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Inflatable Sups Buyer’s Guide
There’s a lot of technical terms being thrown around in these reviews, so it may benefit you to brush up on some of the features to look for when purchasing the best inflatable SUP for your needs. Here’s a quick breakdown of some terms you’ll often see and how they relate to your best inflatable SUP experience.
Psi: This is the amount of pressure measured as Pound per Square Inch. The higher the PSI, the more rigid the board will be, allowing for a better glide in the water.
Fin Configuration: There are three usual configurations for SUPs: Single Large Center Fin, Two Medium Side Fins or 2+1, which is a combination of the two with smaller than normal side fins. 2+1 offers the best stability of the three without sacrificing maneuverability.
Aluminum Vs. Fiberglass Paddle: Fiberglass is by and large, the superior material for a paddle both for durability and its ability to float.
Dimensions: For general purposes and beginners, the bigger the board the better. Boards under 30” wide are easier to tip and are less stable than wider boards. Same goes for boards 9’ and under.
Thickness: Inflatable boards that are under six inches in thickness will have considerably less buoyancy.
Keep these terms in mind when comparing prices and features to find the Best Inflatable Sup!