Are you in the market to invest in a SUP board? If your answer is affirmative, you are probably facing a dilemma to choose between an inflatable board and a hard board. Like most first-timers out there- it’s absolutely fine to left with tons of questions. The more the questions, the higher the excitement to invest in your new SUP board! Isn’t?
Besides, it’s a great debate in the paddling world- whether to buy an inflatable or a hard board? And to ease your confusion and give your thoughts a light, we have come up with this blog that helps you in purchasing.
First off, understand the points that you need to consider before buying the SUP boards. Let’s get started!
Things to Consider
An inflatable SUP can easily be moved and don’t require a truck; SUV, van or any designated storage space, thanks to its convenient or carry backpack nature. A hard board SUP, on the other hand cannot be moved unless you strap up this large piece of gear to the roof of your SUV, van or a car.
The biggest benefit to owning an inflatable is of course its ability to store in a small space. You do not require a dedicated space, just deflate, roll up and stick it into the carry bag that is included, and you are all done to take on any adventure.
That’s not the case with hard boards, however, as this large piece of gear requires dedicated space inside the house.
An inflatable are constructed by a durable PVC material that can endure daily abuse and drops. Hard boards are strong and reliable though, it should still be treated with utmost care the same way you’d handle a traditional surfboard.
Hard boards perform with more glide and less drag than inflatable but the difference is smaller. Though the recently launched inflatable boards are improving, hard boards still offer high performance. This includes being able to handle wind better.
EASE OF USE
Hard boards have no particular set up. Once you reach your destination, just grab your board and go on an adventure. With an inflatable, you need to unpack the set up and inflate your board to the proper PSI before getting on the water.
At this point, you are probably cleared on the base points. But allow us to further break it down for you in simpler terms.
Purchase an inflatable board, if:
- You are a true beginner, or just planning on river paddling or messing around in the wave to learn surfing.
- You don’t have a dedicated place to store or keep your paddleboard.
- You love to travel often and want to take it with you on adventures.
- You are looking for something ultra-durable that can withstand daily abuse.
A word of advice: Most inflatable SUPs do come with a leash, but you’ll need to make sure it does the job right as wearing the wrong leash could lead to accidents.
Grab a hard board, if:
- You want the SUP that is super responsive, is great in waves, can take on the wind with ease.
- You have a place and a transport to store it.
- You don’t have the patience to inflate your board anytime you wish to go.
And there you have it!
In case, you are still unsure, King Toys can offer you guidance in selecting the right SUP board at the best rate. Besides, you can visit kingtoys.ca to look at the comprehensive range of water sports equipment we offer.
Get up there and ready for your next water adventure!
Hope this much information helps you in making the sound choice.