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

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.

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

The Tower Adventurer 9'10'' includes a hand pump and an adjustable, three-piece aluminum paddle. When fully inflated, it feels very similar to a hard board. It is easy to transport and store, and is the perfect choice for riding lakes, rivers, and practicing yoga.

The Atoll 11'0'' is made from machine laminated dual layer PVC, and comes with a two-way high-pressure hand pump and a heavy-duty backpack. It supports riders up to 300 pounds.

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 Starboard Whopper Deluxe 10' is a very light SUP featuring 3mm square groove EVA deck pad with croc skin texture, rails reinforced by a 3k Carbon laminated apex band, and a V8 flow valve that will get you to 15–18 PSI faster and with less effort.

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

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 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 Thrive 11' is an all-round SUP built for efficient paddling and smooth turning. It gives you a sleek, swift ride for flat water, rivers and waves, with its 222 liters of air volume. For paddlers up to 180 pounds.

The Airhead Popsicle 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 Lotus YSUP has been specifically designed for SUP yoga enthusiasts. Its six-inch thick drop-stitch material and clear deck surface increases the overall stability of the board.

The inflatable SUP boards review has been updated on March 15, 2018.