You love paddle boarding or would like to try it, there’s no doubt about it. But it’s also true that SUPs can be quite expensive… or maybe not. That’s why here at Paddle Board Mania we have created this page, so you can discover the best cheap paddle boards.
Just take into account that these boards are affordable, and therefore they are not a good match for experienced paddlers. This list is mainly focused on people who want to get their feet wet in the sport but without spending a lot of money. If that’s your case, then you are going to love this piece of content.
Cheap Stand-up Paddle Boards Reviews:
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Now it’s time to start with the most interesting part: The reviews. Here you’ll find an extract for every board of this listing, and you can go and check the independent review for each one. You deserve to be informed, and that’s the main objective of this publication.
But before we get into this… what do we mean by cheap? Well, mostly all the SUPs which cost less than $1000-800 USD. There are very few boards in the $300 range, but don’t worry, because the picks you’ll find here are affordable and good.
Although, if you are a seasoned paddle boarder, then this list will fall short for you. You can explore other pages here in Paddle Board Mania to find SUPs which are better suited for you.
Vilano Journey Inflatable SUP Review:
Inflatable SUPs are known for being cheap in many cases. They are less costy to craft, so you will find many of them here. But if you want to check the best options in such category, then check this page: The Best Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Boards.
For less than $350 USD it’s one of the best picks you can get. It’s a complete pack, which means you get the SUP, pump, paddle, cover, etc. In a nutshell: everything you need to start practicing this sport.
- Very Rigid. It’s surprising that a cheap and inflatable board feels so rigid and solid, very similar to a hardboard.
- 1-year Warranty. If you ever had any problem with this board, you only have to claim the warranty.
- Easy to Use. It’s easy to inflate and use in fact.
- Not very thick. It’s only 4-inch thick, which means stability is not the best but fairly decent.
- Not so fast. Therefore it’s not suitable for racing.
- Paddle could be better
One of the most affordable SUPs you will find in the market nowadays. For less than $350 USD it’s a very decent pick. It offers you many solid features, yet it’s important to mention it does not excel at anything.
It’s also important to note that it’s a full pack, which means you won’t have to buy anything else. You get the pump, paddle and bag. If you want to get started in this sport for a very low price, then here you have it.
In terms of stability and balance it’s decent yet not great. It’s only 4-inch thick, which affects the stability negatively and also makes it more vulnerable to the environment. Therefore, using it in choppy water can be quite a challenge and can be easy to damage.
The paddle is decent yet not awesome. It’s made of aluminum, and as it’s an add-on, it not necessarily excellent. Yet will get the job done for you. Though, you should consider buying a better paddle.
In a nutshell:
A good paddle board for beginners. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money at the beginning, then this board is the best way to get started. It’s easy to use, comes with all the elements you need to get started and at a good price.
Solstice Bali Stand-Up Paddleboard Review:
Here we have another iSUP. As I said at the beginning, you are going to find many inflatable stand-up paddle boards on this page, because many of them are cheap by default, because unlike hard boards, the materials used to craft these are not outrageously expensive.
Now let’s go and check its pros, cons and a more detailed review. And remember that you can check its complete independent review for further information and details.
- Extra Long. It’s 10-feet 8-inch long.
- Very Strong and Solid. It’s made with reinforced PVC and its design makes it super strong and solid.
- Very Durable. This board has been crafted and designed to last and resist the impact of the environment.
- It only has 1 fin
- It doesn’t come with paddle
This board can be yours for less than $410 USD. A very decent price for such a long and durable board. It really feels like a hard board, and this is thanks to the construction of the board which is made with reinforced PVC.
The stability is superior to many models in this same price-range. Even though you will find a better stability in more expensive options like the Explorer 11 by Isle, this one is fairly decent for the price, taking into account that the Explorer 11 is around $800 USD.
It’s better-suited for lakes and the open sea under calm conditions, but it’s also good for rivers and moderately choppy water. It’s surprising to see how well it performs in rivers, therefore it’s a good pick if you want to try your luck in this kind of environment. Just remember that if you are a beginner, whitewater paddle boarding may not be the best thing for you.
The downside is that it does not include a paddle and you will have to buy it on your own. You can find paddles for the cheap, but if you want a really good one, then you should be ready to spend more than $200 USD.
It comes with a pump and a bag. The downside of this board is that it’s kind of hard to inflate, it will require quite a bit of energy to do it and the pump does not help very much with this. But the good thing is that you can leave it inflated without problems, so you can avoid this problem.
In a nutshell:
For the price it’s an excellent SUP. It’s extra-long, highly durable, very rigid, fairly stable and great for whitewater paddle boarding.
ISLE Classic Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board Review:
Isle is one of the most popular and reputable brands in the world of paddle boarding. We have seen that it’s created the Explorer 11 and the Touring 12 6, which are some of the finest SUPs around. And on this occasion we are going to review the Isle Classic Soft Top, which is their affordable-priced SUP.
- Super Solid. It’s not an inflatable SUP, therefore it’s a lot more solid.
- Enhanced Stability. It’s very stable, therefore a great pick for starters.
- Easy to Paddle and Use. You won’t have problem paddling on this board nor tracking it.
- It can wear out easily if you are not careful enough with it
- Not very fast
- Has only 1 fin.
This board by Isle is a great pick for beginners. It is not expensive and if you want to try something besides an inflatable SUP, then it’s the best place to start. It’s not a hard-board but a soft-top, keep that into account.
It’s important to mention it because, unlike hard boards, this one gets damaged a lot easier. You will see indentions appearing after a time using it, especially if you do it in rough environments.
I’d not use it for whitewater paddle boarding, it won’t perform very well. You could try it in a lake, but stay away from rivers. There it will fall short. It’s better-suited for open sea, and can even handle choppy water very well. Just don’t abuse of your luck and try to paddle in calm or moderately choppy water.
It comes with a paddle, and it’s surprisingly good. It’d be better if you bought a paddle on your own, but as an add-on it’s very decent. It will allow you to set a good foundation in the sport, but if you are a more experienced paddler, then you may feel like it’s not enough for your level.
The stability is quite good. You won’t fall off the SUP easily, even if you have never paddled before. Even there, you must have a food foundation on how to paddle, and you can find it in our page where I personally teach you how to paddle correctly. Just remember that with big waves this board falls short, therefore it’s not recommended for surfing.
It tracks very well. Which means you won’t have to spend extra energy and time in making it go straight. In some cheap SUPs it’s a problem, but fortunately you won’t have to face it with this one. It tracks well, which is exactly what you need as a beginner.
A very good board for the price. It’s fairly stable, is easy to use, tracks well. It’s great for recreational use and even for fitness (but not yoga). For surfing it will fall short, so will for racing. It’s not a board designed for that kind of purposes, it’s a cheap and well-rounded board made for beginners and recreational use.
BIC Sport DURA-TEC Original Stand up Paddleboard Review:
Now it’s time to review another great pick which falls into the category of affordable. This board is one of the most popular and in just a few seconds we will discuss everything about it. I’m sure you will like it very much also. But like everything on this world, it has its pros and cons. It’s light and dark side.
- Very Durable and Resistant. This board will stand the impact of usage very well, it won’t break or damage easily.
- Super Stable. With this board you will have a hard time falling off, it’s very stable.
- Nice Speed and Gliding. Even though it’s not suited for racing, it glides very well.
- It doesn’t come with paddle or cover
This board is one of the best you can get for less than $600 USD. It’s highly durable and rough, thanks to its rugged polyethylene shell and polyurethane foam core. For this price it’s unbelievable to get such a strong and resistant board.
It’s also very stable. It’s a great thing for novice paddlers, but in general if a board is not stable then it’s not good. This one will provide you plenty of stability, so you can paddle without problems.
I also mentioned that it can reach a nice speed and glides very well, and it’s true. It’s not suitable for competition, but it’s very nice for your own use. Because it can reach a good speed and glides very well, which means you won’t have problems feeling too slow or putting it onto track.
It’s also important to mention that unlike other cheap SUPs, this one is one of the few which includes a 3-fin system. This enhances stability quite a lot, ranks it as one of the best cheap stand-up paddle boards in the market.
The stability and gliding of this board make it a great purchase. But please, take into account that I’m talking about the 8-feet 4-inch board. Bigger sizes can be more expensive and cost around $700 USD. Even then, it’s a very good board which is totally worth the money you pay for it.
The shape of the board is also excellent, especially for beginners. It will enhance stability and make you feel very comfortable, even if you have never tried this sport before. Therefore, if you are looking for a board that’s solid, sturdy, durable and glides very well, then you have one of the best options right in front of you.
A very good board. There’s almost nothing to complaint about, other than the fact that you’ll have to buy your own paddle. It does not include anything besides the board. If you want the paddle and cover, then you will have to cover it on your own.