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Best Inflatable Paddle Boards of 2021

Ranging from 10' to 14', here are 11 of the best inflatable paddle boards from SUP brands like TAHE, Red Paddle Co, and Starboard. Read reviews from your fellow SUP enthusiasts who've been sharing their experience to help you uncover the best of the best!

It comes as no surprise that 2021 brings a myriad of inflatable paddle board options. After all, inflatable SUPs have emerged as one of the most popular paddlesports vessels. Not only are the inflatable and portable, they are stable, durable, and fun. Each model offers different benefits, but you can find an all-around inflatable SUP perfect for cruising lakes or even surfing waves.

But with so many options from familiar and new brands alike, how do you winnow the list down to SUPs that will ensure performance, stability, and safety? And how do you line up the right board for your planned water type, experience level, and performance needs? Fortunately, your fellow paddlers have been paddling inflatable paddle boards and sharing their experiences through reviews. Long before you considered one, the community has been hard at work. By leveraging the reviews and experience that's been shared by thousands of your fellow paddlers, they've helped narrow those dozens upon dozens of options down to the best of the best.

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Tips for Buying an Inflatable SUP

There are tons of things to consider when researching or buying your inflatable paddle board. Before you start shopping solely based on price, you first need to consider:

  • Board Length - length plays a huge role in speed. Typically, the longer the board, the faster. Short boards are best for recreational paddling while longer boards are best for touring and covering distances. The list below ranges from 10'-14' with 10'6" being a very common length.
  • Board Thickness - thickness helps determine the rigidity and stability of the board. You'll find a lot of boards 5" or 6" thick. Understanding the board material, thickness, and optimal PSI is something to be sure you understand before making your purchase.
  • Board Width - depending on your experience and planned water types, board width will be a big factor. The wider the board, the more stable it will be. As they get narrow, they're less stable but better at touring and cutting through choppy water at speed.
  • Hull Type - the two hull types are planing hull versus displacement hull. Depending on your water type and SUP style, you may want to favor one. In general, planing hull is good for flat water and displacement for touring and racing.

The best inflatable SUP for you is going to be different than the next paddler. And that's okay. You have to factor in everything from your experience, planned water types, durations, budget, and preferences. So use this list as a starting point. Get some ideas, read some reviews, look through the entire SUP Gear Guide, maybe browse the message boards, talk to your local paddlesports retailer or paddling groups, and get out and try it before you buy it! And, of course, when you're done, be sure to help the next paddler in their search by submitting a review!

11 Best Inflatable Paddle Boards of 2021

  1. 10'8" Ride MSL by Red Paddle Co.
  2. 10'6" Beach SUP-YAK by TAHE
  3. Waterwalker 11' Paddle Board Package by Thurso Surf
  4. 12'6" SHUBU Raven by Boardworks
  5. NeedleNose™ 126 iSUP by Sea Eagle Inflatables
  6. 10' Inflatable by Xterra Boards
  7. 10'6" Breeze Performer by TAHE
  8. Lotus YSUP by Advanced Elements
  9. ISLE Explorer Inflatable Paddle Board Package 11'6" by ISLE
  10. 13'2" Voyager+ MSL by Red Paddle Co.
  11. 14'0" x 30" Touring Inflatable by Starboard SUP

1. 10'8" Ride MSL

10' 8"
Length
34"
Width (in)
23
Weight (lb)
$1,349
MSRP

For an inflatable paddle board that offers super stability and performance, look no further than the Ride series from Red Paddle Co. Here is the 10'8" Ride. With all the same qualities as Red Paddle Co's other Ride boards like the 10'6" Ride or 9'8" Ride, you’ll appreciate the extra stability that comes from its increased volume, especially if you are a slightly larger rider or have a passenger on board.

The Ride inflatable is made from the exclusive MSL material, at 4.7”/120mm thick, this board provides increased stiffness at lower pressure, making it 40% stiffer than a standard 4”/100mm board. The rounded tail makes the board easy to maneuver, so it’s also a great beginner board too.

  • Structure: Inflatable
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

10'8" Ride MSL Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
(12 Consumer Reviews)

In total love with this…

In total love with this board! Very stable, very stiff, great glide. I like the fact that it's only 4" thick: you're closer to the water for Yoga. Great board!

For the most part, I love my…

For the most part, I love my 10'8" Ride and have used it HARD for the last two years. I am blown away at its durability. The Titan pump kicks butt, too, (although I have doub… read full review

Super-stable and easy to…

Super-stable and easy to ride, this board is relatively quick to inflate and extremely stable. I am 230 lbs and put my 60 lb kid on the front and it was still like standing o… read full review

2. 10'6" Beach SUP-YAK

by TAHE
10' 6"
Length
34"
Width (in)
22–23
Weight (lb)
$529.95
Base MSRP

The 10’6 BEACH SUP-YAK is a stable, lightweight and easy to use 2-in-1 inflatable paddle board package for 1-person use. With a 300lb/135kg max load there’s plenty of extra capacity for kids, pets and gear! A kayak conversion kit is sold separately (included with item 107252). The innovative design combines comfort and convenience for endless play time on the water with family and friends whether standing, seated or lounging around.

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  • Structure: Inflatable
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

10'6" Beach SUP-YAK Reviews

4 out of 5 stars
(1 Consumer Reviews)

This board is so light,…

This board is so light, which makes it very easy to carry when fully inflated. It comes with a decent pump and everything fits easily into its carrying backpack with plenty o… read full review

3. Waterwalker 11' Paddle Board Package

11'
Length
32"
Width (in)
29
Weight (lb)
$849
MSRP

Thurso Surf Waterwalker is an All-around inflatable paddle board designed for all paddlers, skill levels, and water conditions. By uniquely incorporating a touring shape to the conventional all-around contour, the Waterwalker offers the best of both worlds: it is extremely stable and forgiving in most water conditions, and can travel effortlessly for long distance paddling trips.

  • Structure: Inflatable
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Waterwalker 11' Paddle Board Package Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(3 Consumer Reviews)

Love the look. Love how rigid…

Love the look. Love how rigid it is. Totally stable in the water. I love my new board!

This is the first board that…

This is the first board that I have purchased. The look of it is perfect - the design is classic and sleek - and it is incredibly stable and sturdy. It has a high weight limi… read full review

Stable board and is faster…

Stable board and is faster through the water than most all around inflatable SUPS. It has a very affordable price tag.

4. 12'6" SHUBU Raven

12' 6"
Length
30"
Width (in)
$1,099
MSRP

Shubu Raven was designed as the ultimate touring and expedition inflatable, for longer distance paddling and open water conditions. The inflatable touring board is well designed for holding gear with multiple secure points, it can inflate up to 22psi to improve its performance.

  • Structure: Inflatable
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Ultra comfortable honey comb deck pad
  • Stow your gear quickly and easily
  • Comfortable neoprene carrying handles

12'6" SHUBU Raven Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(6 Consumer Reviews)

The inflatable Raven is my…

The inflatable Raven is my "go to" board for lakes and river running. Great speed, rigid, and never worry about dings. The bungee straps on the front of the board also allo… read full review

This board is a must-have.…

This board is a must-have. The versatility has been amazing for me in my water exploits. From Coastal missions in Baja, using it to downriver race at the GoPro games, flatwat… read full review

This is the durable and…

This is the durable and versatile Inflatable SUP's on the market. I take one with me everywhere. Either on Lake Tahoe, Antarctic Peninsula, Amazon or Svalbard. All you need t… read full review

5. NeedleNose™ 126 iSUP

12' 6"
Length
30"
Width (in)
26
Weight (lb)
$949
MSRP

Now featuring a New Full Length Electric Pattern Diamond Deck EVA Foam Pad, convenient built-in paddle saving PaddlePocket™ holder and a low profile slide in Swept Back Skeg! This is the world's best tracking inflatable SUP ever! Sea Eagle's NeedleNose 126 offers an even larger stable platform with increased floatation, rigidity and even more stability! Larger than its little sister the NN116 but smaller than its big brother the NN14 - the NN126 puts you right smack in the middle. So you get the best of both worlds!
Breakthrough Design features: straight-line hull, patented wave piercing bow, touring shape, NEW FULL LENGTH ELECTRIC PATTERN DIAMOND DECK PAD with custom performance kick tail and the ability to paddle faster, further and easier! At 6" thick there's no need to worry about rigidity or flotation any more! Sitting or standing the NN126 does it all!

  • Structure: Inflatable
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Patented NeedleNose™ design
  • Straight-line hull design
  • Large, removable, rear, center, skeg
  • Two leading side skegs for better tracking
  • Conveniently located front grab handle
  • Elastic cords and multiple D-Ring attachments at bow
  • Center seat D-Ring attachments
  • Large rear D-ring attachment for leash, towing, etc...
  • Proper carrying position balanced middle carry handle
  • 15 PSI max air pressure capacity
  • Deluxe recessed Halkey Roberts style air valve
  • NEW EVA foam ELECTRIC PATTERN DIAMOND DECK PAD
  • NEW EVA foam kick tail
  • NEW built-in paddle saving PaddlePocket™ holder

NeedleNose™ 126 iSUP Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
(6 Consumer Reviews)

I do not need a car top rack…

I do not need a car top rack and store it in my house. It fits easily in the car's back seat or trunk. It comes with a bag which makes it easy to carry. It slices through the… read full review

Easy to store, setup,…

Easy to store, setup, inflate, carry, and paddle. It is light and very easy to carry to and from the water. It does not require a car rack so you save here. At home you do no… read full review

We ordered 2 boards and it…

We ordered 2 boards and it was send to us in Japan. The communication with the company was perfect. Questions answered, etc. We have been using it since to SUP, tour on lakes… read full review

6. 10' Inflatable

10'
Length
30"
Width (in)
29
Weight (lb)
$1,200
MSRP

Designed with convenience, durability and functionality in mind, XTERRA Boards are a step above the competition. With dimensions that measure 10' long, 6" thick, and 30" wide, the inflatable SUP will ensure stability and rigidity for smooth sailing. Included in the SUP Package is a high-pressure pump and gauge, heavy-duty mesh backpack for the board, repair kit, paddle and removable center fin.

  • Structure: Inflatable
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Rigid Dropstitch & Double-Sided reinforcement
  • High-pressure double-action pump & integrated pressure gauge
  • EVA-comfort Deck pad
  • Removable Center Fin & twin outer fins
  • Six D-rings & bungee cord for securing gear

10' Inflatable Reviews

4 out of 5 stars
(39 Consumer Reviews)

Great product

I got my first XTERRA Board a year ago and quickly fell in love with it. Great for storage. I can fit both boards deflated in it's pack on one shelf in my garage. Only proble… read full review

Just got this board this past…

Just got this board this past weekend and took it out for the first time. Loved everything about it except for blowing it up. I saw someone mention buying a pump and I looked… read full review

Just love my boards for their…

Just love my boards for their lightness and sturdiness. I use them all the time now that I can carry one all by myself to the bay. My older boards became a two person project… read full review

7. 10'6" Breeze Performer

by TAHE
10' 6"
Length
33"
Width (in)
23
Weight (lb)
$689.95
MSRP

The 10’6 Performer AIR complete package is the ultimate all-water board for both flat-water cruising with family and friends as well as surfing ocean waves. The 10’6 works great for novice riders up to 200lbs/90kg. This COMPLETE PACKAGE includes rigid inflatable board, adjustable paddle, safety ankle leash, backpack, high-pressure pump with gauge, repair kit, deck bungee for gear storage, carry handles at center, nose and tail, tie down o-rings at nose and tail, “yoga-mat” style traction pad for comfort and grip.
Our unique SUP AIR construction technology features a dual layer stringer and side rails for rigidity combined with rugged drop-stitch panels to reduce weight without sacrificing durability.

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  • Structure: Inflatable
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Versatile for all-around use and surfing
  • 10" removable dolphin center fin
  • Carry handles at nose, tail and center
  • Deck bungee storage area
  • 4.75" thickness for a thinner rail profile
  • 2X permanent side-fins
  • Soft EVA embossed traction pad

10'6" Breeze Performer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
(9 Consumer Reviews)

I absolutely love this…

I absolutely love this board. I was afraid that it wouldn't be as good as a solid board, but was pleasantly surprised. It is not quite as agile or fast as a solid board, but… read full review

I had the opportunity to use…

I had the opportunity to use this board while camping on the lake. I wasn't sure about it being inflatable but found this board to be sturdy and easy to use. I am a beginner … read full review

I am very impressed by the…

I am very impressed by the way Bic stands behind their products 100%. There was a flaw with my board and so they sent me a new one. My wife and I like the product very much… read full review

8. Lotus YSUP

10'
Length
32"
Width (in)
28
Weight (lb)
$999.99
MSRP

The Lotus YSUP™ Inflatable SUP is 10 feet long, 32 inches wide, and utilizes 6 inch thick drop-stitch material making it perfectly sized for a stable ride and a balanced yoga session. The Lotus YSUP™ features a convenient removable shoulder carry strap which eliminates the need for a bulky carry handle in the middle of the board. This provides a clear deck surface and a nearly full-length traction pad for maximum comfort. The Lotus YSUP™ is simple, light, and compact; perfect for travel anywhere! Accessories included are: Single-action Pump with Gauge, Duffle Bag, Shoulder Carry Strap, Repair Kit, 3 Removable Tracking Fins and 2-part Paddle.

  • Structure: Inflatable
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Extra wide for increased stability
  • Large traction foam area for improved grip and comfort
  • Double layer outer skin for superior durability
  • Durable Single-action Hand Pump with Gauge for high-pressure inflation
  • Detachable shoulder carry strap for easy transport
  • High quality duffel bag

Lotus YSUP Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
(3 Consumer Reviews)

I love this board! I was on…

I love this board! I was on several HALA boards last summer which were nice but much more expensive. This one was priced great! Easy to inflate and deflate. And perfect for… read full review

One of your ambassadors (Yoga…

One of your ambassadors (Yoga Lindsey) took my AcroYoga partner and I out this weekend to try the SUP board and we LOVED IT! We love taking our AcroYoga practice to new heigh… read full review

The Lotus is stable, yet…

The Lotus is stable, yet agile. I tried it on a small lake on a breezy summer evening. It gave me confidence to try new manuevers. Pros Very stable board. Durable - the one … read full review

9. ISLE Explorer Inflatable Paddle Board Package 11'6"

by ISLE

Adventurers meet your match. The Explorer was crafted for those who are constantly seeking new adventures. It has a pointed nose which is designed for longer, more fast-paced flat water paddle boarding. It’s great for all types of water conditions and paddlers of all skill levels. For the past few years, the Explorer has been the most popular stand up paddle board in our inflatable collection. Customers have ridden the Explorer across some of the most beautiful bodies of water on our planet. The Explorer will continue this legacy. The Explorer is constructed with military-grade PVC making this board rigid enough for optimal performance and durable enough to drag against rocky coastlines. This inflatable paddle board is six-inches thick keeping you and all your gear dry while paddling. The Explorer has a six-point bungee system on the nose and a four-point bungee system on the tail giving you ample room for everything you need for your adventure.

  • Structure: Inflatable
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Nose, center & tail grab handles
  • Front & rear bungees
  • Brushed EVA traction
  • Center & tail-mounted D-rings
  • Hish-pressure valve
  • Snap-In fin

ISLE Explorer Inflatable Paddle Board Package 11'6" Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
(3 Consumer Reviews)

SUPER STABLE, Tracks Super…

SUPER STABLE, Tracks Super Well, Easy to carry inflated, made of Strong & Durable material. Customer Service goes above and beyond there Top-Notch. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Definitely wort… read full review

Very stable. Easy to inflate…

Very stable. Easy to inflate and deflate then roll up and store in the bag.

10. 13'2" Voyager+ MSL

13' 2"
Length
30"
Width (in)
24
Weight (lb)
$1,699
MSRP

Calling all life’s adventurers… The 13’2” Voyager+ inflatable SUP was created with epic adventures in mind and is the board of choice of many extreme explorers around the world. High sides, large volume and narrower width make it a high-speed cruiser, designed for competent paddlers. It’s got a 6 point cargo tie-down system at the front and 4 point cargo tie-down system at the back for all your gear and an extra-grippy traction pad to help keep your kit in place at the rear. Like the 12’6” Voyager, it has a RSS battens for increased stiffness and glide when loaded with gear, a removable fin from world leading surfboard fin creators FCS, which slots into the fin box easily by hand and are secured in place with a finger bolt. 5 embroidered carry handles on the board make portaging easy and comfortable while also being soft under foot. The Red embossed diamond cut deck pad offers unrivaled grip so you can focus on paddling.

  • Structure: Inflatable
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

13'2" Voyager+ MSL Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
(4 Consumer Reviews)

I tried this board out on…

I tried this board out on afternoon and was surprised at how stiff and fast it was. It still felt a tiny bit bouncy, but barely enough that you'd feel it. In some ways the bo… read full review

5/5 Would buy another

After doing some research on inflatable stand up paddle board brands, Red Paddle Co. was one that really stood out from the rest. I did more research on the types of boards o… read full review

Outstanding product & customer service

I purchased the 13'2" explorer + about 1 year ago and have placed many nautical miles into it. It has bumped into rocks and logs through white water (without the fin, of cour… read full review

11. 14'0" x 30" Touring Inflatable

14'
Length
30"
Width (in)
23–29
Weight (lb)
$999
Base MSRP

The overall balanced glide experience and premium features are what have made Starboard’s Touring paddle boards become the world’s highest-rated by magazines and customers’ favorite worldwide. The wider nose and squarer tail make the Touring board more stable, especially for harsh conditions like side chop and moderate wind. Experience the Starboard difference even before entering the water, these lightweight paddle boards feature the trademark Starboard shoulder carry strap which allows you to effortlessly carry it to the water, with both hands-free!

  • Structure: Inflatable
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Heat welded rails
  • Wider nose and squarer tail
  • Outline shape
  • 2-in-1 Shoulder carry strap
  • Extra carry handle
  • Rail edge technology
  • Magnetic bottle holder
  • Bungee tie-down
  • FCS Insert
  • Cover bag included
  • Lightweight leash included
  • Pump included

14'0" x 30" Touring Inflatable Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
(4 Consumer Reviews)

16' x 32" Starboard ASTRO…

16' x 32" Starboard ASTRO INFLATABLE. This is an inflatable, designed for either really big guys or for many, used as a tandem. It inflates to 18 psi, comes with a great car… read full review

Only having ridden a few…

Only having ridden a few boards, I was amazingly impressed by the Astro Touring Board. The difference in stability and ease of glide through the water was astounding! I truly… read full review

Great Touring ISUP that can…

Great Touring ISUP that can travel, track and be very durable. Pros User friendly, fast, light, fairly straight-tracking and very well outfitted. Cons Pricey, needs a lon… read full review

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