Only best products in a given category receive “A” grade.
Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly inflatable standup paddleboard that doubles as a kayak check out the Switch from ISLE Surf & SUP. This board comes as a complete package and has everything for both paddleboarding and kayaking all for under $1,000. The Switch package is available in two different color options: an aqua/navy/tan combo and a seafoam/navy/tan combo. This board is good for paddling short to midrange distances up to a few miles and will be best suited in flatwater conditions.
Graphically, the Switch features a very simple colorway and isn’t very flashy. Where the flash comes in is with all the features and add on’s that are included in the package. First, the board has a bungee on both the nose and tail of the board. It also has straps on the nose and tail in addition to its center handle which makes the board easy to carry if you have a second person assisting you to the water. Then, you have a paddle holder on the rail of the board which is a really nice feature, especially if you’re using it for SUP Yoga, fishing or kayaking when you want to set aside the paddle for a little bit. Another interesting feature is the use of the ‘ISLE Link’ system. Essentially, this system replaces what many other boards use: D rings, for attachment points. Instead, the ISLE Link system is a series of attached fabric loop holes on both sides of the deck near the rails that you can use as anchor systems to attach accessories to your SUP. This allows you to really customize the placement and gives you a lot more control. Nice touch for sure. When going through the unboxing of the product there are a lot of items to unpack. It comes with a ton of items: a 4-piece paddle that turns into kayak paddles, you also get a kayak seat and a cushion that you can inflate to make it more comfortable. It also comes with an inflatable foot brace to make the kayaking setup more comfortable. Another nice little touch. It also comes with a nice coil leash and fin. The bag it comes in is fairly basic and standard . All the included items match perfectly to create a complete package. A final feature worth mentioning is the deckpad. This runs the entire length of the deck which is especially useful when you want to do some SUP yoga, have extra cargo or want to bring along another passenger. This really helps reduce the slip that would otherwise be there without the pad. By just looking at it you can see that the Switch is a really stable board. Putting the board on the water confirmed that assumption and it was very easy to hop on and go for both the SUP use and the kayak use. The board was also really lightweight and easy to carry but it didn’t seem to compromise at all in terms of durability. For everything you get with the package and the package as a whole and at its pricepoint of less than $1,000 the Switch definitely deserves an ‘A’. They did a very good job with this board.
Primary UseAll Around
Paddle Boards fall into two broad categories, All-Around and Specialty boards, with all-around designed primarily for recreation while speciality boards for top performance in specific disciplines
Durability is largely a result of the board construction and shape, with more durable boards typically carrying more materials (added layers, PVC, etc) and as such adding to the weight.
Stability is a product of construction and shape, where boards w/ 30”+ wide and 200+ liters in volume offer plenty of stability for your AVG adult while a board under 26” wide is a challenge.
Glide is a result of board shape and construction, w/ boards weighing under 30lbs and designed for racing offering best glide while recreational boards normally being on the slow side.
Dimensions11'6" x 35.5" x 6"
Industry standard in board dimensions reads: L (length, from nose to tail) x W (width, from rail to rail at midpoint length), and H (height, from top to bottom of board at midpoint length).
Standup paddle boards tend to fall into 4 different weight classes: extremely lightweight (under 20 lbs), lightweight (20-28 lbs), average weight (28-35 lbs), heavy (above 35 lbs).
Volume is a key metric to determine how much weight a board can carry. Boards w/ 200+ liters offer most floatation with boards under 150 liters typically for high-performance surf.
Capacity is the max cargo weight a stand up paddle board can carry, considering not only the paddler’s weight but whatever else the paddler may choose to carry alongside him/her.
Add On'sBungee Nose, Bungee Tail, Paddle Included, Leash Included, Handle on nose, Handle on tail, Instead of D rings, ISLE link system, Kayak Seat included, Kayak foot rest included
Add-on’s include bungee cords, a minimalist way to haul things; connexsup, which allows for all sorts of attachments, even fishing rods; and FCS II/Connect, for easy fin instal.
Handles directly affect carrying ease, with external grip handles (Liftsup & EZgrab) offering most comfort, Internal Ergo Grip the mid-tier comfort, and box handles as least comfortable.
Fishing rod holders and/or paddle holders can make paddling that much more pleasant, esp. when needing holders for the rod or having a safe place for the paddle during yoga.
|11 Feet 6 Inches||35.5 Inches||6 Inches||360 L|
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