Honestly speaking, and when it comes to inflatable standup paddle board, there is nothing better than an iSUP that simulates a hard one. I know that the purpose behind every inflatable standup paddle board is never to match or be similar to an authentic one, rather; iSUPs are made with different features and options to suit and meet the needs that a surfing board can’t really afford.
One of the greatest iSUPs out there is the new ISLE Airtech, and that’s according to the testimony of every user who had tried it. The Airtech is absolutely made for big guys; it’s 12.6 feet tall, 31 inches wide and 6 inches. If you’re an iSUP person , you’d probably know we’re not fooling around here; the ISLE is known for going big and confident when it comes to their product.
The ISLE Airtech 12’6″ is no difference; it’s made of a double layer construction with a new, high-tech proprietary machine fused process at the raw material stage. This innovational technology provides maximum strength without any extra weight, and that means that you will end up with a stronger, sturdier and lighter board.
- Equipped with nose mounted Handle and Bungee System giving you plenty of room to stash all your gear.
- 2 Carry handles
- Package includes : 3 Piece Aluminum Adjustable Travel Paddle, Carry Bag, High Pressure Pump & Gauge, Removable Travel Fin and Repair Kit.
|Dimensions||12'6" x 31" x 6"|
|Material||Drop Stitch PVC|
|Weight limit||275 lbs|
|Number of D-rings||5 Stainless D-Rings
|Recommended PSI||15 PSI|
|Fins||1 center detachable fin + 2 small fins|
The ISLE Airtech 12’6″ is mainly designed for touring, and if that is to say anything, it’ll be that this board is meant to be fast, stable and lightweight. That being said, touring is an activity that demands comfort because it’ll last for long periods of time, that’s why you are going to find a raised, diamond-groove pad which will give you maximum no-slip grip for quick turns in flat waters and for riding larger waves in the surf. The super soft traction pad reduces foot fatigue as the diamond pattern offers a catchy design.
Moreover, looking at the Airtech 12’6” inflatable SUP board you can definitely spot the high resemblance between it and an authentic board on the first sight; it has a sharp nose and a slick design which makes chopping through the water smoother than ever. Though I mentioned earlier that there is no room to compare those boards, I find it really difficult to ignore the well-built body which is perfectly glued to look like one piece.
Further, an expandable bungee system that consists of 4 front D-rings and a bungee cord is one of the best things about the Airtech 12’6”; it’ll allow you to easily attach extra items like sunglasses, camera, and snacks…to the board. Add to it the 5th D-ring on the board’s tail which is meant for safety leash attachment.
Not only that; you’ll find a grooved central carry-handle for a comfortable grip while carrying the inflated board. Also, there is a nose handle that offers maximum leverage for moving your board with ease.
Furthermore; a set of 3 fins it part of the Airtech’s gear; one of them is a large, removable center box fin for simple transport and storage as desired, while the other 2 are small and fixed. All you have to do is detach the large fin before you deflate the iSUP, and you’ll be ready to pack it and go.
Now, the reason why inflatable standup paddle board are highly praised is that they come in complete packages with everything needed to handle them which makes them one of most practical water sport’s equipment out there. The Airtech here is featured with all the necessary items to rock it. You’ll find a travel aluminum paddle which can break down into 3 pieces and can be adjusted to fit your height, a pump that’ll inflate the iSUP up to 15 psi anywhere you go in no time, and a backpack where you can fit all of that’s been mentioned and store it anywhere in the house or car.
To sum up, I’m more than happy to tell you that this strong guy comes with a one year warranty which is more than enough for you to try it out and test its performance and durability. Add to that the included repair kit which might come useful in case anything bad happened.
All in all, the Airtech is a fast, rigid, stable and durable iSUP which is absolutely out there to impress.
- The ISLE Airtech 12″6′ is a very well-engineered large inflatable SUP board.
- It’s Constructed with ding-resistant outer skin which allows for maximum durability with a similar ride to a traditional hard epoxy.
- It has a race style design with a sleek, pulled-in nose and narrow tail.
- It’s designed for touring and it features a comfortable EVA deck pad.
- It comes in all inclusive package.
- As fors cons, it’s really difficult to think of any. If anything, I’d say that this board is a little bit pricey.
ISLE Airtech 12″6′ – Video
ISLE Airtech 12″6′ – Images