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When it comes to getting out on the water this spring and summer, there’s no better way to relax — and get some exercise — than spending a day on a stand-up paddleboard. Factors like cost, storage space, and portability have often kept people from enjoying paddleboards. However, the rise of inflatable paddleboards has addressed these issues and made paddleboarding much more accessible.
Buying Guide: What Are the Best Inflatable Paddleboards?
When your shopping, you’ll want to think about its portability, size, materials, and accessories.
Often when people think of paddleboards, they think of the thick, heavy, rigid boards that first made the hobby so popular. However, many of the leading brands in the paddleboard industry have developed inflatable paddleboards that you inflate and deflate before and after each use.
This may sound like an extra step standing in between you and the water, but it makes the overall experience much easier. You don’t need a large SUV to transport an inflatable paddleboard; deflated, they roll up in travel bags that are similar to those of sleeping bags. Standard paddleboards are also heavy. Naturally, inflatable paddleboards are significantly lighter which also makes the process easier.
Inflatable paddleboards are also just as durable as their hard paddleboard counterparts. When you’re shopping for an inflatable paddleboard, some of the most important things to consider is how much you’re willing to spend, its durability, and what accessories you need.
The Best Inflatable Paddleboards
Here are the top paddleboards to try this spring and summer.
1. SereneLife Inflatable Paddleboard
SereneLife’s 10-foot 6-inch inflatable paddleboard can support two people. It also has dual fins, so you can use the board for surfing, too. We also love this board for its safety leash, so you won’t have to worry about the board floating back into shore if you happen to fall off the board.
2. FitWave Inflatable Paddleboard
At just over $200, this inflatable paddleboard is an affordable option. It’s one of the best-selling inflatable paddleboards on the market, and it’s easy to see why. The board is 11-feet tall and 6 inches thick and can hold up to 242 pounds. Plus, the accessories kit that it comes with has everything you need to get started: all the basics like a carrying backpack, paddle, and a double-action pump, plus extras like a waterproof phone case, a floating sunglasses strap, a waterproof repair kit, and a safety coil leash.
3. Bluefin Cruise SUP Package
If you’re the type of person who spends all your free time on the water, then the Bluefin Cruise SUP inflatable paddleboard package is made for you. Not only is this 10-foot, 8-inch paddleboard one of the most stable inflatable paddleboards, but it can also be converted into a kayak. The bundle comes with an attachable seat and kayak blade that can be installed in seconds. Whether you’re paddling or kayaking, this board makes it easy to capture your explorations, too, with its built-in camera mount feature.
4. Feath-R-Lite Inflatable Paddleboard
Paddling on a budget? No problem. This inflatable paddleboard doesn’t sacrifice its durability or quality. The board is 10 inches tall and 6 inches thick, and it can hold up to 280 pounds. It has an EVA deck pad and bungees on the nose of the board, just like hard paddleboards. It’s also made from flame-retardant and anti-UV materials, so you can expect a long lifespan from this board.