ISLE 10’8 Wood Finish Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board Package Review

An excellent stand up paddle board for both novice and experienced user – let’s take a closer look at the ISLE 10’8 Wood Finish Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board.

 

ISLE 10'8 Wood Finish Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board review

 

ISLE 10'8 Wood Finish Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board Package - Check Price

ISLE 10'8 Wood Finish Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board Package - Check Price

Features

We seem to spend quite some time reviewing inflatable stand up paddle boards, so it’s nice that every once in a while we get the chance to review a hard board.

Although the ISLE 10’8 Wood Finish Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board is not “technically” a rigid Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) – it actually has a “soft top” made of durable foam – it certainly performs as if it were made entirely of fiberglass. Not so much in a professional manner of course, but casual users should be more than happy with the performance of this paddle board.

The core of the ISLE 10’8 Wood Finish Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board is 100% EPS, which is what many professional – and potentially much more expensive – hard stand up paddle boards are made from. It also comes with wood triple stringers, which makes the board even more tough and durable, as well as helping it reduce flex when travelling through the water (and also great if you want to surf small waves at your local beach or point break).

The deck is made of high density durable IXPE/XPE, and comes covered with a “skin” that is non-slip, so a deck pad is not required. The deck does have a tendency to get imprints, especially if using roof racks etc, but so long as your careful when transporting it, as well as when you get in and out of the water, you should be fine. If the paddle board is left for a while, these impression tend to pop back out.

The bottom of the board is made from high density polyethylene, which is made to with stand dings from rocks etc you may glide over, although we wouldn’t recommend doing this too much (using any stand up paddle board, for that matter)!

The customer service from ISLE is something that also needs to be mentioned. There have been a few reported issues, mainly with shipping, and ISLE appeared to have dealt with all issues within an excellent time frame.

 

ISLE 10'8 Wood Finish Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board

 

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Dimensions

The ISLE 10’8 Wood Finish Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board weighs in at approx. 28 pounds, and is 10 feet eight inches long (10’ 8”) by thirty one inches wide (31”). These dimensions, as well as being five inches thick (5”), means the paddle board performs admirably in choppy conditions, and comes across as being very stable without the feel of the board being overly “chunky”.

The board volume is 195 liters, and can easily hold a weight of up to 275 pounds (175LBs). This can be a single person, or a combination of two users together, a dog, or anything in between!

There are a few reports of the foam deck and rails being easily scuffed, but so long as you take care when entering and exiting the water, you should have minimal problems.

 

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Accessories

The ISLE 10’8 Wood Finish Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board comes with an aluminium adjustable paddle (with built-in paddle guard to stop you accidentally damaging your board) and a removable center fin (the paddle is buoyant, so if you drop it won’t sink). The SUP also comes with a leash, so you can strap the paddle board to your leg.

This SUP does not come with any bungee mounts, so you cannot attach anything to the deck. A carry handle is also included in the package.

 

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Pros and cons

Pros

  • Tough and durable
  • Light and easy to transport
  • Everything needed is included
  • Excellent value for money for a rigid paddle board

Cons

  • No deck mounts for accessories
  •  if not transported with care (they tend to pop back out if left for a certain time frame)

 

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Brand information

Isle Surf & SUP was founded in San Diego by Doug Pate and Marc miller in 2004. They provide a large selection of high quality products in the SUP industry, whilst still maintaining a high level of customer service.

 

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ISLE 10’8 Wood Finish Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board Package conclusion

The ISLE 10’8 Wood Finish Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board is an excellent all-round stand up paddle board that will glide just as easily in rivers or beaches as it does on lakes. The board is lightweight and very easy to carry (and comes with a convenient carry handle) – it is also very durable. The board is designed for both novice and experienced users, and should give new owners hours of fun on the water.

 

ISLE 10'8 Wood Finish Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board Package - Check Price

ISLE 10'8 Wood Finish Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board Package - Check Price

 

ISLE 10'8 Wood Finish Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board