How Does the Atoll Inflatable SUP Compare?

Atoll Inflatable SUP - Complete Package with Paddle, Pump, Fin, Carrying Bag

If you like the rugged, camo look in sports gear, this Atoll iSUP may be for you. Overall, I think it’s very similar to other well-made inflatable paddleboards on the market except for its darker camouflage coloring which sets it apart.

Here’s What I Like About the Atoll Inflatable SUP:

1. Its Size

The Atoll “Cruise Deluxe” is 11′ long, 32″ wide and 6″ thick.

Atoll iSUP on the Water with 2 PeopleIt is longer than other entry level boards, which tend to be about 10′ long. At the same time, it’s shorter than other inflatables that are 12’6″ or longer and tend to be more cumbersome to carry. 11′ is a good in-between size that can carry more weight (up to 250 lbs) while being easier to transport around.

Many iSUPs run between 30″ and 32″ in width. The wider the length, the greater stability. Of course, this means that there is more room on the board as well. This feature comes in really handy for activities such as paddleboard yoga, taking trips with your pet or the kids, fishing, etc..

The 6″ thickness adds more stability for riders than standard 4″ thick SUPs. This is helpful for beginners, people traveling with pets or those who want to ride a little higher above the water.

2. This SUP has a Ton of D-Rings

OK. Not a ton. Just 14. However, this is more than double what traditional boards offer. If you ever want to carry a cooler, fishing tackle, snorkeling gear, a drybag or other stuff, these D-rings come in very handy.

In addition, you can also attach a kayak seat to use your SUP as a sit-on-top kayak. Basically, the board has now become much more versatile so you can do a lot more activities with it.

3. The Atoll Comes as a Complete Package

I’d say the majority of iSUPs are sold as packages, but there are several that don’t include a paddle or carrying bag. As you can imagine, these 2 items are handy to have, and they can get expensive to purchase separately.

It’s easier to just get everything all at once. Furthermore, you also end up paying less with package deals too.

Atoll Package Includes:

  • 11′ Inflatable SUP
  • High-Pressure Manual Air Pump to 15 PSI
  • 3-Piece Adjustable Paddle (has Nylon Blade that is lightweight & durable)
  • Detachable Fin
  • Rugged Travel Backpack (also doubles as a drybag!)

4. High Quality in Design

Atoll iSUP Being Inflated (Before and After)
courtesy of http://atollboards.com
Like many other inflatable paddle boards that I have seen, the Atoll Features Korean style drop stitch technology. Essentially, this means that they are super durable and attain extreme rigidity, even though they are inflatable.

Over the years, I’ve had plenty of people mistake my inflatable SUP for a hard board. It’s just that rigid.

Another standard feature that Atoll includes is the EVA foam deck pad on the top face of the board. This makes it much easier to balance while standing up, not to mention very comfortable underneath the feet. In addition, having a grippy surface comes is very handy when doing yoga poses on the board.

 

SUP Workouts – Can You Get Fit Paddleboarding?

Do paddleboarding workouts really help people lose weight, build muscle and get fit?

The short answer is yes – in a variety of different ways.

First of all, people engage all of their large muscle groups in a stand up paddleboarding workout.

The arm and back muscles are of course used to paddle, but less noticeably, the legs muscles are constantly active helping the body maintain balance on the board. Similarly, the core muscles need to stay engaged in order to keep the body balanced and upright on the board. In short, it’s a whole body workout.

You can benefit from both cardio and muscle-building exercises all in a single workout. The muscles you build can also help you burn fat long after your workout.

Secondly, there are lots of variables that affect the workout.

Wind, waves, current and even your own movements can trigger muscles in your body to maintain balance during your entire excursion. In fact, areas like your core that are constantly engaged may be less noticeable while you are out on the water. However, over time, you can definitely see and feel a difference in your midsection.

Compare a workout where you are doing squats while standing on solid ground – to doing squats on a moving bosu ball. You definitely get more of a workout when trying to balance on an unstable platform because more muscles are being activated to maintain balance while the body is moving. This is a big benefit that an SUP workout has over other types of exercises.

Third, people are not limited to just paddling on a board.

Now there is paddleboard yoga, which incorporates the stretching and strength-building routine on an SUP. You guessed it – you instantly increased your workout simply by performing it on an unstable platform.

Carrying on with that idea, you take all sorts of floor exercises and do them on a paddleboard for more enhanced muscle-building. Some examples are push ups, sit ups, back bends and even headstands. It’s probably beast to try these out on calm water, since they are challenging enough without adding waves to the equation.

Tower Inflatable 14' SUPFourth, start racing!

Yes, there are events that you can sign up for and train for speed. There are hard and inflatable boards designed for just this. Take your paddleboarding workout to a whole new level with interval training and distance sup workouts. Besides helping people lose weight and get stronger, this makes working out a lot more fun – especially if you have friends to do it with.

So what do you think now? Is an SUP a good workout?

Supflex Paddle Board Sale – September 2016

Supflex Inflatable Paddleboard

You can now save 34% on the Supflex 10′ Inflatable SUP during their SEPTEMBER SALE.

The package comes complete with an adjustable SUP paddle, high pressure pump, leash, repair kit and backpack. You don’t need to buy any other gear or accessories to get started paddling on the water.

Supflex Inflatable Paddleboard Color Options: Blue, Green & Yellow

In addition to getting a complete paddle board package at a deeply discounted price, this is really good deal. Here’s why:

1. It’s Conveniently Ready to Travel

Inflatable paddleboards are great to travel with because you can simply deflate them, roll them up and stick them in a bag. The paddle in this package also breaks down into 3 shorter pieces, which can also fit in the included backpack (along with the compact air pump).

The SUP only weighs 22 lbs, so it’s not heavy to carry. Plus, you won’t get stuck with hefty luggage fees when you take in on the plane to Hawaii with you. =)

2. High-Quality iSUP that Feels and Performs Like a Hard Board

The SUP is very rigid. It has a high max inflation of 15 PSI, and it is extra thick at 6″. These factors make it feel (and look) like a hard foam core board, and similarly perform like one. (By the way, you can actually ride this board at 10 PSI. The SUP is plenty firm at that pressure already.)

Because it is more rigid, it provides additional stability for new paddlers and for those who want to try out paddleboard yoga.

It is also designed for easy maneuverability with its shorter 10′ length and tri-fin set-up. You won’t be struggling to turn your board in the water and get to where you want to go.


Supflex Paddle Board Specs:

  • Dimensions: 10′ long x 30″ wide x 6″ thick
  • Total weight: 22 lbs
  • Max rider weight: 300 lbs
  • Constructed of military-grade double layer PVC
  • 3 fins set (1 removable)
  • 4 stainless steel D-rings with bungee cord and 1 D-ring near tail
  • Supflex stands behind their products. They provide a 2-year warranty, which is twice as long as the typical warranty for an inflatable SUP. This is a good sign.
  • Get it On Sale Here