The Best Paddle Boards of 2017

best paddle boardsDid you catch the paddle boarding bug this year?

Welcome to the club.

We all have the paddle boarding bug around here. And we’re itching to get out on the water every moment we’re not out there.

Stand up paddleboarding, or SUP for short, is one of the greatest sports ever to grace the Earth’s waters.

Every time your gliding along, either enjoying the peaceful dance of the light on the surface or catching a wave, it’s like a little slice of heaven right here on Earth.

But to get there, you need a paddleboard. And only the best paddle boards will do.

The Best Paddle Boards That Are Mainly Inflatables

Pathfinder Inflatable SUP

While this is in the inflatable category here, this board doesn’t ride like an inflatable.

The Pathfinder Inflatable SUP is one of the sleekest inflatable boards and one of the best paddle boards on our list.

Its tough hull is designed for speed, and the five-inch drop-stitch construction makes it tough where it counts.

It’s long enough (9’9″) to take you and your gear for quite a ways. And what’s great is you can deflate it at your destination, roll it up, and take a stroll.

Isle Airtech 10′

This wide nose ISLE glides and slides through the water like a shark.

This ensures that you get a great ride through and through.

With a full friction, soft foot pad, you get the stability you need when you’re out deep.

It’s ideal for riders up to 240 lbs, and it’s a full 10 feet long.

The board is made with a reinforced military grade PVC, so it will be tough through some of the rockiest situations.

The Best Paddle Boards: Touring Boards

Paddle boards are the most casual way to tour the waters near shore. And having a board to match helps make the experience even more lovely.

To get the most out of your glide, get a stable board. You want something that is wide enough to strap on your gear and go for a long haul.

Isle Classic Soft Top SUP

While some might try to say that a soft top is a beginner only board, the Isle Classic Soft Top is suitable for veterans too. The Isle Classic is definitely one of the best paddle boards for touring.

It’s great for fitness and leisure.

It’s certainly long enough. If you want to take it out on the water for distance, you’ve got plenty of room to strap on your gear.

This is definitely a solid board for getting out farther.

Vilano Navigator 10′

This sport touring paddle board in our best paddle boards list due to its efficient hull design.

The deck is made of actual Korean drop stitch construction that’s meant to last. And it’s durable bottom finish that will resist any bumps and scratches.

It’s slick and rides smoothly.

The grippy foam deck on the Vilano gives you plenty of traction for when that chop gets rough.

It’s ultra portable and can be deflated to one foot in diameter.

It comes with a three piece aluminum paddle and the fin is removable. It’s got an awesome carry bag.

The pump is extremely effective. And the board comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty.

Best Paddle Boards: All Arounders

These are the boards for both beginners and veteran paddlers alike. They usually work with a wide range of conditions and stay versatile throughout.

Isle 10’5″ Versa Standup

If you’re looking for a versatile of the best paddle boards we have, theIsle 10’5″ Vera SUP is your stick.

The center is wider with thick rails. The added stability is nice on long rides.

detachable travel fin is great for slicing up the waves.

It features a tough PVC material for durability and a nice finish to protect against bumps and scratches.

Really, this board will look great just hanging out on the beach. But it won’t be magnificent until it’s under your feet on the water.

iRocker Inflatable 10′ SPORT

Another all-rounder in the best paddle boards category. TheiRocker Inflatable can do anything you need it to.

The V-nose is designed like a surfboard. So it will slice right through those waves if you’re looking to get out to some big surf.

The bottom is solid when inflated, which helps with choppy surf too. And the three-fin tail will keep you riding solid.

It’s made with military drop-stitch construction.

iRocker Inflatable 11′ Sport

Nearly identical to its cousin the 10′ Sport iRocker, theiRocker Inflatable 11′ will get you farther with more gear.

The longer the board the better for a long trip.

You want to be able to go long distances on some boards and the iRocker 11′ Sport does just that.

And, since it’s so long, if you want to have the option, you can purchase iRocker’s paddle conversion. This allows you to turn your paddle into a kayak paddle with one blade on either side.

Then you can sit down and treat your SUP like a kayak if you get tired of standing.

Some of us do this anyway, except we have to pretend it’s a canoe.

The weight limit on this is pretty nice, especially if you want to carry gear.

California Board Company 10.5 SUP

This board is great for the whole family. It’s lightweight and has a very comfortable pad all across the board.

It’s highly durable and will be a long time companion.

It includes a camera mount and an instant padded roof rack, which makes it awesome for all your adventures.

It has a weight capacity of up to 300 lbs, which is pretty high for most SUP boards.

The core is 100% water proof and made of high-density EPS foam. And the bottom will have you gliding past everybody with its polyethylene coating that’s heat laminated.

And the tri-fin setup will keep you gliding straight into the sunset.

Conclusion:

Once you’ve found the best paddle boards for your ride, you can slip on out to water and forget about your troubles. It’s the best way to relax in the world.

What’s your favorite board to ride? Let us know in the comments below. And, as always, paddles up!

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