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10 Best Value-For-Money Stand Up Paddle Boards (2018)

Best Standup Paddle Boards
Best Standup Paddle Boards

SUP originated on the island of Hawaii as an effective offshoot of water surfing. They have become incredibly popular over the past few years. At present, SUP boards are inexpensive, softer, compact, and portable. Moreover, SUP offers a different kind of excitement for everyone.

How to choose the right paddle board?

Things to consider before choosing the right paddle board are

  • Extra features – Certain paddle board packages contain extras and other accessories. They may include accessories such as bungee straps, tie-down points, and fins.
  • Thickness and width – The thickness and width of the paddleboard play a vital part in the board’s stability.
  • Board Length – Maneuverability of a paddleboard depends on the length of the board. So, choose a board as per your requirement.
  • Weight volume and capacity – The paddler must also take into account his own weight and height in mind and then choose accordingly.
  • Type of Hull – There are basically two different hull types, a displacement hull and a planning hull. Your suitable hull will bank on the different type of paddling.

Considering all these factors and price, the list presented below includes top 10 best value-for-money stand up paddle boards.

Happy Paddling !!!

1

Atoll 11’0” Foot Inflatable

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proscons Key Specifications

A rock solid duty carry bag
Contains a paddle with aluminium alloy
Maximum support weight stands at 300 pounds
Dimensions- 6” thick x 32” wide x 11’ 0” inch
Consists of 14 D-rings (deck)
The package includes a suitable carry bag, a nice repair kit, a single fin, and super-light aluminium paddle.

proscons Pros and Cons

Brilliant customer service
A good bundle containing best quality accessory
Good rigidity, 6” thick
An extra-large bungee area and features 14 D-rings
Lightweight and stable
Super-durable and user-friendly
Value for money
New entrant in the market
Paddle board’s design and colour

Atoll 11’ paddle board contains a military-themed design. Moreover, the board consists of a good length, white and black coloured foam traction pad. The board also includes a carrying handle right at the centre of the board.

Overall, the Atoll 11’ inflatable seems impressive with durable drop stick construction and super tough second PVC material.

2

iRocker Cruiser Board (10’6)

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proscons Key Specifications

Can handle a maximum weight of 350 lbs
Contains middle handle
Width- 33”
Includes 11 D rings
Fiberglass paddle design
The package includes a repair kit, coil leash, pump, backpack, and fibreglass handle

proscons Pros and Cons

Has garnered good all-around customer feedback
Nice effective design
Easy for heavier and taller paddlers
Contains a coil leash
Fiberglass paddle and backpack are made using higher quality
Suitable for fishing and yoga enthusiasts
Consists of eleven D rings
Includes plenty of accessories
Not made for touring circuits
One of the slowest board
Available in single colour

The iRocker Cruiser Board’s tracking ability does a neat job despite being wide in design. The board’s three fin setup ensures the board stays on course while paddling.  The rock solid board design includes military grade PVC along with drop stitching. This paddleboard appears a nice candidate for paddleboard yoga.

Overall, iRocker Cruiser Board suits calm rivers and lakes.

3

THURSO SURF Waterwalker Inflatable SUP

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proscons Key Specifications

High-quality carbon paddle
Easy to store and lightweight design
Beautiful board
Includes a variety of accessories
Consists of rigid two-layer construction

proscons Pros and Cons

Good accessories
Portable
Easy to inflate
Very sturdy and strong
Versatile three-fin configuration
Stable
Easy to handle
Quite slow
Lack kick tail

Thurso Surf consists of a nice attractive design. It includes some fantastic accessories as well.  The board’s size makes it uniquely versatile. On the whole, the board looks wide and long enough. The top layer contains an eye-catching wood grain finish. Overall, the Thurso Surf does not look flashy but looks classy and sharp.

4

SereneLife Inflatable SUP

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proscons Key Specifications

Maximum weight – 275 pounds
Made of PVC material
Diamond grove pad
Center carry handle
Three fins make
Contains Nine D-rings

proscons Pros and Cons

Very light-weight paddleboard
Customizable using D-rings(mid-board) and kayak seat
Received good customer reviews
Removable tracking fin at the centre
Consists of three-fin setup
Provides good manoeuvrability and speed
Good value for money
Primarily suitable for one person
Comes with a small bungee cord area

  • The SereneLife Inflatable SUP look bit cheap and plain
  • This SUP package consists of a repair kit, coil leash, aluminium paddle and fin, and a carry bag
  • The SereneLife Inflatable includes a custom designed fin. The manufacturers have incorporated four
  • D-rings on the board’s mid-sides. This SUP works best for beginners
  • Overall, the SereneLife SUP suits slow-moving rivers, lakes, and calm coastal bays

5

Tower Adventurer 2 Inflatable(All Around)

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proscons Key Specifications

6-inch x 10’4 inch design for better durability
2+1 configuration fin
Military grade 6 inch thick SUP

proscons Pros and Cons

Best design in inflated category
Very easy to carry
Indestructible and superior built quality
No pressure after inflation
Good for middle level and beginner
Little bit heavy

This SUP board is mainly made of high-quality rugged materials usually found in river grafts and zodiac boats. Tower Adventurer is now an alternative epoxy board for all those who are not hardcore surfers.

6

Isle Airtech 10’

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proscons Key Specifications

2-year warranty (materials and labour)
Deflated size-36” wide x 1 ft height
Inflated size-6’ x 30’ x 10’
Total weight support- 200 lbs
PVC-Military grade and drop stitch built

proscons Pros and Cons

Well-built carry handle looks elegant and smart
Accompanied by nice looking carry bag
Paddle floats on water
Tie-down bungee looks impressive for attaching gear
Extra width of the paddle board turns out as a negative factor
For some, paddle weighs heavy
Big riders may find the weight a big turnoff

  • This SUP board is made with a good solid nose rocker enabling it to handle different waters such as a lake, rapids, or oceans
  • Isle Airtech suggests this board for small waves, river runs, and flat water
  • The diamond pattern on the paddle board’s deck can give you good traction

7

Suplex 10’ Inflatable SUP board

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proscons Key Specifications

A solid 2-year covering repairs outside normal use
Supports around 300 lbs
Weight = 22 pounds, 1 feet height x 33’ wide (deflated size)
3 fins, patch kit, coiled leash, 3 piece paddle (adjustable) etc
Bungee cords and D rings- 4 nos- stainless steel
Drop stitch construction military grade

proscons Pros and Cons

Can carry up to 300 pounds
D-rings allow you to carry extra gear
Double-layered for optimum strength
Double action pump facilitates easy inflation (5 mins)
Made using light-stiff fibreglass for strength
The third fin needs extra security to avoid theft
Paddle’s foam grip contains a small indentation

A newcomer to the market, this Brazilian company started its operation in the year 2009.Since then, Suplex has gained a considerable reputation for manufacturing quality paddle boards. Moreover, Suplex aims to be a top player in this market segment.

8

Peak Inflatable SUP Board

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proscons Key Specifications

Normal Size - 36” x 11”
Inflated Size- 6” x 31” x 10.6”
Drop stitch built and military grade PVC
Board weight- 23 lbs
Coil ankle leash
Removable travel fin

proscons Pros and Cons

Suitable backpack
Tool-less fitting (third detachable fin)
Good package of accessories
Good package
Maximum weight- 300 lb
Military-grade PVC
Valve may need tightening
Leaky seams
Single layer PVC means less strength

  • One of the middle range SUP’s by ISLE Company, the Peak board can be used for surfing, fishing, and yoga purpose. With weight support of up to 300 lbs, Peak comes in 225-litre volume capacity
  • A best in class SUP board for all seasons

9

Isle 10’8” SUP Soft Body (Rigid)

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proscons Key Specifications

Available in two different colors-Blue and wood grain finish
Comes with accessories like paddle, fin, and leash and no bags are provided
Supports up to 275 pounds of solid weight; 31 in width and 5 in thick
Built for small wave cruising and paddling in flat waters
Fiberglass design with tender polyfoam
Size- 31” x 10’8” x 5”

proscons Pros and Cons

All around board suitable for all age groups
Large riders can hop on this board without worrying about their weight
Easy to handle and control, especially for beginners
Not suitable for big, powerful waves

  • Isle paddle boards are known for their timeless quality and perfection
  • They are also one of the most affordable SUP boards on the market today
  • One of the best entry levels stands up paddle boards on offer

10

BIC Sports Dura-Tec (Rigid)

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proscons Key Specifications

Available in different sizes
Kids SUP board is nicely designed
Polyethylene outer surface with core made up of density foam
Models vary from 8’4 to 11’4
Weight support ranges from 80 to 220 lbs

proscons Pros and Cons

Superb stability for cheap price
Excellent beginner’s paddle board for all ages and sizes
Not suitable for advanced paddlers looking for more at this price

  • The BIC sport is another brand that is known to produce high-quality ones for all paddlers alike
  • This one is from the Dura-Tec section which provides good stability and performance


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