Our Pick of the Best SUP Brands After 2015
When buying a stand up paddleboard (SUP), you’ll come across multiple brands in different price ranges. Naturally, some brands are better than others, which can make it difficult to find the right board for your needs.
Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer Inflatable 9’10” SUP Package
Our favorite for 2017
Solstice Bali Stand-Up Paddleboard
A great value option
Ten Toes Board Emporium Weekender Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Bundle
Comes with 5 different color options
How do you even begin to compare the brands on the market?
- Do Your Research: It’s hard to compare brands when you know nothing about them or their history and reputation. Do yourself a favor and research well-known brands like Tower Paddle, Solstice, CBC and ISLE to learn more about their quality and values. You can do this by visiting the company’s website, or scouring the web for reputable sources talking about the brand.
- Know What You Want: At first glance, all of the boards look the same. But they each have different features that make them unique in some way. Determine what your needs and wants are, and find a brand that’s in line with what you want. This will help narrow down the list of brands to those that are most relevant to your needs.
- Feedback: User feedback is one of the most valuable tools when comparing products and brands. You’ll generally find that when one brand’s boards are rated well, its other boards are rated positively as well (not in all cases, but in most cases). Pay attention to user reviews and customer satisfaction to get a gauge of the brand’s quality.
A stand up paddleboard is simple, but finding a good one is not. We know how hard it can be to find a reliable, durable board. That’s why we took the time to research and review some of the best SUPs on the market.
Reviews – 5 Sups From Our Favorite Brands
Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer – Rigid and rugged, the Adventurer SUP from Tower Paddle Boards can hold up to 350 pounds, and when it’s inflated, it feels just like a traditional hard board. This board can be inflated up to 15 PSI, but is stiff enough for use at 10 PSI.
Built with PVC material and using drop-stitch construction, this board is incredibly durable, so you don’t have to worry about leaks and holes. Once deflated, this board is exceptionally portable. When inflated, it extends to an impressive 9’10”.
Tower Paddle Boards includes everything you need to get started, including the pump, board and the aluminum paddle. The three-piece paddle is adjustable, too, so you can find the perfect height for your needs.
If you want an inflatable SUP that looks and feels like a hard board, the Adventurer is a smart choice.
ISLE Airtech 10′ SUP – Extending 10 feet in length with a 31” width and a 6” depth, the ISLE Airtech is great for river paddling, flatwater and small waves. And it can support up to 200 pounds on the water.
When deflated, this SUP has a mere 1 foot diameter and is just 26” wide. It’s easy to store and at 24 pounds, easy to carry.
We love the added bungee system that’s mounted to the deck, so you can bring extra gear with you.
Constructed with military-grade material, this is a SUP that will not be damaged – no matter what you throw at it.
An aluminum travel paddle is included as well as a high-pressure pump and carry backpack for easy transport.
Solstice Bali Stand-Up Paddleboard – Lightweight, lightning fast and sleek in design, the Bali SUP from Solstice is affordable, rigid and durable. The board is built with 3 ply, 1000 Denier PVC material, so it can withstand the abuses of being out on the water.
Solstice includes four stainless steel tie-downs, so you can easily secure your gear to the SUP.
Included with the board is a carry backpack, gauge and pump.
In our opinion, this is the best beginner paddle board because of its affordable price and light weight.
CBC Stand up Paddle Board – Made with high density EPS foam, the CBC (California Board Company) SUP is durable and can hold up to 300 pounds. But unlike other boards on our list, this one is not inflatable. Rather, it’s a hard board made of 3 layers that are molded in laminated wood stringers that have a waterproof resin coating.
The IXPE/XPE deck is heat laminated with a stunning graphic. The nylon mesh plug and SUP handle are molded in. The handle has finger grips for easy carrying and maneuverability.
A surf leash is included as well as a neoprene padded ankle strap and adjustable paddle. Padded roof racks protect the board. At just 25 pounds, the CBC SUP won’t weigh you down.
Ten Toes iSUP Inflatable Standup Paddleboard – The iSUP inflatable paddleboard from Ten Toes comes in a variety of bright colors, and the brand argues that its board is one of the most stable on the market. Great for users of all levels, this board can hold up to 250 pounds.
The military-grade PVC material is exceptionally durable. Ten Toes says the board is “virtually indestructible.”
When inflated, it boasts dimensions of 10’x30”x6”. When rolled up, it’s just 11×36” for compact storage and easy transport.
The iSUP package comes with a 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle, the board itself, manual pump, 3 fins and a repair kit.
Your purchase is also backed by a one-year warranty.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right SUP For You from the Best Paddle Board Brands
Choosing a SUP should be simple and straight forward, but there are several important things that you need to consider before you take the dive and buy one. While price will be a factor, it shouldn’t be the only thing you consider.
- Inflatable vs. Hard: When choosing a SUP, you generally have two options: inflatable models and solid hard boards. This is really more of a personal preference, but you should keep your needs in mind here. If you plan on hiking to where you’ll be using your paddleboard, you may consider an inflatable model. These can easily be rolled up for compact storage and tend to be lighter in weight. Many models also come with a carrying case. If you would rather not worry about holes or having to pump up your board, a solid hard model may be the better option for you.
- Size: The size of the board is important. Longer boards are typically more versatile, but if you only want it for paddling or yoga, a standard board should be more than sufficient.
- Weight Capacity: Another thing to consider is how much weight the board can hold. Most can hold up to 250 pounds, and some, like the CBC board, can hold up to 300 pounds. Always check to make sure that the board can handle your weight. The limit should be divulged in the product description.
- Price: Finally, you want to consider your budget. Some boards can be expensive. Surprisingly, inflatable models tend to be the priciest, but also come with the advantage of compact storage and high durability.