PathFinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Review

The PathFinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard follows the recent trend of complete SUP packages, that get you on the water in minimal time – but is it any good?

PathFinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard

 

PathFinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard

PathFinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard

Features

The PathFinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard is the latest in a continuing line of Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) packages that have recently been released. Although these packages generally don’t provide the best of everything, they certainly provide the ability to be in the water in record time. In saying that, other than the typical aluminum pump and hand pump that come with these packages (more on those later), the actual inflatable paddle board appears to be a pretty solid product.

The construction is typical of most current inflatable paddle boards on the market today – PVC with drop stitching. This is practically military grade, which means it’ll take quite a bit of abuse for this board to fall apart. In saying that, look after it and it will last many years – keep dropping it on the ground or continually paddle into rocks and it won’t.

The center fin easily clicks into place, and is adjustable depending on your skill level and/or height.

 

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Dimensions

This SUP has interesting dimensions – 9.9 feet (9’9″) long, thirty inches (30″) wide and five inches (5″) thick. If you’ve been investigating the purchase of a new paddle board, you’ve probably not really seen a 9’9″ before – we certainly haven’t. But, by combining all of these dimensions, you get quite a stable paddle board that is not (quite) as long as a boat (it’s certainly stable enough to practice your yoga moves on)! The other benefit of this is a very maneuverable paddle board out on the water.

The maximum weight for the PathFinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard is 200 pounds (200lb), so it can certainly take quite a bit of weight, which could include either yourself or perhaps you and a child or dog.

This inflatable stand up paddle board takes roughly 10-15 minutes for the average person to pump up to the recommended 15 psi. As with other SUP packages around this price point, the hand pump can be difficult to use as more air is inserted into the iSUP – you may want to consider purchasing a better one down the track, or even an electric air pump that plugs into your vehicle (just be careful to not pump up too much).

Once inflated, the PathFinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard weighs roughly 25 pounds (25lb).

The aluminum paddle measures in at 65 inches (65″) at its shortest, and 86 inches (86″) when fully extended.

This paddle board doesn’t come with a leash, and to be honest, if you’re paddling on flat water there’s not really much of a requirement for one. If you plan on using this iSUP in surf however, you should definitely invest in one. If you don’t realize, a leash connects to both you (your ankle, generally) and your paddle board, so if you fall off the board wont float away.

 

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Accessories

The PathFinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard package comes win the following:

  • Inflatable paddle board
  • Aluminum paddle
  • Hand pump
  • Carry bag
  • Center fin
  • Large deck pad
  • Valve wrench

 

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Pros and cons

 

Pros

  • Is quite light for a mid-range inflatable paddle board
  • Very maneuverable compared to others reviewed on the Paddleboards Sales website
  • Full setup gets you in the water in minimal time
  • Great price

Cons

  • There are no D rings on this paddle board to support a kayak seat, that some other boards in this price point have. It does have bungees to strap gear onto, however.
  • No leash, but not really required unless surfing

 

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PathFinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard conclusion

By all accounts, the PathFinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard is a great buy for those looking for a complete SUP package. Its light and maneuverable, which is a definite advantage, especially if you don’t have good core strength (don’t worry if you’re in that situation currently – a few SUP sessions will fix that!).

Overall, this is a great package for those looking to get into paddle boarding, or perhaps looking for a SUP to store with your camping gear, or at your summer home by the lake or beach. It stores away using the included carry bag.

 

PathFinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard

PathFinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard

 

PathFinder Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddleboard