The Best Beginner Stand Up Inflatable Paddle Boards

 

Sea Eagle Hybrid Pack

Pros

  • The Hybrid is a true all-rounder, suitable for many aspects of the sort
  • The full-length rocker is perfect for a wide variety of water conditions
  • Very rigid, durable design overall
  • Padded flooring provides both comfort and grip for longer trips

Cons

  • The board comes in only a single size which isn’t suitable for larger riders
  • While quick for its size this board is still rather slow due to how short it is
  • Kit is overall fairly mediocre, experienced boarders may want to invest in better stuff

iRocker 10’ ALL-AROUND Package 

Pros

  • The board is extremely stable, especially considering the fairly low price.
  • The unique double-locking design of the paddle makes it super sturdy despite it’s light weight.
  • It’s quite fast on the water, more so than most cheap inflatable SUPs of this size.
  • The board can actually take more than 15psi, particularly good for heavy riders.
  • iRocker offers a two-year warranty for manufacturer defects.

Cons

  • The short central fin doesn’t improve tracking as much as we’d like.
  • The top layer of the plastic seems mostly cosmetic and isn’t as tough as the underlying PVC,
  • The backpack is enormous, making it hard to transport for shorter riders.

Red Paddle Co. 2018 Red RIDE Stand Up Paddleboard 10’6

 

Pros

  • The versatility of the RIDE boards is pretty much unmatched
  • Thick and versatile
  • Comes with everything included and a well-organized backpack-style carrying case
  • Great stability on the water, combined with a good amount of glide

Cons

  • The board doesn’t track straight at all times due to the three fin setup
  • It can be a bit of a trick to get it back in the pack when playtime is over
iRocker 11’ ALL-AROUND Inflatable Paddleboard Package Review

iRocker 11’ ALL-AROUND Inflatable Paddleboard Package Review

iRocker 11’ ALL-AROUND Package

Pros

  • The board can support almost four hundred pounds. Enough said.
  • It’s extremely stable on the water, even more-so than its shorter cousin.
  • It tracks very well for its size.
  • Long enough pad for almost any calm water usage, including yoga or fishing

Cons

  • A little more glide would be expected with a board this size.
  • We really wish iRocker put as much thought into all of their accessories as the paddle.
  • The outer finish seems to wear off quickly, which is cosmetic but still annoying.
Much like its smaller cousin, this is a great entry level board for someone who’s just getting started with using inflatable SUPs. It’s 11’ long, 32” wide, and can support an astonishing 385lbs. That’s more than enough for even the largest rider and their fishing gear.

Like all of iRocker’s paddleboards, it’s remarkably stable on the water, sacrificing a little bit of glide in order to ensure that you’ve got a stable platform for whatever you might wish to do. The board is capable of holding up to 23psi for those particularly large folks and makes an excellent entry even for taller riders.

We’re still pretty stoked on their fiberglass paddles, which beat out most of the package competition, but we’ve said enough about the accessories already.

Instead, consider this board if you’re over 5’10” and looking for an affordable all-rounder board. The stability can make up for innately poor balance and while it may not have a ton of glide the triple fins do keep it tracking fairly well.

It’s not the lightest all-rounder out there, and transporting iRocker’s boards is never all that easy, but they continue to impress with the overall build-quality of the boards and their ability to manage even moderately choppy waters without getting too rough on the rider.

If you’re looking for an All-Around board that’ll keep you afloat, and you’re willing to work a little bit harder to get where you’re going, then consider the iRocker 11’ All-Around SUP. It’s a great board suitable for even the largest riders.

Sea Eagle Hybrids ISUPs

Sea Eagle Hybrids ISUPs

Sea Eagle Hybrid Pack

Length9’6”
Width32”
Thickness6”
Weight23lbs
Load175lbs

Pros

  • The Hybrid is a true all-rounder, suitable for many aspects of the sort
  • The full-length rocker is perfect for a wide variety of water conditions
  • Very rigid, durable design overall
  • Padded flooring provides both comfort and grip for longer trips

Cons

  • The board comes in only a single size which isn’t suitable for larger riders
  • While quick for its size this board is still rather slow due to how short it is
  • Kit is overall fairly mediocre, experienced boarders may want to invest in better stuff

Sea Eagle Hybrid Standup Paddleboards The Sea Eagle hybrid is a 9’6” paddleboard which is designed for both flat water and surfing. The short size allows for some pretty impressive maneuvering, although we found it to be a little bit short for extended trips. Like all of the Sea Eagle boards, it tracks extremely well due to the single fin. It’s also plenty wide, allowing you to perform on the water exercises if that’s your thing. This board is extremely stable, boasting a 32” width and a 4” nose rocker to allow you to surf as well as paddle when the urge takes you. The small size and minimal weight make this one even more portable than your average inflatable SUP, which is a bonus for those who are short on space.The board has a slight rock through its length as well. It’s enough to speed the board up and keep you doing well while you’re on the waves, but not enough to keep you from enjoying flat water paddling. The deck also has high-quality EVA foam coating it, providing a ton of grip for your feet and allowing you to brave decently choppy waters despite the short overall length. It’s a great board for beginners, especially those completely new to the sport who aren’t quite sure what they’re going to enjoy the most just yet.It’s not perfect: the short overall length doesn’t lend this board to high speeds and the load capacity comes in fairly low at 175lbs without any options available for larger people. The kit which comes with the Hybrid has everything you need to get out there, but the quality of it is a bit questionable. Those with a lot of experience may find themselves wanting a better pump and bag over time. It’s not bad, just overall it’s not quite as good as some of the more expensive kits out there. The Sea Eagle Hybrid is exactly what it states: a respectable hybrid board which is capable of doing just about anything you might enjoy on a SUP. This all-rounder design comes in at a great price as well, allowing a wide variety of people to enjoy it. It’s not the fastest board around, and it’s not suitable for everyone, but there are a lot of people out there who haven’t found their niche yet and will get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

iRocker 10’ ALL-AROUND Inflatable Pabbleboard Package Review

iRocker 10’ ALL-AROUND Inflatable Pabbleboard Package Review

iRocker 10’ ALL-AROUND Package

Pros

  • The board is extremely stable, especially considering the fairly low price.
  • The unique double-locking design of the paddle makes it super sturdy despite it’s light weight.
  • It’s quite fast on the water, more so than most cheap inflatable SUPs of this size.
  • The board can actually take more than 15psi, particularly good for heavy riders.
  • iRocker offers a two-year warranty for manufacturer defects.

Cons

  • The short central fin doesn’t improve tracking as much as we’d like.
  • The top layer of the plastic seems mostly cosmetic and isn’t as tough as the underlying PVC,
  • The backpack is enormous, making it hard to transport for shorter riders.
As a solid platform for beginners, it’s hard to compete with the All-Around package from iRocker. It’s a 10’ long, 32” wide board with just enough of a front rocker to let you move smoothly over smaller waves.

The board tapers smoothly at both the front and the back, providing a great platform for a wide variety of uses. In practice, it’s even stable enough for SUP yoga, which is pretty cool if you ask us.

The package is pretty much standard: a backpack, hand pump, paddle, leash, and basically everything that you need to hit the water. None of the stuff particularly stands out, except the paddle, but it’s all serviceable equipment for a beginner.

The paddle is great though. It has a double locking pin design, which seems to keep everything snapped together well while on the water. There’s no noise or creaking like we’ve seen with some of the cheaper paddles out there and it’s pretty lightweight since it’s made entirely of fiberglass.

The fins leave a bit to be desired, however. It’s a triple fin setup, but the central fin is rather short which means it doesn’t improve tracking as much as most would like. On the other hand, it’s not quite at the risk of snapping off if you suddenly end up in shallow rocky water so it’s suitable for an all-rounder style board.

The backpack is also overly large compared to many of the brands we looked at. It’s not a deal breaker, but it makes it a little bit harder for shorter riders to get it down to the water before they inflate it.

Overall, the All-Around package from iRocker is a solid way to hit the water for a beginner. Pros might be a little bit unsatisfied but you’ll get all of the basics right out of the gate for a reasonable price and there’s a lot to be said for the overall stability of the board.

ISLE Inflatable Standup Paddle Boards

ISLE Inflatable Standup Paddle Boards

ISLE Surf and SUP is a relatively new company, and they may not have the brand recognition of some of the bigger boys like Red Paddle Co., but they make a solid product with an entry-level price that puts them in a perfect niche for beginners with a tighter budget.

Their range of boards isn’t as varied as many of the companies out there, but when it comes to solid touring and beginner all-rounders at a fair price, you’ll be in good hands if you choose to go with an ISLE board.

Let’s step right in and take a look at some of their best inflatable standup paddleboard kits.

ISLE 10’ All-Rounder Inflatable Paddleboard Package

At an even 10’ long and having a 31” base, the ISLE 10’ board is an excellent all-rounder for beginners. ISLE makes a solid product, with military-grade drop stitching and a board which, when charged to 15psi, demonstrates virtually no flexing at all.

The board has a single cargo area in the front and great grip-tape to keep you on it. The rounded design doesn’t lend itself to a whole lot of speed, but it’s of the right length for just about anything you might want to accomplish while on the waves. Surfing, cruising, and exploring are all easily done with this board.

The fin setup is pretty standard: two small trackers and a larger, detachable fin which is optimal for keeping good tracking while you’re in deeper water. It just adds to the emphasis of the board on all-around usage.

It comes with the usual accessories: a pump, a backpack, and a paddle. They’re pretty standard, although they all carry ISLE’s branding. The whole package weighs about 21lbs when it’s all together, with the board only weighing in at 19”.

While advanced paddleboarders probably aren’t going to be overly impressed, the ISLE 10’ package is perfect for beginners. Add in the 30-day return policy and yearlong material warranty and it’s clearly one of the best options for those new to the sport we’ve found.

Things We Like

  • Length is suitable for a wide range of purposes, from surfing to touring
  • Detachable long fin to improve tracking, or let you ride in shallow water worry-free
  • Extremely lightweight and durable construction
  • Wide enough to keep stability even with small waves despite shorter length

Things We Don’t Like

  • ISLE’s pumps aren’t overly impressive, it takes a good amount of time to inflate
  • The board is a little bit slow for some people’s taste, even compared to other inflatable

ISLE 10’ All-Rounder Package

ModelISLE 10’ package
UsesAll Around, Fishing, Surf
Length10'
Width31''
Thikness6''
Weight21lbs
Load 240lbs
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ISLE 11’ Explorer Inflatable Paddleboard Package

If you’re looking for something suitable for touring that isn’t going to break the bank, then the 11’ long, 32” wide Explorer board is right up your alley. It represents a large price increase over the 10’ package but the specializations on the board make up for it if touring is what you’re after.

There are a lot of little things that make this board stand out from its competition. The first thing the astute viewer will note is that there are two areas to tie down cargo, making it particularly suitable for exploring.

The package comes with everything you need, including a leash, pump, and backpack. There is also a paddle with it, although experienced paddleboarders are likely to want to switch it out fairly quickly for something a little bit lighter.

This board isn’t quite suitable for surfing, so you may want to go smaller if that’s your pleasure on the waves. On the other hand, the stable platform is great if you’re looking to get some fishing done and the double cargo compartments make it easy to haul all of the gear you need.

Add in the fact that the entire package weighs less than twenty pounds, and you’ve got a clear picture of why this is one of our favorite boards to get on the waves with.

The only real drawback is that the board is quite a bit slower than you’d think despite its length. This is a problem with all inflatable SUPs, but it’s particularly pronounced with this rounded and wide board.

For exploring, fishing, and touring it’s hard to beat the ISLE 11’ Explorer. It’s a functional all-round board, with just enough extras to make it particularly suitable for longer trips.

Things We Like

  • The Explorer is extremely stable due to its length and width
  • Two cargo compartments make this board ideal for longer trips
  • The kit comes with everything you need
  • Very light board and equipment

Things We Don’t Like

  • The board could track a bit better, even with the detachable fin it can be a bit of a pain to keep straight
  • This board is quite slow, even for an inflatable

ISLE 11’ Explorer Package

ModelISLE 11’
Package
UsesExplorer, Touring, Fishing
Length11'
Width32''
Thikness6''
Weight19.1lbs
Load 275lbs
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ISLE 12’6” Touring Inflatable Paddleboard Package

 

Serious touring needs a serious inflatable SUP, and this board shines there. It’s 12’6” long and 30” wide, with the standard 6” thickness accompanying all of ISLE’s inflatables. Owing to its superior length it is also capable of a good cruising speed, and the entire platform is quite stable while going through mildly rough waters.

Like the other boards we’ve taken a look at so far, it has a simple fin system: two outriding fins and a single longer one which improves tracking if you’re not at risk of hitting the bottom or debris in deeper water.

The length of this board makes it pretty much solely for touring usage. As a suitable platform for longer adventures it really stands out from the competition and it’s found an unexpected niche usage for Yoga but it’s a bit unwieldy for shorter jaunts.

That’s definitely not due to the weight but is more of a limitation which comes with the fact that most of ISLE’s boards simply aren’t super good when it comes to tracking. They’ll fly a straight course, but the rider is definitely going to be heavily involved in doing so.

Apart from that minor limitation, however, it’s a serviceable and affordable SUP which stands out in its category.

Those looking for a cost-effective inflatable SUP for touring will find themselves right at home with the 12’6” Touring board from ISLE, but for all-around usage, it’s a bit unwieldy and it’s not be the go-to board for beginners.

Things We Like

  • This is one of the most affordable touring boards we’ve found
  • Extremely stable platform with good grip
  • Kit comes complete with everything but leash
  • Extremely lightweight and portable despite the large size

Things We Don’t Like

  • The board is a bit slow for the size
  • Lack of rocker in the profile makes this board hard to recommend for ocean usage

ISLE 12’6” Touring Package


ModelISLE 12’6
Package
UsesTouring
Length12'6''
Width30''
Thikness6''
Weight20.5lbs
Load 265lbs
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ISLE 10’6” Airtech Inflatable Paddleboard Package

 

If you’ve been looking for a board to get into SUP yoga, then you’ll be quite pleased with this 10’6” board from ISLE. It’s one of the most stable inflatable boards around and the cost isn’t very high despite the specialization included.

The board is 31” wide, making it suitable for more acrobatic aquatic activities. It actually maneuvers quite well and has decent tracking for such a short inflatable SUP as well, but the main usage for most people is going to be yoga or Pilates.

Unfortunately, it’s not particularly well suited for a lot of things: it lacks attachment points and cargo areas and while it’s serviceable for short jaunts it’s also a bit slow on the water.

If you’re looking to do shorter treks, or you’re planning on doing yoga on the water, however, there’s a lot to be recommended in the Airtech.

Things We Like

  • Perfect, stable platform for those who are into SUP Yoga
  • Low cost for a niche usage board
  • Comes with everything you need in the package
  • Very lightweight while supporting up to 255lbs

Things We Don’t Like

  • This board is quite slow on the water
  • There really aren’t any attachments for much other than the paddle, making it less useful for many purpose

 

ISLE 10’6” Airtech Package


ModelISLE 10’4 package
UsesYoga
Length10'4''
Width31''
Thikness6''
Weight18.2lbs
Load 255lbs
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Isle Inflatable Standup PaddleBoards 2018

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ModelISLE 10’ package ISLE 11’
Package
ISLE 12’6
Package
ISLE 10’4 package
UsesAll Around, Fishing, SurfExplorer, Touring, FishingTouringYoga
Length10'11'12'6''10'4''
Width31''32''30''31''
Thikness6''6''6''6''
Weight21lbs19.1lbs20.5lbs18.2lbs
Load 240lbs275lbs265lbs255lbs
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Conclusion

ISLE shines in bringing the best inflatable SUPs for the price. You shouldn’t expect this brand to work miracles on the water, and most of their boards are primarily suited for all-rounder usage for beginners, but the price is amazing for the quality of ride you’ll get. If you’re in the budget market for an inflatable SUP and don’t want to buy used, ISLE deserves a serious look.

Red Paddle Co. RIDE Stand Up Inflatable Paddleboards

Red Paddle Co. RIDE Stand Up Inflatable Paddleboards

Red Paddle Co. RIDE Boards

RIDE boards come in three different sizes, ranging from a shorter 9’8” board to 10’8” depending on the size of the rider. These boards are all-rounders for the most part, great for those who are just beginning in the sport and not quite sure what their final destination is going to be. And these ISUPs will definitely get you there, they’re suitable for pretty much anything other than competition. The different sizes are a major plus since you can use a smaller board for surfing or a larger one for more leisurely long distance rides. With these boards, it’s all up to you when it comes to where you want to go and how to get there. Along with the board, you’ll also receive a great little pump and a bag which holds everything together. The smallest model weighs only 18lbs, with the larger ones still being rather modest in weight at 21lbs a piece. The board ends up being super tough and durable due to the composite design. They still weigh enough to keep to board predictably in rougher water as well, which is highly desirable for those who are going to use theirs in the ocean. It also has a RAM mount, which will let you put specially made bracket accessories on the board without any difficulty. The biggest problem we found was that it doesn’t glide as straight as many touring boards do. For advanced riders, it’s hardly a problem, but beginners will find themselves having to pay a lot of attention to which side they’re paddling on to keep on the right path. In our humble opinion, the RIDE line of boards is a great way to get started for beginners and still a solid option for experienced paddleboarders who want a great board with versatile usage. Things We Like

  • The versatility of the RIDE boards is pretty much unmatched
  • Thick and versatile
  • Comes with everything included and a well-organized backpack-style carrying case
  • Great stability on the water, combined with a good amount of glide

Things We Don’t Like

  • The board doesn’t track straight at all times due to the three fin setup
  • It can be a bit of a trick to get it back in the pack when playtime is over

 

Red Paddle Co. 2018 Red RIDE Stand Up Paddleboard 9’8

UseAll Rounder
Length9’8”
Width 31”
Thickness3.93"
Weight19lbs
Load 175lbs
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Red Paddle Co. 2018 Red RIDE Stand Up Paddleboard 10’6

UseAll Rounder
Length10’6”
Width 32’
Thickness4.75”
Weight21lbs
Load 220lbs
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Red Paddle Co. 2018 Red RIDE Stand Up Paddleboard 10’8

UseAll Rounder
Length10’8”
Width 34’
Thickness4.72”
Weight21lbs
Load 265lbs
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Red Paddle Co. 2018 RIDE Stand Up Paddleboards

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ModelRed Co
RIDE
Red Co
RIDE
Red Co
RIDE
UseAll RounderAll RounderAll Rounder
Length9’8”10’6” 10’8”
Width 31”32’34’
Thickness3.93"4.75”4.72”
Weight19lbs21lbs21lbs
Load 175lbs220lbs265lbs
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Red Paddle Co SPORT Inflatable Paddleboards

Red Paddle Co SPORT Inflatable Paddleboards

If you’re looking for something faster than the RIDE boards, then you may want to get a good look at some of the best inflatable SUPs for those with a need for speed. The Sport style of boards are made primarily for sports usage, with the largest model also being suitable for speed.

They range from 11’ to 12’6”, while maintaining good width. In fact, the 11’3” model is actually slightly wider, at 32” and is designed for heavier riders. They come in fairly thick, as inflatable standup paddleboards usually do, 4.72” for the shorter two sizes and the longer one coming in at 5.9”. This leaves them a bit unsuitable for surfing but keeps them nice and stable in heavier waters. The whole thing is topped off with a single fin, keeping the board tracking well at high speeds and allowing for quite a bit of maneuverability on the water.

They also have a shocking amount of glide for the length of the board, we found them almost effortless in smooth water. The whole package fits in a backpack style carrier which ends up weighing roughly 29lbs. Not bad, considering the length of the board and they’re also quite a bit lighter than the older Sport models. You’ll also receive the pump with the package, which is the standard for the company: a dual-barreled Titan pump that reduces inflation time considerably when compared to their competitors.

The Sport model is perfect if you’re looking for something… well, sporty and quick. They’re a bit thin for beginning riders, but if you’re willing to put up with the lack of thickness then they’re a good board to learn on if speed is your thing. Things We Like

  • These boards have really impressive glide, even for their length
  • Lightweight for the length
  • Comes with an awesome Titan pump
  • Great tracking while paddling along

Things We Don’t Like

  • A little bit harder to maneuver than the RIDE boards
  • Not suitable for surfing

Red Paddle Co. Sport Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard11′

UseSport
Length11’
Width 30’
Thickness4.72”
Weight22lbs
Load 195lbs
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Red Paddle Co. Sport Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard11’3″

UseSport
Length11’3”
Width 32’
Thickness4.72”
Weight21lbs
Load 242lbs
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Red Paddle Co. Sport Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard12’6″

UseSport
Length12’6”
Width 30’
Thickness5.9”
Weight21lbs
Load 330lbs
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Red Paddle Co. Sport Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards

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ModelRed Co Sport
Red Co Sport
Red Co Sport
UseSportSportSport
Length11’11’3” 12’6”
Width 30”32’30’
Thickness4.72”4.72”5.9”
Weight21lbs21lbs22lbs
Load 195lbs240lbs330lbs
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