Which Inflatable Standup Paddleboard to Choose? We break it down.

Choosing the right Inflatable Standup Paddleboard can seem intimidating at first, but it’s a choice that can be quite simple once explained.  As with most sports, there are different tools for different jobs, and no single board is the perfect solution for all types of paddling. However, most people build up their quiver one at a time, and you’ve got to start somewhere right!? One of the larger decisions to be made is between a hard board and an inflatable board. Below we’ve broken down a couple of the more common types of boards for you:

Volume is Equivalent to Stability

Thickness, length, and width are all of utmost importance. Your standup paddle instructor should be able to dial you into the perfect size board while considering your goals, skill level, height and weight. Longer paddle boards will usually feel more stable while you are paddling straight, but, will be difficult to turn. Paddlers with ocean craft experience will opt for lower and smaller volume paddle boards. Beginners who are planning to spend most of their time in flat water prefer longer and wider paddle boards with extra volume.

Inflatable Standup Paddleboards are usually made of drop-stitched fabric using tiny threads that run through the middle of the paddleboard connecting the bottom and top layers. As you inflate the board, the threads hold tight and more air can be pumped in. One of the best things about inflatable paddleboards are the size. Once deflated, all you need to do is to roll it up and store it in a (largish) backpack.

Paddles (Link) can often be split into 3 pieces and stored in your bag as well. An iSUP can be a perfect Birthday gift for that loved one with a spring or summer birthday. If you want to escape the crowds, hop on an iSUP in the fall and winter with the proper safety gear. Inflatable standup paddleboards are widely available online with lots of great choices in color, style and price on the market. If you’re ready to get into one of the chiller ways to get away this summer, then check out our reviews of Amazon’s best Inflatable Standup Paddleboards and get one or two ordered now!  Many are offered on Prime, and can arrive on your doorstep within the next few days.

See our Comparison Table for more options, and as always have fun out on the water!


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