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Best Touring Paddle Boards of 2021

Touring paddle boards, or SUP Touring, is a growing discipline within the broader range of all SUP boards and activities. Touring paddleboards are designed for exploring, adventuring, and long-distance tripping on a paddle board.

If you are looking to paddleboard more than a few hours then a touring paddleboard is going to be something you want to consider. This is especially true if you are looking to travel a significant distance or haul a substantial amount of gear.

With the right gear, proper training and safety equipment you can paddle a long distance on a lake, river or the ocean.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Touring Paddle Board

Within touring paddle boards, you'll encounter a number of decisions that will help narrow down the right board for you.

  • What water types do you plan on SUP touring?
    Different water types present different challenges, so you may want a different hull type, length, or even material for your SUP.
  • Do you plan to do overnight touring?
    If so, be sure you look at gear storage on your SUP. Tie-downs and lashing points are really helpful.
  • How far will you be transporting your SUP?
    If you're within driving distance, you can take anything. But if you're jumping on an airplane or train, you may need to opt for an inflatable touring board.
  • Read these touring paddle board reviews - you'll get a sense for what type of paddling each board is being used for by your fellow paddlers.
  • Try it before you buy it. Research is key, but nothing beats getting on water with a board. Talk to friends, borrow a board, and contact your local retailer for a demo.

Remember: the best touring 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 touring paddle board 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!

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Typical Characteristics of a Touring Paddle Board

Depending on the type of excursion, water type, and duration you plan on paddling, you might be fine on any SUP. But as you progress, extend, and experience more challenging conditions, you'll want a SUP that's designed specifically for touring. The typical characteristics of a touring paddle board will be:

  • Longer length board - Touring boards typically are 11' and longer
  • Narrower width - designed to improve the speed and efficiency of the board
  • Hull shape - In general, touring boards will have a displacement hull that allows the board to cut through the water with its pointed nose. This is in contract to a planing hull, which is wider and more arched, is designed to ride and float the waves.
  • Gear storage, tie downs

Your Review Matters

This list was based primarily on reviews from paddlers just like you. If you have paddled a touring paddle board, be sure to submit a review to inform others and have a voice in how this list is made.



Best Touring Paddle Boards of 2021

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

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 put Starboard atop the list of best touring SUPs. The wider nose and squarer tail make the touring board more stable, especially for harsh conditions like side chop and moderate wind. 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

11'6" Journey

11' 6"
Length
30"
Width (in)
25
Weight (lb)
$1,149
Base MSRP

The 11’6” Journey is Grey Duck's smallest and lightest touring board. Built for paddlers who want to cover some distance while out on the water, this board has been fine tuned for great glide and increased speed with each paddle stroke. If you're looking for a board that is lightweight, efficient, and fun, you'll find your match in the Journey.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • 10” center fin
  • GORE no maintenance vent
  • Neoprene Grab Handle for easy carrying
  • Six point tie down system on nose and four point tied down on tail for carrying accessories

11'6" Journey Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(5 Consumer Reviews)

I have been using the Journey…

I have been using the Journey by Grey Duck SUP for the past 2 summers and it is easily my favorite board I've been on. The tracking is straight as can be and the speed & ease… read full review

Let’s talk about the Journey.…

Let’s talk about the Journey. Both the board and my unique experience to pick up this board. Grey Duck is local to Minnesota and designed by a Minnesota local. Rob knows his … read full review

I had an older board that…

I had an older board that was too heavy for me to carry by myself, so it really limited my activity in the water. But my husband purchased a Greyduck Journey board for me in… read full review

12'6" Breeze Wing

by TAHE
12' 6"
Length
28"
Width (in)
24
Weight (lb)
$749.95
MSRP

The Breeze 12’6 Wing inflatable paddleboard package features ultra-light, durable and extremely rigid construction for performance typically found only in rigid boards. By adding a non-stretch stringer along the top and bottom center line together with double layer rail construction we’ve reduced weight, dramatically increased rigidity and improved ease of re-rolling and packing the board after use. The 12’6 Wing inflates to a rigid 15psi and comes with an oversize wheeled backpack for ease of transport and storage, adjustable paddle, rugged two-way pump with gauge, packing straps, removable center fin and repair kit. Touring performance in all conditions, travel-ready and easy to store.

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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-round use and touring
  • Ultra-light construction
  • Deck bungee storage area
  • Carry handles at nose, tail and center
  • 9" removable center fin
  • Soft EVA embossed traction pad

12'6" Breeze Wing Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
(4 Consumer Reviews)

So very easy to transport.…

So very easy to transport. Set up fairly quick. Break down very quick. Handles well on flat water and with moderate winds. Overall very pleased so far after about five hours … read full review

After on summer on my SUP Air…

After on summer on my SUP Air 12'6" Bic I enjoyed this board alot. I used it 5 out of 7 days a week because of the convenience of having it in my trunk. I do plan on investin… read full review

I recently purchased this…

I recently purchased this board slightly used after two weeks. I had a friend who wanted to change over to a hard board. This board is great. It's as fast as my Cruiser V-M… read full review

NeedleNose™ 126 iSUP

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

Leveraging the patented NeedleNose™ design, the 12'6" inflatable SUP offers all of the convenience, rigidity, and tracking you could want in a touring board. Larger than its little sister the NeedleNose™ 116 iSUP but smaller than its big brother the NeedleNose™ 14 iSUP - the NN126 puts you right smack in the middle. So you get the best of both worlds!

  • 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

12'6" Raven

12' 6"
Length
29"
Width (in)
31
Weight (lb)
$1,649
MSRP

Much like the Great Bear, it was designed as the ultimate touring and expedition board, for long distance paddling and open water conditions. The new shape and volume allows for more speed and a more comfortable paddling experience in most conditions, coupled with multiple secure points for the gear that you need for a successful expedition. The shorter board allows for a more manageable touring board.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • 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

  • New shape & volume allows for more speed
  • Superior glide & great tracking
  • Liftsup™ handle for easy portage & locking
  • Holds loads of gear, forward & aft
  • Ultra comfortable honey comb deck pad

12'6" Raven Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
(16 Consumer Reviews)

First of all, the Raven is a…

First of all, the Raven is a fantastic looking board, with eye-catching graphics. But it also handles exceptionally well, especially in choppy water thanks to its hull design… read full review

The Raven is my favorite…

The Raven is my favorite board as it is well made and extremely versatile. It is a really good looking board with great graphics and a sturdy construction. I have used this… read full review

Great for touring, exercise,…

Great for touring, exercise, and recreational racing. Pros Designed for flat or choppy water. Bamboo covering for better grip. Cons I love it Usage Exercise

12'6" x 31" Touring

12' 6"
Length
31"
Width (in)
29–31
Weight (lb)
$1,299
Base MSRP

Exceptional glide from a hull based on the world champion All Star design. The added rail volume provides a unique balance and floatation to carry gear and supplies. The board pops up nicely on downwind runs, providing great glide. This Touring paddle board is suited for all skill levels that want the fastest glide to paddle distances quickly with comfortable stability and the option to carry gear along the journey.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • 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

  • Low nose rocker
  • Slight tray with recessed deck pad
  • Boxy rail
  • 2-i-1 shoulder carry strap
  • Deep center channel
  • Flat side plane
  • Bungee tie-down
  • FCS insert
  • Single center fin for straight line tracking

12'6" x 31" Touring Reviews

(0 Consumer Reviews)

No one has submitted a review yet for the 12'6" x 31" Touring. Please help out the community and share your experience!

Okeanos 14.0" x 26.0"

14'
Length
26"
Width (in)
32
Weight (lb)
$1,899.95
MSRP

This touring and fitness board paddles with ease and is capable of maintaining a fast and efficient glide. The nose chine in the bow helps to soften the ride in rough waters and track extremely well under power in wind and cross-chop. The generous tail width and full, squared up rails help make this board very stable. The wide point in the front section of the board has been shifted forward which also adds to the overall stability. The board has also been outfitted with numerous tie downs to mount your cargo and can handle quite the payload.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Additional Attributes

  • Dragon Fly (DF) construction: full oak wood veneer wrapping the core - tip-to-tail / 360-degree rail-to-rail wrap
  • 12K Carbon Weedless fin (8.3’’)
  • 2 additional FCS ll finbox’s to accommodate shallow draft fins (FINS NOT INCLUDED)
  • EZ-Grab handles
  • Numerous bungee tie down points
  • Leash plug
  • Gore-Tex™ breather vent
  • Action camera mount on nose

Okeanos 14.0" x 26.0" Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(1 Consumer Reviews)

I've taken the board out…

I've taken the board out three times so far, twice by myself and once sitting and kneeling with my dog on the board! I don't have experience to compare it to other boards but… read full review

Touring 11'6"

11' 6"
Length
29"
Width (in)
31
Weight (lb)
$1,349.99
MSRP

RAVE’s 11’6” Touring SUP is an all purpose paddle board. Whether you’re looking for cruising, fishing, long range paddling, or recreational racing, the TS116 is designed for your adventure.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Additional Attributes

  • Displacement hull foam core with wooden stringer
  • Crowned top deck with EVA deck pad
  • Includes 5 leash plugs · Elastic cargo net · 10” removable fin · Self venting plug · Ergonomic recessed handle

Touring 11'6" Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(2 Consumer Reviews)

Good for all family. The…

Good for all family. The board said 220 pounds max, my husband is 230 and he was able to use too. He even put our daughter 33 pounds on board. We used at the lake next will b… read full review

Demo'd this board on Lake…

Demo'd this board on Lake Wissota and loved it! It handles so securely and cuts through the water easily! Pros Stable, glides easily, very enjoyable ride. Cons The cost is… read full review

12'0" Endurance

12'
Length
30"
Width (in)
32
Weight (lb)
$1,599
MSRP

The Pau Hana Endurance is a rugged touring board built for off the grid adventures. The hull of the board is protected with Ricochet so that it can withstand contact with rocks, logs, or any other hard things that may come across it’s path. The board glides smoothly and is easy to paddle even when fully loaded with 90 lbs of equipment.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Additional Attributes

  • Ricochet Impact Resistant Technology
  • Extra soft pad doubles as a sleeping platform
  • Extra Handles Make board easier to carry
  • Strategically placed SeaMounts means that you can spend more time out on the water and bring all your gear with you

12'0" Endurance Reviews

(0 Consumer Reviews)

No one has submitted a review yet for the 12'0" Endurance. Please help out the community and share your experience!

Traveller 14'

14'
Length
29.5"
Width (in)
42
Weight (lb)
$1,699
MSRP

The Traveller is an expeditionist’s paddle board. Efficient-yet smooth, stable-yet agile, sexy-yet tough. Perfect for paddling in open water, lakes, and rivers with the ability to be loaded down with essential gear. It’s sleek and slim design paired with lightweight epoxy construction make the Traveller perfect for going the distance.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Traveller 14' Reviews

(0 Consumer Reviews)

No one has submitted a review yet for the Traveller 14'. Please help out the community and share your experience!

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