Inflatable SUP boards: portable, light and great for waves and cruising

Inflatable stand up paddle boards are the best option for flat days. In a matter of seconds, you take the SUP out the car and hit the water for waves or cruising.

They're light, portable, durable and ready to ride. The new inflatable stand up paddle boards will provide you with hours of fun.

It's probably one of the best inventions of the surfing world. SUP boards are traditionally heavy and could only be transported in surfboard car racks.

Today, the inflatable stand up paddle boards will easily fit in a regular backpack, and in the car trunk. The best SUP boards are made using hardened rubber material, heavy duty PVC, layers of urethane and polymer.

All you want is a rigid board with portability qualities. At the same time, easy to inflate/deflate systems with a built-in fin setup are welcome.

The Ten Toes Weekender 10' promises to be just as rigid as non-inflatable standup paddle boards. The deck pad is a textured foam for comfort and additional stability. The aluminum paddle is impressively lightweight. An especially good choice for SUP yoga enthusiasts.

The Red Paddle Co 10'6" Inflatable SUP is 120mm thick, and allows you to get the kids on board. It is more than 40% stiffer than a standard 100mm board at the same pressure.

The Jobe Aero 10'6'' features a round nose and tail, and it's the ideal choice for flat waters. It provides a smooth and fun-filled work-out on the water, and it comes with the high-pressure hand pump with gauge.

The Pathfinder 9'9'' is portable, easy to store, and inflates to 15 PSI. It features a large and comfortable deck, and comes with a bungee for securing on-board cargo.

The iRocker 11' is virtually indestructible because it is built with military grade materials. The package includes a backpack, the paddle, and the hand pump.

Inflatable stand-up paddleboards: great for option cruising up the river | Photo: Jobe

The Tower Xplorer 14' includes a hand pump and an adjustable, three-piece aluminum paddle. When fully inflated, it feels very similar to a hard board.

The Solstice Bali is sleek, lightweight and fast. This extremely rigid and strong SUP includes four stainless tie-downs for securing gear.

The Vilano Navigator 10' SUP is made from ultra durable PVC/Korean drop stitch construction. If comes with a removable fin, seven sturdy D-rings for attaching a leash, kayak seat/backrest and carrying cargo like coolers or dry bags.

The Isle 10' All Around Blue Airtech is a popular SUP model known for its ding-resistant, military grade outer skin with a 6-inch thickness for increased volume. It inflates in five minutes.

The Starboard WindSUP Inflatable Blend 11'2'' Deluxe is built with a 6'' ultra-stiff drop-stitch, and comes with a fully retractable daggerboard casing.

Inflatable SUP boards: a surfboard that fits in a bag | Photo: iRocker/Bigstock

The Naish Glide Air 12' features a mega-stable, full body design making it the most stable and rigid performance-oriented inflatable designed for any size rider at any skill level.

The BIC 10' SUP Air is designed as an all-round performer, and it features even volume distribution, premium deck pad for comfort and traction, high volume hand pump and a storage bag that doubles as a backpack for easy transport.

The NRS Earl 4 is built for efficient paddling and smooth turning. It gives you a sleek, swift ride for flat water, rivers and waves, with its 280 liters of air volume. For paddlers up to 240 pounds.

The Airhead Na Pali has a rugged drop stitch construction, and can hold 15 pounds of air pressure. It will perform like a fiberglass board, with its three removable fins. Feel like sitting down? Install the seat in seconds and go kayaking.

The Advanced Elements Stiffy SUP has a revolutionary design that rivals the rigidity and performance of hard board SUP's, incorporating aluminum support shafts along the sides of the board.

The inflatable SUP boards review has been updated on April 19, 2017.