Do you enjoy being out on the water? What is your favourite water activity to do? With the summer months upon us, it is integral to find a summer activity that you can do at the cottage or simply out on the water. Getting outside is so crucial these days, especially if you live somewhere with a winter climate, as the summer months can be so short. Get out there and enjoy the sun; you will be glad you did!
One of the best activities, that is so popular right now, is paddle boarding. Paddle boarding is a great workout, as it tests your balance and engages your core when you need it the most. While it can be difficult at first, once you get the hang of it, you will be cruising around the river or the lake. There is simply nothing like being out on the calm water on a paddle board early in the morning. It is one of the most peaceful experiences, and we think you are going to love it.
Today we are looking at the top five best stand up paddle boards. These are the ones that stuck out and that we think are going to benefit you the most!
Stand-up paddle boards overview
There are thousands of brands of paddle boards on the market today and it can be quite a difficult task to find one that outshines the others. If you are a beginner who has never bought one before, you might think it is impossible to find one that is both affordable but also of high quality. This is the task we have set out for ourselves, to ensure that you feel secure and confident in your purchase decision.
Now, instead of concentrating on just one brand of stand-up paddle boards, we have decided to concentrate on four different brands, and five products within those four brands. The reason we did this is to give you a wider range of options, depending on your current experience using a board and what you want one for. All of these range in price and features. The one thing they have in common, however, is that they come from brands that are extremely reliable and of high quality.
We didn’t want to make a list with brands that you could not trust; what would be the point of that? All of these brands are trusted by many in the paddle board industry, and are known to have fantastic customer service should anything go wrong. We always urge people looking to purchase a paddle board to go in store themselves and seek the advice of a professional. Use this article as a guide, so you can feel confident knowing what brand you want to research more.
What to look for
Before we get to the main reviews, let’s walk you through how we came to these five products. The first thing we look for is durability. There are a lot of things that can influence durability, but mostly it is the way the product has been built and out of what material. You want one that is going to last a long time, especially if it is inflatable, and one that will not get dinged or easily puncture.
For beginners, we also looked at models that are easier to stabilize in the water. It is impossible to find a board that does not wobble at least a little bit, but there are some that have been built to ease someone into the art of the paddle board.
Something else you should look for is how much weight the stand-up paddle board can hold. You want one that can at least hold 250 lbs., as you may share it among the family, and do not want someone bigger than you to break it. This is also a very good sign of the strength of the board.
PEAK Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
The first product up for review has been manufactured by the great company ISLE Surf and SUP. They are the only manufacturer with two products on our list today, and that is because they are known to make high-quality inflatable paddle boards at competitive prices within the industry. This is their “PEAK” line of paddle board products. Is it worth buying?
What makes this one special is that it has a one of kind design that is durable enough to support riders that weigh up to 300 lbs. It measures 10’6” by 31” by 6”. It has a weight of 23 lbs., making it light enough to take mobile and to carry to and from shore. It has the iSUP patented design that is very strong and stable, able to maintain balance in choppy water. This allows even beginners to be able to use the PEAK Inflatable Paddle Board.
This also comes with the iSUP accessory bundle which includes a paddle, a carry backpack, a coil leash, and a high-pressure pump for inflating the paddle board itself. It has been constructed using a military-grade PVC making it have zero dings or damage, one of the strongest materials out there for a paddle board. There is a 1-year warranty on the materials, and it also comes with ISLE Surf and SUP’s 30-day money back guarantee, which is like a 30-day trial free period for you to see if it works for you or not.
- Very sturdy design
- Competitively priced
- Large size
- Comes with a bundle
- 1-year warranty
- 30-day trial period, can return with full refund
- Can hold higher weight than most
- Easy to pack up
Sometimes easily blows away if not secured
Vilano Journey Inflatable SUP Stand up Paddle Board Kit
The second inflatable paddle board on the list today has been built by Vilano, a company that is reliable and knows how to make great products. They are masters when it comes to creating paddle boards and are one of the leading distributors of paddle board products. The reason people like them so much is that they are easy to use, have a great look, and are reasonably priced.
This particular Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddle Board Kit has been made to feel as rigid and durable as a hard board that is not inflated. It is made out of a high-grade PVC material, and also has been stitched using the Korean drop technique. This allows it to be very strong and durable, so you can be reassured that it will last a long time. When it is deflated, it only measures 1’ in diameter and is 36” long, making it really easy to carry. Once it is inflated it measures 9’9” by 30” by 5” thick, making it large enough for one passenger, tall or short.
The deck of the paddle board features diamond grooves that are really comfortable and also give you great traction. This allows you to grip easily, decreasing your fear of falling over. There is also a bungee cord on the front deck that allows you to store things while out on the water. It is also equipped with stainless D-rings on the front as well.
The complete package comes with the inflatable board, a pump with a pressure gauge, a 3-piece paddle made of aluminum, a removable strap and a backpack for carrying. As for the warranty, it comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty, covering the craftsmanship and material.
- Competitively priced
- Easy to carry around
- Comes with a backpack and carry strap
- Very rigid and durable
- Comfort diamond grooves offer better grip for beginners
- Good warranty
Hard for beginners to get a grip
Sportstuff 1030 Adventure Stand Up Paddleboard with Accessories
The next inflatable paddle board up for review was created by Sportstuff, a company known for making items for all things sports, no matter what type you are into. Whenever looking at a cheaper model, we want to make sure they didn’t sacrifice a lot of quality just to give you a cheaper product.
This Adventure Stand Up Paddleboard is built with the iSUP advantage, making it very easy to inflate and super convenient for easily taking it to and from the beach. It is equipped with EVA pads that are very large and allow for you to feel secure while standing. These pads are also anti-skid, so you won’t have a fear of slipping off.
The entire set comes with a mesh backpack that is going to include a paddle, a seat that can be used on the paddle board, tow rings made out of stainless steel, a high-pressure hand pump, pressure gauge, a valve wrench, a back fin, and a leash for the board. Once it is fully inflated, the paddle board measures 10’6” by 30” by 4” and can hold a weight of up to 250 lbs., making it ideal for anyone no matter their personal size.
- Comes with a lot of features
- Affordable price
- Large EVA pads help you feel secure
- Comes with a fin for easier maneuvering
- Easy to inflate and deflate
- Easy to take mobile
- Over 180 lbs., the board really can’t handle the weight
- Hand pump, takes a lot of time to pump up
ISLE Airtech Inflatable 11′ Explorer Stand Up Paddle Board
The fourth inflatable paddle board up for review is the other one made from ISLE Surf and SUP. This product definitely differs from many others on the list before. This Airtech inflatable board is built using an Airtech construction, and once inflated it measures 11’ by 32’ by 6’. It weighs 19.1 lbs. and can hold a rider weighing up to 275 lbs. There is space for extra gear located on the board itself if you are going on a longer trip.
This paddle board was made using military-grade PVC, making it extremely strong and durable so there will be no unwanted dings or damage done to the board itself when taking it mobile. It measures 6” thick, making it very strong while on the water.
The iSUP accessory bundle comes with a paddle, a backpack to carry the board in, and a high-pressure pump. The entire set also comes with the ISLE Surf and SUP 30-day money-back guarantee, giving you a risk-free period of 30-days should anything go wrong. There is also a 1-year warranty on the materials.
- 30-day trial period
- Fantastic warranty
- Made using high grade PVC
- Very strong and durable
- Longer board than others
- Competitively priced
- A bit slow
- Takes a bit of time to pump it up
Tower Paddle Boards iSUP Package “Adventurer 2”
This is another competitively priced paddle board on the list, created by Tower Paddle Boards, one of our favourite manufacturers of boards. They know how to make them strong and durable, without jacking up their prices too much. If you are looking for a board that is strong, you are going to want to look at this one.
First of all, it features an all-new design that is equipped with a front bungee, and also carrying handles on both the nose and the tail. This makes it extra easy to carry it around and take mobile. There is also a paddle, fin, and pump, all made out of fiberglass.
When you take this paddle board out on the water it is extremely rigid, and can hold a passenger up to 350 lbs.; this is more than many other paddle boards on the market today. When you fully inflate this board, it definitely feels like a hard board, not an inflatable one.
Tower Paddle Boards is a great company and this board comes with their great 2-year manufacturer’s warranty in case anything goes wrong with the product, other than normal wear and tear. This paddle board is made out of durable, material-grade PVC so you do not have to worry about the board cracking or constantly getting dings outside the water.
- Durably made
- Great warranty
- Competitively priced
- Military-grade PVC
- Easy to take mobile
- Comes with new design
- Inflates well
- Strong and sturdy
May discourage beginner as it is wobbly
If you are just a beginner when it comes to paddle boarding, and do not know how to do it at all, our advice to you is to just keep going. There is no point getting discouraged and giving up, as every single boarder has been where you are right now. We have all fallen down, and the only reason we improved was because we got back up again. You may notice that some of the cons on the products above included that it may be wobbly, but if you want a great challenge, they are going to be the best ones for you.
With that being said, all five of the products above are the best stand-up paddle boards on the market right now. They all have incredible features and are durably designed. Even though they are inflatable, they feel like a real hard board, and this keeps the price low.
With any type of board, you are purchasing, whether it is a surfboard or a hard paddle board, we always recommend looking for durability above all else. What good is a board if after just the first few uses it falls apart? You need one built by a reliable company, and one that is going to last you a long time, which all five of the above have in spades!
If we had to choose our favourite board from the list above it would be the PEAK Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board. We believe this board has an edge when compared to the others, just because of its unique design and ease of use. Whether you are experienced or a beginner, this board is going to do the job for you.
We strongly encourage you to go to the store in person and check these out for yourself. While it is great to purchase them online, even more so it is great to test them out in person. This is going to avoid disappointment, so at least test them in store and then purchase them online if you can find a better price.
We wish you all the best in your future paddle boarding activities, and hope you make a purchase that you can feel happy about. Stay safe out on the water, and most of all, have fun!