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The Guide to SUP Board Bags Choosing the right one

SUP board bags serve two purposes: 1) a bag makes the paddleboard easier to carry and 2) the bag protects the board during transportation. It’s most common to start looking for a bag for the second reason, a concern of scratches and dings grows the more you lug your board to and from the shore.

A bag can also protect the board’s shape and finish from excessive heat. You’ll see many bags designed with UV coatings and reflective materials for this reason. Padded shoulder straps, handles, paddle attachments, and extra pockets for gear and fin storage also make it possible for you to comfortably carry your whole rig across rocky shores and over longer distances.

Transportation vs Storage

In general, it is not recommended to keep your SUP in a bag for long-term storage. This is because the board needs to breathe, and storage in a moist environment can result in molding and blisters on the surface of the board. Look for ways to reduce this problem through ventilated bags. Certain bags are designed with air vents, mesh or breathable sections, so they are more appropriate for extended transportation of even long-term storage.

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Check the Foam

Most bags  are designed with foam padding to protect the board. You will also find thicker foam padding along the ridge of the board and on the nose and tail to protect these more vulnerable points of the board. If you are more concerned with board protection, compare the thickness of the foam padding among bag options. It is common for boards to have approximately a 1/4″ layer of foam in the main body of the bag, with reinforced areas as mentioned. If you need something lighter and easier to pack, a thinner layer of foam may help.

One thing many SUP bag shoppers overlook at times is the quality of the zipper. Think about how the elements can wreak havoc on a metal sipper. That is unless you find a bag with rugged, marine grade zipper that are made to withstand corrosive environments.

Bag Sizing

This is obviously an important consideration. Many people prefer to find a bag fitted to their board’s size. You can find bags for most sizes, usually up to 12′ but with some options hitting the 14′ mark.

If you have more than one board, or if you anticipate having a new board but keeping your bag, there are several adjustable options on the market. These boards will usually state the range of adjustable sizes (i.e. 10’6″ – 12′). It ‘s always nice to have a little flexibility. However, some prefer to have a fitted bag and claim that there is more quality protection.

Recommended SUP Board Bags

The No.1 bag I always recommend is the FCS SUP Adjustable Dayrunner. I use it myself and am super happy with it.

You can read my full review here.

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2 thoughts on “<span class="entry-title-primary">The Guide to SUP Board Bags</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Choosing the right one</span>”

  1. Is a 10 foot bag too large for a 9’2 paddle board? I know they make like a 9’6, but I found a 10 foot one that is on sale for a really good price.

    • Hey Taylor

      Depends on where you are traveling with it? If the board can move around in the bag lots it may be more prone to damage. If it’s just to and from the water and your home, I’m sure it’ll be fine but I would think twice about using it as a travel bag on planes, etc. Alternatively, just stuff the bag with clothes and towels or something if you do travel. I once stuffed a board bag with clothes for extra padding as it was quite thin and it worked a treat! Also meant I had extra room in my bag to bring fun things home hehe


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