Isle is one of my favorite inflatable paddle board makers. They also make high-quality hard top SUPs too, but for today, we’re going to focus on the best iSUPs from ISLE. So, if you think an inflatable paddle board is in your future, read on for a review of several of ISLE’s best inflatable SUPs.
There are a few different reasons I like ISLE’s line up of inflatable SUPs. First of all, they have a pretty robust lineup of iSUPs to choose from. So, whatever you’re looking for, ISLE probably has a board that will work for you. Of course, if you’re looking to do some SUP surfing, you’ll find an inflatable probably isn’t the best option, in which case, ISLE probably has a hard board that will fit your fancy. But, that’s a subject for another day.
Here’s what I like about ISLE paddle boards. No matter what kind of board you’re looking for, you’ll find that ISLE offers:
- Affordable pricing
- Excellent Quality/Durability
- Great customer service and 2 year warranties (they love their boards, and their customers!)
- Stylish designs (I’m a sucker for good looking SUPs)
As an extra bonus, all of ISLE’s inflatable paddle boards come in a full SUP package, so you’ll get everything you need to get out on the water from day one: a SUP, a paddle, a hand pump, a coil leash, and a bag to carry your gear in. BAM! You’re good to go!
With that said, everything’s not rosy and beautiful.
The Main Problem with ISLE iSUP Packages
ISLE SUP Packages are great because you can get on the water ASAP, for a reasonable price. But, most of your purchase price is reflected in the quality of the iSUP itself (which is excellent). That means you’ll happily get out on the water, but you’ll likely want to soon upgrade your paddle and pump. Keep in mind, this is a problem, not limited to ISLE SUP Packages.
ISLE SUP Paddle
ISLE iSUPs come with an adjustable aluminum paddle. It’s comparable to the paddle most manufacturers include in SUP packages. However, aluminum paddles kind of suck. They’re heavy, and often sink. Instead, a carbon fiber paddle is the best way to go. But, carbon fiber paddles aren’t cheap either.
Here’s my recommendation: bear with the crappy aluminum paddle until you can afford to upgrade. Aluminum paddles suck, but paddle boarding is awesome regardless of what kind of paddle you have. The joy of being on the water on an ISLE SUP far outweighs any issues with the aluminum paddle. Just upgrade it when you can, and you’ll upgrade your experience.
When you’re ready to upgrade, here’s an excellent carbon fiber paddle to check out.
ISLE Hand Pump
Again, ISLE’s hand pump is not that bad as far as hand pumps go. I actually used my hand pump for over two years. But, you’ll probably get tired of hand pumping your iSUP to 10-15 PSI every time you want to go out. They say it takes only 10 minutes… and that’s possible… but it’s not the norm. If I’m really motivated I can pump up my SUP in 10 minutes, but a lot of times it takes more like 15-20 mins.
If you want to speed up the process, I recommend an electric pump like this one.
A Review of 3 of ISLE’s Best Inflatable SUPs
With all that said, ISLE has some excellent inflatable paddle boards. So, let’s take a closer look at some of ISLE’s best iSUPs, shall we?
ISLE Peak 10’11” iSUP Review – ISLE’s Most Popular Board for Beginners
Like all of ISLE’s iSUPs, the Peak is made of a military grade PVC material, that makes them just as durable as epoxy hard boards, if not more durable. Seriously, you could drive a car over these things when they’re fully inflated, and they’d survive. Also, these iSUPs tend to be great options when paddling in rocky conditions, like rivers, or ocean reefs. Epoxy boards easily ding if they run up against a rock. But, these PVC inflatables won’t even show a scratch most of the time.
The Peak is ISLE’s second shortest iSUP, measuring in at 10’11”, and is 6″ thick, which makes it a stable steady ride for beginning paddle boarders.With a maximum weight capacity of 300 lbs, this iSUP can handle pretty much anyone. And, since the board is only 23 pounds, pretty much anyone can handle it as well.
Max Air Pressure: 15 PSI
SUP Weight: 23 lbs
Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
ISLE Airtech 12’6″ Touring iSUP – For Moving Fast on the Water
Even though it’s a longer SUP than the Peak, it’s actually 1.5 lbs lighter. And, it’s also lighter than most touring iSUPs on the market. As a point of comparison, Tower makes a comparable 12’6″ touring iSUP that’s called the iRace, which is 5.5 lbs heavier than the Airtech, and it doesn’t even have a cargo net like the Airtech does. However, Tower’s 12’6″ iRace does have a 125 lb higher weight capacity, which is one drawback to the ISLE 12’6″.
But if you’re looking for a light, iSUP with speed, the ISLE Airtech is a winner. This iSUP cuts through choppy water like a speed boat, making other iSUPs look like tugs.
This iSUP is great for touring, but with all that speed this board is not ideal for all beginners. Unless you have great balance, you might spend some time in the water until you gain your sea legs. But if you’re feeling confident, go ahead and give it a try. Even if it takes some time to adjust to, you’ll enjoy the extra speed of this iSUP compared to less aggressive beginner SUPs.
As usual, the Airtech 12’6″ has all of the high quality features we’ve come to expect from ISLE, and that we’ve already outlined above.
Max Air Pressure: 15 PSI
SUP Weight: 21.5 lbs
Weight Capacity: 275 lbs
ISLE Airtech Inflatable 10’4 Yoga SUP
If you’re looking for something a little different than a traditional style SUP, and you want to put your toes to the test, the ISLE’s inflatable Yoga SUP is the board for you. Obviously, this board is not for everyone, and it’s ideal for those interested in SUP yoga. If that’s you… I applaud your ambition.
All joking aside, this is an excellent SUP that’s well equipped for more than just yoga.
This is the shortest iSUP that ISLE offers. That means it won’t be breaking any speed records any speed records any time soon. But you also won’t be spending much time taking unplanned swims either. The shape and size of this iSUP make it ideal for beginners or anyone looking for a leisurely, stable paddle on calm waters. And if you feel keen to bust out a headstand while you’re at it, this SUP’s great for that too.
Max Air Pressure: 15 PSI
SUP Weight: 18.2 lbs
Weight Capacity: 255 lbs