Our expert editorial team personally reviewed 70+ stand up paddle board 2017 models, paddling, weighing, and comparing them to each other. We began our review process in the summer, when the Supconnect staff traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the Summer Outdoor Retailer Show, where the industry congregates to showcase their newest models. Next, in the fall, our team traveled to Orlando, Florida, for the Surfexpo Show, where we once again tested the latest and the greatest. And finally, through all of winter, we met with individual brands back in San Diego, California, where we got a chance to paddle, weigh, and compare even more stand up paddle boards. The end result is the world's most comprehensive review of stand up paddle boards to-date, selecting the best paddle boards of the season, and offering an in-depth analysis to be found nowhere else. FAQ
The low-price point, where durability and performance are typically but not always compromised for the sake of affordability.
$500 - $1000
The low/mid-price point, which tends to offer slight improvements to durability and performance, but still heavier build.
$1000 - $1,500
The high/mid-price, which offers the largest array of products and normally with slightly lighter weight.
The high-price point, where boards typically come w/ best materials and accessories delivering lightweight, performance driven products.
Hard, composite boards, offering the broadest range in price and performance, with the low-price point tailored primarily for recreation while the higher-price point delivers the highest performing boards in the market.
Inflatable boards offer the most convenience of storage while also delivering performances far beyond most people’s expectations, with the new technology making them quite stiff and tailored for various uses.
All-around boards primarily for recreation, with boards 30 inches + wide and often times heavier, more durable constructions.
All-around and touring boards, with boards 28-30 inches wide boards and with better and more lightweight builds.
Specialty boards, designed for specific uses to help achieve top performance in yoga, fishing, race, surf, river.
For multiple purposes but primarily for recreation.
For cruising paddles beyond the shoreline
For optimal stability as a floating yoga mat
For stability to cast the line, with plenty of accessories
For speed, coming with lightweight build
For maneuverability and wave handling
For rapids, river eddies and river wave riding