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SUPs can expand the horizons of your adventure. Inflatables can go wherever that next adventure might be. Photo: Body Glove.


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Surfers tend to hate on stand-up paddlers. But as someone who surfs and standup paddles, I’d like to offer a gentle reminder: don’t knock it until you try it.

Stand-up paddling is a great workout, it’s something to do when there are no waves, it’s beginner friendly, and it can be done on any body of water. While there are countless paddleboard options out there, inflatables make storage and transportation a non-issue, and they typically come at a more affordable price point. After some rigorous testing, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite inflatables for the everyday paddler.

What Are The Best Inflatable Standup Paddleboards?

Bote Breeze Aero 11’6” ($769)
Body Glove Performer 11 ($999)
Red Paddle Co. Voyager 12’ ($1,649)
Hala Rival Hoss ($1,199)
Pau Hana Solo SUP Backcountry ($1,249)

What Makes a Good Inflatable Paddleboard?

When I’m in the market for an inflatable stand-up paddleboard there are a few things I take into consideration. I want my board to be stable, easy to pack down, come with all the accessories I need to paddle, and I want it to all come at an affordable price point.

Stability
A general rule of thumb when shopping for an inflatable SUP is that you want it to be stable. Especially if you’re newer to paddling or plan to paddle in high wind or on choppy seas. As you get better, you may consider sizing down but early on, you’ll definitely want something that’s stable.

Packability
If you’ve ever torn down a tent, then you know the struggle of trying to get everything back into the original packaging. Stand-up paddling is something I do regularly, so although I want my board to pack down small, I don’t want to feel like I’m playing Tetris every time I pack up my board.

Accessories
This may sound a little weird, but in my opinion, a good inflatable SUP package should come with everything I need to travel and paddle, and you’d be surprised at how many don’t. I look for essentials like a leash, fins, pump, and a carrying case – anything else is a bonus.

Price
When it comes to inflatable SUPs, as with anything else, you get what you pay for. If you look around, you can find boards on Amazon for $200 or $300 – which sound like a steal, but might be too good to be true. You’ll also find plenty of boards that sell for upwards of $1,000. I considered how well made a board is made, how it performs, and what’s included with it to decide if it’s worth the price.

BOTE Breeze Arrow Inflatable SUP

Bote Breeze Aero 11’6” ($769)

Stability: 5/5
Packability: 4/5
Accessories: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Overall: 4.75/5

Constructed from military-grade, single-layer PVC, Bote’s Breeze Aero is lightweight yet durable, making it a best of both worlds board. The kit includes a three-piece adjustable paddle, travel bag, removable center fin, hand pump, a repair kit, and the option to purchase additional accessories such as a cooler and carry strap. Measuring 11’6” x 34”, the board is plenty stable but the rocker-style hull allows it to cut through water more proficiently than most wide boards. Other thoughtful features include a multi-textured, cushioned deck pad, adjustable bungee straps on the nose, and a padded grab handle. The board includes four D-rings which allow for easy attachments—my only qualm was that I tended to bump the center ones while paddling. Overall, the board is everything you could want in an all-around model and repacking it into the bag went pretty smoothly. The board also comes in a kid’s option, making it easy to get younger paddlers out on the water.

Check Price on REI, Amazon, and Backcountry.

Body Glove Performer 11 Inflatable SUP

Body Glove Performer 11 ($999)

Stability: 5/5
Packability: 5/5
Accessories: 5/5
Price: 4/5
Overall: 4.75/5

Designed for flat-water paddles, river runs, SUP yoga, or towing behind a boat, Body Glove’s Performer 11 is a one-size-fits-all type of paddleboard. Included in the package is a three-piece adjustable paddle, an electric pump, a dual-action hand pump, an ankle leash, a repair kit, a cell phone dry bag, and a storage backpack, so it comes with everything you could want and more. The AirFrame XT construction ensures the board is light, fast, and stable, and the superior bonded construction means the board will last for years to come. The added width makes the board plenty stable, while the pointed nose allows it to cut through the water efficiently, making the Performer well suited to all types of paddling. Body Glove has partnered with One Tree Planted, meaning a tree is planted for every board purchased – so you can feel good about the board under your feet.

Check Price on Body Glove and Amazon.

Red Paddle Co Voyager Inflatable SUP

Red Paddle Co. Voyager 12’ ($1,649)

Stability: 4/5
Packability: 4/5
Accessories: 5/5
Price: 4/5
Overall: 4.25/5

Designed for smaller paddlers and longer adventures, the Voyager is a stable yet streamlined touring style stand-up board. Measuring 12’x 28”, the board features a V-hull system which allows it to be faster and more efficient than traditional all-around models but with a narrower width, it’s better suited to more experienced paddlers. The board includes three adjustable bungees straps, six rear attachment points, a full-width deck pad, and ergonomic tubular grab handles. Coupling MSL technology with Red Paddle Co.’s patented RSS batten system, the Voyager delivers impressive stiffness, even with heavy loads. Standout features include the Titan II Pump, which inflates the board in half the time of previous models, and the 3-in-1 transport pack that works as rolling luggage, a backpack, and as a “bagless” skeleton harness. Although the price is steep, the quality of the Voyager is exceptional.

Check Price on REI, Backcountry, and Amazon.

Hala Rival Hoss Inflatable SUP

Hala Rival Hoss ($1,199)

Stability: 5/5
Packability: 5/5
Accessories: 4/5
Price: 2/5
Overall: 4/5

Designed for the river and larger paddlers, Hala’s Rival Hoss is as stable as they come. Measuring in at 10’10” x 35”, the Rival Hoss offers a generous height-weight capacity and features four fixed side fins and one surf-shaped center fin for durable tracking. Additionally, the board features a raised stomp pad, 10 centralized rigging loops, and it easily packs down into a rolling backpack, which is a huge plus. For someone who prefers to go fast, this board was a little sluggish for my taste, but I could see how the added stability could be beneficial on a river or in sketchier conditions. Lastly, it’s not advertised as a SUP yoga board, but it’s undoubtedly a good platform for flowing while on the water.

Check Price on Backcountry and Amazon.

Pau Hana Solo Backcountry Inflatable SUP

Pau Hana Solo SUP Backcountry ($1,249)

Stability: 3/5
Packability: 5/5
Accessories: 3/5
Price: 4/5
Overall: 3.75/5

Offering state of the art packability, Pau Hana’s Solo SUP Backcountry is designed for hiking to backcountry lakes, bikepacking, road trips, and travel. Measuring 10’10” x 30”, the board inflates into a full size board but weights just 14.8 pounds (23 pounds for the entire package). Features include a neoprene grab handle, a textured PVC traction pad, reinforced D-rings, a quick-snap fin box, a soft blade paddle, and it all packs into a dry-bag backpack with adjustable shoulder straps. The board definitely isn’t as stable as other all-around options but for its weight and packability, it’s pretty darn impressive.

Check Price on REI and Amazon.

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