iRocker Cruiser Review 2020

iRocker Cruiser inflatable SUP

9.7

Versatility

9.5/10

Construction

9.8/10

Stability

9.8/10

Appearance

9.7/10

Performance

9.7/10

Pros

  • Great for SUP beginners or those looking for a little extra stability
  • Tracks smoothly and glides evenly in the water
  • Perfect size for rider and passenger/kids with extra handles and plenty of room
  • Good option for multiple scenarios: fishing, SUP yoga, cruising, a day at the lake with friends
  • Upgraded 2020 options now include 6 different color schemes
  • More cargo area added to 2020 model

Cons

  • Not as fast as the 10’ or 11’ All-Around boards
  • White deck pad could get dirty

Last Updated: March 10, 2020

iRocker 10’ 6” Cruiser SUP Review, 2020

iRocker Cruiser SUP Review 2020
Consistently one of iRocker’s most popular SUPs, the Cruiser 10’6” is a great all-around board for pretty much any user. It provides excellent stability for beginners and allows SUP veterans to move easily and confidently through the water. One thing the Cruiser does well is make riders feel capable — if you are trying to convert a friend or loved one to the joy of SUPs, the Cruiser is a great way to start! Except for high-wave scenarios, this board handles well in nearly every situation and provides a smooth ride with cargo space and lots of extras!

The iRocker 10’6” Cruiser is stable and relaxing. It feels nice underfoot — with a gently textured EVA traction pad and enough foot room to move around, the Cruiser is the equivalent of riding in a comfortable sedan with all the internal comforts. It is also exceptionally stable on top — the 33” width makes it easy to maintain balance while still enabling a strong paddle motion. The Cruiser’s 10’6” length splits the difference between the 10’ and 11’ lengths on the iRocker All-Around boards — and with an inch more width for added stability.

The 2020 Cruiser has six color options to choose from, ranging from a green, orange, teal, white, or gray scheme. While the 2020 deck size remains the same, iRocker added bungee cords to the rear cargo area (instead of just D-rings on the 2019 model), so you have additional cargo space. The Cruiser also features a new logo stamped on the EVA deck pad (which adds nice visual and tactile texture), and features a new circle R logo on the front and iRocker logo on the rear. While this may seem like a lot of branding, the board design is chic, and the bright, easy-to-see iRocker logo breaks up the elongated deck pad. The traction pad extends 6’ down the length of the deck and spans about 26” wide. Gentle beveled rivets run lengthwise down the pad about 2.5” apart which break up the color scheme nicely by adding pops of accent color (blue rivets offset the white traction pad on the gray board.) iRocker has always done an excellent job with aesthetics and the 2020 Cruiser is no exception. A rear foot area is designated with a different color and pattern than the rest of the pad so even though there isn’t a break in the pad or a raised kick-tail, the design makes it look as though it’s there.

The iRocker Cruiser uses a self-locking tri-fin system. The fins are easily swapped and reconfigured if necessary. Since this is designed as a stable, all-around board, the fins that come with should more than suffice the needs of most riders. Fins carry the board cleanly through the water with good tracking and glide.

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SUP Board Specs

Length10’6”
Width33”
Thickness6”
Weight25 lbs
Max Capacity400 lbs
Recommended Inflation14-18 psi
FinsNylon, quick-lock, removable
PaddleCarbon-blend shaft, nylon blade, 28 oz
MaterialsTriple layer composite PVC, drop stitch inner core

Who Should Buy This Stand Up Paddle Board:

The iRocker 10’6” Cruiser is a fantastic board for the following:

  • New riders looking for stability on a mid-size board
  • Riders who prefer a relaxing, steady SUP
  • Users who love to fish, do SUP yoga, or paddle around with ease
  • SUP users looking for a stylish, retro design with eye-catching, multicolored deck
  • A board that tracks and glides smoothly
  • Those who want fun extras and plenty of cargo space on a stable board

The iRocker Cruiser is great for the following conditions/situations:

  • Gentle water conditions in lakes, bays, marinas, etc.
  • Choppy water or light waves (white water not advised)
  • Multiple passenger situations (good for hauling kids, dog, stuff, etc)
  • Touring with cargo

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Performance – Stability

Paddling iRocker Cruiser SUP
Stability is the Cruiser’s signature feature. It is iRocker’s most stable SUP, outranked only by the BLACKFIN X and XL boards. The slightly wider 33” midsection and 10’6” length makes it navigable for most users. You can shift your feet around and move up or down on the traction pad without losing balance. This isn’t a wobbly board, which makes it a fun board to learn beginner moves — or an excellent option for expanding your SUP repertoire of tricks while staying afloat.

A gentle rocker at the nose keeps it out of the water. The front end begins to taper at the forward action mount/cargo area and narrows from 28” to 21” at the last bungee. The front 16” of the nose angles into a narrow 6” tip. This pointed front end works well for touring conditions as the SUP will sail gently atop the water at a good clip. Expanded cargo areas also support the Cruiser’s touring capacity. This board is designed to handle everything from placid lakes to a bit of choppy water with ease.

iRocker Cruiser Backfin Turn
The Cruiser is not as narrow as the iRocker Sport and lacks a bit of finesse in tight turns or advanced handling, but it maneuvers surprisingly well. The 33” width keeps the board stable but is still narrow enough to facilitate a healthy vertical paddle position so users can get the most out of each stroke. It’s also easier to maintain proper balance without rocking side to side in order to get the paddle into the water. The Cruiser makes a great training or first time board since it enables riders to develop good upright body position and proper paddle technique.

Tracking/Glide


The iRocker Cruiser tracks nicely; the tri-fin configuration keeps the board in line and balanced. Beginning and intermediate users will find it easy to manage and control since it maintains a steady glide. The 2020 model features three removable fins that are self-locking for convenience. This makes multiple fin configurations possible.

iRocker 10’6” Cruiser Build Quality – Materials

iRocker Cruiser Build Quality
iRocker boards hold their own when compared with high quality SUP boards. Capitalizing on the consistent quality of their sister BLACKFIN line, the iRocker Sport, Cruiser, and All-Around boards are all extremely well engineered and utilize quality construction materials.

The iRocker Cruiser features a triple composite construction with an internal drop-stitch core for support. This creates a board that feels nearly as solid as a hardboard when inflated. It is surprisingly strong with structural integrity that really will support that 400lb max weight. Previous models used a quad PVC construction which was nearly bullet-proof but also a tad heavy. The iRocker upgraded Cruiser is built from a triple-layer composite that reduces weight but maintains structural integrity. This is one durable, structurally sound SUP board. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a comparable SUP in this price range.

Since it functions so well as a touring board, iRocker has further outfitted the 2020 model with dual front and rear cargo areas, 20 D-rings, 7 handles, as well as 2 regular and 2 mini action mounts. You can strap a kayak seat into the middle section, secure a fishing pole to the front, and add a Bluetooth speaker and GoPro camera to any of the action mounts. iRocker also includes a host of accessories to enhance your time on the water (list included below).

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Board Design/Shape

Cruiser Shape Design
The iRocker Cruiser is 10’6” long, 33” wide and 6” thick when fully inflated. It has a squared-off 22” tail which is the widest tail of all the BLACKFIN/iRocker SUPs. The combination of a pointed nose and wider tail enables the Cruiser to move quickly through the water while staying stable on the back end to reduce wobbles or rocking. This is what makes it a great cruising SUP.

The six D-ring cargo area with criss-crossing bungee is a perfect storage spot for a dry bag, backpack, shoes, towel, or cooler. Rear cargo area is a little bigger at 19” deep and 22” wide. The front cargo area measures 17” deep and 22” wide at the widest part.

A high-quality Halkey-Roberts style inflation valve sits at the rear of the SUP, just past the edge of the traction pad. An additional reinforced D-ring on the tail is perfect for attaching the SUP leash, and a grab handle on the top of the tail makes it easy to keep the fins up off the ground when walking to/from the water.

Board Features
iRocker Cruiser Features
The 2020 iRocker 10’6” Cruiser is loaded with extras. A few key features on the 2020 model include:

  • Triple Layer Construction 20% lighter than 2019 quad layer but offers same durability
  • All new 2020 design utilizing digital printing
  • 6 color options for Cruiser
  • Added Action Mounts (4 total action mounts)
  • 2 action mounts in cargo area
  • 2 mini action mounts in rear of deck pad
  • Rear Cargo area: 6 D-Ring rear cargo area
  • New logo stamped EVA Deck Pad, new circle R logo on front and iROCKER on rear
  • New redesigned deck pad measures 6’ in length
  • White center fin, side fin, and fin boxes on all iROCKER boards
  • Front Grab Handle on front of nose
  • Rear Grab Handle on top of tail

Fins

[Picture of fins — board upside down]

iRocker fins are all self-locking for ease and convenience. They can be swapped for other fin configurations. There are three fins on the Cruiser: the center fin is a low-profile aggressive style fin that cuts through the water. Side fins are both sleek and slightly smaller for stability and maneuverability. The fins are sturdy and firmly lock in place. They are resistant to cracking and will support the needs of most users. iRocker fins can be interchanged with any other iRocker board.

Deck Pad

iRocker Cruiser Back Deckpad
The deck pad has changed a little on the last few Cruiser models, and we seem to like each new one just a little better than the last. The 2020 pad resembles the 2019 in length and width, but the iRocker logo now sits vertically about ⅔ of the way down the pad rather than horizontal on the top right. This design visually breaks up the decking nicely. The rear tail/cargo area is designated via a single color that gives it the appearance of a raised kick-tail. The iRocker “R” stamp also gives the pad a nice texture. Our only concern would be the white deck pad on our gray Cruiser SUP — it could get dirty from muddy feet, etc.

Carrying Handles: 6” long

There are three 6” carrying handles on the iRocker Cruiser. One is in the front, for convenience when carrying the board to/from your destination. The handle on the rear of the board is useful when pulling your board into the water. Both of these handles are tough nylon and measure 6” long and 1” wide. The one in the middle of the deck pad is heavier and wider — it is 6” long and 2” wide with extra padding for added comfort and grip since this is where you will most likely carry the board solo. All of the handles are reinforced so they won’t break or shred with use. There are also two handles in the front cargo area that sit adjacent to the bungee cords. These are ideal for holding onto your board if you have to lie down and paddle through the surf. They may also provide a place for a child or passenger to hold while you push them along. These passenger handles are removable if desired.

D-Rings/Bungees/Cargo Areas

As I mentioned above, the Cruiser now features both a front and rear bungee cargo area (2019 had D-rings in the rear, but no bungee to secure cargo). This gives riders more options for carrying gear, but it may get in the way if you want to stand at the rear of the board and dip the tail to turn or pivot. The bungees are removable, however, so this is an option should it get in the way. The front bungee is black and the rear bungee is white (on the gray board). 20 D-rings line the board with 6 in the front, 6 in the rear, 6 along the midline, and one more each in the front and rear for towing. All the D-rings are reinforced for security. Two mini action mounts flank the rear cargo area and two regular action mounts delineate the front cargo area.

Accessories

Cruiser iSUP Accessories

Paddle

iRocker has upgraded the paddle as well. The Cruiser now includes a carbon blend shaft paddle with a sleek blade and only weighs 28oz. The paddle separates into three pieces and locks together via a pin and groove system which is very sturdy and will not shift or separate even under tension. Personally, I like the width of the handle — it is easy to hold and I don’t feel it spin in my hand when wet.

Pump

iRocker also includes a great triple action, dual chamber pump with the Cruiser 10’6” kit. The high-volume hand pump is the same, but iRocker did upgrade the hose this year so it is thicker, more flexible and durable.

The pump has dual chambers with three settings. Setting #1 allows air in and out through both chambers. Setting #2 just pumps air in from both chambers (more efficient, requires more strength). Setting #3 pumps air in from one chamber only. There is also a psi gauge on top. This is an impressive pump. It fits nicely in the SUP bag, but chances are, you may find yourself using it for any and all types of home inflatables. It is powerful and will blow up your SUP in no time.

One accessory we highly recommend considering is the new electric pump that iRocker/BLACKFIN offers. The electric pump plugs into your vehicle to inflate your board while you unload gear, food, children, and equipment. It saves you a ton of energy right out of the gate since you won’t wear yourself out pumping up the board in the first 10 minutes. The electric pump also deflates the board! It will remove all the air from the board so you can roll it up and store it easily.

Bag

The iRocker bag is high quality and spacious, with plenty of compartments for organizing and storing your accessories. Bags are color coded to match your board and include added mesh pockets on each side and additional zipper pockets underneath the mesh for more storage.The bag has been upgraded with an added front bungee cargo area for clipping gear or a towel. There is also an added zipper pocket at the top of the bag above the shoulder straps that will fit the new iRocker electric pump. One cool feature is the wheel tray at the bottom of the bag with built in pouches and a strap. This will turn your SUP bag into a wheeled roller bag so you can pull it along the road or through your garage as needed.

Leash

The iRocker Cruiser comes with a matching high-quality leash. The leash attaches to the rear D-ring and is coiled so it won’t drag in the water and won’t get in the way while paddling. It also swivels nicely so you don’t get all caught up in your leash. There is a small key compartment inside the ankle strap where you can stash your car key (you may have to look closely to find it — but once again, this is iRocker being thoughtful). A leash tube also holds it for storing in the bag so it doesn’t get tangled around your board or accessories.

Repair Kit

Included is a standard repair kit that includes an inflation valve wrench and a few patches. Additional repair items are available from BLACKFIN as needed.

Optional Accessories

iRocker includes a wide array of additional accessories:

  • Speaker
  • Kayak kit (seat and kayak blade)
  • Kayak Seat Cushion
  • Shoulder Carry Strap
  • Cup Holder
  • Camera Mount
  • Cell Phone Holder
  • Electric Pump
  • Selfie Stick
  • Cooler Deck Pad
  • Fishing Rod Holder

Company Review – iRocker

We are consistently impressed with the customer service and value provided by iRocker. This is a reputable company that is focused on customer satisfaction and quality products. iRocker has quickly emerged as an industry leader thanks to the company’s focus on quality, engineering, and a constant desire to improve their products.

You can read our full iRocker company review here.

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Bottom Line iRocker Sport SUP 11’ Review

The iRocker Cruiser is a great all-around board that is an excellent SUP for most users. It will handle a bit of choppy water and can cut through oncoming surf to keep riders steady. We don’t recommend it for heavy surf or white water, but it will handle most water scenarios with ease. If you are looking for a speedier SUP we recommend the iRocker 10’ or 11’ model (especially) since these boards are designed to move faster through the water. The Cruiser is all about stability and control. We are impressed with iRocker’s stylish design and more color options on the 2020 model. No feature has been forgotten here — from D-rings to storage area to handles — the iRocker Cruiser has it all. This is a great board for families to enjoy, beginners to learn on, and advanced riders to use for expanding their tricks. You can tour, fish, dodge waves, do yoga or just glide with ease on the iRocker Cruiser!
iRocker Cruiser Summary

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11 thoughts on “iRocker Cruiser Review 2020”

  1. Versatility

    10

    Construction

    10

    Stability

    10

    Appearance

    10

    Performance

    10

    Love the new boards and all the color options available. I got the orange one and it looks sick

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  2. I’ve got my wife and I (both 150 lbs), two toddlers and a dog. I was looking at blackfin xl, cruiser (10’6×33). Any thoughts?

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    • James, that would be a great board for you and your family. The Blackfin XL is one of our favorite models we have reviewed. It has a 485 pound weight limit and is very stable so you could definitely fit you and your kids on the board. Let us now if you have any other questions. Happy Shopping!

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  3. Hi Sacky,
    Thanks for your great reviews! I’m completely overwhelmed with all the options out there so hoping you can help! Our family will be using the board mainly in the ocean (close to shore). My husband and I are both complete beginners and would like to paddle with our children, ages 5 and 2. We were looking at the iRocker Cruiser for the stability but would it be ok in the ocean with some small waves and wind? We also looked at the iRocker All Around 11′ but since we are beginners not sure if it’s stable enough with the kids. Lastly, how does the Thurso Waterwalker 11′ compare for what we’re after? My husband is 5’10” 170lbs and I’m 5’7″ 140lbs. Any insight you can provide would be MUCH appreciated!
    Thank you!

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    • Michelle,

      I completely understand being overwhelmed! I hope I can help 🙂

      Given that you are wanting to paddle around with your 2 kids, if you are looking for just one board then I would actually recommend taking a look at the BLACKFIN Model X. At 35″ wide and with a 450 lbs weight capacity, it’s going to be a little more stable (which is nice for beginners), and you will easily be able to fit both you and your 2 kids on them (or your husband and 2 kids, or even you and your husband together). That’s probably the best stand up paddle board for your situation (multiple people, small waves, wind, beginners). However, the iRocker Cruiser is a great, stable board as well given that it is 33″ wide and has a wider tail than the 11′ All-Around or the Thurso Waterwalker 11′.

      So, we’d recommend for your situation (in this order): 1) The BLACKFIN Model X, 2) iRocker Cruiser, 3) iRocker All-Around, 4) Thurso Waterwalker 11′.

      Does that help? Any other questions?

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      • Amazing – thank you so much for the helpful and super quick response! Looking forward to getting out there with our kids!

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        • Your welcome! I love hearing from people who are just getting into stand up paddle boarding – you and your kids are going to love it! Which board did you decide on?

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          • Just placed an order for the iRocker Cruiser as we would really like to use for an upcoming vacation and the Blackfin Model X isn’t in stock! Very excited to try it out this weekend!

  4. Hi,
    Thanks for your terrific entertaining reviews. Greatly appreciated. As a newbie with no surfing experience in their 60s and 95 k who, so far, has spent far more time falling off than going forward, I need a stable board. Do you think the blackfin XL is significantly more stable than the cheaper irocker cruiser or is there not much differance. Thanks for any info. I will mainly paddle sheltered Moreton Bay and some rivers.

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    • Michael,

      Thanks for the question! In terms of stability, the Blackfin XL will be significantly more stable. Given that you have been spending more time falling off than going forward it’s most likely that you simply don’t have the right board. If you don’t have enough volume and width for your height and weight then stand up paddling can be a lot less fun than it should be! You’ll really love the Blackfin XL (here is a link to their latest pricing). Let us know if you have any other questions, and let us know what you decide!

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