Inflatables Vs Fibreglass SUP – what to choose?

Not sure what type of SUP package to choose out of a Hard Board or an inflatable? We hope this article will help you choose…

Inflatables VS Fiberglass

Do you have storage issues?
If you do then an inflatable is an best solution. Drift inflatables come with a bag so they can be easily folded up and stored in a small space in your apartment, or more importantly, in the trunk of your small car so you can transport it and go paddle. Plus you can avoid the oversize charge and headache when flying.The Drift Air inflatables comes as the full kit which includes paddle board, leash, adjustable paddle, bag, pump and fin.

Jane from Drift took her inflatable paddle board to NZ, which she got to adventure some magnificent places. This is the added bonus of the inflatable SUP with the Drift AIR inflatable bag being also a backpack which is great for traveling

Do you have young children that will be on the board also?
Want a safe option then the inflatable paddle boards are a safe option compared to fibreglass in regards to if you or your child was to fall.

Do you want an all round paddle board for flat water, Ocean and Surf? 
When surfing or paddling distance, a fibreglass/hard board is the way to go.The Drift Fibreglass Range is designed to be used in all conditions. Inflatable Boards are perfect for Recreational flat water and exposed waterways but not so much surf.

Have storage and roof racks?
While inflatables make for convenient storage, they do take time to set up. Fibreglass boards you just tie it to the racks, drive to your paddling destination and paddle (unless you leave an inflatable inflated all the time). Inflatables generally take about 7 minutes (or more) to pump up however you can leave these inflated and tie onto your roof rack also.

Want a good all round board?
If you are wanting a board which does it all (flat water, ocean paddling and surf) then a hard board would be your best option to take advantage of all types of paddling.

Some other points to take in
– iSUPs are more durable, especially in whitewater (fibreglass hitting rocks would ding and damage your board)
– Fibreglass boards are faster
– Our Inflatables are very durable and are not like an inflatable toy. The Drift AIR has drop stitch construction meaning you wont get any bend and are extra buoyant. There are lots on inflatables on the market however you want to make sure you are getting good quality (i.e 3 layer PVC, 6 inches in thickness not any less and to make sure they are super rigid)

About Drift Inflatable paddle boards:

There are a lot of inflatable paddle boards in the market but you need to know that you are getting quality and a good solid rigid board. Drift Inflatables are designed to be super rigid in which when inflated you won’t feel like you are on one. They have drop stitch construction which are fibres throughout the construction of the board to create stiffness. They are all machine laminated not handmade,

Check out our Inflatable Range which includes everything to get you on the water:

 

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Top health benefits from Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP)

Yep we truly believe paddle boarding is the best sport in the world by far, and here is why….

  • Improves balance: Getting that balance on your stand up paddle board does require core stability and leg strength to maintain balance. This not only helps you have a good balance while paddle boarding but increases your focus and balance in day-to-day activities too.
  • Full body workout: You are using a lot of muscles when paddle boarding, actually majority of them. Because of the balance required, leg muscles will be hard at work attempting to stabilize your center of gravity. Your abs are constantly getting a work out along with your arms and shoulders.
  • Low impact: Standup paddling is a very low impact exercise. Therefore, it is unlikely that you will do damage to the tendons and ligaments of your joints if your paddling technique is done correctly. For those who love the outdoors, adventure and want a low impact but good workout then paddle boarding is the one of you. Its a great break from high impact sport to give you a break and still get the exercise.
  • Less Stress: Whenever you are on the water you naturally feel distressed, you always feel great after a paddle too as you get some exercise…oh and don’t forget to take some great shots of the scenery along the way.
  • Overall increased strength: If you get addicted to paddle boarding (which is easy) you will find that your strength will increase, its a win/win
  • Cardio / Endurance : Push yourself that bit more by doing higher intensity training on your SUP, there are great gadgets out there which can track your heart rate, distance and even your paddling technique. One you subconsciously have your balance also try some more exposed water paddling which give you a great buzz
  • Nature: We can’t explain enough how many great places you will come across. Grab your SUP buddy and go explore
The warmer weather is also going to creep up on us with spring only a month away. Hope you got some great tips out of this article

Jane - Drift Paddleboards