I am new to paddle boarding and have only been a few times and was considering getting an inflatable SUP due to the ease of transportation. I am 6'6" and 240 lbs and I will mainly be using it but my family will use it occasionally as well. I am hoping to not spend a ton of money on this purchase and was currently looking at the below models. Please let me know if any of you have any experience with these models or have any other models that are on the cheaper side that you think I should consider. I tried finding reviews online for these models but there are some reviews out there but I couldn't find any in any forums with real people leaving reviews. Any help would be much appreciated.
Some of the cheapies could be a bit flexy ,the larger you are the more they will bend.Often worth paying a few dollars more.
I was also looking at the below models as well so if anyone has any experience with these please let me know. I will mainly be going out in rivers and in lakes.
Tower Adventurer 2 10'4"
The Tower board is the only one out of all those you mentioned with any longevity or brand recognition. And even then, I don't know of any Tower boards imported to Australia.
What you'll find with poor quality inflatables is that they don't take enough pressure so they flex as Foghorn suggested. They also tend to be a lot heavier than the quality products. And they are also more likely to burst at the seams because they are poorly glued together.
thanks for your help I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the Tower Adventurer 2 or the Tower Explorer.
i found this video from Robert at Blue planet the other day . Provides some great advice on isups vs hard boards . hope it helps
We got a couple of Towers 5 years ago.
Usually load then down with 220+ lbs and 15lbs pressure.
They float well for that weight, but one of us has to paddle for the 2 others, and none of us have the strength of a 220 lb person.