When someone makes the decision to purchase a stand-up paddle-board, they first need to figure out which type of board is the right fit for them. There are many options for stand-up paddle-boards, finding the right board would be based off of their style, skill level, and preference. There are inflatable SUP’s and traditional SUP’s. There are several key differences between the two, which everyone should keep in mind.
The Portability of the SUP
One of the first factors that people need to consider is whether or not the board is going to be easy to transport. For those who go with a hard, traditional paddle-board, they will either need a very large car or a car rack that can handle the stand-up paddle-board. Furthermore, the traditional board is going to weigh more, making it more difficult to move into and out of the water. For those who go with the inflatable stand-up paddle-board, this is easy to transport. An inflatable SUP is able to roll up and isn't much bigger than a sleeping bag. People can even fly with an inflatable SUP, avoiding hefty fees at the airport. Think about the portability of the paddle-board.
How Durable is the SUP?
Nobody wants to spend more money than they have to and one of the ways to avoid added costs is to pick a SUP that is durable enough to stand up to routine wear and tear. Those who go with a traditional stand-up paddle-board will need to keep in mind that they will pick up dings and scratches if they are dropped. In some cases, these boards might even need to be repaired immediately. On the other hand, an inflatable stand-up paddle-board is more durable. Those who drop an inflatable SUP on accident won't have to worry about it needing a repair because it can handle this stress. Furthermore, anyone who intends to paddle on white water or around rocky rivers will want to go with an inflatable SUP.
The Cost of the Board
Along the lines of not spending more than someone has to, it is also important to compare the cost of the boards. Those who are on a budget and looking to save money will want to go with an inflatable SUP. These are typically less expensive than the hard paddle-boards. Furthermore, the cost savings on an inflatable board don't stop with the initial price tag. Because hard paddle-boards need to be repaired more frequently, this will also add to the cost. Hard paddle boards are also less durable than an inflatable SUP, meaning that it will also need to be replaced more quickly. Inflatable SUPs are simply more cost-effective than a traditional board.
Thinking About the Storage Space
When the stand-up paddleboard is not in use, people will need to find a place to store them. Therefore, before making a decision, think about where the board is going to be stored. Traditional boards are going to take up a lot of space. Keep in mind that people will also need to maneuver these boards which are anywhere from 9 to 12 feet in length. If the storage is too tight, people might end up damaging something in their home while shifting the board in and out. On the other hand, an inflatable SUP can be stored almost anywhere because it can be rolled up when deflated. Keep all of this in mind when making a decision.
Purchasing a Stand-Up Paddleboard
Clearly, there are some key differences between an inflatable and a traditional SUP. Keep in mind than an inflatable stand-up paddle-board:
- Can be stored almost anywhere.
- Is easily transported from place to place, including on planes.
- Are far cheaper than a traditional paddle-board.
- Is durable enough to handle even the toughest of conditions.
There are many benefits that come with an inflatable stand-up paddle-board. Anyone who is looking for a SUP should consider going with an inflatable board. Why not speak with a professional and help find the board that is right for your needs?