June 12, 2018

Inflatable Paddleboards vs. Hard (or Rigid) Padleboards: Top 7 Reasons to Consider Buying an iSUP

If you’re in the market for a new paddle board and are having trouble deciding between an inflatable SUPand a hard board, this article will present you with 7 key reasons why iSUPs are often the winner in this all-too-common dilemma. While rigid SUPs are a ton of fun, inflatable paddle boards are simply a much better fit for the vast majority of paddlers due to their unparalleled convenience, affordability, and durability.

So without further ado, let’s get right to it…

#1. Bombproof Durability
It’s a well-known fact that hard paddle boards are extremely susceptible to dings, cracks, and other damage. Additionally, rigid SUP repairs are not easy to perform and require costly and time-consuming shop repairs. Inflatables, on the other hand, are ding-proof and nearly indestructible. In the unlikely event that your inflatable SUP gets damaged and requires a repair, it’s an inexpensive and easy-to-do DIY job that’ll have your board back in the water in 24 hours.  A small repair kit is included with every KIALOA Napali II Inflatable SUP Board.  

#2. Super Portable
Hard paddle boards require roof racks, straps, trailers, or large vehicles. Inflatable paddle boards are a much more portable alternative which you can roll up and transport in the backseat or trunk of even the most compact of cars. Inflatables are also lighter, making them much easier to carry.  And you'll find that all of KIALOA's inflatable boards come with a rolling backpack for easy storage and transport.  

#3. Easy to Store
Storing a rigid SUP is not easy, nor is it a possibility for many people. If you happen to be an apartment dweller who doesn’t have the luxury of a spacious garage, or if you need to use an elevator or stairwell to access your apartment, a hard paddle board is simply an unrealistic option. An inflatable SUP, however, can be deflated, rolled up, and conveniently stashed into any small storage space. Under a bed, in a closet, or on a shelf — inflatable SUPs can quickly “disappear” in even the smallest of apartments.

#4. Affordable
While there are exceptions, inflatable stand up paddle boards typically cost less than their rigid counterparts. In addition to a cheaper price tag on average, iSUPs will also save you money when it comes to repairs as mentioned above.

#5. They Fly
Inflatable SUPs are the ultimate piece of gear for adventure travel junkies. While it’s impossible to take a rigid paddle board with you to exotic, far away paddling locations, an inflatable SUP can be neatly packed into a bag or backpack and checked with your other luggage.

#6. Great for Hiking
Enjoy hiking and camping in scenic, off-the-beaten-path locations? Inflatable paddle boards are a lightweight alternative to hard boards that can be easily carried along during your outdoor excursions. Enjoy access to amazing paddling spots that would be otherwise inaccessible with a hard paddle board.

#7. Safety
Last but not least, SUP safety is always an important consideration to keep in mind — inflatable paddle boards are a safer alternative to traditional rigid SUPs. While offering hard board-like rigidity when fully inflated, an inflatable SUP still offers a small amount of “give” which really helps when it comes to cushioning falls and preventing injury.


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