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Slingshot Crossbreed

Price: $799 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 22lbs Sizes: 11'

About the board: Slingshot’s Crossbreed Inflatable is a stable, beginner-friendly board great for all-around paddling and/or short-distance touring. The Crossbreed has some nice looks, coming with a solid yellow throughout most of the board keeping it simple and striking. (The board is also offered in three other colors: Blue, Red, and Green.) At a very affordable price point the Crossbreed has premium qualities to it coming with a nice carrying bag, strong dual-action pump and FCS II fin, among other items, easily making this board a great value for its price and deserving of Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Boardworks Shubu

Price: $1,099 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 26.7 lbs Sizes: 9'6", 10'6"

About the board: The Shubu is a very stable, inflatable board that is great for beginners. The board takes the simple route in terms of looks, coming with a limited play on color and graphics however, it offers unique features having two side-bite fins and with the option of adding a third, FCS II center fin into the center fin box which is unusual for inflatables. It has reinforced rails and an arch bar in the center to help with rigidity and comes in a nice portable bag and has a repair kit in case of damage. The board has premium qualities for an affordable price, meriting it Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Red Paddle Co. Sport

Price: $1,499 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 18.9 lbs Sizes: 11', 11'3", 12'6"

About the board: The Sport from Red Paddle Co. is an inflatable touring board that works for paddlers of all skill levels. The board has a very clean look to it with minimal colors and graphics keeping it very simple and clean. The construction appears very strong, as something that can handle heavy use. The board is very stable and very lightweight and is great for paddling mid to long-distances, between 3-10 miles. Its strong, lightweight construction combined with the ability to paddle some distance makes the Sport deserving of Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Starboard Touring Zen

Price: $1,099 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 23.1 lbs Sizes: 11'6", 12'6', 14'

About the board: The Touring Zen is an inflatable board great for paddlers of all skill levels. Primarily designed with touring in mind the board is great for paddling mid-range distances up to 3-5 miles max. It has some nice looks with a mix of bold colors, blues and greens that are very eye-catching. This paddle board is easy to carry being that it weighs slightly over 23 lbs and the glide feels fast which is very surprising since inflatables aren’t usually fast. The board comes with a tool-less FCS II fin which is a perk and also has an FCS adaptor on the deck of the board which is unusual to have on an inflatable. The board has premium features at an affordable price thus deserving Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Starboard Drive

Price: $1,299 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: All-around
Weight: 19.1 lbs Sizes: 10'5"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, all-around inflatable board to paddle short distances then the Drive from Starboard is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Deluxe construction which is highly durable for an inflatable. Because of the width being 30 inches the board is stable and it has 1.81 lbs per foot weighing only 19.1 lbs total. Its shape makes the Drive an all-around board that can be used by everyone and it’s designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short-distance paddling, around the beach and dock. Retailing at $1,299, the board is among the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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BOTE Drift

Price: $1,250 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 23.1 lbs Sizes: 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, inflatable, all-around board to paddle short distances then the BOTE Drift is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Classic construction which is durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 32 inches the board is very stable and has 2.01 lbs per foot, weighing 23.1 lbs total, making this board pretty lightweight for its size. Its shape makes the Drift an all-around board that can be used by everyone and was designed for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distances, around the beach, dock and on rivers. Retailing at $1,250, the board is among the popular mid-tier price point in terms of affordability.

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Aqua Marina Evolution

Price: $599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Fishing
Weight: 31.8lbs Sizes: 9'8/10'14

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a SUP/kayak hybrid to paddle short distances then the Aqua Marina Evolution is worth a look. This product is unique in that it can be used as either a stand up paddle (SUP) board or a kayak and comes in the PVC drop stitch construction which is rather fragile and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 41 inches when outfitted as a kayak the board is very stable however, when the board is used solely as a SUP its width of 26 inches make it very unstable. The Kayak setup has 2.83 lbs per foot (board is 11’2 when outfitted as a kayak) weighing 31.8 lbs. It’s shape makes the Evolution best for beginners as a Kayak and best for advanced paddlers as a SUP. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling around the beach and dock. Retailing at $599 the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability and is a great price for a SUP/kayak hybrid.

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Naish Glide

Price: $1,539 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 30.4 lbs Sizes: 12'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, inflatable, all-around board to paddle short distances then the Naish Glide is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Double Layer Stitch construction and rather durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its 34 inch width the board is very stable and has 2.43 lbs per foot, weighing 30.4 lbs total. Its shape makes the Glide an all-around board that can be used by anyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling, around the beach, dock and river. Retailing at $1,539, the board is in the high-tier price point but is among the best inflatables that the brand has to offer.

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Hala Hoss

Price: $1,399 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 24.4 lbs Sizes: 10'10"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, inflatable all-around board to paddle short distances then the Hala Hoss is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board is 35 inches wide, making it incredibly stable and it has 2.27 lbs per foot weighing 24.4 lbs total, which is pretty light. Its shape makes the Hoss an all-around board that can be used by everyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Everything combined, the board is best fit for short-distance paddling, around the beach, dock or on the river. Retailing at $1,399, the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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Aqua Marina Magma

Price: $499 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: All Around
Weight: 17lbs Sizes: 10'10

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, lightweight, inflatable, all-around board to paddle mid-range distance, and in the low price point of under $500 then the Magma from Aqua Marina is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the drop stitch construction which is somewhat fragile and has its ups and downs. With its 30 inch width the board is pretty stable, and has 1.57 lbs per foot weighing only 17 lbs. Its shape makes the Magma an all-around board that can be used by almost anyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short to mid-range distance paddling (3-5 miles). Retailing at $499 the board is among the most affordable paddle boards (inflatable or not) that you can find.

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Hala Nass T

Price: $1,699 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race/Touring
Weight: 32.8 lbs Sizes: 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, inflatable, race/touring board to paddle mid to long-range distances then the Hala Nass T is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Carbon Fiber Composite construction which is very durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its narrow width of 26 inches the board is very unstable, however, it is fast. Its construction comes in at an average weight coming in at 32.8 lbs and has 2.34 lbs per foot, putting the board at an average weight for its size. Its shape makes the Nass T a touring and/or race board for advanced paddlers and is designed to be used in both recreational and competitive paddling. Retailing at $1,699, the board is among the high-tier price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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Naish One

Price: $1,249 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race/Touring
Weight: 25.1 lbs Sizes: 12'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable inflatable, race/touring board to paddle then the One from Naish is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in a double drop stitch technology, which is durable and has its ups and downs. The board is 30 inches wide making the board pretty stable and the board has 2.01 lbs per foot and weighs 25.1 lbs total which is lightweight for a board that is 12’6”. Its shape makes the One a race/touring board that can be used by intermediate paddlers and was designed for both recreation and competition. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid to long-distance paddling between 3-10 miles plus. Retailing at $1,249, the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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