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The 7 Best Inflatable (SUP) Paddle Boards – [2018]

Inflatable stand-up paddle boards (iSUPs) have some big advantages over their traditional hardboard counterparts and their convenience is hard to overstate.

While traditional SUPs are heavy and hard to transport, inflatables allow you to go from backpack to paddling in under 10 minutes.

We evaluated 12 of the best selling iSUPs and narrowed them down to our top 7 picks.

So how do you decide which model is best for you?

There are surprisingly large differences between the various models.

This guide will assist you in buying the best inflatable SUP for your needs based on our comparisons of the top rated brands.

We evaluated them on stability, ease of inflation, portability, value and how easy they were to paddle.

For more of my top gear recommendations, have a look through these popular Outside Pursuits guide links: SUP Paddles, Life Jackets, Electric Inflatable Pumps.

Quick Answer: The 7 Best Inflatable SUPs For 2018

  1. Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer
  2. NIXY Newport iSUP
  3. Supflex Inflatable SUP
  4. iRocker 10′ Inflatable SUP
  5. Isle Airtech 10′ Inflatable SUP
  6. Isle PEAK iSUP
  7. Pathfinder Inflatable SUP

Let’s take a look at our top rated inflatable SUPs, then we’ll talk about how to choose the right iSUP for you. Here is a feature comparison of my overall top 3 picks, with full reviews and our buying guide below.

Best Inflatable Paddle Boards

 Tower Paddle Boards "Adventurer 2" Inflatable SUPNIXY Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board PackageSupflex 10' Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
editors choice

Construction:Military grade PVC with drop-stitch construction.Military grade PVC with drop-stitch construction.Military grade PVC with drop-stitch construction.
Inflated Size:10′ 4″ long x 32″ wide x 6″ thick10'6" long x 33" wide x 6" thick10' long x 30" wide x 6" thick
Deflated Size:12 " x 17" x 33" 12"x 16" x 34"12 " x 17" x 33"
Weight Capacity:350 lbs300 lbs (can be exceeded)300 lbs
Includes:Pump, 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle and 3 fins.Pump, 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle, 3 fins, and wheeled carry bag.Pump, 3-piece adjustable floating fiberglass paddle, 3 fins, and carry backpack.

Inflatable SUP Reviews

#1 Tower Paddle Boards “Adventurer 2” 10′ iSUP Review

Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer iSUP at a Glance:

  • Construction: Military grade PVC with drop-stitch construction
  • Max Weight: 350 pounds
  • Inflated Size: 10’4″ long x 33″ wide x 6″ thick
  • Deflated Size: 12″ x 33″
  • Weight: 25 pounds
  • Includes: Pump, 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle, 3 fins, carry bag and patch kit

If you watch ABC’s Shark Tank you may have seen the presentation (you can watch the episode below). Stephan Aarstol got a deal from Mark Cuban and is one of the most successful deals on Shark Tank to date.

The Tower Paddle Board Adventurer 2 is about as close to a standard fiberglass construction paddle board as you can get for an inflatable.

It is constructed of military grade PVC construction with drop stitch for rigidity. Drop stitch allows the iSUP to be quite rigid when inflated, you can read more about it here.

It’s really almost impossible to damage an iSUP, run it over with a car or truck, it won’t hurt it. One nice advantage of an inflatable paddle board is the fact that they don’t scratch, dent or crack.

TOWER Adventurer Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
TOWER Adventurer Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

The Tower Adventurer Paddle Board is our recommended 6 inches thick and will hold the most weight of any paddle board we tested, over 350 pounds when fully inflated. It will inflate to a full 15 psi but will be plenty rigid at 10 psi.

Fully inflated the paddle board is just over 10 ft in length and 33 inches wide. The Tower Adventurer will function as a tandem paddle board, it will support the weight of two adults.

With its quality construction and attention to detail the Adventurer is the best inflatable SUP for the money. My one “beef” with the Tower iSUP is that is does not come with a backpack to carry it.

They do make one specifically designed for it. You can see the backpack here. There is also an optional 12-V pump to speed up the inflation process.

The Tower Adventurer has enough rocker (see guide below) so that it can be used in rougher conditions, like in river rapids or surfing.

You can watch Stephan Aarstol’s presentation here:

This is the best iSUP board we tested, however it is a little more money than the other boards, but in our opinion is well worth the extra cost.

If you looking for something bigger, Tower also makes a 14 foot model with a 700 pound weight limit as well.

#2 NIXY Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Review

NIXY Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Package

NIXY Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Poard at a Glance:

  • Construction: Fusion Laminated Dropstitch Technology
  • Max Weight: 300 pounds, can be exceeded by experienced paddlers
  • Inflated Size: 10’ 6” long x 34” wide x 6” thick
  • Deflated size: 11″ x 36″
  • Weight: 19 pounds
  • Includes: Pump, 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle, 3 fins, carry bag with wheels and patch kit

iSUPS have come along way in the last few years and the NIXY Newport is a perfect example of how good they have become.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was the carry bag. It is by far the best one I have seen yet. They thoughtfully designed it with roller wheels, it was good impression!

So if your transporting your iSUP any distance you are going to love being able to pull it behind you like a roller board suitcase.

Not only that, there is plenty of additional storage in the bag to carry along a life jacket, water bottle etc.

Video: First impression of the NIXY Newport iSUP.

Once you unfold the paddle board you immediately notice they included deck rigging in the front and a large deck pad. If you take along a passenger they will appreciate the comfort.

With the high volume pump I was able to inflate it in a few minutes. Inflating an iSUP is a bit of a workout and I only inflated it to about 8-9 PSI (the pump has a pressure gauge).

NIXY recommends about 15 PSI or so but truth be told, you don’t need that much.

Now, I am about 165 pounds so I can get away with it. If you are heavier or have two passengers I would go with the recommended 15 PSI.

NIXY Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
NIXY iSUP Complete package

You can go all the way up to 20 PSI! At that pressure it would be almost indistinguishable from a standard epoxy SUP.

If you are going to be a frequent paddle boarder, I would highly recommend getting an electric inflation pump.

At 33 inches wide, it’s a stable board and easy to paddle. The board has a 3 fin design for excellent tracking.

Unlike cheaper iSUPs, the fins don’t just slide in, they snap in and are secured with a thumb screw.

Excellent design NIXY!

If you want to attach a seat, you can easily do that with the attached D-rings.

The NIXY Newport is one of the best iSUPs for the money! For about the same amount as other boards, you get a better quality SUP and wheeled carry bag. Plus all the accessories you need to get started.

#3 Supflex 10′ Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard Review

Supflex Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard

SUPflex Stand Up Paddleboard at a Glance:

  • Construction: Military grade PVC with drop-stitch construction
  • Max Weight: 300 pounds
  • Inflated Size: 10′ long x 33” wide x 6” thick
  • Deflated size: 12″ x 33″
  • Weight: 21 pounds
  • Includes: Pump, 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle, 3 fins, carry bag and patch kit

Supflex is a newcomer into the US market for inflatable paddle boards. They started in the Brazilian market in 2009 and gained a reputation for making a quality iSUP.

They are aiming at the top competitors in this space like Tower Paddleboards and in my opinion they have equaled them.

Like any high quality iSUP, it is 6” thick and made from a military grade PVC. The Supflex is double layered for extra strength. It comes with a complete package of equipment with everything you need to get started.

The double action high volume pump will inflate the Supflex in under 5 minutes and provides a nice warmup before getting on the water.

Supflex 10 Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard
Supflex 10′ Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard

It comes with the highest quality backpack of any iSUP package I have seen. It’s not some cheapie one that was just included to give you something.

The iSUP fits in it perfectly and makes taking the Supflex anywhere you go easy and convenient.

The Supflex inflatable paddleboard comes with a 2 year manufactures warranty, equaling the longest warranty on the market.

It covers any material or workmanship defect. In the unlikely event you have a problem, they have excellent customer service, a real person will answer the phone and help you.

The deck of the blow up paddle board has a crocodile skin texture for slip resistance and comfort. Perfect for all day on water, a furry friend and is great for yoga as well.

The included 3 piece paddle is made a light-stiff fiberglass that floats. Unlike most included paddles of most SUP packages.

The first time you drop it in the water you will appreciate the fact it floats! Also included is a leash so when you fall in the water the board can’t go too far. They have a D-ring in the back of the board to connect the leash, good design Supflex!

Video: First impression of the SUPFLEX Inflatable Paddle Board.

The D-rings in the front of the board allow you carry some gear and not worry about it falling off the board if you hit some rougher water.

The Supflex weighs only 22 pounds and folds up to 12” by 33” and comfortably carry 300 pounds of rider(s) and cargo. In our opinion it’s the best inflatable SUP under $500, highly recommended.

#4 iRocker 10′ Inflatable Paddleboard Review

iRocker Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard at a Glance:

  • Construction: Triple layered, military grade PVC with drop-stitch construction
  • Max Weight: 350 pounds
  • Inflated Size: 10′ long x 33” wide x 6” thick
  • Deflated size: 12″ x 33″
  • Weight: 22 pounds
  • Includes: Pump, 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle, 3 fins, carry bag and patch kit

When I first tried out the iRocker inflatable paddle board I was very impressed. This is a quality iSUP that is designed to be as close to a standard ridged paddle board as possible. Of course it’s not the same but when you inflate it to its recommended 15 psi it does come close.

It paddles more like a rigid paddleboard because it’s more streamlined than the typical iSUP. Its very stable at 30 inches wide, 6 inches thick and the 10ft long model supports over 350 pounds of rider and cargo.

You could easily have two riders on this board with room to spare or bring your dog. The diamond groove pattern on the boards deck is slip resistant even when it gets wet so to can stay on the board even if the water gets a little rough.

iRocker 10' Inflatable Paddleboard
iRocker 10′ Inflatable Paddleboard

Like all the iSUPs I review it has a drop stitch internal construction design that makes the board very tough and durable.

iRocker designed this board with a TRIPLE layer of military grade PVC making it maybe the toughest iSUP on the market.

Most iSUPs only have a single or at best a double layer construction so you can be assured this board is going to last!

Like most inflatable sup boards the iRocker comes a s a complete kit; meaning you get the board, an adjustable aluminum paddle (that floats), a pretty good backpack to transport the iSUP, a high volume pump and a repair kit.

Everything you need to get you on the water. The only thing it doesn’t include is a leash, I would recommend you purchase one, especially when starting out.

The iRocker paddleboard comes with an industry leading 2 year warranty that covers any manufacturing defect, (very unlikely).

See how fast and easy it is to get on the water with an iRocker SUP

The paddle board has bungee cords in the front of the SUP to carry some cargo or hold your paddle while resting plus it has stainless steel D-Rings to attach gear and a read D-Ring designed to connect up a leash.

If you are looking for a little more length and/or weight capacity the iRocker comes in an 11ft model as well. This is a great iSUP at a very reasonable price.

You may want to consider adding a seat for the iRocker, its nice when you want to take a break and sit on the board. You can see it here.

#5 Isle Airtech 10′ Inflatable SUP Review

Isle Airtech Stand Up Paddleboard at a Glance:

  • Construction: Military grade PVC with drop-stitch construction
  • Max Weight: 240 pounds
  • Inflated Size: 10′ 6″ long x 31” wide x 6” thick
  • Deflated size: 12″ x 36″
  • Weight: 21 pounds
  • Includes: Pump, 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle, 3 fins, carry bag and patch kit

Another solid contender in quality and features is the Isle Airtech paddle board. It is made of military grade PVC rubber with drop stitch construction and is made to last.

The Isle Airtech 10 is almost indestructible, you can literally run it over in your car and not hurt it! It is almost impossible to puncture the paddleboard with normal use, so you can feel confident taking it most anywhere.

Isle Airtech 10 Inflatable SUP
Isle Airtech 10′ Inflatable SUP

The Isle Airtech 10′ has a good amount of nose rocker so it can handle rougher water allowing you to take it out in the ocean, rapids or a lake and in my opinion is the best inflatable SUP for surfing.

The diamond groove pattern on the deck of the blow up paddle board gives you exceptional traction and it has 3 fins for good tracking.

Inflated the Isle Airtech is 10 feet (3 meters) long, 31 inches wide (77cm) and 6 inches thick (15cm) and will hold just over 200 pounds (90kg) of weight.

At 6 inches thick (our recommended thickness) provides more rigidity than most other iSUPS.

Isle is so confident you will love their paddle board they offer an unprecedented 30 day guarantee that says; If you don’t love it for any reason, they will take it back. The Isle Airtech is an excellent high end inflatable stand up paddle board.

#6 PEAK Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Review

PEAK Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard at a Glance:

  • Construction: Military grade PVC with drop-stitch construction
  • Max Weight: 300 pounds
  • Inflated Size: 10′ 6″ long x 31” wide x 6” thick
  • Deflated size: 11″ x 36″
  • Weight: 23 pounds
  • Includes: Pump, 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle, 1 center fin, carry bag and patch kit

Coming in squarely in the middle range the Peak iSUP by ISLE Surf and SUP packs all the features and quality construction of iSUPs costing much more. The Peak iSUP is 6 inches thick so when properly inflated is a VERY rigid board giving you stability and ease of paddling.

This has been one of the knock of iSUPS and that is they are not as rigid as a traditional hardshell board so they are harder to paddle and lack the stability.

The Peak inflatable SUP board, while not as rigid as a hardshell SUP, it is in the ballpark. So if you want to use it for Yoga, fishing or surf some light waves the Peak iSUP performs well.

It features drop stitch construction to give it rigidity plus being made of military grade PVC material it is extremely tough. This is one of the great features of iSUPs, they don’t get dinged or scratched like a traditional SUP.

PEAK Inflatable Stand Up Paddle BoardPEAK Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
PEAK Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

The top of the board is soft and grippy so you or your riding companion’s wont slid off the board.

Feel free to take your dog with you, his claws are not going to puncture this board.

Coming in with a volume of 225 liters, means this iSUP will support a rider and gear up to 300 pounds.

You can go over this slightly as you get more experience and can handle the board sitting lower in the water.

Naturally the PEAK iSUP comes with all the standard accessories like a high volume hand pump, carry backpack, adjustable paddle and a leash.

You can buy this iSUP with confidence, it comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty covering defects PLUS a 30 day no questions asked return policy if you don’t completely love it.

#7 Pathfinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Review

Pathfinder Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard at a Glance:

  • Construction: PVC multi-layer drop stitch
  • Max Weight: 240 pounds
  • Inflated Size: 9′ 9″ long x 31” wide x 5” thick
  • Deflated size: 10″ x 34″
  • Weight: N/A
  • Includes: Pump, 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle, 1 center fin, carry bag and patch kit

The Pathfinder Inflatable SUP is one the most inexpensive paddle boards on the market. Even though it is inexpensive it still has pretty good performance.

It is made from a high quality commercial grade PVC rubber with drop stitching in the seams for extra strength.

Inflated the board is just under 10 feet in length (3 meters) by 30 inches wide (76cm) when inflated and has a recommended max weight load of just over 240 pounds.

Pathfinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard
Pathfinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard

The deck of the paddle board has an anti-slip deck pad for sure footing.

The paddleboard fully inflated is 5 inches thick (13cm), while this is a little thinner than recommended it is still provides a ridged board at 15psi.

You can ride at 10 psi but wont be quite as firm.

The Pathfinder SUP has a single center fin to provide decent tracking and includes bungee cords in the front for storage.

Also included is a collapsible aluminum paddle for easy transport and storage.

Overall the Pathfinder is the best beginner inflatable paddle board that inflates quickly and will have you from your car, to on the water in under 10 minutes, while fitting in the smallest of cars.

If your not looking to spend a lot of money, the Pathfinder is a good budget priced iSUP.

Inflatable Paddle Board Comparison Table

iSUP LengthWidthMax WeightSUP WeightRating
Tower Paddle Boards "Adventurer 2"10’4”32"350 lbs25 lbs4.6 /5.0
NIXY Inflatable SUP10'6"33”300 lbs17 lbs4.9 /5.0
Supflex Inflatable Paddleboard10'30"300 lbs21 lbs4.2 /5.0
iRocker Inflatable Paddleboard10'6"33"350 lbs22 lbs4.7 /5.0
Isle Airtech iSUP10'6"31"240 lbs21 lbs 4.4 /5.0
PEAK Inflatable SUP10'6"31"300 lbs23 lbs3.6 / 5.0
Pathfinder Inflatable SUP9' 9" 30"240 lbsN/A4.4 /5.0

Beginners Guide To Choosing An iSUP

Best Inflatable SUP

Characteristics of an Inflatable SUP


As a general rule, the longer the SUP it faster it goes. The disadvantage is they can be harder to turn. More experienced paddle boarders will tend to prefer a longer board while beginning boarders tend to prefer a shorter board because they are easier to control. A good length is in the range of 10 to 12 feet.


The wider the paddle board the more stability it will have. The wider the paddle board is the slower it will tend to be. Beginners usually prefer a wider board for this reason.


The thicker the board is gives it more volume and ability to hold more weight. A thicker inflatable paddle board will also usually be more rigid. A thinker board will naturally be more rigid but the trade off is a higher center of gravity and easier to tip over. Most boards are going to be either 4 or 6 inches thick. A 4 inch board is suitable for most people.

Hull Shape

Much like kayaks, a paddle board with a flat bottom gives it more stability and easier to turn but they are also much slower. A displacement hull is similar to a sailboat hull and tend to be the fastest of hull designs.

Probably the best compromise for a hull shape is a planning hull. A planning hull is more rounded and faster than a flat bottom but it is somewhat easier to tip over than a flat hull. It is the best overall design for beginners and experienced paddleboarders.

Nose Rocker

The rocker refers to angled the front of the board is. It is really only important in rough water or when surfing. If you don’t have much rocker the nose of the board will tend to submerge or dive under the water.

iSup Rocker


The last design consideration is the rails. This is only a consideration if you are looking to use your paddle board to surf. Rails will give you the ability to “carve” into the waves.

Now that we are familiar with the hull shapes, lets examine the pros and cons of inflatable paddle boards.

Inflatable Paddle Board vs Rigid Epoxy Paddle Board

To make a fair comparison, we took two identical sized SUPs, an ISLE 10’5 Versa and compared it to a Isle Airtech 10′. In comparing the two, overall we were surprised by the VERY small differences. The rigid SUP was slightly faster (by about 10%) and a bit easier to paddle.

Obviously the epoxy was more rigid but we were able to do all the same activities like Yoga and fishing along with being able to carry all the gear we needed like a cooler and backpack etc.

It was just slightly faster to go from car to the water with the epoxy SUP but not much as you might think. By using an electric SUP pump we could get it down to less than 5 minutes.


Portability – Well the most important pro is portability/ease of transport. They can be deflated and stored in a dufflebag and fit in just about any car.

This is a course a huge advantage over standard SUP where you will have to put it on the top of your car with a roof rack or in the bed of a truck.

Most inflatable paddle boards will inflate and deflate quickly allowing you to go from car to on the water in under 10 minutes. Probably less time than it will take you to take the board off of your vehicle and get it to the water.

One other advantage is the ability to take your inflatable paddle board with you on a trip. Since it will fit into a duffel bag it may be free or the standard $25 checked bag fee.

Durability – Modern construction materials like heavy duty urethane are incredibly tough. They will take more abuse than you will likely ever throw at them.

Rocks, coral, sticks etc will not pop an inflatable paddleboard. The nice thing about them is that they wont chip, crack or dent like a standard SUP.

Inflatable Paddle Board SUP Construction

Storage – Not only are inflatable SUP’s easy to transport, they are easy to store. The ability to fit one into a duffle bag allows even the smallest apartment dweller or someone with very little room in their house or condo to keep one. This factor alone makes an inflatable SUP almost a no brainer.

Cost – Inflatable SUP’s have come down significantly in price. A good quality one can be had for less than $500, including the paddle, pump and storage bag.

More Forgiving – Falling on a standard SUP can be a painful experience. An inflatable SUP with be more soft and less likely to cause an injury. They are especially desirable for kids who may not have the balance as an adult.


Setup – A inflatable SUP board will take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes to inflate depending on the size of the board and quality of the pump. Plus you will always need to take a pump with you and put on the fins.

Speed – Just like inflatable kayaks, they are slower, since they need to be thicker and wider to provide adequate rigidity.

Surfing – If this something you want to do as you get more experienced, an inflatable paddleboard has a fatter rail making it more difficult to carve turns.

How We Evaluated The Inflatable Paddle Boards

Best Inflatable Paddle Board


This was our number one consideration when evaluating an inflatable paddleboard. Since they tend to be used by beginner and intermediate boarders who want a board to be as stable as possible.

Naturally the bigger the board the more stable it is. But the primary thing that gives a board its stability is how thick it is. The thicker the board the more rigid and stable it usually is. 4 inches thick is the minimum recommended thickness.

Paddling Performance

By its nature a inflatable stand up paddle board will not cut through the water as well as a standard fiberglass board. However the better quality paddle boards will glide through the water noticeably easier than the cheaper boards.

Typically a higher rocker aids in how well it cuts through the water and makes it easier to paddle in rougher water or winder conditions.

Ease of Transport

Being that the main reason to buy an inflatable paddle board is because it easier to transport and store this is an important consideration.

While as stated above they do not cut through the water as well the ability to transport in almost any car without needing a roof rack and being able to store one almost anywhere, makes the inflatable SUP very desirable.

All of the boards tested required a little extra effort to get them back in the storage container after they were inflated except for the Isle Airtech. A nice feature also with the Isle Airtech was that the center fin did not need to be removed.

Speed/Ease of Inflation

Blow up paddle boards have standardized on pumps and how the pump attaches to the board so there is not really any standouts in this category.

Normally it will take you between 3-5 minutes to inflate one, depending on the size of the board and how fast you can pump.

Most paddle boards recommend an inflation PSI of 12-15. One drawback we noticed was the gauges sucked and were very inaccurate. It is impossible to over-inflate them, so when in doubt, keep pumping until it feels hard enough to hold you.

Value For The Money

The paddle boards tested were in the range of $350 to $750. With the more expensive paddle boards being made of higher quality plastic and usually come with a better quality paddle, pump and other accessories.

The paddles that come with the boards are made from aluminum shafts with plastic blades.

Paddle Board Accessories


All of the reviewed inflatable paddle boards come with an adjustable aluminum paddle, that tend to be on the heavy side but durable. They are collapsible so they can be easily transported. If you are looking for a lighter, higher quality paddle, carbon fiber is worth looking into such as the 100% Carbon Fiber ‘Slider’ SUP Paddle.


Since you will most likely be paddling fairly close to where your car is, you may not need a backpack to transport it. However, if you need to hike to where you want to go, a backpack is going to be something you want to purchase such as the BPS SUP Carrying Backpack.

PFD/Life Preserver

None of the reviewed paddle boards come with a PFD but you can buy one for $20 – $50. You will need to one to paddle board in some areas and you should at least keep one on your board as a matter of practice. The ABSOLUTE OUTDOOR Onyx is a good option. You can see all of my recommended PFDs here.

Paddle Board Leash

This is really only an absolute necessity if you are surfing or paddling a river. When you are starting out it’s a good idea to use one. A good option is the ‘Storm’ SUP 10′ Coiled Leash .

Roof Rack

While the small size of an inflatable paddle board is one of its primary advantages, if you are going to be at same place for a few days or more you may not want to inflate and deflate your paddleboard every time you use.

A good option is the Surfboard Soft Rack LOCKDOWN Premium Surfboard Car Racks, it will easily transport 2 SUP’s. You can see all of my recommended SUP roof racks here.

Electric Pump

If you get tired of hand pumping your paddleboard, there is the option of a battery powered pump. Not does it save you having to pump it, an electric pump will inflate your paddleboard faster.

Here is a good option, Sevylor 12 Volt 15 PSI SUP and Water Sport Pump, it plugs into your car accessory port and will inflate your paddle board in 3-5 minutes. You can see all of my recommended electric SUP pumps here.

Best Inflatable Paddle Board Brands

After trying out quite a few inflatable SUPs I think we have a good handle on the best brands. There is of course some subjectivity but as far as overall rigidity, tracking, ease of paddling and accessories I think these are the best brands for you to consider:

  • Tower Paddle Boards
  • SupFlex
  • Isle
  • iRocker

If you go with any of these, you will have a good experience and many enjoyable hours on the water.


As you can see there are quite a few excellent iSUPs on the market and I cant cover them all. When you are just starting out you want a paddleboard that is stable and the Tower and SUPFlex are two of the best in this area.

If you are looking for a budget priced option then the Pathfinder might be your best choice. One other board I plan on trying out is the Xterra inflatable paddle board. I have heard some good things about it, check back for my review.

If you need some information on how to get the most out of paddle boarding, here is a complete guide. Once you get comfortable on your paddle board and your looking to try something different, here is a guide on how to do paddle board yoga.

Don’t forget that a good paddle is almost as important as your SUP, check our reviews here.

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Rich Remick

I work part time as an IT security consultant. Luckily I can work from anywhere so I go back and forth between Colorado and Florida. I get my fix of skiing, hiking and camping in Colorado in the Dillion area, and when I am in Florida you can usually find me on the water either paddleboarding or kayaking. My recent passion is scuba diving, I got certified a few years ago and "get wet" as frequently as I can.

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