Update - May 2017
For 2017, we update the Isle Explorer 11 review to include details about its new replacement model, the Isle Explorer. Take a peek at the individual review to learn the ins and outs of this update.
The best overall inflatable SUP
Isle Touring 12 6
The Isle Touring
is a dream to paddle. It's stable, glides wonderfully, and maneuvers easily. We love its cargo system, square tail, slightly rockered nose, inflation valve on the tail and that it is not too big and not too small. We also love that it is constructed with quality materials that we believe will stand the test of time. It comes with a pump that has universal attachment ends and a paddle. It's a great value to get all of this for the low price of $845. It's a deal.
Best bang for the buck
Isle Explorer 11
Stable and sturdy
Dual cargo system
Handles on both ends
The Isle Explorer
is a steal for the price — $845 for a sturdy, tough, stable board that has two cargo systems, one of which is oversized, two strap handles on the nose and tail and the most luxurious handles on the center of the board that we tested. The Explorer comes with a paddle and a pump that has universal attachment ends. This inflatable paddle board is a breeze to paddle and just all-around great fun. For 2017, this award winner is replaced with the Isle Explorer which is available in two different sizes, features an updated traction pad, and a new paddle. For more details, take a gander at the updated individual review.
Top pick for choppy water
Jobe Aero 12 6
Strap for carrying paddle on middle handle
Stable for such a long narrow board
No handle on nose or back
Screwdriver required to install or remove fin
glides almost as nicely as the Isle Touring. Its narrow rockered nose cuts through choppy water well. We loved that it has a paddle strap on the center handle and wish all the boards came with this feature. It has a nice cargo system on the nose and a thick foam pad. This is a long narrow board that tours well. The Jobe comes with a nicer than average pump, a backpack, and a paddle. We only wished that this board didn't require a screwdriver to install and remove its fin.