The inflatable SUP (stand up paddle boards) have come a long way! From a technical standpoint, all aspects of stand up paddle boarding benefit from constant improvement as manufacturers respond to the exponential growth of the sport. Inflatable boards are no exception!
Lightweight, highly portable, strong and durable, these boards a great way to enjoy flat water or ride the waves. Pump them up in as little as 5 to 10 minutes and you’re off! Keep it inflated all season, or deflate at the end of the day for compact storage.
Inflating to the proper air pressure is critical; in the past this was the primary challenge, but the newer generation of pumps along with improved board construction makes it easy to inflate these boards to be almost as firm as a hard board, and remarkably quickly—so you can get right out there on the water.
The term "drop-stitch" (now industry standard) refers to a locked nylon stitch that drops down and joins the top and bottom inside PVC layers of the board, allowing for a greater amount of air pressure in your inflatable stand up paddle board. The surface materials are of super-strong composition, the same type used for military inflatable boats—they’re designed to take a beating. And they're perfect for manoeuvering in shallow rivers or creeks; even if you bump into a river rock, your inflatable will most likely just bounce off.
Pros and cons
Note: Several manufacturers now assert that their inflatable boards seriously rival traditional hard boards in terms of performance! Try before you buy, and ask plenty of questions.
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