fbpx

Best Lightweight Paddle Boards [Top 10 Picks] of 2022

Best Lightweight Paddle Boards

Whether you are a beginner at paddleboarding or a skinny adult like me, lightweight paddle boards are best for you. For starters, they will be easier to maneuver for you and maneuverability is one of the key things that a paddleboard user looks for while buying the paddleboards. Secondly, carrying the lightweight paddleboards (after inflation) towards the water will be easier than the epoxy and heavy inflatable paddleboards. So, if you are searching for the best lightweight paddle boards but haven’t got any results, we have got you covered.

The internet is filled with several lightweight paddleboard choices. But no one tells which one is best for you in a particular scenario. That’s where today’s discussion will come in handy. Here, we have picked the top 10 entries for the best lightweight paddle boards of 2022. So, you can find the entries discussed here easily in all offline and online stores.

PS 4

Before moving on to the list, we will start this discussion with ‘Buying Guide. The ‘Buying Guide’ will prepare your mind regarding what you should look for while choosing a specific paddleboard. And lastly, we will share some FAQs regarding this topic. So, without any further delay, let’s begin today’s topic.

Factors to Consider While Buying the Paddle Boards in 2022 – the Buying Guide

Whether we talk about purchasing paddleboards or any other thing, it is always difficult to choose the best. But we have made a list of the factors that you can use as a template to choose the right paddle board for you. So, before discussing the entries on today’s list, keep the following things in mind.

1. Shapes

Paddleboards come in different shapes and sizes. However, the two most popular shapes are Touring/Displacement/V-Shaped boards and Planing boards.

  • Touring/Displacement/V-Shaped board – helps in maintaining a line and getting a good consistent speed. These nose-shaped boards are pretty effective because they allow the user to pierce through the water while going through the current or chop.
  • All-around/planning board–also works great because they come with the traditional rounded shape to the nose.

So, choosing between these two shapes depends on how you want your board to perform for you while you’re in the water.

2. Standard Features

Every paddleboard comes with some standard features. So, your paddleboard should have the following standard fortes.

  • Handle – which helps you pack the board to and from the water. This is typically in the center, which brings a satisfying balancing point because you’re neither dragging the nose nor the tail.
  • Fins – allows you to move forward in a straight line. So, your paddleboard should have fins (either single or multiple).
  • TractionPad – is a subtle cushy area that lets you have grip and remain in contact with your paddleboard all the time.

3. Length

Mostly, paddleboards’ lengths vary from 10.5-14 feet and they also have variations in increments from 3 to 4 to 6 to various other inches of increments. So, we discuss some scenarios that will help you while choosing between different lengths of paddleboards.

  • If you want a paddleboard that is easier to turn, then a shorter board should be your choice. For example, for paddle surfing, people use shorter planning boards.
  • If you want to go straight and be efficient in the water, then a longer board is perfect for you. For example, if you’re on a bay, a lake where there’s no surf required, a touring board is best for you.

4. Width

Width plays a vital role in the stability of the board and, mostly, paddleboards come in 26 to 32-inches of width. So, you should pick the width of the board according to your experience level. For example, the touring board should be 30-inches and the planning board should be 31-32-inches wide for beginners.

5. Volume

Aside from shape, length, and width, volume is another important factor that you should consider while buying a paddleboard. For example, experts don’t recommend a board that doesn’t have enough volume to float its user. Because the wrong combination of paddlers with the volume will result in an uneasy ride in the water (practically swimming 😁). So, it’s best to choose a board with enough volume.

Now, let’s move to the best entries for today’s list.

List for the Best Lightweight Paddle Boards

Before starting this list, you should know that we have strictly restricted this list to the best lightweight inflatable paddle boards. So, you won’t find the best lightweight hard paddle boards here, as epoxy or hard SUPs are often heavy. But you can check a complete list of the best non inflatable paddle boards 2022.

1. iRocker Nautical 10’6″

iRocker Nautical 10This is a board with multiple riding situations and options made for those who always want to explore new areas, practice different activities, and perform every kind of surfing activity. It is even suitable if you have a dog, or a child and you want to take them with you. Because it is very stable, comfortable, and safe to travel on for your dog and child.

It is exactly what the beginners want and need to start with because it has 32” width and only 20LBs weight with a weight capacity of up to 240 Lbs.

Board Specifications

  • Height:10’6″
  • Width:32”
  • Weight:20lbs
  • Thickness:6″
  • Composition:Dual-Layer Military-Grade PVC
  • Tail width:16″
  • Weight limit:240lbs
  • Volume:221L

In-Depth Review:

 A board having 32” width it is pretty stable like you can even transport your dog and child on it very easily. Its deck size is larger, giving it a more stable environment but still, 32” inches is not considered as much as there are other competitors of this board. Therefore, we can also say that it is for light weight and small sized riders and not for the bigger ones.

Even though it is only somewhat stable but being a board with so many other good features, it is among those boards that are highly maneuverable. This is because of the small width size of the deck pad and long-tail area. There is no other thing important if maneuverability is good enough because most of the pro-level and even the beginner level riders want their best inflatable SUPs to be highly maneuverable.

Being a product of one of the top brands in the paddling industry, it is extremely portable because all of the inflatable paddle boards can be deflated easily, and one can then pack them inside their cover bag and then in their car. So, first parameter of the portability is complete but if we talk about its 4 D-ring attachments, dual bungee cargo system, 1 action mount or any other commodity that it has, we can say that it has got even more points in our test than before.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Additional cargo space and D-rings
  • Kayak seat can also be adjusted easily
  • Becomes very small after deflation to provide extra portability and storage.
  • Stability score is low but good for a beginner
  • Fiber glass paddle
Cons
  • Being an inflatable paddleboard, not as stiff as iROCKER’s all around
  • Weight capacity is low keeping its other specs in mind

2. iRocker Nautical 11’6″

iRocker Nautical 11This board is made with the safety of the rider, comfort, and adventure needs of the riders in mind. It is a solid build overall that is very good for beginners with 32” width and a weight capacity of 265 Lbs. Looking at its length of 11’6”, we can easily say that you will enjoy riding it. Especially because of its light weight which is just 22Lbs, that is somewhat more than a Nautical 10’6” but still it performs really well, enough for an adventurous ride. iROCKER has been in the best SUP brands for years now just because of its customized products that are made for specific types of groups.

Board Specifications

  • Height: 11’6″
  • Width: 32″
  • Weight: 22lbs
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Composition: Dual-Layer Military-Grade PVC
  • Tail width: 16″
  • Weight limit: 265lbs
  • Volume:232L

In-Depth Review:

The iROCKER Nautical 11’6” is stable enough to travel with a dog or a child on it or even travel on the adventurous high wavy waters of the unrested oceans or calm waters of lakes. Its stability measurement test tells us that it is stable above average. For beginners, it is easy to learn on a stable board, and this stability index is enough for a beginner to trust its performance.

A paddle board of one of the best paddle boards for beginners should have extra maneuverability so that they can enjoy and learn at the same time. But being a long and wide board having quite a stable construction with 6” thick deck, this is not possible for a beginner to enjoy its maneuverability. Even though, experienced riders can make it more maneuverable but its up to the rider at the end.

This board gives a good price and quality ration result because it is very affordable with a sturdy design and good construction quality. iROCKER knows how the beginners misuse their paddleboard of the list of best inflatable paddle board for beginners. Therefore, they have made it with everything into consideration for better production quality in return for affordable price point.

Pros
  • Light weight board
  • Affordable price
  • Double layer robust construction
  • Fins are removable
  • A lot of points to tie it for added portability
  • A kayak seat can easily be adjusted on it
Cons
  • Fiber glass paddle
  • Speed and tracking are not good enough as compared to its competitors.
  • One year warranty

3. iROCKER All Around 10

iRocker All Around 10The iRocker All Around 10 is every individual’s dream who wants to go paddling alone because of its 32” width that makes it stable enough to go beyond the limits and the height range goes between 5’9” to anywhere lower. This is a very light weight paddleboard with a cool design and inflatability. It is a rider-friendly board that gets under your control very easily by giving you easy turns and a comfortable ride. You can easily surf on the pristine waters at high speed on this board or to enjoy more, take one of your friends on another board with you to explore yourself and love yourself more.

Board Specifications

  • Height: 10’
  • Width: 32”
  • Weight: 24lbs
  • Thickness: 6”
  • Composition: Triple Layer Military Grade PVC – Drop Stich Core
  • Tail Width: 16”
  • Weight Limit: 370lbs
  • Volume: 221L

In-Depth Review:

This iROCKER All Around 10 has a 32” deck pad that is also stiff when you walk on it or when the waters choppy. Its construction quality tells all about its stability because it is very stable and good for a beginner to start learning paddleboard. This is one of the best inflatable SUPs that you will get so far. And the tri-fins setup ensures any concerns about the stability factor.

This board, even being a shorter board, is very good in terms of maneuverability because it has given a lot of grip at the back of the board to sink its back end in the water and turn it rapidly sideways. Beginners are mostly shorter in height so they can easily maneuver on this short board rather than its brother All Around 11’. So, we can say that it is pretty good in maneuverability.

This board is shorter and that’s why it has above average tracking ability. This is because other shorter boards do not provide much tracking as much as this one does. And the other longer boards have this board in their competition. Also, any other concerns and doubts get cleared when you use all the three fins because they add into its tracking.

Pros
  • Great construction of the board
  • Newbies friendly stability
  • Easy to Maneuver
  • 20-Rings and 4 action mounts
  • Three carrying handles
  • Sufficient storage space
  • Light weight
  • Great paddle
Cons
  • A bot slower than All Around 11’
  • Weight capacity is lower

4. iRocker Cruiser 10’6″

iRocker Cruiser 10

This is the steadiest paddle board out of all the other best inflatable supboards because of its 33” wide deck with a pretty wide tail. The beginners who want to learn more and fall less into the water, this is the best option considering its stability. And with a board’s stability, comes its maneuverability because when you are able to stand on the board and take the turns and cuts or even close calls to some other boards, you can easily utilize its speed to enjoy hardcore surfing. Even though, it is considered the best option to start learning paddleboarding out of all.

Yoga is another factor that this board is famous for, because of its huge deck width, it is stable enough to practice one leg half-moon pose. Overall, adventure lovers are warmly welcomed on this board and be known to the truth that this board will never come in the list of sup brands to avoid.

Board Specifications

  • Height:10’6”
  • Width:33”
  • Weight:25lbs
  • Thickness:6”
  • Composition:Triple Layer Military Grade PVC – Drop Stich Core
  • Tail Width:22”
  • Weight Limit:400lbs
  • Volume:234L

In-Depth Review:

The iROCKER Cruiser 10’6” is an extremely stable paddleboard that we can safely say that it is the most stable board in this line of boards. Moreover, this board’s wide tail and good grip on the deck make it a good choice for yoga, fishing, or any other stability-requiring activity.

Its tail is 20” wide and that’s a pretty high number but surprisingly enough, it still performs really well in terms of maneuverability. This is because it’s not a very fast board furthermore, it tracks in a straight line. Therefore, Medium level riders can use this board to level up their skills paddleboarding and the beginners can enjoy on this board rather than under it.

iROCKER does not make any product that is not even useful in terms of ease of using their products. Therefore, they take good care of the fact that their boards should be very portable that everyone can transport and store their boards anywhere easily. Therefore, they have provided this board with safety handles, and the carrying handles separately making this board extremely portable for anyone.

Pros
  • 21 D-rings
  • Very stable because wide and rigid
  • Great storage space on both front and back
  • Very portable due to removeable fins
  • Compatible with even 2 people on board
  • Can bear a huge amount of weight
Cons
  • Paddle’s handle can be made of rubber rather than plastic

5. GILI 10’6″/11’6″

GILI 10GILI 10’6″/11’6″ is one of the best iSUP packages available out there and it is the best inflatable paddle board under $400 and the cheapest paddleboard by Gili brand. It was people’s choice for several years but as soon as they announced that they are going to upgrade and then relaunch the paddleboard into the market, people started to watch time for this board. Now its new look and upgrades are great overall but something that we look up to is its design. Having a 32” standard wide deck, the stability, portability, and maneuverability is not a question for this marvelous product of the GILI.

Board Specifications

  • Length:10’6”/11’6”
  • Width:32”
  • Thick:6”
  • Volume:225L / 234L
  • Weight:19Lbs/21Lbs
  • Weight Capacity:280Lbs/295Lbs

In-Depth Review:

Gili Air is extremely maneuverable that you can make sharp turns and control this board easily. Its maneuverability level is ensured by the fact that its weight is just 19/21Lbs which is very light to easily make pivotal turns and avoid obstacles from very close to the obstacle. If you are a calm person who wants to surf in the calm waters rather than choppy waters, this board is for you.

The new shape of the Gili Air is very good with a pointy nose instead of the round nose. This makes it track in a straight line and it does not go in a zigzag position. The Gili brand knows what its customers want, and it becomes frustrating to choose one or.

This paddleboard by Gili is one of the toughest paddleboards because of its construction and material used to make it. Military-grade PVC material is used with a strong drop-stitch construction making it able to bounce back from the obstacles rather than getting damaged by hitting a rock or other board. Its weight adds into its quality and solidity being packed at 280 Lbs and 295 Lbs.

Pros
  • Beautiful color and design
  • Two sizes available as options
  • Very light with respect to its weight
  • Great construction quality in an affordable price
Cons
  • Aluminum paddle rather than adding a fiber glass paddle in the options

6. GILI Mako

GILI MakoGili Mako is made with high-quality material and raising the standards of the overall industry. This board is made by pairing the two layers of the military-grade PVC that ensures its durability. And the rest of the important things such as its stability, maneuverability, and weight are good for all the riders according to their skill level. This is because from beginners to pro-level riders can use this board very pleasantly. But for a good experience on this board, it is recommended that the rider should be below 5’10” in height for added stability and grip on the board to not let it flip or even tilt.

Board Specifications

  • Length: 10’
  • Width: 32”
  • Thick: 6”
  • Volume: 218 L
  • Weight: 20 Lbs.
  • Weight capacity: 260 Lbs.

In-Depth Review:

This paddleboard is standard 32” wide that is considered good for extra maneuverability. Also, its total length is 10 feet that gives you extra room to walk back at the rear end of the board and dip that end into the water to make any sharp turns and cuts through the water. It also helps that it is 6” thick making the board non-sinkable in almost very harsh environment.

This board is very lightweight in comparison with its other competitors but surprisingly enough, it is not made with any lighter or useless material, in fact, it is made with dual layer of the fusion technology that provides it extra durability due to the particles of its layers meeting and fusing with each other make sure that it turns out to be very sturdy.

This board has a 32” wide deck with a proper grip system at the upper side of the deck to provide the rider with additional stability. But its long tail and lightweight with due to sturdy material makes it stable enough to even let the beginner riders ride on it and have fun. This is because tracking and stability with a little bit of maneuverability are the main objectives of the beginners to enjoy riding it in the start.

Pros
  • Great build quality
  • Easy to pump up
  • Easy to deflate
  • Kayak seat compatible
  • Great accessories, especially the backpack
  • Easy packing and unpacking
Cons
  • Accessories may get damaged even before reaching to you
  • People have complained about being it not better than a $300 board

7. GILI Komodo

GILI Komodo

The Komodo paddleboard by Gili is one of the most usable and multitasking paddleboarding product of the brand. This is because they have made it with digs, children, more than one rider, and cargo transportation in mind. It performs really well in every kind of water situation even if you can easily practice Yoga on it. Overall, if you need a final verdict of the paddleboard, then it is like an all-around SUP with so many functionalities.

There were concerns about its 33” wide deck that it will reduce speed even though the stability will be immense. But then Gili made its nose pointier that now it is even more stable while standing at the same speed.

Board Specifications

  • Length: 10’6”
  • Width: 33”
  • Thick: 6”
  • Volume: 225L
  • Weight: 21Lbs
  • Weight Capacity: 340Lbs

In-Depth Review:

The Gili Komodo wins the hearts in terms of stability because of its 33” wide deck and same speed of the board. If you can stand up comfortably on this board, you can easily notice this one of the most important factors of a board. Even though, it is not the widest board out of all other but still its construction quality and makes it stable for all the users.

This board is 10’6” feet long and its speed remained the same, but its maneuverability improved very well as it being a short board as compared to the longer one let’s say a 12’ long board, it is easier to maneuver on this board rather than on any longer board. This is also because of its shape and construction quality as it is made of a very good material but still being low at the budget.

This board is the product of Gili sports that is known for their super lightweight products. Therefore, it is also a lightweight paddle board that is only 21 Lbs. but still feel very well built and sturdy. The most important factor is that it bounces back from the obstacles due to its solid dual fusion technology.

Pros
  • Great board for yoga enthusiasts
  • A good option when you have a pet or a child with you on the board
  • Pretty good weight capacity
  • So many included accessories and features
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • D-rings on the removable bungees should be bigger
  • The action mounts should have been integrated on the D-rings

8. Atoll 11′ Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Board

Atoll Army Green 11 ft. Inflatable Stand Up Paddle BoardThe first spot on our list for the best lightweight SUP boards belongs to Atoll 11′ iSUP. This inflatable stand-up paddleboard is one of the best all-around inflatables for lakes, oceans, etc. So, if you want a complete list of all-around SUPs, check out the best all-around inflatable paddleboards. Anyway, this paddleboard is available in AquamarineArmy GreenDesert Sand, and Light Blue colors, but all four variants of this paddleboard have the same features and performance. So, let’s take a look at its features and see whether it is beneficial for users or not.

Board Specifications

  • Length: 11 feet
  • Width: 32-inches
  • Thickness: 6-inches
  • Item Weight: 19 lbs.
  • Recommended User Weight: 400 lbs.
  • Package Dimensions: ‎11′ x 32″ x 6″

In-Depth Review:

The overall build of this paddleboard looks premium because we haven’t found any corner cuts in their manufacturing. So, in terms of our experience with reinforced paddleboards, this one is the sleekest and the best one we have ever reviewed. Plus, Atoll has manufactured this paddleboard with machine-laminated dual-layer PVC material and Korean drop-stitch technology. That is why this paddleboard can take a lot of hits without affecting its shape and most outdoor enthusiasts prefer this paddleboard.

Compared to its similar models, this iSUP is 40% lighter, weighing only 21 pounds and that is why we have put this on this list. The reason for its lightweight is its ultra-light military-grade PVC construction material. This 11 feet Atoll inflatable stand-up paddleboard is suitable for multiple riders because it has a maximum weight capacity of 700lbs. But we recommend putting about 400 pounds of weight on this iSUP.

This 11 feet iSUP board is a complete inflatable stand-up paddleboard package because it contains front bungee tie-downs, a high-pressure dual-action hand pump, and a travel bag. This iSUP also comes with three fins and a carbon fiberglass paddle with a nylon blade. The availability of the 15 D-rings makes it possible to bring every single piece of gear into the water.

The carbon fiberglass paddle is not only lightweight, but it feels good on the hands as well. The travel backpack of this iSUP is made of nylon and it’s large enough to fit anything from fit pump to paddle and paddleboard. It is a heavy-duty travel backpack with padded waist and shoulder straps along with its paddleboards. Plus, Atoll has tried to make the backpack attractive by giving it a sleek look.

The three fins of this iSUP provide more stability in heavy water and versatility in calmer water. Two of them are permanently attached to the board, whereas the larger one is removable. So, you can use the included hand-tightening screw to remove it. Another worth mentioning forte of this paddleboard is the 10 feet leash, which will come in handy to bounce back from the water in case you fall while paddleboarding.

As mentioned earlier, it is best for ocean and lake paddle boarding. However, it is easily maneuverable on other types of water as well. So, you can paddle in all conditions. Plus, the design of this iSUP looks appealing as well.

Pros
  • Sleek backpack
  • Durable and complete accessories pack
  • A lightweight paddleboard, hence, provides better control
  • Fast paddleboard
  • Plenty of safety options
Cons
  • Unfortunately, there is no option for attaching an action camera. Otherwise, it would have been the perfect iSUP
  • The carry handle of this iSUP is not removable

9. ROC Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Board – Amazon’s Best Seller

ROC 1

The second entry on our list for the best lightweight paddle boards is an excellent and easy-to-use iSUP that offers incredible value. Its name is ROC inflatable stand-up paddleboard (iSUP). So, let’s take an in-depth look at this paddleboard and see the features that make this paddleboard worthy of being on this list.

Board Specifications

  • Length: 10-feet
  • Width: 33-inches
  • Thickness: 6-inches
  • Item Weight: 17.5 lbs.
  • Package Dimensions: ‎33 x 16.2 x 12.2-inches

In-Depth Review:

ROC SUP Co. has built this inflatable SUP as a rock with the help of military-grade material. Therefore, this iSUP can last a lifetime. The military-grade material of this iSUP allows the users to maneuver this paddleboard easily and its diamond EVA deck pad provides a good grip and brings comfort while standing on it. Hence, your experience level won’t be an issue while paddleboarding with this iSUP.

Like most iSUPs we have tested so far, this one also comes as a complete package and it’s a major plus point for iSUP users because companies are providing the complete accessories packs in this price range. So, you have got a coil safety leash, collapsible aluminum paddle, hand pump, and three (one removable and two fixed) fins with it. This inflatable paddle board also includes a waterproof bag and an upgraded backpack. However, the included backpack is not as reliable as other accessories because it is made from an easy-to-tear material.

This ROC inflatable stand-up paddleboard is highly durable and its durability comes from its rock-like manufacturing. But despite its rock-like manufacturing, this paddle board is the second lightest entry on our list as it weighs only 17.5 pounds. So, if you’re looking for a budget and lightweight iSUP, this one is perfect for you.

This iSUP is not only durable but is also a reliable entity and its reliability comes from a double-layered deck, a reinforced core, three fins, and a UV resistant coating. So, you can attach the fins with a plastic clip and the clip will hold the fin securely in its place. This paddle board is one of the few options that use a three-layer PVC laminate technology in a budget range. So, it’s a great value iSUP in a budget range because you can’t puncture or scratch it easily.

Pros
  • A portable choice, therefore, easier to transport
  • Availability of electric pump
  • Suitable for any experience level
  • Great build quality
  • Great value in a budget range
  • Ultra-lightweight
Cons
  • A few of the paddlers have reported the issue while connecting the air pump nozzle to the valve
  • Smaller D-rings
  • Non-durable backpack

10. Awesafe Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Board 10′ x 32″ x 6″

AWESAFE

For the third entry of the best light stand-up paddleboards, we have picked the awesafe inflatable stand-up paddleboard. This paddleboard is the lightest paddleboard we have tested and it is another of Amazon’s best-selling paddleboards on this list. So, let’s see an in-depth review of this paddleboard.

Board Specifications

  • Length: 10-feet
  • Width:32-inches
  • Thickness:6-inches
  • Item Weight: 17.2 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: 320 lbs.
  • Recommended PSI: – 12-15 PSI
  • Package Dimensions:‎ 10’ x 32” x 6”

In-Depth Review:

The (32-inches) standard width of this paddleboard makes it suitable for skills of all levels. Plus, its other characteristics make it suitable for different water conditions, such as freshwater lakes and rivers. This paddle board is ideal for fishing, snorkeling, touring, and yoga. So, this is another all-around lightweight paddleboard on this list.

The company has used high-quality military-grade material in the construction of this paddleboard. Other than this, the company has used ultra-light drop-stitch cores. That is why it is the lightest paddle board on this list. Plus, this lightweight paddle board comes at a reasonable price point as compared to the other heavyweights. So, it is another plus point.

The EVA non-slippery deck pad of this paddleboard improves the stability of the board while standing. So, it reduces the possibility of falling while paddleboarding. Being an inflatable paddleboard, the company has used a double-deck valve, which speeds up the inflation process as well as reduces the chances of air leakage. So, this valve comes in pretty handy to prevent the board from water entering. This paddleboard comes with a lot of storage features. For example, the six-spot expandable bungee system of this paddleboard allows the riders to attach more stuff.

The company provides a three-piece adjustable aluminum paddle along with this paddleboard. Speaking of its paddle, the company has used a premium aluminum alloy shaft and nylon blade. Being an adjustable paddle, you can fit this paddle easily into the provided travel bag. The shoulder strap of the travel backpack thickens and widens the backpack. So, it equally divides the weight of the backpack.

Aside from the bag and paddle, this paddleboard comes with a detachable fin, manual air pump, safety leash, waterproof bag for holding the essentials. So, it has a complete accessories pack.

Pros
  • Complete accessories pack
  • Lightest paddle board we have ever tested
  • Works at 12 PSI as well
Cons
  • A manual pump might be a drawback for some users
  • Not as stable as other entries

11. SereneLife Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Board

SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle BoardThe fourth entry on our list for the best lightweight paddle boards is the SereneLife inflatable stand-up paddleboard. This iSUP is perfect for adventurers and there are several reasons for it. So, let’s see those reasons through its features and benefits.

Board Specifications

  • Length: 10-feet, 6-inches
  • Width: 32-inches
  • Thickness: 6-inches
  • Item Weight: 19.6 lbs.
  • Package Dimensions: ‎ 36.6 x 17.2 x 10.2-inches

In-Depth Review:

SereneLife has designed this paddleboard by keeping the ease of use in mind and its inflating procedure is the live proof of it. You will just have to plug the pump in the air valve and keep inflating until the pressure gauge on the pump reaches the green zone. Once done, then you can detach the pump without worrying about escaping air. So, it is the first plus point of this iSUP.

This paddleboard comes with an entry-level accessories pack (in terms of quality), including a 9-inch detachable board fin, coiled ankle cuff safety leash and a manual air pump. For the ease of users, Serene Life has packed all these accessories inside a convenient storage bag. So, you’ll have no problem carrying them. However, the unavailability of padding in the strap might be a drawback for some users.

The build of this paddleboard is PVC-based, which means it will be stable while standing. And even if you fall while standing or learning paddleboarding, you will not hit a hardboard on your way down because its build is gentle. However, the build quality is not the same as expensive iSUPs because it uses two-layer laminate technology. Still, it is better than most iSUPs which use a single-layer laminate technology.

Speaking of the build, this iSUP has a thinner and plastic construction, but this is acceptable at a $400 price point. The foam pad of this iSUP features a diamond design that covers enough area of the board and gives it an attractive look. Plus, the portable design of this paddleboard makes it easier to do yoga or any other exercise while enjoying the beauty of nature. So, that’s another plus point.

Adults and kids can easily glide across the surface with this paddleboard because it is an inflatable paddleboard and it improves the balance and stability of riders. Even if you have caused any minor damage to this iSUP, you can easily repair that damage with the help of the provided repair kit. Speaking of accessories, you can easily extend the paddle to suit anyone’s height. So, whether you’re a short or long heightened person, you won’t face any issue with its paddle.

Pros
  • Availability of D-range will prove useful for both attachment and storage
  • Non-slippery top deck design
  • Complete package
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • The use of the included air pump might be challenging for some users
  • Although the color options list is extensive, they fade easily

12. Mousa iSUP 11′ x 34” x 6” (Tropical Zeal)

Mousa

At the fifth position on the best lightweight paddle boards list, we have picked a dual player paddleboard for adults. Its name is Mousa Tropical Zeal inflatable paddleboard. This paddleboard might be a bit unknown to some users. Therefore, let’s see its in-depth review and check whether it’s worth spending money or not.

Board Specifications

  • Length: 11-feet
  • Width: 34-inches
  • Thickness: 6-inches
  • Weight:20lbs.
  • Package Dimensions: ‎‎36.5 x 16.25 x 9 inches

In-Depth Review:

Despite being the widest entry on this list, this iSUP only weighs 20 pounds, which is mind-boggling because we don’t know how the company has managed to manufacture this as a super-light SUP. So, if you’re worried about carrying this iSUP by looking at its dimensions, then don’t be because it feels super lightweight. Plus, the maximum weight capacity of this iSUP is around 330 pounds, but in our testing, we have observed that the actual capacity of this iSUP is more than 350 pounds.

When the design of this paddleboard is combined with the extra accessories, this iSUP offers great value at this price point. One of the additional accessories is the 5-liter waterproof smartphone pouch, which is an extra facility because companies don’t provide such facilities in a budget price range. Plus, the company has packed the waterbag in the included duffel bag, which is easier to hold because of its backpack straps. So, carrying that duffel bag won’t be an issue for most users because it’s smaller than your expectations.

This paddleboard not only looks fantastic but is easier to inflate as well. So, when you pump it up, this paddleboard feels pretty firm and, if you have used some hardboard before, it will feel the same to you (when inflated). Plus, its size is perfect for someone who likes to paddleboard with pets and you won’t face any issues while handling this paddleboard.

This iSUP is beneficial in different activities without any experience, like drifting, fishing, floating and yoga, because of its EVA non-slippery deck pad. Plus, every handle of this iSUP gets an extra double-layer sponge. So, whether you’re a female or male, this iSUP will take care of your body gently.

Pros
  • The extra length and width of this paddleboard make it suitable for riding alongside your pets
  • Non-slippery deck design
  • The waterproof pouch is great for carrying your smartphone
  • Super lightweight
Cons
  • Some people have faced a few issues with the build quality of this paddleboard
  • Provided accessories are of cheap quality

13. Funwater Inflatable Paddle Board SUP TIKI – Amazon’s Best Seller

Funwater 2

The sixth entry on the list of the best lightweight paddle boards belongs to the Funwater inflatable paddle board SUP TIKI. This paddleboard is an ideal choice for beginners who are budget conscious. So, whether you fall into such a category or not, checking this paddleboard won’t be a time waste.

Board Specifications

  • Length: 10-feet, 6-inches
  • Width: 33-inches
  • Thickness: 6-inches
  • Item Weight: 17.6 lbs.
  • Max Pressure: 15 PSI
  • Package Dimensions: ‎10’6” x 33“ x 6”

In-Depth Review:

Funwater has used an additional PVC layer for constructing the board rails of this paddleboard. This will strengthen the durability of the board, which is just what beginners need. As you can see in the specs sheet of Fun water TIKI, it weighs only 18.5 pounds. So, it is the fourth lightest entry on this list, which also makes it suitable for beginners. Plus, its budget price is proving to be icing on the cake, as it won’t break the bank. So, it is an ideal choice for beginners because always go for the budget entry while trying something for the first time.

The width of this paddleboard offers a good amount of stability in calm waters and lakes. So, this paddleboard suits the relaxed water and lake conditions for paddleboarding. Plus, the weight capacity of this paddleboard is around 330 lbs. Hence, it’s a decent paddleboard in a budget range.

But being a budget range paddleboard does not always bring benefits. That is why you won’t find double cylinder pumps and carbon paddles with this paddleboard. Other than the absence of double cylinder pumps and carbon paddles, you will find a travel backpack, coil leash, waterproof bag, and three removable fins in the package of this paddleboard.

Pros
  • Suitable for beginners who are budget conscious
  • Second lightest entry on this list
  • Stable
Cons
  • Being a budget entry, it is not as refined as other entries on this list
  • Availability of a single-cylinder pump may be a drawback
  • Non-floating paddle

14. Aqua Plus 11′ x 33″ x 6″ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Aqua Plus 11' x 33'' x 6'' Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle BoardThe seventh entry on our list for the best lightweight paddle boards is a multi-purpose and durable inflatable paddleboard (iSUP). Its name is Aqua Plus 11′ x 33″ x 6″ inflatable paddle board. So, let’s take an in-depth look at this paddleboard and see why it’s worth considering if you are a big guy.

Board Specifications

  • Length: 11 feet
  • Width: 33-inches
  • Thickness: 6-inches
  • Item Weight: 20.3 lbs.
  • Recommended User Weight: 350 lbs. (but check out the in-depth analysis to see the review)
  • Package Dimensions: ‎ 11′ x 33″ x 6″

In-Depth Review:

Although this paddleboard is inflatable, it feels similar to an epoxy (hard) board because of its construction material. So, if you want a complete list of the solid paddleboards, check out the best solid paddle boards. Anyway, speaking of the construction material, Atoll Plus Marina has used an ultra-lightweight and high-quality PVC drop-stitch fabric in its construction. That is why it weighs only 20.3 pounds. So, considering the structure of this paddleboard, it is pretty impressive from Atoll Plus Marina.

This paddle board is suitable for all skill levels because, even if you are a plus-size beginner, the additional PVC layers will come in handy as they strengthen this board. Plus, the diamond groove traction pad of this paddleboard will provide the extra grip that beginners want. So, it minimizes the chance of falling while paddle boarding. However, if you weigh more than 300 pounds, we don’t recommend it because this board was a bit unstable for a tester weighing 330 lbs.

Apart from being suitable for all skill levels, this paddleboard is also suitable for different paddle boarding conditions. So, whether you want a plus-size paddleboard for exploring, fishing, touring, or yoga, this will do the job. However, if you want normal-sized paddleboards for yoga, check the best paddle boards for yoga.

Like the others, this one also comes as a complete package. So, you have got a fully adjustable aluminum paddle board, which you can adjust from 65 to 82-inches in length. Plus, a coiled leash, double action, detachable fin, shoulder strap, travel backpack, and waterproof cell phone pouch are other accessories that come along with this paddleboard. There is also a reasonable amount of storage on the front deck to attach your essentials, courtesy of the 11pcs of 316 Stainless Steel D-Rings and bungee system.

Pros
  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Complete accessories pack
  • Pretty stable for people weighing 300 pounds
  • Affordable
  • Plenty of storage options
Cons
  • Provided double-action pump is of low-quality
  • Atoll Plus Marina has marketed this paddleboard as suitable for 350 pounds people. But it’s a bit unstable for people weighing 330 lbs

15. Funwater 11′ x 33″ x 6″Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Funwater 1

The eighth entry is the third lightest SUPon our list for the best lightweight paddle boards. Its name is Funwater iSUP. This iSUP is a multipurpose SUP with the most attractive graphics you’ll ever see on a paddleboard. But let’s see its other characteristics that make this paddleboard suitable for this list.

Board Specifications

  • Length: 11-feet
  • Width: 33-inches
  • Thickness: 6-inches
  • Item Weight: 20.4 lbs.
  • Package Dimensions: 34.4 x 16 x 8.25 -inches

In-Depth Review:

Starting with the included accessories, this iSUP has everything you need to get going, including an adjustable aluminum paddle, a backpack, a high-pressure pump, a leash, three removable fins, and a waterproof phone cover. So, it’s a complete package. Plus, it weighs only 17.6 pounds, which makes it the third lightest entry on our list. Hence, you can take this paddleboard with you while traveling.

Moving on the build, the company has used PVC sheets to build this iSUP, which strengthens the durability of this iSUP. Moreover, you’ve got anti-UV covering and fire resistance in this iSUP. To pack all these security features, the company has also made this inflatable paddleboard immune to scratches. So, even if you paddleboard alongside your pet, the scratches won’t affect this iSUP.

This iSUP is a masterpiece for people who want to exercise on a paddleboard, but they have a lower budget because its 33-inches width and the traction pad provide extra stability on the water. So, forget about falling in the water while doing exercises. Aside from exercises, you can do paddleboarding on this iSUP alongside your children or pet because its design will provide more grip to riders.

Like its name, this inflatable paddle board adds the fun factor to water sports. Plus, the ergonomic design of the paddleboard’s handle makes it suitable for people with all skill levels. So, whether you’re naïve or a pro rider, you can enjoy water sports with this iSUP.

Pros
  • 3 removable fins
  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Portable
Cons
  • Not suitable for beginners
  • No automatic pump

16.     DAMA Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

The second last spot on our list for the best lightweight paddle boards belongsDAMA Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board to a multifunctional all-around iSUP named DAMApaddleboard. This inflatable stand-up paddleboard benefits the users with its several features. So, let’s look at them.

Board Specifications

  • Length: 10-feet, 6-inches
  • Width: 32-inches
  • Thickness: 6-inches
  • Item Weight: 19.8 lbs.
  • Package Dimensions: ‎10’6″ x 32″ x 6″

In-Depth Review:

Starting with its setup, this iSUP is pretty easy to set up because it only takes 10 minutes to inflate and 5 minutes to deflate. Like most iSUPs, you will find a grip handle on it. But in addition to that, the additional steel D-rings make transportation of this iSUP easier. Plus, you can travel together with your friends by connecting these rings to your friends’ paddleboards. Even if you want to set up a kayak seat in this iSUP, the steel D-rings will be useful in that situation as well.

As mentioned earlier, it’s a unique iSUP. But the available mount is not the only reason for its uniqueness because its anti-corrosion and ultraviolet (UV) proof material make it a multipurpose iSUP. So, you can use it for paddling, touring, or yoga on lakes and the sea, in salt or freshwater. Hence, it’s a versatile iSUP.

This iSUP has everything you need to start paddling, including an adjustable paddle, a camera mount, a hand pump (with an air pressure gauge), removable fins, a repair kit, a safety ankle leash, a transparent waterproof cell phone bag and a 5-liter waterproof bag. The waterproof bag is multipurpose as well because you can either use it as a life jacket or accessory for carrying essentials. The double bungee system of this iSUP allows the user to carry more equipment because of its large space. Plus, the carrier will come in handy while carrying this iSUP to the sea/lake/ocean. There’s also a spring rope on this iSUP and you can use it to carry the bag or paddle.

Pros
  • Availability of camera mount
  • Support of attaching a kayak seat
  • Multipurpose
  • Complete package to get you started
  • Convenient inflation and deflation process
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Poor quality pump
  • Accessories are not as sturdy as other entries on our list

17. Peak Expedition Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Peak Expedition Inflatable Stand Up Paddle BoardFor the conclusion of this list, we have picked another unknown paddleboard. Its name is Peak Expedition iSUP board. So, let’s see its in-depth review to find out more about this paddleboard.

Board Specifications

  • Length: 11 feet
  • Width: 32-inches
  • Thickness: 6-inches
  • Weight: 19.5 lbs.
  • Package Dimensions: ‎126 x 32 x 6-inches

In-Depth Review:

The Peak Expedition iSUP board stays sturdy when inflated because of its extra-wide stance. Irrespective of being 11-feet long, this iSUP is 35% lighter than its competitor because it weighs only 19.5 pounds. Its lightweight is the reason for putting it on this list. Since this iSUP has a maximum weight capacity of 275lbs. So, you can carry your pet with it while paddle boarding in the ocean. And there’s no need to worry about the comfort zone of the extra rider because of its soft EVA deck pad.

The build of this iSUP is quite sturdy and you won’t have to worry about dings or damage because of its puncture-resistant tough outer shell. The company has built this inflatable stand-up paddleboard for exploration because its hybrid nose makes it suitable for any kind of adventure, like fishing, spearfishing, snorkeling, and touring in any weather conditions. As mentioned, riders can surf this iSUP irrespective of any weather condition. Plus, it doesn’t matter whether you’re an experienced rider or a beginner because this iSUP will serve you equally.

Like all the other entries we have discussed so far, this iSUP also packs a bundle of accessories, including coil leash, fin, high-pressure pump, and paddle. Speaking of accessories, you can fit all the available accessories in the included backpack, which is easier to carry as well. The nose and tail carry handle of this iSUP makes it easier to transport. Plus, the rear and front bungee cord can easily pack water bottles and similar accessories. So, it’s the perfect partner for adventurers.

Pros
  • Sturdy build due to Military-grade PVC construction
  • Easier to transport
  • Smooth gliding
  • Soft EVA deck pad provides great support
  • Can go fast
  • Incredible cargo capacity
Cons
  • Hand pump makes it a little difficult to inflate

Honorable Mentions

Apart from our top-10 entries, here are a few of the ‘Honorable Mentions’ that are also worth considering if you are a fan of lightweight SUPs.

  1. Nixy Newport G4 All-Around SUP 10’6″ (21 lbs.)
  2. Red PaddleBoard MSL 10’6″ Ride SUP (21.89 lbs.)

Read More:

Wrapping Up

Before deciding on any lightweight paddleboard, check what type of paddleboard weight will be suitable for you. We can’t share the exact measurements here. But we have given an idea about picking the best paddleboards in the ‘Buying Guide’ section. So, don’t ignore that section.

If you want the gist of the entire list, then Atoll 11′ iSUP is the best if you are fine with handling 21 lbs. But if you want the lightest entries on this list, awesafe iSUP, ROC iSUP and Funwater 11′ x 33″ x 6″ are our recommendations.

1.     Are inflatable paddle boards lighter?

Inflatable paddleboards are generally lighter than epoxy (hard) boards because they are portable. So, you can easily deflate them, pack them into bags and take them with you anywhere. Plus, they are easily maneuverable, which is the reason why beginners prefer such paddleboards.

2.     Is a thicker paddleboard better?

Thicker paddleboards are generally slower than thinner ones. So, the longer and thinner the paddleboard, the faster it will be on the water. That is why racing SUPs are longer and thinner.

3.     What are the best inflatable paddle boards 2022?

According to the paddleboards we have tested so far, Atoll iSUP is the best inflatable paddleboard. But if you want something for attaching your camera, go for some other entry as there is no such option in Atoll iSUP. But you can check the best value inflatable paddle boards to get a complete list of the best iSUPs.

4.     What is a good weight for a paddleboard?

Anything between 22 to 30 pounds is the average weight of a paddleboard. But this measurement won’t always be accurate. So, look at the ‘Buying Guide’ to get a comprehensive guide for choosing the best paddle boards 2022.

5.     What is the best stand up paddle board for beginners?

The following options are a few of our recommendations for the best stand-up paddleboards for beginners.

  1. Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ SUP.
  2. Bluefin SUP 10′8″ Aura FIT.
  3. Decathlon Itiwit X100 9″ iSUP (Inflatable Stand-up Paddleboard).
  4. Portofino 10ft iSUP (Inflatable Stand-up Paddleboard).
  5. Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride MSL iSUP (Inflatable Stand-up Paddleboard).

6.     What is the lightest paddle board?

Although Honu Byron 10’6″ is the lightest paddleboard, we haven’t picked Honu Byron 10’6″ because this paddleboard did not fulfill our expectations in the testing.

7.     What type of paddle board is best?

Paddleboards are either inflatable or epoxy boards.

  • Inflatable paddleboards are better if you have limited space because they are portable and you can pack them and take them anywhere.
  • Epoxy (Hard) boards are suitable if you don’t have any storage limitations. Plus, if you don’t like pumping and inflating your SUP, epoxy boards should be your choice.

You can check the complete information about the types of paddleboards in the ‘Buying Guide.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recent Reviews