Top 7 Reasons To Consider An Inflatable For Your Next SUP Board

by Michael Katz January 04, 2017

Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards, once considered a novelty among SUP boards, have been steadily increasing in popularity and becoming the mainstream choice for many informed paddlers. Here are some reasons why you might want to rethink purchasing a hardboard and consider an inflatable instead:

  • Performance – Advances in material technology and design have resulted in inflatable SUP boards that have rigidity rivaling a hardboard while also having distinct performance advantages of fiberglass or epoxy boards. Studies have found that if you compare an inflatable and a hard board with the same footprint, the inflatable will have up to 20% more volume, making it that much more stable, and supporting more rider and passenger weight. With performance advances, inflatables are increasingly being used in surf competitions and are winning races when put up against hardboards.
  • Durability – Quality inflatables are made from military grade materials that are not subject to the vulnerabilities of hard boards – dings and holes that require expensive repairs. This is why inflatables far outnumber hardboards on rivers, where impact with rocks is a factor and why SUP schools and rental agencies are increasingly opting for inflatable fleets to minimize board damage from careless handling by students and renters.
  • User Friendliness – Falling onto a hard board can hurt. An inflatable paddle board is much easier on the body of the rider -- and anybody else the board might come in contact with.
  • Reduced Fatigue – Standing on an inflatable SUP is similar to standing on one of those expensive rubber mats used in commercial settings to reduce fatigue. Your feet will be more comfortable and relaxed due to the reduced contact pressure, and the benefits travel up your body to your knees, back and neck.
  • Weight – For a given board size, inflatables will normally weigh less than an equivalent hardboard, making it that much less effort to get it to the water.
  • Portability – Inflatables can be rolled up to fit in a bag that can be placed in the trunk of a car or checked in on an airplane for travel. Taking your SUP board with you on vacation can save hundreds of dollars in rental costs while giving you the independence to paddle on your own schedule.
  • Storage – An inflatable SUP can be stored on a shelf, without requiring a high ceiling or taking up an entire wall of storage space. An entire fleet of inflatable SUP boards can be stored in a small closet.


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