Allround Inflatable SUP Board Review
With so many all-round family inflatable paddleboards hitting the market we think its getting a little tough to tell what to go for and why! Here we have put together a 10'6 allround SUP review to take the heat out of choosing your perfect allround SUP board.
Why is the 10’6 allround SUP the go-to build choice for manufacturers we here you say... Really its because its ‘just right’ for the family. The 9’8’s are a little small and like baby bear's porridge it may have you feeling a bit cold if you're a bit big as you’ll possibly be falling in a fair bit, the 9’8’s fantastic for the smaller rider or the extra big surfer though! The 10’8 will have you feeling a little too hot as you may find you’ll be putting a lot of effort into your paddling and going slower than your 10’6 friends as the extra size makes this board a bit sluggish, the 10’8 is fantastic for big bear though! 10’6 is just right, and perfect for all the family. You’ll be able to go from beginner to perfect paddling in no time and once you're awesome this board will still feel great! Stick the kids or the dog on the front and the 10’6 is truly the all-round board for all the family.
There are many different all-round inflatable paddleboards to choose between, our favourites being those from Red Paddle co, Anomy, Gladiator Pro, Fanatic, Starboard and TIKI. There are lots of reasons why these SUPs are great so read on for our handy run-through to help you get to grips with the pros and cons of each of the boards.
The Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride inflatable paddleboard has long been our favourite that we recommend for most of our family customers. Why? Because it has been tried and tested for 10 years as the most durable SUP on the market, with MSL laminated construction, incredible drop-stitch tech, 20 PSI rigidity which gives incredible stability, heat resistant glue and a glued on fin system. This board really is incredibly durable with no compromise. The bag's fantastic too, with travel wheels and rucksack, designed to fit all the kit inside including paddle and pump which means when you go on holiday this board can come too - even on budget airlines as the whole thing weighs under 20 Kilo’s inside the bag.
Any bad bits about this board?? One major drawback of this board for the more budget conscious is it's one of the most expensive at £849 for the full SUP package. BUT have no fear as this board also has an amazing resale value, with most 2nd hand Red 10'6 SUP boards selling for about £600.
The range of Anomy 10’6 SUP inflatable boards are OMG gorgeous, dreamt up by some crazy and amazing Catalans in Barcelona. These boards will make you stand out from any crowd. And why do I say these rather than this board? That's because Anomy bring out new limited edition boards every year with graphics designed by different artists to give every SUP rider a choice of stunning individuality.
It’s not all about the looks though! Like the Red Paddle Co 10’6 these guys really have gone all out on high quality manufacturing, with laminated construction, great drop stitch and a board that pumps to 20 ps. This board is as rigid as any of the high quality SUPs, with 2 glued on side fins and 1 central FCS fin construction this board has amazing tracking ability too! The bag is well designed, with wheels and rucksack, the bag is all black and looks great and is well made. Anomy have decided not to bring out an alloy paddle as part of their basic package, instead including an Anomy branded Glass paddle, which is a pretty cool thing to offer, so not only do you get even more SUP pleasure with a lovely upgraded paddle as standard you get to look even more amazing on the water with matching kit.
Any bad bits with this board? Not really! The board is again top budget for a 10’6 at £799, this is again for the full package including, paddle, pump, phoncase and leash and of course board and bag This is an all round family board but the fin is FCS and not as durable as the Red; you won't appreciate it been rammed up the beach by clumsy kids so you might want to keep the stunning graphics of this board too yourself.. SHAME! :)
The GLADIATOR Pro - It’s been a long time coming but we have found a budget board that we are happy to put our name too! The name Gladiator Pro gives vision of some kind of Marvel movie character and maybe they're not too far off! For a budget board the graphics are pretty decent, it has a very strong, double laminated construction, excellent dropstitch and boasts a 25psi and 4.75 inch thickness which is the same as the Red and Anomy boards. The paddle that comes with the basic package is fibreglass, it is a basic paddle though and we feel is best to upgrade if your going to be doing anything more than splashing around with the kids.. To be honest we are hard stretched to find anything wrong with this board… in fact we have fallen a little in love with it! It tracks well, allows all the family to SUP and at £549 means that the more budget-conscious can now have a SUP that’s pretty awesome!
Any bad bits with this board? Not really! The board is great, graphics are OK, they're not going to win awards but nor are you going to be covering it with a towel either. The bags pretty good, unbranded but large and has wheels and rucksack option. The major downside with this board is that the paddle is very basic and needs an upgrade if you want a paddle that will last as long as the board, In gladiators defence on this! We do feel that most basic paddles with branded packages also need an upgrade.
The Starboard Wide Point Zen is ever so slightly shorter at 10,5 and is our favourite all round SUP-surf board for quite a few reasons. It’s a great allround board but has been tweaked to be very efficient in surf, with a wider nose and a thinner tail giving the Zen added manoeuvrability in the waves. Little details like a leash ring on the deck and the tail make all the difference. They have gone for the glued on fin system which means there's another board to choose from if you prefer this no hassle option. Starboard are also planet conscious. Their manufacturing process minimises offcuts of the laminated fabric meaning less landfill waste, they give you a little hook for your paddle to hook bottles out the ocean and they try use less to no plastic in there packaging opting for cardboard protection instead. Oh and their bags are gorgeous which is a nice extra when taking your board on holiday. The starboard is double layer with stringer tech, keeping the board light and very stiff.
Any bad bits with this board? At £769 it's a bit cheaper than a Red Paddle Co 10'6 Ride or Anomy SUP, but if I was choosing an all round family board I would probably choose a round tailed board to give more stability for flat water paddling. The starboard is built with a surf tweak which may not suit those who mainly do flat water paddling quite so well. I'm also not a big fan of the starboard alloy paddle but think the Tuffskin paddle is great, so would recommend upgrading to that or our own SUP paddle which means the package would actually be £810. This board comes into its own if you're wanting an allround board you can surf with... I would definitely get this board over a rounder tail board if I wanted a board I could flatwate paddle with but with an overriding edge towards surfing.
Fanatic have come up with 3 options for the family all round SUP board, all 10'4 in length. The Fanatic Pure Air 10’4 single skin construction allows for a budget conscious option at £599, it’s a great option budget board with Fanatic quality and brand attached. This board comes with the Fanatic alloy paddle, fanatic bag and pump etc. The bag is just a rucksack with no wheels though! After that Fanatic offers the Fanatic Fly Air 10’4, which is their middle price range board, at £769 with glass paddle as standard. This board comes with stringer construction, which is a single skin with a stiffening 2nd skin band going round the board, nose to tail. At 33’' wide it is slightly wider than the other choices giving a little more stability with great tracking as the slide in centre fin is quite long. Finally the Fanatic fly Air Premium 10'4 is all singing and dancing double laminated construction with glass paddle, wheeled bag and glass paddle as standard. The Fanatic Premium range also has a windsurf attachment as standard so the Fanatic premium is one of my go-to choice's for an all round board for the families who want to learn to windsurf or play around on the board on slightly windy days too!
Any bad bits to these boards? Not really! I really like that Fanatic have offered different budget conscious choices within their range; 3 all-round boards at different price points. The 10’4 being slightly shorter offers a nice difference in the market and the 33” width gives possibly a slightly more stable board. The glass paddle as standard with the Fly Air and Fly Air Premium is also a nice touch. I really like the windsup option in all their premium range as it's great fun for the kids to have a go windsurfing if you can beg or borrow a sail. If you're led by budget it's a little tricky to get everything and my only bug bear is the bag doesn’t come with wheels on the two Fanatic budget options.
Ok so I must admit, Tiki isn’t my go to all round board; there's just so much choice from the first four. But in this latest model Tiki SUP have made some great improvements and are now a genuinely good option. First of all this is another budget board option at £675 with board, 3 piece alloy paddle, pump and bag including leash and phone case. So strike one! It’s a well priced board. Strike two - It’s just changed all its construction this year, so hey presto, it’s now a double laminated construction with high quality dropstich, not bad! One of this board's downsides is its always been really heavy but with the laminated construction now in place you won't need a crane to get it to the beach. Although you might still need a second back as the bag is not on wheels. It's 6 inches thick which does make it a stiff board, especially for your buck but with the Gladiator Pro hitting the market it has made 6 inches seem maybe a bit too thick. I do love the handles at the front of the board for kids when they're sitting on the front of the board, and I really like the double cargo net holders front and back. This board has gained itself a name for being very very very strong at a very good price and with a wider tail you’ll feel really happy using this board for longer trips, coastal journeys as well as long river rides.
Any bad bits to this board?? In my opinion, a few, but that said there're some awesomely good bits too! I love the handles, and the cargo nets, it's really strong and it’s lighter than it was and all this is great for a budget board. It's a shame the bag doesn’t have wheels, and I personally prefer the inflatable valve at the back of the board; this one's at the front which for me isn’t as pretty. The reason they have put the valve at the front is to make it easier to role the board, but to be honest I don’t find the valve at the back is a problem.
So all in all - if I was buying a board tomorrow... I'd go for the Red Paddle Co 10'6 Ride if I wanted full on, no compromise, kid proof durability with Reds unfaltering warranty. To stand out from the crowd there's no doubt I'd go for Anomy for stunning design. It would be the Gladiator Pro if I needed a budget board that did everything a branded board does. I'd choose Starboard if I wanted to surf and Fanatic if I wanted branded budget choice with a winsup option. Last but not least I'd go for Tiki if my kid was a bit nervous and wanted to hold on whilst paddling.