Let Our Guide Help You Choose the Best All Around Paddle Board
An all around stand up paddle board (SUP) is just what it sounds like – a paddle board that works great in a variety of conditions, be it flat or rough water. They’re easy to paddle and exceptionally sturdy, which makes them a great option for beginners.
ISLE Airtech® 10′ All Around Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Package
Our favorite for 2017
ISLE Airtech® 7’6 All Around Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
A great value option
9’9″ Aqua Marina All Around Inflatable SUP SPK-1
Great paddle board for flatwater & surf
But how do you even begin to compare SUP models? Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Uses: What type of environment to do you plan on using your board in? Will you be using it on mostly flat water or rough water? All around paddle boards can easily handle both, but certain types may be better suited for one or the other.
- Quality: The quality of the board is important. Let’s face it – paddleboards are an investment (they cost several hundred dollars). Invest in a good quality board; one made with durable material.
- Hull Type: SUP boards have two hull types: displacement and planing. For those who don’t know, the hull is the body of the board, and it dictates how the paddle board performs when it’s out on the water. A displacement hull is ideal for long distance paddling and races, while a planing hull is best for people who want a board that can do it all. You’ll find that most of the boards on our list below have a planing hull, so you can use it for a variety of activities.
Buying a paddleboard is no easy task, especially since this can be a very personal decision. To help you find the right board for your needs, we’ve rounded up the top all around models on the market.
Reviews – The Top SUP Models in 2017
ISLE Airtech 10′ SUP – An inflatable stand up paddle board that’s 6” thick and 10’ in length, the ISLE Airtech 10’ is exceptionally durable and can hold up to 200 pounds.
With a surf-style design, this board can be used for riding small waves, river runs and flatwater. It’s resistant to dings and constructed with military-grade material for maximum durability.
Because this is an inflatable model, it’s incredibly portable. When it’s not in use, simply deflate it and roll it up like a sleeping bag. The included carrying bag makes it easy to take your board with you on the go.
A 3-piece aluminum paddle is included as well as a high pressure pump that can inflate to 15 PSI.
ISLE 10’5 Versa – The 10’5 Versa is a new model from ISLE for the 2017 season. This fixed SUP model extends 10’5 x 32” x 4.5” and weighs just 27 pounds. With the ability to hold up to 275 pounds, this is the preferred model for taller or heavier users.
The Versa improves on the previous model through the use of thermal molded technology, which is more eco-friendly and produces an epoxy board that’s lightweight and incredibly durable.
A grooved, comfort grip handle is built in for easy transport, and a lightweight paddle board is included.
The all around shape of this model makes it ideal for fishing, yoga, paddle boarding, surfing and more.
ISLE Airtech 7’6 – The Airtech 7’6 from ISLE is another inflatable model that’s a little bit shorter than the first board on our list. Like the 10’ model, this one is easy to inflate and boasts exceptional durability.
This model is ideal for lighter users, including children and smaller adults. It can only hold up to 125 pounds, so the 7’6 board may not be ideal for all users. But the shorter length is ideal for riders that are shorter and lighter.
This board is built with military-grade material, so you never have to worry about leaks or holes. It’s easy to store, too. Once deflated, you can roll it up and store it in a carrying case (not included) for easy transport.
ISLE includes a 3-piece aluminum paddle, a high pressure pump, travel fin and a repair kit.
ISLE 7’6 Versa – The Versa 7’6 is specially designed for children, and it features bright colors with a simple design. A child-sized carbon paddle is included, too, so you get everything you need to head out on the water.
This is a fixed board, like the second pick on this list. The epoxy finish adds durability, and the extra-wide board allows for added stability. The overall design of this board makes it ideal for surfing and flat water runs.
Like the adult-sized Versa, this model has a convenient grooved carry handle, so you can easily take it with you on the go.
The board also has full-length traction, so you never have to worry about slipping while paddling.
9’9″ Aqua Marina – Extending 9”9”, the Aqua Marina all around SUP is inflatable and highly durable. It’s a bit on the heavy side at 30 pounds, but it can hold up to 200 pounds.
The all around design of this board makes it ideal for use on flatwater and by users of all skill levels.
Extra post-inflation lamination layers make the board extra-stiff and prevent air leaks. When deflated, this board rolls up neatly into its carrying case and extends just 1 foot in diameter and 36” in width.
Aqua Marina includes a carrying bag, aluminum paddle, a removable Tri Fin system and high-pressure pump that can inflate up to 15 PSI.
And the EVA deck pad is heat embossed with diamond grooves for the utmost in durability and traction.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Best All Around Stand Up Paddle Board For You
Still not sure what paddle board to choose? There are several factors that you should keep in mind when narrowing down your choices. These include:
- Size: Paddle board sizing is an important factor that buyers tend to overlook. The length of the board will largely depend on where you’ll be using the paddle, but you’ll also need to keep in mind your storage space and the type of vehicle you have. Short boards that are under 9 feet are ideal for surfing. Boards between 9’ and 12’ are better for all-around use. Longer boards that are between 12.6’ and 14’ feet are the preferred choice for racing and touring.
- Inflatable or Fixed: Our reviews included a good mix of both inflatable and fixed boards. The right one for you will depend on your storage situation and your personal preference. Inflatable models come with the advantage of compact storage and easy portability. Fixed boards may be more durable and slip-resistant, but are harder to transport and store.
- Weight Capacity: Another important factor to keep in mind. Some boards can hold more weight than others, so be sure to look at the capacity in the product description. If more than one person will be using this board, keep their weight(s) in mind, too. And if you plan on buying a board for your kids, you may want a smaller model, like the Airtech 7’6 or the Versa 7’6, which are designed for smaller users and kids.
- Price: Finally, you want to keep your budget in mind. Opt for quality rather than simply buying the cheapest board you can find. If you hope to get lots of use out of your SUP, you’ll want to invest in a good board even if that means stretching your budget slightly.