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iROCKER All-Around 11′ Ultra iSUP Review, 2024

iROCKER All-Around 11’ Ultra Compact Inflatable Paddleboard


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  • ULTRA portable, packs down into a very small, easy-to-carry backpack
  • Comes with iRockers electric pump included in the kit, which is a fantastic value
  • Lightweight and easy to carry at just 21.4 lbs; a full 4.6 lbs lighter than the old iROCKER 11’ All-Around
  • Rigid construction = almost no noticeable flex on the water and improved speed, glide, and feel
  • Great tracking capabilities with dual fin setup
  • Stable board for beginners, but also good performance for intermediate paddlers, and extreme portability for advanced paddlers who want to travel with an inflatable SUP
  • Nice little bag included for the electric pump and fins


  • While we love the fins that come with the board, we'd like to see more fin options from iRocker given the unique fin box

When iROCKER first informed us that they would be sending us a new compact/ultra-light series of SUPs to review, we were absolutely stoked.

Compact boards, in general, are among our favorites to test and review because they walk such a delicate line to balance convenience and lightweight with overall performance in the water. Combine this with the quality that we’ve come to expect and love from iROCKER SUPs, and we were fully prepared for a seamless technological marriage that would manifest into just a flat-out cool line-up of boards.

Luckily, we prepared accordingly, as the iROCKER All-Around 11’ Ultra compact iSUP easily fits that bill. Being just 21.4 lbs, surprisingly stiff, and able to fold up to the size of a slightly larger backpack, 11’ All-Around Ultra meets the mark in terms of convenience and portability without sacrificing quality construction.

More than that, the 11’ x 32” iSUP nearly mimics the beginner friendly stability of iROCKER’s original 11’ All-around, while being slightly faster to paddle. It also tracks exceedingly well in the all-around category, sports a versatile array of features, and is shipped with an upgraded kit that includes their 12V iROCKER Electric pump, a long time favorite of ours.

In short, we think the iROCKER All Around 11’ Ultra is one of the best all around inflatable paddle boards for 2024.

We think the iROCKER All-Around 11′ Ultra would be great for paddlers who

  • Want a light and compact SUP that they can easily take with them on a plane, on a hike, or stow in the back seat of a car.
  • Need an all-around SUP that is stable enough for beginners but is also quick on the water
  • Want the versatility of an all-around SUP, but also some of the tracking capabilities of a touring SUP
  • Frequently paddle in a variety of environments such as flat water, chop, waves, and wide, slow-moving rivers
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iROCKER All-Around 11′ Ultra: Spec Sheet

  • Main Category: All-Around, Inflatable, Compact
  • Board Dimensions: 11’ x 32” x 6”
  • Listed Board Weight: 21.4 lbs
  • Listed Max Capacity: 290 lbs
  • Recommended PSI: 14-16 PSI
  • Fins: Twin fin; 9” dolphin style w/ lockable snap-lock mechanism
  • Paddle: 5-piece carbon hybrid paddle
  • Materials: Triple layer ‘composite’ PVC (as per iROCKER’s specification)
  • Price Range: high
  • Warranty: 3 years

Performance Review of the iROCKER All-Around 11′ Ultra Stand Up Paddle Board

iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review
iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review
iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review

Overall Score: [9.6/10]

  • Stability: 9.0/10
  • Speed: 9.1/10
  • Tracking: 9.1/10
  • Maneuverability: 8.9/10
  • Construction Quality: 9.8/10
  • Features/Accessories: 9.8/10

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Stability Rating: [9.0/10]

Compared to the original All Around 11’ Ultra, the 2.0 version is an extra 1-1.5” wide, and as such is more stable than the original version. This was something we pushed iRocker pretty hard on last year, and are very glad to report that the 2024 2.0 models are right on point – which makes the 11’ All Around ultra a very comfortable, stable SUP for most any paddlers.

At 11’x32”x6”, and with a total volume of 327.5 liters, we think this is a fantastic board for beginners up to 6’3 and under 230 lbs. More experienced paddlers will be able to push that further thanks to the rigid x-woven drop stitch construction that makes this a very rigid board and keeps it from becoming a ‘taco’ and losing stability.

Compared to the rest of the Ultra series, the 11’ Ultra is about tied with 10’ Ultra depending on the paddler. Smaller/shorter paddlers will be completely fine one any of the Ultra series boards. Larger paddlers who are worried about stability can first consider the new Blackfin XL Ultra, or even the Cruiser Ultra as they are both wider than the 11’ version.

Speed Test: 9.6/10

Top Sprint Speed:5.4 MPH
Average Cruising Speed:4.3 MPH
SUP Board Guide’s Speed Testing:
To obtain our speed test results, we use a Speed Coach Sup 2. This gives us accurate readings on how fast we are paddling and our current stroke rates. For the top sprint speed, we paddle as hard as we can for approximately 10-15 seconds and then record our average speed. For the casual test, we paddle at 40-35 strokes per minute for approximately 30-60 seconds and record the average speed.

The 11’ Ultra’s lighter build has improved its speed when pinned against the original version, and its natural ability to track makes it the fastest of the Ultra boards, and a surprisingly fast all-around iSUP.

Being just 21.4 lbs, the 11’ Ultra feels very light both when you’re carrying it to the water and also once you start paddling on the water. It did very well in our ‘cruising’ speed test, clocking in around 4.3 mph – again we attribute that good score to how lightweight the board is.

On the sprint test, we could feel the extra rigidity of the woven drop stitch, and found the board to have a very nice glide across the water. Averaging around 5.4 mph for the sprint, the 11’ Ultra is a fast board that is a great option for someone who wants an all-around SUP that won’t hold you back on longer fitness paddles or adventures. No, it’s not a full-fledged touring iSUP, but it isn’t a slouch when it comes to speed by any means.

Tracking: 9.1/10

iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review
iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review

Here’s the thing, the iROCKER All-Around 11’ Ultra tracks exceptionally well for an all-around SUP. It excels well above the original 11’ All-Around in this area, and beats out the other Ultra boards as well by a small margin.

At the same time though, it does require a bit more effort to to turn and maneuver. We’ll dive deeper into maneuverability in the next section, but the touring-SUP-level tracking capabilities of the 11’ Ultra kind of force a trade-off in that area.

That being said, it ultimately does come down to personal preference. If you’re a paddler that really values tracking capability, but also loves the stability that all-around SUPs offer, the 11’ Ultra from iROCKER would likely be your match-made-in-heaven.

We also want to note that the reason the 11’ Ultra tracks so well is because of its included 9” fins that attach to the SUP in a twin fin setup. We’ve found that in every Ultra board, the 11’ Ultra in particular, the twin fins just seem to grip your path in the water really well and are super forgiving even if your form isn’t 100% honed in.

Maneuverability: 8.9/10

iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review
iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review

As I alluded to in the previous section, the iROCKER All-Around 11’ Ultra isn’t quite as maneuverable as the original 11’ All-Around and is the least maneuverable of the iRocker Ultra series.

It is noticeably slower on both forward sweeping and backstroke turns, compared to the original and the other Ultra SUP, though stepback turns still feel fairly easy. With that said, we want to make clear that the lack of maneuverability is less noticeable if you’re going for a longer paddle in more open water and only need to make slight steering adjustments.

Ultimately we think trade-offs like tracking vs. maneuverability come down to paddler preferences. Personally, if I’m going for a longer paddle in flat water, which doesn’t require quick turns, I’d rather my board be able to track well and limit the amount of times I need to switch sides. On the other hand, if I’m paddling in the ocean and need to be able to quickly turn my nose into waves, I’d prefer a little more maneuverability than the 11’ could offer. In these cases, I’d prefer the 10’ Ultra, or the Blackfin CX Ultra and Cruiser Ultra depending on stability needs.

Construction Quality: 9.8/10

Given the fact that the iROCKER All-Around 11’ is around ⅓ of the cost of its higher end counterpart, the Red Paddle Co. 11’ Compact, we’re extremely impressed with the construction.

Working from the inside out, the 11’ Ultra is constructed with a cross or ‘woven’ dropstitch core that anchors into the fabric layer, ultimately resulting in a surprisingly stiff iSUP using less raw material (essentially decreasing the overall board weight). To encase the inner fabric-based core, iROCKER applies 3 composite layers of PVC to add rigidity and durability without adding an exorbitant amount of weight. Lastly, the 11’ Ultra’s seams are reinforced with tape to enhance the lifetime of this SUP and limit the potential for a (very unlikely) critical failure.

This type of construction is the reason the 11’ Ultra is stiffer than the aforementioned RPC 11’ Compact, yet only 1 lb heavier (as per each SUPs specifications). Its general light-ness is also the reason the Ultra SUPs work so well as compact SUPs. It is super manageable to carry both fully inflated and when it’s packed up into its bag, and I’d have no problem bringing it along with me on a flight or a shorter hike. It elevates the level of portability that we’ve already come to love from inflatable SUPs.

Board Stiffness:

iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review bendtest
iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review  bendtest

Stiffness Test: 1.00” of Bend

SUP Board Guide’s Bend Testing:
In order to attest to the rigidity of each board, we use a bend test curated by Supboardguide. In order to obtain the results, we inflate the board to its maximum recommended PSI and then place it across two sawhorses that are 7 feet apart. We then take a measurement in the middle of the board. Then, we place 150 lbs worth of sandbags on the middle top of the SUP. Last, we record its displacement (the movement from its original position). We use this method for every board we test as a way to mathematically compare boards across a common denominator.

As usual, the SUPBoardGuide bend test is performed by placing the SUP on top of two sawhorses set 7’ apart. We then load the SUP with 150 lbs at its midpoint and measure how much it bends under the weight. Obviously, this is not replicative of how the board performs in the water, but it does help us differentiate between how different construction processes contribute to overall stiffness.

The 11’ Ultra performed really well in our bend test with only one inch of bend. This is not just on par with iROCKER’s non-compact all-around line, but actually a little bit better, despite being 4.6 lbs lighter than their standard 11’ all-around.

This stands as a testament to the efficacy of cross-drop stitch technology and its ability to achieve the same, and better, stiffness as linear drop stitch while using less material. While this technology isn’t exactly new, we’ve typically only seen it in higher-budget SUPs, and I’m excited to see it become more accessible in the mid-range market as the industry progresses.

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Features/Accessory Review: [9.8/10]

As with the standard 11’ All-Around from iROCKER, the 11’ Ultra’s features are versatile, but functional for a compact SUP.

iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review
iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review

The All-Around 11’ Ultra has front and rear cargo areas, as well as 3 action mounts (2 integrated into the front D-rings and one at the tail), and kayak seat compatibility.

Keeping this newer line classic, iROCKER still incorporated 3 carry handles at the nose, tail, and center of this SUP, with the center handle just shifted off to one side. Though the shifted center handle does make folding up much easier, it can get in the way slightly if you have a more narrow paddling stance.

iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review
iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review

Lastly, I love the brand stamped deckpad on the 11’ Ultra just as much as I love it on their standard all-around 11’. It’s the perfect balance of comfort and traction. The key difference here is that the Ultra’s deck pad is split up the middle to allow you to fold the SUP in half before rolling it up, therefore making it ‘compact’.

Included Accessories:

iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review
iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review
iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review

The Ultra series is shipped with their own list of included accessories, which includes the following:

  • 5 piece carbon hybrid paddle
  • iROCKER’s 12V Electric Pump
  • 10’ Coiled leash (w/ key pocket)
  • Pair of 9” fins
  • Repair kit
  • Accessory Pouch
  • Compact SUP bag

This kit could easily become one of my personal favorites with just a few quick tweaks.

iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review
iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review

Starting with the SUP bag, I really love its compact design despite it being insanely easy to pack the board into. The entire front panel can be unzipped to simply place the rolled/folded up board in, and then once zipped, the top of the bag is a velcro/roll top mechanism. This style makes it extremely easy to access the accessory pouch if placed on top or stash in some of your own gear in an easy-to-reach spot.

iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review

Coming back to the accessory pouch, it is hands down my favorite part of this kit. I always harp on SUP bags having organizational pockets to store small accessories, and iROCKER has answered a prayer I didn’t even know I sent out. By including this convenient little pouch to carry all of the small pieces I can happily store all of the items I would otherwise lose track of like my leash, fins, or spare flip-locks.

iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review
iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review

Another piece of this kit that fits nicely in the accessory pouch is iROCKER’s 12V Electric pump. We’ve liked this pump on its own over the past few years (it even holds a spot on our list of Best Electric Pumps for 2022), and we like it even more as ‘kit-included’. It adds a significant amount to the overall value of the compact series, and is one of the only SUPs on the market to come with an electric pump (and a reliable one, at that).

The only real changes I’d make to this kit are: 1) to add a shorter fin in addition to the current 9” fins to give paddlers the ability to choose between tracking and maneuverability, and 2) to include a portable battery to go with the electric pump. Of course, the inclusion of a portable battery would, understandably, increase the overall price of the Ultra series, but I think it makes a lot of sense considering the portability focus for compact SUPs. The 11’ Ultra is only 21.4 lbs, and it’d be a prime option to hike into more remote or alpine lakes, but because there’s no included hand pump, you’d need to purchase the battery separately to be able to accomplish this.

An alternative to including a portable battery as a standard piece of the Ultra line’s kit would be to offer it for discounted purchase when bundled with an Ultra SUP. That way, the choice is left to the consumer, rather than needing to raise the price for the entire line if the battery was included from the get-go.

Summary Review of the iROCKER All-Around 11’ Ultra

iROCKER Ultra AA 11' iSUP Review

We’ll wrap up our review of the new 11’ Ultra from iROCKER with this: They have set an incredibly high bar for other compact SUPs – especially at this price range.

The iROCKER 11’ Ultra is stable, quick, and impressively rigid, despite being just 21.4 lbs. We also love the included accessories and think it sets this compact series apart from the rest in terms of a great overall value.

As always, we hope you’ve enjoyed reading through our review of the iROCKER All-Around 11’ Ultra. If you have any questions/concerns, or feel that there’s something we’ve missed, please reach out to us in the comments below.

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22 thoughts on “iROCKER All-Around 11′ Ultra iSUP Review, 2024”

  1. How would you rate the all around 11 ultra vs the all around 11 standard?
    Compact and light weight are nice, but not at the expense of stability, maneuverability and speed.
    Also, I do worry about the grab handle in the middle. Looks like it’s right where my left foot would go.

    • Hi Mark,

      Given that the all-around 11′ Ultra and all-around 11′ standard have nearly identical dimensions, they handle fairly similarly on the water. From our comparisons, the Ultra is just a little bit narrower throughout, which makes it not 100% as stable as the standard 11′ all around. The difference in stability is pretty minute though; we had to really push the board to even be able to slightly feel the change. As for speed, the 11′ Ultra is significantly lighter and was a bit faster than the standard 11′ all-around in our testing. Lastly, the 11′ Ultra is a little slower on the turns than the standard 11′ all-around, but again, it’s not a massive difference and seems to be a small trade-off for the Ultra’s above-average tracking capabilities.

      Ultimately, I think it comes down to personal preference. I’m a paddler that values speed, lightweight construction, and the compact design over slight decreases in maneuverability and stability, so I prefer the Ultra over the standard. However, if you’re a paddler that leans the opposite way, the standard 11′ all-around would likely be a better fit.

      As a final note on the center grab handle: I had the same concern that I would step on it, but didn’t have any issues in our testing unless my stance was fairly narrow.

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    Thanks Alli,
    I can certainly trade a little stability for some speed.
    Maneuverability, I’m either on a lake where I value tracking, or a river where I need more agility. If I can trade out the fins for the setting that should work out great.
    I definitely need a durable board that can handle some rugged use. Seems like either will do that.
    Since I’m looking for a little more speed, I am now trying to decide between the iRocker sport and the Blackfin CX Ultra. It will be one of those two. Soon. Very soon.

    • Mark,

      We actually have a review of the Blackfin CX Ultra coming very soon (likely by next week). In our testing between the two, the CX Ultra was a hair faster, and felt a bit better in the maneuverability aspect as well. Though again, both rigid, durable, and capable of some more speed than iROCKER’s standard line.

  3. Thanks for this helpful review. Do you have any thoughts on how the Blackfin Ultra might compare with this 11′ iROCKER Ultra? The Blackfin is half a foot shorter, and has a different shape, so I’m wondering what performance differences that makes?

    • Duncan,

      Our review of the Blackfin CX Ultra will be posted on the site very soon, but for now, we’ve found the CX Ultra to be a bit more maneuverable than the 11′ Ultra, and just a touch faster.

      • Hi, thanks so much for putting the new review up of the Blackfin CX Ultra. One remaining question I have is which is more stable? I’m guessing that the 11′ Irocker Ultra is slightly more stable than the Blackfin CX Ultra, due to its shape and surface area – is that correct?

        • Duncan,

          The Blackfin CX Ultra is actually the more stable of those two boards. It’s a bit wider at 32.5 inches, but still keeps it’s speed/sportiness because of the tapered tail.

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    Hello. I currently have the ultra all around 11 and I am wondering if I should maybe trade it for the ultra cruiser? I am really liking the ultra all around 11 right now, but I am definitely a beginner, so I am definitely getting a workout anytime I am on the water. This is great but I also am wanting to be able to just relax a little when I paddle too and am wondering if the ultra cruiser would be that big of a difference in giving added stability? I ultimately want a board that I can grow with, get a workout with, and just have a relaxing paddle with. I am also 6’2” and 175lbs, so I am not sure if that makes a difference with regards to the ultra cruiser being 6” shorter. Thanks!

    • Hi Cullen,

      In this case I think you should stick with the 11′ Ultra. This is definitely a SUP you’ll be able to grow with as a paddler, but as you’re skills advance you’ll eventually be able to relax on it. While the Cruiser Ultra is stable, I wouldn’t mark it as a board to challenge your skills or give you much of a workout.

  5. Online right now the price difference between the iRocker All Around 11 and the newer Ultra 11 is $250 (after discounts).
    Having read your reviews (which are great), I’m not sure iRocker have made significant enough changes to justify the price variation. What do you think? $650 (reduced from $850) vs $900 (reduced from $1350)?

    • Hi Terry,

      I think the price difference, especially with the discounts, is warranted. The electric pump is usually between $130-150, so a bit of the price difference on the Ultra series comes from that. They’ve also used a more advanced construction technique on the Ultra series in order to make them lightweight without compromising their overall rigidity (we’ve actually found them to be more rigid than the original all-arounds).

  6. Hi There,
    I am trying to decide between the 11’ Ultra and the Thurso Surf Waterwalker 11. I have read your reviews on both boards and they seem pretty similar. I just have a few questions on the iRocker Ultra. How did you find the 5 piece paddle? Was it less sturdy than say a 3 piece? Also, I noticed that the Thurso has 3 fins compared to the 2 on the Ultra. Do you feel one is better than the other? I know you said the Ultra had good tracking ability, so I was just wondering your thought on no center fin. Lastly, I like to chill and read occasionally on my paddle board. Do you think the split deck would be uncomfortable to lay on? You know, it’s the little things. Lol.
    I mostly paddle on lakes and ponds, would you recommend one over the other? They’re pretty similar in price range and review stats so I’m having a hard time making a decision. Trying to decide if I would enjoy the compact version or if I should stick with the more traditional style.

    • Hi Michelle,

      That’s definitely a tough decision, but the good news is that you cannot go wrong with either board – they just have a few notable differences, and I’ll try to tackle your questions one at a time.

      – The 5 piece paddle does have a little more flex/wiggle in the shaft than Thurso’s 3-piece paddle; it’s more noticeable if you’re really trying to go for speed.
      – The 2 fins on the Ultra series are a really unique shape, but they do enable the board to track fantastically (though the 11′ is slower to turn). The 3 fins on the 11′ Water Walker don’t contribute to tracking that is quite as good, but that’s likely only noticeable if you were testing these boards back to back. The Water Walker tracks well for an all-around, and is easy to turn.
      – The split deck pad isn’t exactly uncomfortable to lay on, but it’s definitely different, and I wouldn’t say it’s as comfortable as a full size deck pad.
      – Either of these boards will do well on a lake or pond.

      Hopefully this helps!

  7. Hi being new to paddle boarding and looking to invest in my first board I was wondering if the iRocker All-Around 11’ Ultra is going to be too much of a challenge and therefore should I go for the Cruise Ultra. As a beginner I’d like to know if the All-Around Ultra will be stable enough. Whilst on holiday I did take a board out (not an inflatable) a few times and managed to get up pretty quickly and paddle for an hour or so each time without to much drama (even took my wife out on it).

    • Hi Mark,

      The 11′ Ultra will be stable enough for a beginner, it just will come with a little more of a learning curve then the Cruiser Ultra. It’s nothing that’s insurmountable, and we’ve found that once paddler get used to it and gain their balance, they more enjoy the speed and tracking capabilities of the 11′ AA Ultra.

  8. Hi,
    I am 5’8”, 165 lbs and deciding between the 10 or 11 all around ultra. I have a beginner board now and can handle stability pretty well. I use it on an inland lake and looking for something that is faster and gives me a good workout. Wondering if the 11 is too much volume or is less stable based on my height and weight. Thank you!

    • Hi Paul,

      The 11′ Ultra would be a great option if you’re looking for a fast all-around to get a decent workout in. It is a bit more responsive, and less stable than iROCKER’s original 11′ all-around, but it’s nothing insurmountable. Once you get a couple of practice sessions under your belt, the board is a ton of fun.

  9. Thanks for such great reviews. We are looking at the all around ultra 11’ but my husband is 6’2” and 230lbs. Will this board be comfortable for him? He originally wanted the black fin xl based on your review and the ability to take one of the kids but it isn’t available any longer.

    (We are looking to get two boards and thought it would be most convenient if they were the same for accessories/pumps, etc)

    • Hi Hillary,

      I think given your husbands height/weight and the fact that you’re wanting to take one of your children on board board, you should look into the Cruiser Ultra instead. It’s more stable than the 11′, and more similar to the XL (though still not quite the same). You could also look into the Gili Meno 11’6, or the ISLE Switch.


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