Retrospec Weekender 10’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Review (2020)
Retrospec Weekender 10’ inflatable SUP is a good quality now cheaper and stylish true all-around weighing 29 lbs. The max weight capacity is 275 lbs which means even the tad bit heavier paddlers (realistically up to 220-pound paddlers) can still use it. It’s got a better construction and hence better quality than your typical cheap iSUPs.
It may not seem like it, but there’s more to paddling than meets the eye. You need to have first-hand experience to understand that exhilarating feeling you get from it. Make sure to fall off a few times for me! ^^
Check its price and delivery conditions here: Retrospec Weekender 10′ iSUP. It’d be hard to go wrong with this one in this price range.
A Quick Overview for the Hasty
Retrospec Weekender 10′ iSUP measures: 10’ x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness). The max weight capacity is 275 pounds, the board itself weighs 29 pounds, and the package comes with everything you need to get on the water (excluding ankle leash).
Retrospec Weekender 10′ iSUP has a uniquely simplistic yet elegant style to it, and the overall quality and performance for an all-around, too, is something you won’t ever really have to question, which means it’s all good. The board is mainly maneuverable and snappy/fast rather than too stable and hard to control. I’d describe it as just right. It’s suitable even for a little heavier paddlers up to 220 pounds or so. The extra weight is more for additional equipment and/or passengers at lower levels (pets, kids, etc).
In case you were wondering whether such a cheap iSUP was worth it, I’d say you’d be in very safe hands with Retrospec Weekender 10′ because the brand behind it has good history and is well known in the world of SUP.
Who and What Is the Retrospec Weekender 10’ Inflatable SUP Board Designed for?
Who: anyone weighing up to 275 pounds (ideally up to 220-pound paddlers)
What: all-around (lakes, rivers, seas, etc; tiny bit of yoga, fishing, recreational paddling, riding small waves, etc).
Who is this for? Given its length (10′) and width (30″), a considerably taller person could use a longer (e.g 11′) and a considerably heavier paddler a wider board (e.g 32″) than this Retrospec Weekender 10′ is. That said, it’s better suited for average sized or lighter paddlers looking for a versatile iSUP.
What is this for? An all-around iSUP board is jack of all traders, master of none. It’s a relatively typical all-around, so it’s good for a little bit of everything to some extent. The quality is good enough to even handle some more rough waters rather than just calmer ones. That includes lakes, rivers, seas, etc; recreational paddling in general, fishing, and tiny bit of white water, less of yoga, but certainly for riding small waves, and some more.
Glance through this SUP Buying Guide for a better overview of things (link opens in a new tab).
How Does Retrospec Weekender 10′ Inflatable Paddleboard Perform?
Retrospec Weekender 10’ iSUP is mainly:
As a fairly typical all-around, Retrospec Weekender 10′ iSUP board is balanced somewhere between speed and maneuverability as it’s relatively narrow (30″) and not too long (10′). If the length/width ratio was off, say the board was considerably longer, then building up speed would be easier, but then maneuvering would be a little more tricky, and vice versa. But with the way it is for this board, you get a good balance of those extremes.
To prolong its life expectancy, make sure to take care of the board properly. You might be looking at a decade long reliability that way.
As for stability, if you weren’t too tall or weigh too much, you’d likely find it fairly easy to keep your balance after a while as a beginner. The rounded tail makes maneuvering feel smoother, and that makes you feel more in control and thus help you keep your balance. The rounded nose however might steer you off course if you tried to do a sprint session as it doesn’t cut through water. It all works better in cruising speed (normal recreational kind of speed).
Unless you’re immortal, you may want to give this a quick read: SUP Safety.
What Are the Specifications of Retrospec Weekender 10’ iSUP Board?
Type – All-round
Construction – Inflatable
Length – 10’
Width – 30″
Thickness – 6″
Weight – 29 pounds
Weight Capacity – 275 pounds (ideal for less than 220*-pound paddlers)
Material– double layer PVC
Retrospec Weekender 10′ iSUP is an all-around. This means that the board is a beginner friendly jack of all trades, master of none, a.k.a suitable for all areas of SUP to some extent, but not fully. Most suitable for some recreational paddling in calmer waters, but doesn’t exclude other areas of SUP activities.
Retrospec Weekender 10′ SUP is inflatable. It’s filled with air is what this means. But worry not, it’s not a balloon that pops easily. It’s usually these inflatables instead of hard boards that are used in white water river riding, and that should give a hint at how strong inflatables actually are. There are demonstrations of people driving over their air filled boards with their trucks just to show that it is indeed reliably strong and won’t just pop that easily. The inflation valve is located at the rear of the board and the recommended PSI is 15.
Retrospec Weekender 10′ iSUP is 10 feet long. It’s somewhat too short to serve as an option for everybody, but perfect for petite or average sized individuals. Usually the longer the board, the more speed it can build, but that comes at the cost of maneuverability. This board if plenty maneuverable while still having enough speed to not feel stuck in one place.
30 inches wide. Wider boards feel more stable. Although 30 inches isn’t super narrow, it’s not exactly wide either. Wider boards tend to be more stable. However, given the length/width ratio, 30 inch width together with 10 feet length is just the right balance between extremes. Once you’ve practiced a bit, it will feel stable, but at the beginning might take some getting used to.
The ideal thickness at this width/length ratio would be 5 inches, but Retrospec Weekender 10′ iSUP is 6 inches thick. Most inflatable boards nowadays are 6 inches thick. Thicker boards tend to feel more sturdy and stable.
This iSUP is fairly lightweight given the size of the board, weighing 29 pounds. It’s heavy enough to not be too susceptible to winds. That weight also gives a hint of there being more materials used in putting it together.
The max weight capacity is 275 pounds. However, the recommended max paddler weight is around 260 pounds. I personally would suggest is for any1 weighing less than 220 pounds to still have a great time and not feel like having to constantly work hard to keep the balance.
Retrospec Weekender 10′ iSUP board has a drop-stitch core material surrounded by a fabric holding the drop-stitch material together with PVC layers around the fabric. There’s a double layer of PVC at the rails. And finally a non-slip EVA foam deck pad on the very top to stand on.
What Is Retrospec Weekender 10’ Inflatable Paddle Board Made of?
Retrospec Weekender 10’ iSUP board is made of:
- double layer PVC
The core material consists of nylon thread drop-stitch material which is held together by fabric material and surrounded by 2 layers of PVC material on top of that. Around that is another layer of fabric, and finally non-slip Evo foam material on top.
The rails, too, have 2 PVC layers. Usually the rails are the weakest point in the construction because they hold together both the top and bottom half of the construction due to the way the top and bottom half of the board are put together.
They claim it to have a triple layer construction, but it’s really only a double layer PVC + additional fabric layer, which is stronger than just a single layer PVC construction still. This is more than fine for an all-around meant for recreational paddling as an average sized paddler. Such a construction could even hold heavier paddlers if it wasn’t for the size and design holding things back.
Here a quick read on the construction of inflatable paddle boards (link opens in a new tab).
What Are the Features of the Retrospec Weekender 10′ iSUP Board?
Retrospec Weekender 10′ Inflatable stand up paddle board has just a handful of basic features:
- Bungee storage area
- Carry handle
- Deck pad
- D-ring (1)
- Inflation valve
- Fins (3)
1 – 6-point bungee storage system
At the nose of the board is a bungee storage net which is attached to 6 mounted D-rings. You can store equipment or other things under the net for safekeeping while paddling.
2 – center carry handle
Middle carry handle for carrying the board. Note that it’s not advisable to drag the board even on sand as it can over time cause wear and tear. 29 pounds of weight to carry can be troublesome for some, but it’s something you have to deal with when using this board when inflated.
3 – EVA foam deck pad
There’s a non-slip EVA foam deck pad for you to stand on. It’s relatively soft, too.
4 – D-ring (1)
1 single D-ring at the read of the board just before the inflation valve. This is usually used for attaching an ankle leash. Sometimes used for towing, anchoring, and the like
5 – high pressure inflation valve
This is where you can fill the board with air. The recommended PSI is 15. Getting it there can be quite a workout with a manual pump. It’s a standardized H3 valve and is located at the rear of the board, just behind the D-ring. If it leaks air on first try, try not to panic, and see if a valve wrench came with the package. You can tighten the valve with the wrench as sometimes the valve can come a little loose over a long period of time as it’s being transported and whatnot.
6 – detachable fins (3)
Retrospec Weekender 10′ iSUP has 3 detachable fins. 1 bigger center fin and 2 smaller sidefins, all detachable. These fins improve tracking. The bigger one can be remove in shallow water, and so on.
What Else Is Included in the Retrospec Weekender 10′ Inflatable SUP Package?
The Retrospec Weekender 10′ iSUP package includes everything you’d need to get on the water. That is: paddle, manual pump, backpack carry bag, waterproof phone case, but also a repair kit, the board itself and the fins of course. NO ankle leash (it should be an important addition).
On the surface, it may seem like it’s any other adjustable (up to 9′ long) 3-piece (easier storage) aluminium paddle, but this one is of tad bit better quality than most. There are better quality materials for SUP paddles out there, but an aluminium paddle is good enough for general use and is way cheaper. Check out what I’m referring to from this post about SUP paddles for more insights for potentially upgrade in the future.
Retrospec Weekender 10′ iSUP package comes with a fairly simple manual high pressure pump. It’s got a pressure gauge on top which might only start registering the air pressure inside once you’re are around 7 PSI. It’s a bit of a workout and you’re probably looking at around 270 pumps to get to the recommended 15 PSI. As you can imagine, the last pumps will be tough ones.
It’s a decent backpack carry bag that can hold the entire package and some more.
A fairly simple additional accessory item – a waterproof phone case just in case.
Removable fins (3)
Retrospec Weekender 10′ iSUP has 3 removable fins. The middle one is bigger, and the 2 sidefins smaller. The fins help with maneuvering and tracking of the board. Make sure you get them in there the right way or else they might just disappear after the 1st session. I’ve seen people not accept their own mistake and go haywire over this.
The repair kit includes a valve wrench and some PVC patches for patching up “accidents”. The valve wrench is a useful thing as sometimes the valve might come loose over time during transport or simply just rough after some rough handling when it’s not yet being used. So, before thinking you got a borked board after you’ve inflated it for the first time and I you feel air coming out from the valve area, know that all it takes to fix it is to tighten the valve once it’s deflated.
So Is Retrospec Weekender 10’ Inflatable SUP Board Package for You?
This one in particular is very cheap yet good quality inflatable paddle board for beginners or any1 looking for a simple recreational all-around. If you didn’t weigh too much over 220 pounds, I’d say you can have plenty fun with this one. It might weigh 29 pounds, but that just hints at its good quality construction.
If it’s a good match for you, you can’t really go wrong with this one if your budget was minimal. It’s one of the best cheap inflatables on the market this year.
Best way to buy stand up paddle boards would be from physical shops. That way you could gain much needed info, advice and tips from the enthusiastic sellers there (assuming they were enthusiastic…).
If purchasing from a physical store was not an option, there are still online stores to check out.
Check the price or buy here: Retrospec Weekender 10′ Inflatable SUP Package.
Retrospec is a well-known brand. And now this year they’ve got one of the boards very competitively priced, the one this review is about. The Retrospec Weekender 10′ iSUP is perfect for beginners looking for a good quality all-around inflatable paddle board.
As long as your weight is less than 240 pounds, up to 275 would be stretching it given the size and design of the board (so ideally less than 220 pounds), and the style of the board was to your liking, you’re probably looking at the best cheap option this year.
Retrospec Weekender 10′ iSUP board package includes a 3-piece adjustable aluminium paddle, backpack carry bag, high-pressure handpump, 3 removable fins, a waterproof phone case, and a repair kit.
Where to Buy
It’s simple, buy here: Retrospec Weekender 10′ iSUP Package.
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