The Best Tandem Kayaks Reviewed. Fishing and Kayaking in Pairs!

tandem kayak reviewKayaking is a recreation that is fun to do on your own, but even more fun with two people, so giving yourself the option with a tandem kayak with two seats makes sense. Of course, you can still use the kayak alone if you want to, so this way the choice is up to you. We’ve got the best tandem kayaks reviewed here for you on as we look to find the very best equipment for your needs.

Tandem Kayaks tend to cost a little more than a solo kayak, which is not exactly a surprise due to the fact it is bigger and takes more material to build, but they come with so many benefits, allowing you to take a beginner out on the water or for a couple of you to go out on a tandem kayak for fishing and have a day out on the lake.

Things to Consider When Buying a Tandem Kayak

Working out what criteria you are looking for is the first step to choosing a kayak of any description, whether you need a tandem kayak for fishing, racing or just for leisure activities. There are a lot of different things to consider, and what is the best choice for one may not be the best for another. We’ve listed below a lot of the features, considerations and information you need to think about when you are shopping for yours.

  • Weight. The options for weight are quite varied, especially as some are inflatable and some aren’t. The weight isn’t just to be considered because of transporting the kayak, but of course you’re going to have to paddle or row the boat, so you need to think about what you (and your kayak partner) are capable of.
  • Portability. Obviously this is tied with weight to an extent, but you also need to think about if you need something you can put on a roof rack (probably the best way to transport) or even deflate and stick in the back of your vehicle.
  • Control. This is largely down to whether the kayak has a rudder or not. Depending on what type of body of water you’re going out on, you need to consider how much control you need and how challenging the water will be.
  • Sit-in or Sit-on-Top. This is down to personal preference, and is down to the design of the kayak. It is more to do with what you will be more comfortable with than having a big impact on the performance of the kayak.
  • How many people! Tandem, of course, implies two people, but there are kayaks out there that have three or more spaces on them. Many tandem kayaks can easily be used by one person too if they are ballast. You must use the rear seat if this is what you plan to do, but being able to use it with a solo pilot is a big advantage and gives more flexibility.
  • Price. This is always going to be a consideration. There are models of inflatable kayak which are pretty cheap, there are models of non-inflatable products out there for under $500 which can do a good job, but at the top end of the market you’ll do well to find one under $1000.

Top Inflatable Tandem Kayaks

We definitely need to talk about inflatables. The top inflatable kayaks have a lot of plus points. Of course there are pros and cons, and you’re going to be sacrificing a lot of stability and sturdiness if you buy an inflatable on top of introducing the chance of puncture, but the chances are you will be saving a huge amount of money by opting for something to inflate rather than a rigid kayak. On top of the cash saving you’re introducing the element of portability which is great for those who don’t want a roof rack or just want life to be as easy as possible when you head to the lake, coast or river. The models reviewed below include some inflatable models to let you make your mind up on what might be the best for your needs (and budget of course).

Intex Explorer K2 Kayak Review

This is an inflatable tandem kayak, and it takes a lot of beating. This has an excellent reputation and definitely deserves its place on our list of the best. It comes with everything you need to get started, and is very affordable when compared to a lot of the other models on the market.

This is 123 inches long and has a capacity of 350 lbs, so make sure that those riding it are coming within the capacity to stay safe. It has a removable skeg which is designed to help with the stability and steering. It is bright yellow for high visibility and the material it is made out of mean that it is hard-wearing and tough to puncture. One of the main benefits of course is the portability, but it isn’t just about whether it is inflatable, it comes down to how easy it is to deflate and inflate. Nobody wants to be inflating for hours before you get started, and the Intex explorer doesn’t take long to get up and running.

Intex are a brand with a lot of history of making these type of products, and this is well and truly one of the best reviewed products on the market. A quick look at the reviews and you will find a lot of people who are very happy having bought this kayak, with users speaking highly of the durability, ease of use and quality of the K2. The only reservation I have seen regularly is people discussing the removable skeg, though it has not been a problem on my model, many take a precaution of drilling a hole in it and running string through it to ensure it doesn’t fall out and get lost on the water, and if it should come loose then it will stay attached at least.

Lifetime 10 Foot Manta Tandem Kayak Review

Another one of the top selling kayaks out there here, the lifetime 10 foot tandem kayak is flexible, well made and exceptionally reviewed, but is it the right model for you?

As you can see from a quick look on Amazon or other online retailers, buying a kayak that isn’t inflatable is going to cost more, but if you’re serious about it, the benefits are clear to see.

  • Great for single use or tandem with a weight capacity of 500 pounds.
  • Comes complete with paddles and backrests for comfort.
  • Extremely lightweight considering the size and comes with handles to carry it around.
  • Has a five year limited warranty which shows the faith the manufacturer have in their product.
  • Seating designed to keep riders off the floor of the kayak.
  • Can even fit up to three people.
  • Has a cargo area making it a great tandem kayak for fishing and allowing you to carry items with you.
  • Tunnel Hull for stability and is ‘virtually impossible to tip’.

This is probably the best kayak for fishermen I’ve ever seen and even has a fishing pole holder, it is amazingly well thought out, and if you want something for you and a friend or two to head out on the water for some fishing or paddling, this is a model you must consider. The fact that it is so hard to tip also makes it very good for beginners or those who are a little less confident on the water. This is so well thought out that it even has a cup holder!

Easy to transport and of course to store, as well as being simple to use and amazing for beginners and experienced paddlers. It isn’t hard to see why this is in our list of the top models of tandem kayak, and there are lots of positive reviews from consumers to support our opinion! Is this the cheapest product you’ll ever buy? No, but with an amazing warranty from the manufacturer and the fact that it is so well built mean that it is likely to last you a long time and many trips out on the lakes, rivers and even on the sea.

Useful UH-TK181 12.5 foot Sit On Top Tandem Fishing Kayak Review

Well, this model from Useful is truly a treat. Of course, on any list of products, I want to recommend what is the best for the money, and this is a bit more of a pricey addition, but it is packed with features to justify its price tag, not to mention how incredibly well made the UH-TK181 Fishing Kayak is. Just a look at this kayak shows you what detail has been put into its manufacture.

  • Weighs just under 70lbs with a capacity of 450 lbs.
  • Has two light paddles and deluxe, very comfortable seats.
  • Comes with paddle rests and three sturdy, impressive rod holders.
  • Has a set of four carry handles, two bungee paddle parks and even has cargo so you can take all of your fishing kit (and even some lunch if you want).

This is another model which describes itself as almost impossible to tip, this is great if you’re new to kayaking but is also wonderful for fishing as of course your mind may be on other things! It doesn’t have to be used for fishing and is equally good for simply paddling. The storage compartments are watertight and the numerous attachments and additions are all well-made, well positioned and well thought out.

The Useful model certainly lives up to its name. Some of the features, the size and the price may be overkill for a lot of people, but for others this will be the very best of all, and there’s little denying that the UH-TK181 is superb.


We are in a ‘horses for courses’ situation here, of course. What is best for you depends on what you’re looking for in terms of features, how many people will be using it, how portable it is and all of the other features we’ve mentioned above. The models we’ve picked out and reviewed for you are all, in our opinion, both reliable and good value for money. If you have more thoughts and experiences with the products we’ve pointed out, leave us a comment below!

Choosing the Best Inflatable Boats for Fishing, Rafting and Fun

best inflatable boats marinerInflatable boats. I can’t speak highly enough of them. Having an inflatable boat adds a huge amount of fun to any trip to a river, lake or beach and is amazing whether you’re on your own, going as a couple, out with friends or as a family. The technology behind inflatables has improved greatly in recent years and it means that the best models of inflatable boat on the market are incredibly sturdy. Fears of punctures can be minimized by choosing the best and ensuring that your boat is properly maintained. Of course, you can still go for the cheap option, but there are a lot of boats out there which can only last a few trips and are likely to be punctured and rendered pretty useless if you hit a rock or even just snag the boat on something. We’re not going to be focusing on the ‘cheap and cheerful’ models here and are only wanting to discuss the best inflatable boats whether you’re taking them out for a chill out on the water or you want to use them for fishing.

What Are You Looking For? What Makes a Good Inflatable Boat?

There are of course certain criteria for what quantifies something being quality. Before you purchase one of the models we are going to recommend in our many boat reviews below, you should establish what exactly you are looking for.

  • How many people will be using the boat at a time? Do you need space for four people to go out on your boat or will you be able to make do with something smaller?
  • How hard-wearing it needs to be. What sort of conditions do you plan to take the boat out in, and how sturdy does it need to be to avoid getting damaged?
  • Do I need a boat that can be rowed or does it need a motor to be attached?
  • How often will the inflatable be deflated and put away for storage? How far do you need to take it and does it need to regularly go in your car, SUV or truck on your trips to the coast or to the nearest lake or river?
  • Do I need to use it for fishing? Is there somewhere to put my equipment and does the boat lend itself to the hobby?

So, as you can see there are many different options out there, and already just from looking at those you may have some idea of exactly what you want to get from your boat. The way they are made and how easy they are to inflate and get out on the water are crucial!

Seaming is a very big deal in the world of inflatable boats. Each of the models we’re going to look at will have seams in different places on the boat designed to keep it airtight. Some seams are what we call ‘butted’ and some are ‘overlapped’. They will likely be glued together. Butted seams are generally regarded as the ones on the higher end of the market, both in cost and quality, they’re harder to make but also harder to break.

A double taped, well-made seam is what you need, whether you’re looking for fishing use or just a dinghy to take out for a bit of fun. If you’ve got a boat made of good materials but the seam isn’t put together right, you’ll quickly be in trouble.

Many of these boats will have quite a rigid hull. This is designed to make the structure more sturdy and to make it simple to inflate as only certain areas (the tubes) are being inflated, not the whole boat. The more rigidity it has can make it a bit more difficult to transport as it doesn’t deflate to such a small size, but it is often worth it for ease of use and of course for quality.

Prices of Inflatable Boats

This is a really important, but also really varied area. The price. Inflatable boats don’t really have one set price, and the fact that they are made out of so many different materials and made in such different ways, designed to be used just for a few days or to last decades, the price can vary a huge amount. At the cheap end of the market, you can buy something to fit the basic boating and fun needs for under $50. If you’re looking for something with a more professional edge and you’re wanting to use it for fishing or on a regular basis, you may want to spend a little more. These models can even go up to just under $1000, or even more if you go to the very elite end of the market. Our boat reviews below will explore some options all across the board.

Inflatable Boat Reviews

On to the recommendations and the best models we think are worth considering on the market today. We haven’t mentioned kayaks in this particular article as we have a whole section looking at our recommended kayaks. The brand names below are ones you will likely recognize, and there are some exceptional boats which made the cut, and some decent ones that aren’t mentioned here too as we look for the creme de la creme.

Intex Mariner 4 Inflatable 4 Person Boat

Intex are one of the most prolific brands of manufacturers of inflatables, and one of the best known brands out there in this space. Their Mariner 4 four person boat is one we’ve picked out as worth considering.

This is far from the cheapest boat Intex offer, but in terms of the wider market, this is pretty good value. This is extremely well built and designed for four people, with a capacity for the weight of around 880 lbs sitting on top with no issues, great for a family!

This is an excellent boat for fishing and even comes ready with two holders for fishing rods and plenty of space for the rest of your fishing equipment.

The oar locks and holders make it very easy to row, but this is also designed with capacity for a motor if that is how you want to do things.

This is advertised as a ‘kit’ so it has everything you need to get started including a very easy to use pump and a patching kit should you get any unfortunate cuts or punctures in your boat. The fact of the matter is that this is a very hard-wearing and tough model. It is lined all the way around the outside in order to protect the material should you hit any rocks or scrape the boat on anything else. This model combines the durability we all want with the ease-of-use you expect from something inflatable. You truly can just throw it in the back of an SUV or truck and take it on your trips. Suitable for the whole family, this has an unbelievably high rate of five star reviews on Amazon and other online retailers. Most of the reviews of the Intex Mariner 4 speak so highly about it, and this one is no different as this model comes with our top recommendation.

Intex Explorer 200 and Explorer 300 Review

The cheap end of the market! For those of us just wanting something for a quick mess around and not wanting to spend a lot of money, Intex also offer some real value with their Explorer 200 and 300 models. I’m putting both of them in the same review, as they’re very similar apart from their size, which differs purely based on whether two or three people are going to be using it. the Explorer 200 is suitable for two people, the 300 is suitable for three, but you should also think about how spacious you want it to be and if you’re going to be taking a picnic or fishing gear out on the inflatable boat.

Realistically, this is designed for pools, rivers and lakes, but could be taken out for a quick paddle elsewhere. It is great for kids, and while it is something of a ‘no frills’ model, it offers a few decent features:

  • The floor is inflatable and it provides a lot of comfort as well as staying firm for sitting on.
  • Comes with oar locks and a grab rope holder so you can be dragged around and towed.
  • Has a repair patch if you have any mishaps
  • Weight capacity 210 lb for the 200, 410 lb for the 300, which also comes with 48 inch oars and a pump which makes inflating easy.

If I’m being honest, the Intex Explorer 300 is far superior, even if you do just want two people to go out on it. 210 lb is fine for kids but isn’t a lot of weight capacity for adults if you plan to use this yourself. The quality oars and pump which come with the explorer 300 are worth the extra cash, and the price difference isn’t too much. These are truly cheap inflatable boats when compared to the others on the market, but that doesn’t automatically make them bad, and for many of us they will do a decent job. They’re not going to offer the features of a $500 boat, but they’re good fun.

A few top tips we found from other consumer reviews are that you should always ensure you thoroughly pump it up, when it feels fully pumped, keep going for another 30 seconds just to ensure it is as rigid as can be. Another tip is that if you’re sat on the back it can start to tip a bit, but if you’re taking a fishing box or ice box out with you, you can put this in the front in order to balance it out a bit.

Intex truly offer something for everyone, regardless of budget, and for a fun model which you don’t expect to last too many years, the 200 and 300 models of the Explorer are worth a look.

Newport Vessels Dana Inflatable Dinghy Boat

This really is a beast. If the previous models were the ‘low end’ of the market, this is the high end. Once on the water, it doesn’t look or feel inflatable at all, but the Newport Vessels Dana is a real space saver. It works best, in our opinion, with a motor attached, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it without as this is down to personal preference.

The price may be off-putting, but it is an impressive Dinghy boat and can be used on the sea, lakes and rivers with very few problems and make your trips out on it feel luxurious. Great for the serious fisherman or hobby rafter.

This is designed for both 15 inch and 20 inch shaft outboards, but is recommended to be used with 15″, it also has the capacity to handle both 2 stroke or 4 stroke motors. The paperwork you need to register it is included with it and the boats are such high quality the manufacturer is willing to give a two year warranty on the Dana.

One of the real USPs of the product is the hard floor, which gives more control when you’re steering as well as a nicer feel when you’re riding the boat. The PVC which is used to make this is high tech, and the risk of punctures is kept to a minimum. A quick look at people reviewing this product elsewhere online or on the consumer reviews on online retailers, will show you everything you need to know about how sturdy and rigid this is.

I have described it as expensive, but truth be told, you can buy inflatable boats which are almost twice the size and not get as many great features, and certainly not such a smooth, easy-to-control ride when you’re on the boat. Hook up a motor and get on your way.

Best Inflatable Fishing Boats

Many of the people who are looking for an inflatable boat are doing so because they want to take it fishing. The truth is, most of the models of inflatable boats are designed with fisherman in mind. While some are better than others, a search for inflatable fishing boats won’t return much that is specific to fishing, instead, the models we’ve mentioned, and many others, have been built with fishing in mind.

You need to think carefully when you’re buying a boat. There are a few choices to make, for instance, do you want something that is super speedy, or are you looking for something that is sturdy and provides a smooth ride. To be honest, I think it is likely that looking for a fishing boat you’re going to want something with a motor in order to keep your hands as free as possible. You want plenty of space to store your fishing gear, and some even come with fishing rod holders which is definitely helpful!

Recommended Model: Bestway Trophy Runner 2 Person

Just from a quick look at this boat you can tell it has fisherman in mind. The camo design is a cool addition, and it looks and feels both comfortable and sturdy. It has rod holders and plenty of space for your fishing equipment. Though designed for two people the weight capacity is over 600 lbs meaning you’re probably got some space to play with to bring everything you could need out on the water.


To be honest, the fact that Intex offer so much in this space, and have such a huge amount of high quality boats and other inflatables, I could’ve reviewed a few more models in this article, and it is likely that you will find many more Intex inflatable boat reviews in the future here on The Water Sporter. The models we’ve mentioned above all have a huge amount of five star reviews and it is very unlikely that should you buy them you’re going to be disappointed.

The benefits of an inflatable boat have always been there. They’re portable, which is great for holidaymakers and people who go on trips regularly, especially those which center around water sports. As the technology driving the boats has improved and the materials used to make them have become a lot tougher, the benefits are even more. They’re great for kids and adults, fishermen and hobbyists, and if you plan to use it regularly, investing in a good quality boat can prove a long term investment.

Inflatable boats are available for up to four, possibly six or maybe even eight people if you’re wanting something to be reliable. We’re going to be looking at other models here on the site such as towable tubes, tow boats and kayaks which are other options, but for something you can attach a motor to, or of course, row yourself along a river or lake, these are great options.

Of course, with all water sports, you need to be cautious and wear a lifejacket. Especially if you’re going into any sort of deep water. Stick to the rules and regulations in your local area and above all, stay safe and respect the water.

Finding The Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP’s) – Reviews and Info

inflatable supWe’re looking at the best inflatable stand up paddle boards today, offering full reviews of the top models on the market today and looking at some of the vital aspects of a reliable, good quality SUP. We’ve got information and comparisons based on their stability, how they perform on the water, size and ease of transporting and how easy they are to inflate and get up and running, which is truly vital when it comes to the inflatable models. Finding the best model for your own needs will require you to consider first what you are looking for and which combination of these features is the most important for you.

What to Look for in the Best Inflatable SUPs


The whole point in many peoples opinion is that these types of paddleboard are easy to get around. The chances are you want something that it is really easy to chuck in the back of a car and take to the beach or lake, not something that you’ve got to lug around with difficulty. This should be super simple, and the best paddleboards even come with cases and backpacks which make it really easy to get from A to B.

Many of the models you can roll up, which of course saves a huge amount of space, and some have different bits you can take off, which can be great for saving space, but can be a pain to actually do. It isn’t just how portable they are, but how easy they are to transport that we’re looking at.

Ease of Inflation

Of course, inflation is pretty important here. There are a few different aspects to look at including the connector to the pump, whether it comes with the pump as most of them do, and how reliably the models stay inflated. Some of the models can be quite slow to inflate, and the best features include a fast inflation so you can just quickly get your SUP out and get going. Instructions on exactly how to inflate vary from model to model, and some even come with a video showing the process.

Glide Performance

The glide performance is something that is compromised with the inflatable models of paddleboard as opposed to those which aren’t inflatable, but naturally some are better than others. We’ve taken a look at how well they glide and included them in our product reviews. A good quality glide is essential for many reasons, but most of all it is needed for being able to cope with choppy waters or windy conditions, and in certain countries, and most places you’ll want to take your paddle board, you’re going to need something that can glide well.


These products aren’t cheap, and though they’re generally very well made, some offer more value than others. Some of the best value models aren’t necessarily the cheapest, but the best quality and those which are likely to last longer. Value for money is a combination of features and price.

The Paddle

Of course this is totally vital! Each paddle board will likely come with the paddle, and it needs to be good quality. A paddle board is pretty useless if you’re using it with a plank of wood, and a high-tech, reliable paddle will vastly improve your experience. They’re pretty heavy but they are also very durable and made to adjust to your height and needs. At the higher end of the market you can also find paddles made of carbon fiber which are exceptionally good quality and lightweight, but they’re going to set you back a bit, so it depends on what your budget is and how cheap you want to get your paddle board setup.

Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer Inflatable SUP

Undeniably, this is one of the top Stand up paddle boards on the market with a huge amount of sales. It isn’t the most expensive, and offers good value for money, and a quick look at the reviews out there on Amazon and elsewhere show what people think of this product, with many 5 star reviews.

Tower are one of the most well known companies in this space, and gained a huge amount of popularity when they appeared on Shark Tank and gained investment from Mark Cuban.

Starting with possibly the most impressive aspect of this, it is extremely rigid considering it is an inflatable. The product description shows that it is durable enough for someone to run over and even shows pictures of a car resting on top of it, not even compromising the board.

In spite of being so tough and durable, it is also easy to store and carry and even fits under some peoples arm. It can be slung in the back of a car and taken for a day out without any great difficulty. The inflation time is just a few minutes so it is really easy to turn from folded up and small to big, rigid and ready to use. Of course, another excellent advantage of it becoming so small when not in use is for going on the plane and taking it on holiday with you, and can save you the expense of renting a board when you’re away.

The weight limit of 350 lbs means that larger users can get away with using the paddle board, but also that often you can take a passenger or get a couple of people on there!

The Tower Adventurer is really stable and glides very well making it a good option for beginners and people of all different skill levels, so you can get going straight away even if you’re pretty new to the sport. It is also sold as a package so you don’t need to worry about buying anything extra if you don’t want to, you get the pump with it as well as the paddle of course, so it is very much a package deal.

Solstice Bali Stand-Up Paddleboard Review

I wanted to include a more affordable SUP in this list, which still holds its own in the world of paddle boarding. In general these aren’t a low ticket price item, but relatively speaking, this is possibly the best ‘cheap’ inflatable SUP that is currently on the market, with the reviews to back it up. Of course, if you spend a little less money, the chances are the end product will have some form of compromise, but this is still a very good product.

The kit comes with everything you need to get started, the board itself, a pressure gauge and of course the pump to get you inflated and on the water. One more real positive is the carry bag which comes included with the package and makes it super easy and portable to take from A to B.

The Solstice Bali takes just a few minutes to pump up to its full rigid state and it is impressively solid. Of course it has its limits but users weighing over 220 lbs have reported that it supports their weight with relative ease. It isn’t as stable as some of the more expensive models out there, but that is to be expected. Sometimes it can feel as if the middle area of the board is starting to go a bit flat on some models, but that isn’t the case here and it stays firm even after long periods of use. You’ll forget that it is inflatable!

The one word of warning I’ve seen from consumers is to ensure that the fins are properly attached and do not end up falling off and causing you a lot of issues down the line. Check that they’re firm and that you’ve followed the instructions when you attach them!

The reviews for this product are extremely high and the Solstice Bali ISUP is a great budget model! We definitely think it is a decent place to get started if you just want to buy a board that is a bit of fun and to play around on the water for the first time, but don’t want to spend thousands. This is arguably the best inflatable stand up paddle board for under $500, making it a good choice for those of us watching the pennies.

iRocker 11′ Infatable Paddle Boards Reviewed

iRocker is a product which is comparable to the Tower model in terms of price, and the two are hard to split in terms of quality, but the iRocker is a truly impressive range, offering 10′ and 11′ inflatable SUPs among other boards among their brand, which is growing hugely in the world of watersports and outdoor activities!

The iRocker is probably the best inflatable paddle board in our opinion, for a few reasons:

  • It can handle up to 385 lbs on top of the board, meaning that on many occasions it can carry two people on top. They’re definitely long enough to do so, you can take it in terms with your partner to paddle and to chill!
  • The product listing claims military grade durability, which is quite impressive. In their own words, you can run it right into the rocks or even run it over with a vehicle and the SUP will likely be absolutely fine afterwards. All this from a model which can deflate and happily sit in the back of your car or truck without taking up a lot of space.
  • This is a full kit, so you won’t have to buy anything separately, and all of the different aspects; carry case, paddle, the board itself and the pump, are all made with excellent care and exceptional quality.
  • The paddle is adjustable, so it allows us to change the length to suit your own height or personal preferences, it is easy to change between lengths and is durable and long-lasting at any length.

This is the top inflatable board we’ve had the pleasure of using, but you don’t have to take our word for it, the reviews on Amazon are truly exceptional, as people have discussed their own experiences with the paddle board. Most of the reviews have talked about how remarkably solid this is for an inflatable model, and the manufacturers have clearly thought a lot about making this durable. Many have described their long-term use of the product and the fact that it doesn’t seem to wear or get worse with age in any way, shape or form, which is really what we all want from a product like this. The two year manufacturer warranty shows just how well built the iRocker boards are.

Choosing an Inflatable SUP for Your Needs

The above listings and reviews are there to steer you in the right direction (no pun intended) but you need to consider your own needs, including how much use you intend to get out of it, the kind of conditions you’ll be using your board in, how long you need it to last and what sort of budget and price range you’re looking at. Spending a little more can really pay off in the long run and ensure that quality doesn’t become an issue. Paddleboards don’t tend to be a small investment for most of us, so you want to know that you’re buying the best inflatable SUP you can.

Inflatable Paddle Board Accessories

As already mentioned, a lot of these come in packs which include everything you need to get started, but that isn’t the be all and end all, you may want to purchase more accessories. SUPs aren’t something you can buy alone, and you need some more kit to get up and running.

  1. Life Jackets – this is not optional! You need to be safe and respect the water you’re on, however deep or shallow, wearing a life jacket is essential. Fortunately, they don’t cost a lot of money, especially compared to the expense of some of the other accessories.
  2. The Paddle – this is an interesting area, some paddles are a lot better than others as some are adjustable and some aren’t, plus they’re often made of different materials which can affect the way they’re used and how effective they can be.
  3. Pumps – this is essential too, and while most come with pumps, it is important to pay attention to what they are like and how they can perform. The PSI settings of the paddle boards will all be different and you need something that can reliably reach and gauge this.


The three brands mentioned are all very good options, and the inflatable stand up paddleboard reviews should show you that they’re all viable options for both beginners and more experienced paddleboarders.

In the grand scheme of things, this is a relatively new concept and is growing all the time as more and more people take to the water, whether it is a tropical sea or a local lake.