended up going with the iRocker All Around 11′. The new 2021 model came out a few days ago and loved the new style and the fact that no major tweaks were made to performance (since so many good reviews on it I assume). Also, the package value for this board was too much to pass up for the amount of savings over the Red Paddle Co Sport 11′-3″. While it is the more premium product I think it’ll be tough to tell that big of a difference in where I will be using and maybe that’s the upgrade down the road!

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