ISLE Explorer Inflatable Paddle Board Review

Our Rating
  • Build Quality
  • Features
  • Stability
  • Performance
4.7

There is a huge debate around whether inflatable paddle boards are taking over the market of paddle boards in general but actually it’s not even a competition at this point.

Indeed, big guys like ISLE Surf and SUP have taken the industry of inflatable paddle boards to new heights and these board are only gaining more momentum as they go.

For example, the ISLE Explorer Inflatable stand up paddle board is a solid embodiment of every reason why you should go for an inflatable paddle board especially if you’re a beginner. So, let’s take a closer look at this ISLE and figure out whether it’s the board you’re looking for or not.

ISLE Explorer Review — Features & Specs

  • Military grade PVC & Rigid Drop-stitch
  • Comfortable Deck pad
  • Multiple carry handles
  • Multiple bungee systems
  • 2 additional center rail mounted D-Ring
  • 1 ankle leash D-ring
  • Tri-fin setup ( Twin Outer Fins + Large removable Center Fin)
  • Package includes :
    • Adjustable Carbon Shaft / Nylon Blade Paddle
    • Carry Backpack
    • High-Pressure Pump
    • 8' Coil Leash
    • ISLE Sticker Pack & Manual
    • Snap-In Travel Fin

Dimensions
  • 11' Long x 32" Wide x 6" Thick
  • 12' Long x 32" Wide x 6" Thick
Material Military Grade PVC & Drop stitch
Weight limit
  • 275lbs
  • 300lbs
Number of D-rings 13 D-rings

  • 6 D-rings on the nose attached with a bungee cord
  • 4 D-rings on the tail attached with a bungee cord
  • 2 additional center rail mounted D-Rings
  • 1 ankle leash D-ring
Recommended PSI 15 PSI
Fins 2 side fixed fins - 1 large removable fin
Volume
  • 238 Liters
  • 272 Liters
Carry handles 3 carry handles
Warranty 60 Day Guarantee + 1 Year Warranty On Materials

Measurement

ISLE Explorer inflatable SUP reviewThe dimensions of any paddle board are a corner stone to the purchase because they make a huge difference depending on your age, size and preference.

Hence, and as you can already tell, the ISLE Explorer iSUP measures an astounding 11 feet in length which is a solid size for almost everybody. Indeed, at 11&12 feet, this board will easily accommodate for teenagers, young adults and adults alike without a single inconvenience. Also, the board’s length will further enhance your ability to maintain a firm balance on top of it while you track like a breeze.

Beyond length, the second dimension you should focus on is width because it can significantly impact your experience with the board. Accordingly, the ISLE Explorer at hand stands at a solid 32 inches in width which is simply impeccable.

Considering the fact that this board is significantly long, it is only reasonable to go with over 30 inches in width as it will give the board more composure and make it easier for you to maintain balance when standing up instead of continuously worrying about flipping over.

Last but definitely not least, thickness is a critical dimension for most floating things because it defines so many things. In that respect, the ISLE Explorer goes for a sturdy 6 inches which guarantees to keep you high and dry in the positive sense which is great for off season paddling.

Also, at 6 inches, you won’t have to worry about the board bending/flexing at the center when adding extra weight. Speaking of which, the ISLE Explorer at hand has a weight capacity of 275-300 lbs which is more than enough for most circumstances.

Quality

Quality is a common concern for anyone on the verge of buying an inflatable paddle board because just like anything else, not all brands out there are completely reliable and trust worthy. So, what makes this one special?

Well, let’s talk about it! The board at hand, which is merely an example of a product made by ISLE Surf And SUP, is made of ultra durable military grade PVC material. In fact, it is the same material that the army uses to build zodiac boats and some bullet proof vests.

Further, the manufacturers of this board take it one step ahead via an industrial drop stitch construction that perfectly seals all seams and keep the body of the board firmly tucked together.

In order to be able to see the bigger picture here, you must learn that this board went through a series of torture tests that makes sure the board is actually as robust as it sounds like in theory. That way, you can say that the ISLE Explorer is virtually indestructible.

Features

Features here and features there, everyone is talking about features but not many people are talking about ISLE’s version. Indeed, ISLE has been known for reinforcing most if not all their board with pretty much all the features that you would need as a paddler on your journey. Accordingly, the ISLE Explorer comes with:

  • The first thing which everyone notices when looking at this board is the impressive EVA pad that covers up most of the board’s surface. The pad at hand is not only foamy and soft but it’s also anti-slip. Meaning, the pad will grant you a firmer grip on the board and consequently make it easier for you to navigate it when standing tall.
  • As far as D-rings are concerned, there is really no competitor with the ISLE Explorer inflatable paddle board as it exhibits around 13 rings distributed in order on the surface of the board.
  • The first 6 make the central cargo net on the nose of the board while the net on the tail consists of 4 D-rings. These nets are great little additions for people who are looking into board workout, yoga, fishing and even touring because the nets will enable you to secure your cargo easily and paddle at ease. Also, the board features 2 additional center rail mounted D-rings which are meant to give you the option to add more bungees to your SUP and/or securely strap your cooler or tacklebox without the concern of it falling in.
  • Moreover, the board at hand features a couple carry strap handles which are located at the nose and tail of the board and are meant to help you carry it easily outside of water.
  • As for navigation, the ISLE Explorer went with nothing less than a triple fin setup. The system at hand is not only great for straight forward tracking but it’s also very compatible with entry level boards. Indeed, if you’re a beginner then you’re going to love the command that this system grants you as compared to a single fin board.

ISLE Explorer iSUP - Features

Performance

As far as performance goes, the ISLE Explorer at hand is a beast for an entry level board. In fact, this board right here can even compete with some high calibre boards because it is designed with such precision so as to make it possible for it to cut through water like an arrow.

Indeed, with the pointy head and the slick body, the board will cut straight through like a sword and the triple fin system will enable you to command and control it as you will and at ease especially in steady water. So, get your paddle out and get ready for some tough cruising.

ISLE Explorer iSUP Review

Packaging

ISLE Explorer iSUP - PackageAs for packaging, ISLE is not backing down after making a fuss about this board. So, they decided to go full on with the package and it includes:

  • Adjustable Carbon Shaft / Nylon Blade Paddle
  • Carry Backpack
  • High-Pressure Pump
  • Coil Leash
  • ISLE Sticker Pack & Manual
  • Snap-In Travel Fin


Pros

  • The ISLE Explorer is a very well-engineered iSUP
  • It’s quite stable and it tracks very well
  • It comes in a complete package
  • It becomes quite rigid and sturdy once inflated to the recommended PSI
  • It’s very easy to maneuver even in choppy water

Cons

  • We couldn’t think of any

ISLE Explorer iSUP - Colors

ISLE Explorer inflatable sup review

ISLE Explorer inflatable paddle board Review

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