iROCKER SUP Reviews

iRocker Inflatable SUP Reviews

 

So you’re probably curious as to what iROCKER SUP (brand) has to offer. Maybe they’ve got something just for you, but you can’t quite tell.

You might have already taken a quick look at their SUP lineup (they’ve updated them for 2019), BUT you’re probably undecided as to which one of those iRocker iSUP boards is the most suitable for you specifically. Because…

IMPORTANT! There is no single “best” iRocker SUP board; each iSUP board from iRocker is designed for certain type of rider in certain types of conditions, otherwise they’re equally of high quality, varyingly verstile and affordable inflatable SUP boards in their own right. And that might be the reason why you’re here looking for answers.

 


iRocker SUP Overview

Before going in, a few things to help get your bearings.

iROCKER SUP (brand) has 6 inflatable stand up paddle (SUP) boards in their lineup, 4 of which are from the iRocker series (updated in 2018) and 2 from the Blackfin series (launched in 2018). Each board is sold in a form of a package that includes all you need to get on the water (life jacket/PFD not included).

The Blackfin packages consist of better quality features (at higher price) when compared to iRocker packages.

  • Each iRocker package (4) comes with the corrseponding iRocker inflatable SUP board, its features and fins, high quality iRocker adjustable 3-piece fiberglass shaft paddle, backpack traveling carry bag able to store the entire package and a little more, coiled leash, dual-action handpump with integrated pressure gauge, and a repair kit consisting of a wrench valve and 3 PVC patches (PVC glue NOT included).
  • Each Blackfin package (2) comes with the corresponding Blackfin inflatable SUP board, its features and fins, premium quality Blackfin adjustable 3-piece carbon fiber shaft paddle, wheeled backpack traveling carry bag able to store the entire package and a little more, coiled leash, dual-chamber triple-action handpump with integrated pressure gauge, and a repair kit consisting of a wrench valve and 3 PVC patches (PVC glue NOT included).
  • Additionally, offered separately for extra cost are the iRocker/Blackfin kayak bundle (attachable accessories), shoulder carry strap, cooler deck pad, and electric pump. These are not needed per se, but can enchance the experience depending on your preferences.

 

Overall stats range of the iROCKER SUP (brand) boards:

  • 6″ (thickness);
  • 30″ – 35″ (width);
  • 10’ – 11’6″ (length);
  • 24 – 32 (weight in lbs);
  • 370 – 485 (weight capacity in lbs).

Thicker boards are stiffer and more stable than thinner boards.
Width dictates how stable the board is side-to-side.
Longer boards allow to build up more speed.
Shorter boards are more maneuverable.

 


iRocker SUP Reviews

Now that you’re a little more invested, simply skim over the iRocker SUP descriptions below and see which one resonates with you the most, see if anything sticks.

Then, if you feel like it, quickly check out the corresponding review to learn all there is to know about that one particular iRocker inflatable SUP board you fancy most.

Reminder: all of the iROCKER SUPs are of good quality for what they were designed for.

 


1/6) iRocker CRUISER 10’6″

iRocker CRUISER measures 10’6″ x 33″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness), weighs 25 lbs and can carry up to 400 lbs. It’s built for maximum stability. It’s an affordable, extra stable, quality all-around from iROCKER SUP. REVIEW: iRocker CRUISER (older version); or check the price of the updated 2019 version here.

iRocker SUP Reviews - iRocker CRUISER

It might be for you:
iRocker CRUISER might be for you if you’re looking for an inflatable SUP board for paddling flatwater conditions in a slower, relaxing pace with comfortable stability even in choppier water conditions. Good for beginners, larger or even multiple riders because it’s that stable and can carry a great deal of weight, but also for experienced paddlers for it is wide enough to be used for plenty of flatwater SUP activities like yoga, fishing, and everyday paddling (or slow-pace touring), or perhaps some little wave and whitewater riding too.

It might NOT be for you:
iRocker CRUISER might NOT be for you if you were looking for a performance-oriented inflatable SUP. This means racing and surfing competitively are out of the question. It’s too wide and a little too long for surfing, too wide and too short for racing (for long-distance touring, it may be a little too short and wide, making it feel too cruisy, and unless the scenery is great, it may become a drag in the long run).

 


2/6) iROCKER ALL-AROUND 10′

iRocker ALL-AROUND 10’ measures 10’ x 32″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness), weighs 24 lbs and can carry up to 370 lbs. Ideal for paddlers less than 5’10” tall, this iSUP is a typical all-around with a little bit of extra stability and performance in mind. It’s otherwise an affordable, quality all-around from iROCKER SUP (brand). REVIEW: iRocker ALL-AROUND 10’ (older version); or check the price of the updated 2019 version here.

iRocker SUP Reviews - iRocker ALL-AROUND 10’

It might be for you:
iRocker ALL-AROUND 10’ might be for you if you’re looking for just a decent affordable all-around (jack of all trades, master of none) inflatable SUP board. If you’re less than 5’10” tall, the iSUP is fairly stable for it is wide enough, glides relatively well on the water and has great maneuverability. It’s good for flatwater conditions, allowing for fishing and even yoga, and can handle choppier conditions as well, perhaps some surfing smaller waves too.

But here’s what: it’s super similar to iRocker ALL-AROUND 11’. In comparison, the ALL-AROUND 10’ has slightly better maneuverability, but is slightly slower and less stable than the ALL-AROUND 11’.

It might NOT be for you:
iRocker ALL-AROUND 10’ might NOT be for you if you were considerably taller than 5’10” and/or looking for either a speedy or super stable iSUP. It’s not a performance-oriented inflatable SUP. It’s a little too wide for surfing and racing, likely too short for long-distance touring.

 


3/6) iROCKER ALL-AROUND 11′

iRocker ALL-AROUND 11’ measures 11’ x 32″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 27 lbs and can carry up to 435 lbs. Like the previous SUP, this one is also a typical all-around, just 1 feet longer, with a little bit of extra stability and performance in mind. It’s otherwise an affordable, quality all-around from iROCKER SUP (brand). REVIEW: iRocker ALL-AROUND 11’ (older version); or check the price of the updated 2019 version here.

iRocker SUP Reviews - iRocker ALL-AROUND 11’

It might be for you:
iRocker ALL-AROUND 11’ might be for you if you’re looking for just a decent all-around (jack of all trades, master of none) inflatable SUP board. This iSUP is fairly stable for it is wide enough, glides relatively well on the water and has great maneuverability. It’s good for flatwater conditions, allowing for fishing and even yoga, and can handle choppier conditions as well, perhaps some surfing smaller waves too.

As was mentioned before: it’s super similar to iRocker ALL-AROUND 10’. In comparison, the ALL-AROUND 11’ has slightly worse maneuverability, but is slightly faster and more stable than the ALL-AROUND 10’.

It might NOT be for you:
iRocker ALL-AROUND 11’ might NOT be for you if you were looking for either a speedy or super stable iSUP. It’s not a performance-oriented inflatable SUP. It’s a little too wide for surfing and racing, likely too short for long-distance touring.

 


4/6) iROCKER SPORT 11′

iRocker SPORT measures 11’ x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness), weighs 25 lbs and can carry up to 385 lbs. It’s a performance-oriented all-around iSUP from iROCKER SUP. This too is affordable and of great quality. REVIEW: iRocker SPORT (older version); or check the price of the updated 2019 version here.

iRocker SUP Reviews - iRocker SPORT

It might be for you:
iRocker SPORT 11’ might be for you if you’re looking for performance-oriented all-around inflatable SUP board. It maneuvers well and can build up great speeds. Good for beginners/intermediates in flatwater conditions, but decent enough for some surfing also. Could be used for shorter touring trips.

It might NOT be for you:
iRocker SPORT might NOT be for you if you considered yourself to be a larger paddler, because it might be too wobbly of an iSUP in that case. This iRocker SUP is the least stable iSUP in their lineup, but it’s still relatively stable. This iRocker SUP is not a dedicated racing nor surfing board.

 


5/6) BLACKFIN Model X 10’6″

Blackfin Model X 10’6″ measures 10’6″ x 35″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness), weighs 29 lbs and can carry up to 450 lbs. It’s a premium quality extra stable all-around iSUP from iRocker SUP.

Blackfin Model X 10’6″ REVIEW (older version)
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iRocker SUP Reviews - Blackfin Model X 10’6″
iRocker SUP Reviews – Blackfin Model X 10’6″

It might be for you:
Blackfin Model X 10’6″ might be for you if you’re looking for a premium quality extra stable all-around inflatable SUP board with extra room on it. Suitable for larger paddlers, beginners or anybody looking for more stability while having some elements for performance. Good for flatwater (everyday paddling, fishing, yoga, shorter touring), whitewater or choppier water conditions.

It might NOT be for you:
Blackfin Model X 10’6″ might NOT be for you if you were looking for a challenge or a quick cheap performance-oriented iSUP to surf or race with. Clearly too wide for both racing and surfing (doesn’t exclude riding smaller waves though). Might be more suceptible to wind.

 


6/6) BLACKFIN Model XL 11’6″

Blackfin Model XL 11’6″ measures 11’6″ x 34″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness), weighs 32 lbs and can carry up to 485 lbs. It’s a premium quality extra stable all-around iSUP from iRocker SUP.

Blackfin Model XL 11’6″ REVIEW (older version)
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iRocker SUP Reviews - Blackfin Model XL 11’6″
iRocker SUP Reviews – Blackfin Model XL 11’6″

It might be for you:
Blackfin Model XL 11’6″ might be for you if you’re looking for a premium quality extra stable all-around inflatable SUP board with extra room on it that’s tad bit bigger compared to the Model X. Suitable for larger paddlers, beginners or anybody looking for more stability while having some elements for performance. Good for flatwater (everyday paddling, fishing, yoga, some touring), whitewater or choppier water conditions.

It might NOT be for you:
Blackfin Model XL 11’6″ might NOT be for you if you were looking for a challenge or a quick cheap performance-oriented iSUP to surf or race with. Clearly too wide for both racing and surfing (doesn’t exclude riding smaller waves though). Might be more suceptible to wind.

 


CONCLUSION

Nowadays, pretty much all the SUPs you see are of high enough quality. This is to say, unless a SUP board has obvious negativity (red flags) surrounding it, there’s likely no reason to write one off if it’s otherwise a good match for you.

What makes one board better than another then? Ultimately, it’s how well the SUP fits with what you plan and be able to do with it, but otherwise, generally speaking, it comes down to associations (brand, “lots of other people do it too” etc) and the added value or lack thereof (customer support, warranty, extra features, etc).

In that sense, iROCKER SUP overdelivers. At the price point they offer such quality packages, it will likely be difficult to find better options.

 

FURTHER READING

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One Comment

  1. Sally Van Bokkelen

    Love our two boards. Lost a fin and received immediate support for a replacement. They’re light and stable! This is year two and they’re in great shape. Thanks iRockersup! Sally Van Bokkelen, Stony Lake, Michigan

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