My Dad wanted a SUP that was a little bigger, both length and width wise. Something that could hold a little bit more weight capactiy and still feel super stable. On a Black Friday sale he picked up the Blackfin and we were not dissapointed!
Here is my review of the Blackfin.
Inflattable Blackfin Model XL SUP
This board is a little longer and wider than the average ones that I have used.
It is 11′ 6” long, most of the board I have used are 10′ 6” up until 11′.
So almost a foot longer than the board I use on a more daily basis. Those few extra inches are great for adding the cooler bag and some snacks, or bringing some supplies for fishing.
For someone like me who is not very tall it does not make a large difference how long the board is. But for my father who is taller, it is nice to have those extra inches for added stability.
At 34” wide this board is also great for taller people and added stability. With places along both edges of this board to hook on a cooler or the kayak seat there is plenty of room for activities.
I do not see any downside to having a longer board. A little bit more length can be great for racing or doing a SUP Tour for many days. It gives you extra room for your stuff!
It can hold up to 485 lbs while pumped up to 15 PSI. This is really quite a bit of weight, more than I have ever attempted to put onto a board.
It was able to get up to a similar speed that my shorter boards have. Overall I think I prefer the shorter board just for mobility, the ability to maneavur and turn around quickly. But this length of board was great for Florida inlet paddling and Dolphin watching for sure.
This is by far one of the best carrying bags I have seen with an inflattable board.
It is not only a backpack with straps and ventilatiton on the back for easy carrying. But comes with wheels as well! This was an incredible addition for when we were rolling it through the airport. It felt like just another suitcase that we could roll up to the security check line and off the carousel after the flight.
It is a fairly tall bag, which is a little diffferent than other ones that I have seen but fits everything you need inside nicely. The bag fits the board and all its accessories, even the kayak seat and cooler that came with the black friday deal.
It is a good size bag, we were able to add the Onyx life vest/belt and even some swim clothes inside with still plenty of room.
The Blackfin pump is incredible. Full Throttle Dual Chamber Hand up is new in 2019 to the Irocker brand.
They say that this pump with a new gauge and technology can help you pump your board up 100% faster and 50% easier. I am not sure how these numbers translate but I do believe this pump is better than other ones I have used.
It is clearly not as easy as an electric pump may be, but it does make it a little easier than normal.
This board is a little more expensive than other ones that I own or may suggest. This one is great for someone who is a little bit taller or weighs more than 200 pounds.
You are absolutely getting the best quality and if you can afford this board, it is well worth the extra couple hundred dollars.
Other boards from IRocker are often on sale and sometimes cost a little less. If the board is smaller they are often a little less expensive.
Who is this board best for?
IRocker Stand Up Paddleboard from Amazon today.
Great for all skill levels this board is stable and easy to maneavur. It is wide enough and long enough to handle one person and glide effortlessly through the water. But will also work with more than one person on it, or maybe taking your pup for a ride!
It is extremeley rigid and portable. Lightweight and easy to carry or roll around in the bag this is great for a traveling paddle boarder.
Whether you have to take it a couple miles down to the lake or drive it 100’s of miles to your favorite river camping spot.
An amazing option for someone who paddles near or far. With 3 removable fins it is easy to trasnport and change the stability. Use 1 fin if you are thinking of surfing, use all 3 for an easier glide around ride.
Change it up for different water depths or weather conditions to experience the best ride possible.
This particular board you can get from IRocker – similar boards, different length and color potentially here.