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The 5 best inflatable paddle boards for summer 2020

As summer approaches, lovers of the great outdoors are longing to get out into nature. For paddleboard enthusiasts, the water is surely calling — whether it be the nearest lake, ocean, river, or other favorite waterways — especially since stand-up paddleboarding has become the fastest growing water sport worldwide.

Do you have the best paddleboard for the type of activity you have in mind? Let’s take a look at how the pros rated top paddleboards for each activity category, and why. And if you’re in the market for inflatable kayaks or inflatable hot tubs, we’ve rounded some great options for you too.

At A Glance:

  • Best for newbies: Soopotay Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddle Board
  • Best versatility: Roc Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
  • Best for fishing: Body Glove Mariner + Inflatable Paddle Board Package
  • Best for adventures: Adventure Paddleboarding All Rounder MX Stand Up Paddle Board
  • Best for yoga: Solstice Bali Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard with Paddle

Best for newbies: Soopotay Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddle Board

If you’re a paddleboarding novice, get some practice and elevate your skills with the Soopotay Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddle Board. Easy to maneuver and very stable, this board is versatile enough for a number of activities on the ocean, river, and more. Get on this board for one- or two-person yoga moves (maximum weight capacity is 365 pounds), or paddle over virtually any type of water. The board itself weighs only 24 pounds, and measures in at 10 feet, 8 inches long and 34 inches across.

Consistently more affordable than similar options, this board is handmade and thick enough to remain firm, stable, and rigid while fully inflated, making it ideal for beginners. It comes with several D-rings for various attachments, a SUP paddle, a waterproof phone case, backpack, and more. Get it with a 1-year material quality promise at Amazon.

Best versatility: Roc Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

The innovative construction of the ROC Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board includes sturdy military-grade PVC material, allowing for the strength and firmness ideal for a variety of activities and water conditions: Use it for touring, yoga, a relaxing paddle in flat water, or even a bit of adventure over a few waves. Lightweight (ROC paddle boards weigh only 17.5 pounds), stable, and easily portable, the ROC works for any skill level including beginners and can support up to 300 pounds on its 6-inch thick, 32-inch wide, and 10-foot long frame. This paddleboard comes with a paddle, leash, hand pump, removable fin, backpack, waterproof bag for cell phone, etc. Get one with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty free of additional fees. Available in black, charcoal, and pink.

Best for fishing: Body Glove Mariner + Inflatable Paddle Board Package

The Body Glove Mariner + Inflatable Paddle Board Package comes fully-equipped for anglers and fishing fans, including premium fishing attachment ports, assorted D-ring attachments, anchor lines, and more. This paddleboard is considered highly stable with nearly indestructible fins for tracking.

Weighing in at 25 pounds, this board can manage up to 320 pounds of weight, while measurements are 11 feet by 34 inches and 5.4 inches thick. The package comes with an adjustable paddle, repair kit, backpack, waterproof cell phone pouch, and dual-action pump.

Best for adventures: Adventure Paddleboarding All Rounder MX Stand Up Paddle Board

Weighing in at 28 pounds, the Adventure Paddleboarding All Rounder MX Stand Up Paddle Board is 11 feet 6 inches long, 5 inches thick, and 33 inches wide. Able to support up to 230 pounds, this paddleboard is impressively buoyant, offering superior balance across a vast array of water conditions.

You have the option to add side fins when greater control is needed, while the single fin provided is sufficient for flatwater riding. The board’s unique bottom and lift features create superior acceleration and maneuverability in both flat water and waves. It is available in magenta, teal, and blue.

Buy at REI

Best for yoga: Solstice Bali Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard with Paddle

While it is sleek, fast, and highly maneuverable, the Solstice Bali 10-foot Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard also provides generous non-slip traction grips to help riders remain in place. Three fins give greater control to the rider in various water conditions. This board can hold up to 250 pounds. A superbly stable board, riders can feel confident doing yoga or other fitness routines on this, regardless of skill level.

You can fold the entire board down to 32 inches wide when fully deflated, and it fits into the accompanying carry bag for easy transport and storage. It also comes with a three-piece adjustable paddle, four stainless steel tie-downs for holding gear in place, and a high-pressure pump. This board inflates to 128 inches long by 29.5 inches wide.

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