iRocker All-Around 10’ SUP Review 2021

iRocker All-Around 10' Inflatable SUP

9.4

Overall Rating

9.4/10

Pros

  • Paddles very well for lighter beginner and intermediate paddler boarders
  • Good weight capacity (370lbs)
  • Very lightweight, but still feels great in the water
  • A lot of features on the board (20 D-rings, four action mounts,etc.)
  • Triple layer composite PVC construction = very durable iSUP
  • Maneuverable, sporty board

Cons

  • Less color options then 11’ All Around
  • We'd like to see the rear action mounts moved more to the side of the board

iRocker All Around 10 SUP Package

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Much like its slightly larger sibling, the iRocker All Around 10’ iSUP is another favorite of ours. It moves into 2021 relatively unchanged from previous models, but does have a few new color choices (though we must point out that those color options are half as many as the 11)’. But iRocker really seems to give you a lot in terms of features and quality at its price point. If you are looking for a nice quality all around SUP, then the iRocker All Around 10’ is a great SUP for lighter riders packing less gear or those more concerned with maneuverability. iRocker recommends the 10’ All Around for those under 5’9 and the 11’ version for those taller than that, and while we agree that’s a good starting point. It’s not the only consideration to keep in mind when making your decision.

It’s a great board for paddlers who:

  • Want a solid, well built iSUP great for lighter paddlers in varying water conditions
  • Want a more agile board for light surfing or rivers
  • Want an all around SUP that is still fairly fast option for touring
  • Want a SUP with tons of accessories (d-rings, bungees, etc.)

We recommend the iRocker All Around 10’ is for the following water conditions/situations:

  • Flat water paddling (lakes, bays, marinas, etc.)
  • Recreational paddling
  • Ocean paddling
  • Surfing in small to medium surf (1-3 ft)

iRocker All Around 10’ Review: Overview

iRocker  All Around 10 Tracking

iRocker All Around 10 Nose
iRocker All Around 10 Bottom Board Design Teal

We think iRocker did the smart thing by keeping the board relatively unchanged from the previous year. It’s a highly useful board that wasn’t going to get affected by supply chain changes (ensuring that the public can readily get their hands on one) despite the Covid related delays. As we have said before, consistency is key when you are planning on making higher quality boards than the generic ones found on Amazon.

Again, iRocker did take the time to upgrade the backpack (when they see you rolling, your friends will be jealous), and the new standard paddle is a nice improvement. Would it have been nice to see as many color options as the 11’? Yes. But that makes inventory management that much harder.

Overall, we recommend purchasing the 10’ All Around over the 11’ version if you are under 150 lbs and under 5’7”, or if you are just wanting a board that is more sporty than the 11’ model. If you are taller, or think you might want the extra length for gear or taking kids paddling with you, then we would recommend looking at the 11’.

Note: We don’t write spec reviews, and this is not one. iRocker sends us their boards every year, and we continually test the boards throughout the year. We hope you can tell that this is a real, in-depth review of the iRocker All Around 10’. If there is something we haven’t covered yet, please leave a comment below.

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iRocker All Around 10’: Spec Sheet

Main Category:All-Around, Inflatable
Board Dimensions:10’ x 32” x 6”
Listed Board Weight24 lbs
Listed Max Capacity370 lbs
Recommended PSI15-18 psi
FinsNylon, triple flip lock, removable
Paddle TypeFull carbon matte shaft and nylon blade
MaterialsTriple layer composite PVC, high density drop stitch inner core
Price RangeMedium
Warranty2 years on the board, 1 year on the accessories

Official SupBoardGuide.com Test Results:iRocker All Around 10’ (2021)

With this review of the iRocker All Around 10, we are trying to test how the board performs vs what iRocker says. Overall, we were very impressed with the All Around 10.

In-House Measurements:

Board Shape:All Around / Inflatable
Tail Width:16”
Nose Width:7 ⅛”
Nose Rocker:68.5 degrees
Weight:(coming soon)
Tested Weight Capacity:(coming soon)

Overall Score: [9.4/10]

The ‘All-Around’ category is typically the category with the most entrants. It is what most board manufactures endeavor to produce so that they can recommend that specific board for someone wanting functionality in most, if not all, areas of paddling.

The iRocker All Around 10’ did well. Living in the shadow of its slightly longer and more supportive 11’ sibling, the 10’ still stands out for several reasons. First, it is the lightest iRocker model available. This bodes well for smaller riders wanting an easily transported board. Second, being the shorter All-Around gives the 10’ a very significant boost in maneuverability. Light surfing is less of a stretch with this board as it feels very agile. Lightweight paddlers will also have an easier time getting around in choppy windy conditions.

  • Stability: 8.5/10

  • Speed: 8.2/10

  • Tracking: 8.5/10

  • Maneuverability: 9.0/10

  • Board Stiffness: 9.6/10

  • Weight Capacity: 8.8/10

  • Construction Quality: 9.6/10

  • Accessories: 9.5/10

*Also, please keep in mind – we don’t really give out a 10 very often, if ever. We try to make these rating helpful for consumers to tell the small differences between models and brands. If you see SUP earn a 9 rating, that is a rating that is beyond our expectations, and anything 7 or higher is a very good score.

The overall rating of 9.4/10 for the iRocker All Around 10 puts this board solidly ahead in a crowded field. Those requiring its chief comparative benefits (lighter weight and maneuverability) would do well to pick this over the larger 11’ even though that board is listed as our All Around favorite.

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In-Depth Review of the iRocker All Around 10’ Stand Up Paddle Board

Performance Review: Stability, Speed, Glide, Tracking, and Maneuverability

iRocker All Around 10 Speed

iRocker All Around 10 Nose D Ring
iRocker All Around 10 Gliding

We found the iRocker All Around 10 to paddle really well, and does especially well as a smaller SUP that is still stable with a higher weight capacity. iRocker recommends the 10’ All Around for paddlers who are 5’7” or below and the 11 foot version for those who are taller. While we agree that those below 5’7” will like the 10’ All Around, we also do recommend this version for taller and more advanced paddlers looking for a more agile board. Weight doesn’t necessarily have to factor into the decision as long as you are past the beginner stage as a paddle boarder. Our heavier riders enjoyed the stability as well as the agility.

Also, understand that if you need to put more gear or kids on or do longer tours you would be better served by the 11’.

Speed: 8.2/10

We need to mention that when we put this board behind the 11’ version in terms of speed, it does not mean you are going to be left paddling by yourself should your friends be on “faster boards”. The rate at which you travel has more to do with the person paddling than the board itself. That being said, this board will not be as fast as it’s bigger sibling. Physics just is what it is. A longer board line gives you a more slippery waterline and therefore a slightly faster board.

From a Glide perspective, all the testers agreed that this board feels great underfoot. It does more than ok for an all around and at it’s price point we are very impressed.

Basically, in terms of speed, the iRockers rank in the following order:

1. Sport

2. 11’ All Around

3. 10’ All Around

4. Cruiser

Tracking: 8.5/10

iRocker All Around 10 Snaplock Fins
iRocker All Around 10 Side Rail Stability

This board tracks very well. The 32” width is the average for the class. This translates into a fairly easy stroke pattern for most riders. The triple fin setup also adds into its tracking abilities. We will say that the tracking on the 11’ was slightly better even though the boards share all other dimensions and features. The extra 1 ft in the water improves not only tracking but the overall speed and glide. To be clear, we are certainly not saying the 10’ all around is bad at these things. It is actually very good, we are just making the comparison to it’s longer sibling as most potential buyers will typically compare the two for their specific needs.

Maneuverability: 9/10

iRocker All Around 10 Back Step Turn
iRocker All Around 10 Maneuverability

The iRocker All Around 10’ is all about maneuverability. The lack of a little extra length really makes this board effective at direction changes, be they in the form of standard paddle turns, step back (buoy) turns, surfing, or some white water paddling. This board is just very agile even with heavier paddlers on board. If you see more white water and surf in your future than distance paddling this is the board you should gravitate towards.

Board Stiffness: 9.6/10

Stiffness Test:
1.0625” bend (board on top of two saw horses that are placed 7’ apart. We then place 150 lbs of weight added right by handle in middle of the board)

We introduced this test this year as a way of mathematically comparing boards across a common denominator. Comparing this board to the BlackFin series, we see that the carbon rails do in fact help. Though, that help seems to be fairly marginal. There are alot of other factors that play into this test as well. Board construction, material quality, and overall dimensions play a significant role as well.

All that to say that the iRocker 10’ All Around performed really well, and right in line with our expectations given the quality of materials used on this board. It’s a very rigid inflatable SUP and that rigidity helps it perform well in all areas of the review.

Weight Capacity/Stability: 8.8/10

Listed Weight Capacity: 370 lbs

The board is listed as being able to carry up to 370 lbs. We will be doing a more thorough weight capacity test as the water warms up but for now we can say that this board has a very decent weight capacity. We would recommend this for lighter riders looking to paddle solo or with limited gear as well as heavier riders looking to occasionally mix it up in the surf lineup or stepping into the white water arena.

While not as voluminous or stable as the 11’, it still does a great job at being stable due to its width and construction. Again we only recommend this board over the 11’ if you don’t plan to carry as much gear, or you want the added maneuverability.

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Construction Quality: 9.8

iRocker All Around 10 Tail
iRocker All Around 10 Teal
iRocker All Around 10 Valve
iRocker All Around 10 Side Action Mount

The iRocker 10’ All Around shares the same construction as the rest of their offerings, a triple layer PVC centered around a drop-stitch core. This method goes a long way to give the board it’s specific shape. A true 3 layers of PVC encase the core, making this board just feel well built.

The deckpad design is certainly nice with the ridged lines working to keep excess water off the top of your board. It also is one of the testers favorite in terms of comfort with one individual stating they felt comfortable for hours on this board, where they might otherwise suffer from feet soreness and fatigue. Our single suggestion is to move the rear action mounts and copy the same format the front ones have by being integrated into the handles. This would go to clean up the deck area visually, as well as removing an obstacle for your feet should you be moving yourself around the board.

The only other note on construction is simply the differentiation between these iRocker boards and the slightly more expensive Blackfin lineup. All of the Blackfins come with carbon fiber reinforced rails, which we feel adds to the durability of the rails if nothing else. More tests on that soon.

Accessories: 9.5/10

iRocker All Around 10 Accessories

iRocker has a small army of accessories. The iRocker All Around 10’, specifically, comes with the following out of the bag (i.e. you don’t need to buy anything to get out on the water):

  • 3 piece carbon fiber shaft with a durable nylon blade paddle
  • Triple action, dual chamber pump
  • 10’ swivel leash
  • Wheeled SUP backpack
  • SUP repair kit (patches, valve tool, etc)
  • 2 front and 2 rear multi-use action mounts
  • 20 d-ring attachments

The iRocker lineup does not include the various mounts for fishing attachments or their sandspear loop found on the Blackfins. If you plan on fishing more often than not we would definitely recommend stepping up to the Blackfin lineup. You can still fish from this board, you just won’t be able to use all of iRockers fancy accessories.

Paddle: 8/10

iRocker All Around 11 iSUP Review iRocker Carbon Paddle
iRocker All Around 11 iSUP Review - Carbon Paddle

The included paddle was upgraded to a full carbon fiber matte piece. This makes it extremely light for a kit paddle in the mid range price point at 28.5 oz. We also like that they match the paddle graphics to the color of your board (style points count)! Just be aware that we noticed the colors scraping off fairly easily. So either expect a little discoloration or be very gentle with this one.

Still looking for improved paddle feel we would recommend that iRocker work on the locking mechanism. We would liketo see the elimination of any twist in the shaft while adjusting the length. Having this twist is typically a precursor to bad paddling form so lets make it easier on people just learning their stroke.

Pump: 9/10

iRocker Dual Chamber Pump

iRocker includes a solid dual chamber, triple action pump for a kit piece. It does the job fairly well and while it’s not the best out there (the Red Paddle Co Titan pump still holds that honor for making inflation a “breeze”), it ranks very high. Those knurled motorcycle handles feel nice when you’re flailing away getting your board up to pressure. Speaking of which, we will still (always) recommend moving to the iRocker electric pump. Believe me, your arms will thank you afterwards. Check the iRocker site for occasional sales making the pump cheap or free with other purchases. Not being out of breath before you even hit the water is a great feeling and we know you’re worth the extra money!

Backpack: 8.9/10

iRocker All Around 11 iSUP Review iRocker Roller Backpack

The iRocker packs got a nice upgrade for this season.They added wheels to the pack, which makes getting the bag from your car to the launch way easier. The iRocker kit (board, bag, and all stock accessories) weighs around 42 lbs. Not too bad, but we do like the addition of wheels.

The backpack has the same basic features as the Blackfin lineup. We only saw a difference in the bag material with the Blackfins being a slightly thicker, more sturdy feeling material and the larger front pocket. It’s a small thing but it’s little bits, like this, that add up that make the difference in price between the iRocker and Blackfin lines. Don’t get me wrong, the iRocker back is plenty useful as well with

  • Rolling wheels, placed away from your back for comfortable convenient use
  • 2 mesh side pouches
  • 2 small zipper side pouches
  • Small front compartment
  • Top zipper compartment (perfect for their electric pump)
  • Side and top carry handles
  • Bungee front straps
  • Did we mention that it matches the board too

Optional Accessories

iRocker really does go overboard with the accessory list. The 10’ All Around has 20 d-rings which are more than capable of holding your chosen activities gear and equipment. Additionally 2 front and 2 rear action mounts gives you the versatility to mount hard equipment directly to the board. Our favorites from the iRocker lineup include:

  • Their Electric Pump is currently our favorite available
  • River fin system, perfect for more shallow areas or heavily weeded spots
  • The kayak conversion kit is almost a necessity
  • The Kayak seat cushion just makes it all that more comfortable
  • SUP anchor for fixed floating in your favorite spot
  • Cell phone holder
  • Cup holder
  • Vibe waterproof speaker (tunes are also a necessity in our opinion)
  • Soft cooler deck bag
  • Hard cooler (great for sitting on or storing a nice cold beverage, snacks, and more)

Summary Review of the iRocker All Around 10’ (2021)

We really like the iRocker All Around 10’. It’s great for lighter paddlers with less gear and equipment. It also works well as a more agile platform and, and it is the most inexpensive and lightest of the iRocker 2021 lineup. Again this works well for those without the size, or budget, to throw around a larger board. I would put my 11 year old on this board without a second thought and it’s low cost, it makes the idea of getting a separate “kids” board not quite as painful to your wallet. It still comes with all the great iRocker accessories in the bag, not to mention the bag itself, and it’s very well made.

Happy paddling, and as always if we left out anything in this review of the iRocker All Around 10’, please let us know in the comments below!

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49 thoughts on “iRocker All-Around 10’ SUP Review 2021”

  1. Dear guides,
    I want to buy my fist SUP, and Im thinking about Irocker all aIl-around 10, 11 and Cruiser (2019 cause outlet and appearance). I’m 167 cm and 60 kg (5,5´ and 132 lbs) I’m new into SUP but I have practiced some balance related sports and also watersports, so I’m not especially afraid about balance.
    My main use would be short excursions at the mediterranean coast of spain, exploring for nice snorkeling spots and and coves that are inaccessible by foot and nice pics. Mediterranean sea use to be flat but there are some waves when is windy and I also would like to enjoy them. What do you think it´s a better option for me, All-around 10, 11, Cruiser? I know there are some other good options like Nixy and Thurso, but nowadays they are not shipping to my country cause covid-19 situation.

    Best regards,
    Nacho

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    • Nacho,

      I would recommend the 11′ All-Around given you want to go exploring for nice snorkeling spots. That would give you some extra room to carry any gear if you end up wanting to do that, and you could still enjoy the small waves when they are there. Given you height, weight, and experience, you would be completely fine with either the 10′ or 11′, but I do lean a little more towards the 11′. Also, I don’t think you will need the extra balance/width provided by the Cruiser.

      Let me know if you have other questions, and send us a picture if you get a chance of the amazing places you end up paddling (the Mediterranean is on my bucket list for paddle destinations)!

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      • I finally took a 11’6 touring model from a Spanish brand and I’m very happy with it. I already have some nice pics from Mediterranean coast that would be happy to share with you. You can check mi Instagram! 😉

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  2. Hey there,

    Thank you for all of the reviews they have been very helpful but I could really use some additional help as I’m overwhelmed with all of the options at the moment. My primary uses would be paddling in the ocean (Atlantic), the lagoon nearby and the occasional lake in the summer. I would also love to be able to surf small waves and I mean small. I’m 5’9 135lbs. I would say maneuverability and speed would be my top priorities as I consider myself to have pretty good balance, however an sup might make me think otherwise once I purchase one. I have looked at so many options and I have it narrowed down to Irocker 10 or 11 all around, NIXY Huntington and Thurso waterwalker. Any help would be greatly appreciated as the more I compare the models the more they all kind of seem the same more or less. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    • Anne, I replied to you via email – please let me know if you didn’t get that, and if you have any other questions!

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  3. Hi hello!

    Your reviews have been extremely helpful in my hunt for my first iSUP. I picked up paddle boarding several years ago but have never owned my own board. I paddleboard several times a year but always on rented solid boards. I’ve never had trouble finding my balance on any board I’ve used but I’ve never tried an inflatable SUP and am worried that finding my stability on it may be more difficult than I’m used to. I’ve narrowed down my search to the iRocker 10′ all around or the iRocker Cruiser. I’m 5′ 0″ and weigh 125 lbs and plans to use the board in the calmer waters in the Gulf of Mexico but also in the Atlantic from time to time. Any help would be appreciated!

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    • Ashley, generally speaking most people have an easier time balancing on inflatables vs hard sups. You have more volume and weight capacity with an iSUP, which tends to make the inflatable SUPs more stable for individuals. The main difference is that an iSUP is going to float more on top of the water vs in the water, bringing your center of gravity higher. If the volume, width, and weight capacity were all equal then a hard SUP would be more stable – however, I would be shocked if the iRocker 10′ All-Around or Cruiser don’t have a lot more volume and weight capacity than other hard sups you’ve tested. (Sorry for the long explanation!)

      Between the 10′ All-Around and Cruiser, given you haven’t had any stability issues, your weight, and height I would recommend the 10′ All-Around. It’s a little more sporty than the Cruiser and you shouldn’t have any stability issues. We typically recommend the Cruiser for beginners or those looking for the most stable iRocker available.

      I hope that helps – let us know what you decide and if you have any further questions!

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  4. Hi, I really enjoy your reviews and theyre super helpful. I have one of those knock off amazon brand SUP’s you mentioned (I didnt know any better then). Anyhow, my pup and I go out on it every and now and then and we love it. I can stand on my own but am pretty wobbly. My pup and I together only sit/kneel. We are working our way up and mostly go on lakes and calm bodies of water. I goal is to one day explore Lake Tahoe, Powell, Mead etc on my SUP. While I have decided on the iRocker I am torn between the Nautical, Cruiser, and All Around 10′ SUPs. I wondered if the Nautical was simialar to my current SUP, I was afraid I would grow out of the Cruiser or it would be too slow and just checked out the All Around 10′ because of your great review. I like the idea of the add ons of the Cruiser and All Around. I’m 5’8″ and about 145 lbs and my pup is 50 lbs and usually with me. Thank you for you help!

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    • Amanda,

      Given you are wanting a board that is higher quality than what you currently have and is big enough for you and your 50 lb dog, I would actually recommend the iRocker All-Around 11. I think you will be happier with the extra space, and it will be a great board for exploring Tahoe, Powell, Mead, etc. Sorry to throw out one more option, but I like to recommend the 11′ over the 10′ for those who are around 5’9 or taller. Given you are wanting to paddle with your dog, and that you are really close to that 5’9 height, I do think you’ll like the 11′ better.

      The Nautical is most likely a better board than what you have, but it’s not on the same level as the all-around’s are (hence the price difference), and without knowing exactly which Amazon brand SUP you have I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that yes, you’d see some improvement but it might not be as much improvement as what you are looking for.

      I hope that helps! Please let me know if you have any further questions, and I’d love to hear what you end up deciding to go with!

      Also, when you do paddle Tahoe and Powell, we’d love to see some pictures!

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  5. Hi,

    I am curious about the irocker kayak conversion option. Have you tried this with any SUPs or specifically with the All Around 10 or 11 or Cruiser? What things should we consider for a better kayak-compatible SUP -longer/shorter, higher stability or faster, other issues?

    Thanks!
    T

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    • T,

      We have used the Kayak conversion kit on all the iRocker/BLACKFIN boards. For me, if I’m looking at a board that I can also use as a kayak, then I’m going to look most at length and look for a longer board. The Kayak seat is amazing, but it does take up space and d-rings – so you need to make sure you have the space for other gear (dry bags, coolers, etc.). Every iRocker will be great for this, but I do prefer the 11′ over the 10′ with the Kayak seat.

      Another thing I have found is that a lot of times people who are worried about balance are those who want a kayak seat, in which case the longe 11′ board helps with that as well.

      I hope that helps – please let me know if you have any other questions.

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  6. Overall Rating

    8

    Hi, I’m debating between the 10′ All Around or 10’6 Cruiser iRocker boards. I’m a beginner and mostly will use it in our local harbor and will take on lake trips. I have a 7-year old 50ish pound boy who may want to journey out with me too. I’m torn between which one to go with as I see the Cruiser has more tail width (22″), which would help with stability. Although I do like that the All Around maneuverability is better which would come in handy at the harbor with all the boats/kayakers coming my way. Also, I do love the design of the seafoam All Around model. Do you think the All Around would be sufficient with stability when my 7 year old rides with me?

    Thanks!
    Kelly

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    • Kelly,

      Yes, the iRocker 10′ will be stable enough for you and your son to paddle around as long as you are under 5’9″. If your son sits down it will also make it a lot easier :). I have my son lay down and look over the edge to try to find fish while we paddle around!

      Regarding the iRocker Cruiser, if you are super concerned with stability then I would recommend that board over the 10′. It won’t be as fast, or as maneuverable. However, the difference is very slight. You won’t have any issues paddling around the boards or kayaks, as the difference in maneuvering would not affect that ability at all. The difference is more for sharp turns, or turns where you are driving the rail into the water a bit when your surfing. Paddling around on a lake you won’t notice it as much.

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

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      • Kelly,

        You should be completely fine with the 10′ iRocker All-Around, again unless you are super concerned about stability and just want the most stable board.

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  7. I’m about 6’1″ and tend to float between 185-190lbs. I’m relatively new to SUP, but I’ve been skating and snowboarding since I was 9, obviously the balance is a little different, but I maneuver on a board very well in general. I am trying to decide between the 10′ and 11′ and I was leaning more towards 10′ because I feel like the extra maneuverability would make this more fun for me, but I’m hesitating because of the weight recommendations here. Any thoughts?

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    • Jake,

      I’d recommend the 11′ over the 10′. You’d be fine on either, but at 6’1/185 you won’t have a problem maneuvering on the 11′ and doing everything you’ll want to do. In fact, you’ll have better success with back fin turns. In addition, the board will be faster and feel just a little better under your feet.

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

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  8. Not only are your reviews amazing, the responses to patrons’ questions have been so thorough, I thought I’d give it a go! I have been paddling for a few years, always on borrowed hard boards of various sizes – so not sure what’s actually ideal! I’m 5’8″ and 120lbs. The lake I usually paddle at can get a bit choppy due to both boat traffic and wind. I was looking at the cruiser and all around, as well as the nautical because of it’s light weight (I would like to be able easily travel with this board, including on an airplane). This would be used for solo paddling only (no kids, dogs or crazy cargo). Blackfin is not an option based on price. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. 🙂

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    • Martine,

      You actually have a lot of different options based on your experience, height, and weight. Pretty much any of the boards you mentioned – from the Nautical to the Cruiser – will work for you. If you are on a budget, then you could go for the Nautical. However, I do think it’s worth the money to upgrade to the iRocker Cruiser or All-Around. You do get a better board, and you could go with any of the iRocker’s. Even the 10′ All-Around will work since you are under 5’9 and have paddling experience.

      So, my bottom line recommendation would be to get the 10′ All-Around if you are looking for a fun, slightly more maneuverable board. If you are more concerned with stability then you could look at the iRocker Cruiser.

      I hope that helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions – and I’d love to know what you decide to go with!

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  9. Hi, I am also purchasing my first SUP and am torn. I am 5’4” 130lbs so I was looking at the I rocker All around 10’ but also the thurso water walker 10’. I want to be able to use this for surfing small waves in the Pacific Ocean but also for doing yoga in the marinas. Mostly ocean use. I know yoga and surfing are opposite types of boards usually. I have pretty good balance from dancing so I am not worried about a narrower board for yoga, but still want enough pad space for it, but also ability for surfing. Thanks!

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  10. Overall Rating

    10

    Thank you for being so thorough in your reviews! I am interested in either the 2020 iRocker All-Around 10′ or the 2020 Thurso Surf Waterwalk All-Around 10′ 6″ (the teal colors of both are so pretty!) but am torn between the two. I am 5′ 6″ and 120lbs and have very good balance so I’m not super concerned in the stability department. I am a beginner, having SUPed a few times in a local bay, but am looking to expand my SUP skills to ocean and some surfing both on the East and West coasts or even flatwater if I found myself near Lake Tahoe (versatility is most important for me which is why I thought these two SUPs sounded best). Additionally, I’ll be purchasing my SUP this weekend as both boards are having fabulous Black Friday sales that make both of them $624 AND include the kayak add ons for no additional cost! (like I said I love versatility!) Having just given you my life story (sorry this is so long) which of the two boards would you say suit my needs better? Or if you have any other recommendations that you thought would suit my needs I would be open to other SUPs! Thank you so much!

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    • Catherine,

      Thanks for the life story!! We love stories here!

      I think if you are looking for a SUP that is maneuverable for surfing that still works great on flatwater, then I’d recommend going with the 10′ iRocker vs a 10’6 Thurso. You could also consider the 10′ Thurso, but it’s on backorder right now. I just think you will appreciate having a slightly shorter, lighter board – and you can’t go wrong with either the iRocker or Thurso. Also, with the iRocker you do get the electric pump, which I LOVE!

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  11. Hi, thanks for these reviews they have been really helpful in narrowing down the options. I am looking into getting two boards for myself (5″4″ 135lbs) and my husband (6″, 235 lbs). We are both beginners who have rented a few times. We dont have kids or dogs who will be on these with us but do plan to paddle to overnight camping spots with some gear. We are in the California Bay Area and plan to paddle on the bay primarily and sometimes the river or Lake Tahoe, maybe some ocean? I am considering the iRocker Cruiser 10’6″ or the iRocker All Around 10′. He is considering the Nautical 11’6″, is there any hesitation on the Nautical. Why does it cost so much less? Any other recommendations for us? Thank you!

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    • Susan,

      Glad the reviews are helpful! Here are my thoughts based on your questions:

      For you: I think you will like either the 10′ All-Around or the 10’6 Cruiser. If you are nervous about balancing on the board, then I would recommend the Cruiser. It will also hold a little more gear for camping (which I think is a great idea, btw!).

      For your husband: I don’t think he’ll be disappointed with the 11’6 Nautical if you are looking to save some money but I am worried that he won’t have the weight capacity needed to add the camping gear. The main difference is it has one less layer of PVC when compared to the iRocker and Blackfin lines, which gives it a little less solid feel and lower weight capacity. The listed capacity is 265 lbs for the 11’6 Nautical vs 435 lbs on the 11′ iRocker All-Around. I think on the Nautical it will start to get unstable as he approaches 250+ lbs.

      Given the weight capacity, I would recommend either the 11′ All-Around, the Cruiser, or the Blackfin Model X (which would be my top recommendation for him, but it will cost a bit more).

      I hope that helps! Please reach out with any other questions as you make your decision!

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  12. I am looking to purchase a first SUP for my wife. She is 5’2, 120 lbs and a beginner. She is looking to use both as a SUP and Kayak on the ocean where the surf can get a little choppy. I am interested in the NAUTICAL BY IROCKER 10’6″ because of the price and IRocker reviews. Would this be a good board for my wife?
    I am 5’10”, 180 lbs and would also like to use the board at times to see if I would buy one for myself. Would this board also work for me in these conditions? Can you also surf/ride waves on this board?
    Or, would you recommend the iRocker 10′ All Round or 10’6″ Cruiser instead even though the price point is higher?

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    • Peter,

      I would recommend going with the 10′ iRocker if you can afford the extra $$. The Nautical will work, but the iRocker will also be more stable out on the ocean given it’s a stiffer/higher weight capacity board. It will do a little better in the surf, although just so you know, neither board would be considered an ideal board for surfing but can still catch some smaller long-board type waves for sure.

      Again, if $$ is the main factor, then I do think you’ll be happy with the Nautical. It’s a great board for the price, just not quite as good quality as the iRocker (which I think is to be expected).

      Hope that helps! If you have other questions please let us know.

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  13. Hello! All these reviews are so great, thank you! But alas I still cannot decide between the irocker all around 10′, 11′ or cruiser? I am 5’1 and 115 lbs. I intend on using on lakes and rivers including over night camping trips. I sometimes bring my medium sized dog with me. I am also considering the kayak conversion kit as well. Which board do you recommend?

    Reply
    • Amanda,

      I would recommend either the Cruiser or 11′ All-Around. I think you are going to appreciate having the extra space for your camping trips and/or dog. The 11′ All-Around will be a little faster than the Cruiser, but the Cruiser will be more stable and have a little bit higher weight capacity – so with the board that fits your needs best.

      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  14. Hi – I think I am sold on the iRocker All Around 10 or 11. I am 5’9, 140 lbs. I don’t know how often I would want to use the kayak seat but think I’d like to get it for occasional times when I might like to change it up. (I’m confident standing – it isn’t a balance concern, more just to create some variety). Does that impact whether I get the 10 or 11? If I got the 11, is that considered too big for someone of my height/weight?
    2) If you decide AFTER a purchase whether to get another add-on feature or not, can you order it after you’ve already purchased the board?
    3) These reviews say they wish two of the mounts were placed further toward the edge. Are they interfering with where a person sits or how they position themselves? I’d like to know how problematic this is.
    4) I think I read that the paddle for the 11 is “better” than the paddle for the 10? Is that right?
    5) I’m athletic and active- I would end up swimming off this, pulling it by swimming with the ankle strap on, maybe doing some yoga poses on it, and jumping off of it. I’d also end up chilling on it a lot of the time too. Would the 10 or 11 be robust enough for me? Would one be better than the other for these activities? Have I selected the right potential models for my needs?!
    If you could pls answer these questions it would be super helpful- I’m excited to make a purchase!
    Thank you,
    Lindsey

    Reply
    • Lindsey,

      I would recommend the 11′ for what you are wanting to do, and no – the 11′ board is not too give for someone your size. It is a little heavier than the 10′, but will be better for activities like Yoga, and give you a little more room for when you add the kayak seat.

      To answer your other questions:

      2 – Yes, you can add on whatever accessories after the fact if you want.
      3 – Those rear mounts really only get in the way if you are looking to whitewater SUP, so I don’t think that will be an issue for you at all. You might step on them a little bit doing yoga as well, but it’s not something that is a deal breaker by any means
      4 – The paddles are the same, sorry for any confusion there. There is a different between the iRocker and Blackfin paddles only
      5 – Again, for these activities I think you will like the 11′ version better

      I hope that helps!

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  15. Hello!

    First of all thanks so much for all the information you have already given us through reviews and even the review video’s on youtube are great!

    I have rented a SUP board 3 times now and I have discovered how much I like it, gives you just a great feeling of freedom. After a lot of research, and a lot of reading on your website, I have decided not to buy a random cheap board, but actually get a decent durable board that can last for several years. I have yet narrowed down my view into an iRocker. But, I am still uncertain which one. All 4 (cruiser, allround 10, allround 11 and sport) seem like really fun boards with their own pro’s and con’s and I would like to get your advice on the matter.

    I am 5″10 and weigh 145lbs, and I have only rented hard boards and I was able to walk a bit on the board, turn backwards and back, move a bit forwards and backwards, so I am thinking that I am pretty well balanced.

    Im looking mostly to go on a lake like water, it’s a golf connected to the sea (not sure how to call that), so we do have a lot of current effects and also sometimes a bit choppy water due to motorboats passing by. It’s gonna be mostly chill rides after work on summer nights, but also in weekends going to the small islands that are inside the golf. I think so far we did like 3 to 4 KM trips. I do however like to get a bit of speed too, not because I want to have a workout, but because I feel like once you have the speed, it’s easier to stay at that speed and you move with less effort.

    So we got all that, my size in between a 10 and 11 allrounder, I like to chill, but also want some speed. So far I only think the cruiser kind of doesn’t make the cut. But Im stuck between the allrounders and the sport. I do also, really like the seafoam look on the allround 10. So look-wise I would go for this one, but I feel like im giving up some speed, stability and fun for looks. So how big is the speed difference actually? Im stuck here!

    Thanks in advance for your help!
    Jasper

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    • Jasper,

      Great questions! From what you’ve described, I think you will be fine with either the 10′, 11′, or the Sport based on skill level. I usually recommend going with the 11′ or Sport for someone over 5’8, and for someone looking for more speed I recommend the Sport.

      So, my typical recommendation would be to go with the iRocker Sport. It’s my personal favorite of the iRockers, as I like to move around the board and I do prefer speed.

      However, if you really like the Seafoam green and the looks of the 10′ All-Around, and are fine giving up just a little bit of speed and storage space for gear, then I do think you would be OK to get the 10′.

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  16. Overall Rating

    0.5

    I am looking to get a SUP. I am torn between the 10” all-around and the 11” all around. I am 5 ft and 120 lbs. I want to use the board for lakes and resivours, but I would also like to use it to go into the ocean and explore. I would like to be able to have a passengers on the board and still feel safe and secure. Which board would be best?

    Reply
    • Meg,

      For solo paddling, you are great on either board. For passengers, I would recommend going with the 11′ All-Around. It gives you more space, more volume, and more weight capacity. It’s also the same width (32″) as the 10′ All Around, so it’s not going to change how you paddle when you are paddling solo.

      I hope that helps!

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  17. Hi there
    I am researching my first paddleboard . Irocker has the 10’ -all around available in Canada currently, the 2020 version 11’ is out of stock.
    I am 5’7” 175 pounds. I plan to ride lakes, a bit of current, hopefully some ocean one day when borders reopen. But for now rivers and mountain lakes. I plan to have a preteen at 115 pounds or a 65 pound dog with me sometimes . The 10’ looks more manoeuvrable and fun when I’m on my own than the 11’. I’m torn between the two. The 10’ all around is on sale which is tempting. What are your thought in what size is appropriate for me based on the above info? Thanks so much !

    Reply
    • Shanna,

      If you are wanting to take your child or dog with you I think you will prefer the 11′ All Around. It’s not quite as sporty as the 10′, but I think you’ll appreciate that extra 1 foot of space and extra volume/weight capacity.

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  18. G’day SUP Board Guide,

    After a bit of help please. Tossing up between the iRocker All-Around 10′ and the Bay Sports 10’6″ Explore. I’m Australian so I’m thinking the Bay Sports to support the fellow Aussies but the iRocker looks pretty compelling for the price (2020 version with free electric pump).

    The 2021 version of the Explore seems to address some of the negatives from your review but is it good enough for an extra A$200?

    Also, is there any good reason to get the 2021 iRocker instead of the 2020 version? Looks like you get a better paddle and wheels on the bag.

    I’m about 175cm tall and 75kg. SUPed before but this is the first one I’m buying. Own a couple of kayaks but want to try an inflatable SUP for portability.

    Cheers!

    Reply
    • Michael,

      Great question, and I hope I can help. I do like the Baysports a lot, especially for someone looking for a sporty all-around SUP. At your height and weight it would be a great fit. I also like how it’s 5″ thickness but still is super solid.

      If it’s worth an extra $200, that’s a tough one. There is a slight difference in feel on a 5″ vs 6″ thick SUP, but other than that the iRocker is a very solid SUP at a great price. For me personally, I would go with the iRocker given the price difference. However, I also love it when people support local brands, and iRocker would be local for me. If you do the iRocker, I’d recommend last years since you can get a great deal right now. You are correct – you don’t get the wheels on the bag, and the paddle is a little bit better on this year’s version. Other than that though, the board is very close to the same as last years model.

      I hope that helps! Let me know if you have further questions!

      Reply
      • Hi Justin. Thanks for the info.

        I ended up purchasing the iRocker. The price and the free electric pump deal were too good to pass up. The backpack also swayed me a bit, the iRocker one looks more comfortable and I like the addition of the waist strap for longer walks.

        I took it out for a paddle on the weekend and had a great time!

        Cheers,
        Michael

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  19. Hi Justin – great reviews! Thanks for all the time and effort you put into responding to everyone!

    I’m 5’5” and 155lb and considering the All Around 10 or 11. I’m not concerned about balance would be using it mostly in the ocean, bays, a few lakes. I don’t plan to go camping but would like to do some nice long day trips which would require some cargo. I don’t have pets or small children so it would primarily be me on the board.

    I’m slightly leaning towards the 11 for more a cargo space but the 10 seems to be slightly more maneuverable.

    Also, there is a nice sale on the 2020 All Around 10s, which would let me get a 10 + electric pump for less than either of the 2021 All Around 10 or 11s.

    Would you recommend the 10 or 11? And are there significant enough differences between the 2020 and 2021 models to justify spending the extra few hundred dollars?

    Thanks for your help!

    Reply
    • Gina,

      I would recommend going with the 11′, and seeing if they have a 2020 model still available. There are some differences, but a lot of the changes are cosmetic and the core of the board didn’t change (which we think is a good thing as we loved the 2020 iRockers). I do think you’ll appreciate the extra space and slight improvement in speed for those longer voyages.

      Hope that helps!

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  20. Thanks for the thorough review and recommendations. I have been on paddleboards for the past five years or so; but am taking the plunge this year. I will be purchasing the iRocker 10′, because even though I may take my pup (~50 lbs.), I am 5’3″ and 130 lbs. My question is:
    Do I save $91.00 and buy the 2020 model, or
    Are the upgraded features on the 2021 model worth it?
    The only thing I really want to know is if the river fins will be available on both the 2020 and the 2021 SUPs, because it seemed like that was one of the difference between the two years.
    Thanks for advising!

    Reply
    • Peggy,

      I would buy the 2020 version if the upgraded backpack (added wheels) isn’t a big deal for you. That’s probably the most important upgrade. The paddle was upgraded as well, but to save the $91 I do think the 2020 version is a great steal right now while they last.

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  21. Overall Rating

    9.5

    Hello

    I’m trying to decide between the all around 10’ or 11’ board. Mainly using on calm waters for sup, maybe in the ocean if it’s calm. Not sure if I would do any snorkeling. I am 5’2” and 125 lbs. which do you recommend?
    I’ve paddled a few times and would appreciate maneuverability. My stability isn’t bad. I’ve done yoga on the cruiser, but don’t think it’s something I would do too often.

    Reply
    • If you are wanting maneuverability, then at your height and weight I’d go with the 10′ board. It’s not as fast as the 11′, but does have a more sporty feel to it – especially for smaller paddlers like yourself.

      Reply

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