Hala Carbon Straight Up ($1,499)

From leading recreational and budget models to serious touring rigs, we break down the best inflatable SUPs of the year

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10’6”, 11


A high-quality, rigid, and versatile carbon board.

Expensive yet not very specialized..

Tested and designed in The Yampa River near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Hala Gear’s inflatable boards are among the most exquisitely designed vessels available. The company offers a full assortment of options starting from entry-level models, to top-quality models, whitewater specialists and touring boards that are suitable for long-distance excursions. Carbon Straight Up Carbon Straight Up here is their top all-rounder featuring an all-water design perfect for flatwater cruising but sturdy enough to take on Class II rapids, or even tote gear for expeditions. The standout feature of the Carbon Stringer that is specifically designed to increase the glide and adds a lot of rigidity. Hala claims will connect an inflatable and a hardshell. This makes for one of the best constructed and versatile boards on the market perfect for serious paddlers seeking a top-quality set-up that can do everything.

At 10 feet and 6 inches The Straight Up is ideal for smaller paddlers. However, those with bigger builds or who require a little more storage can go on the 11-foot Carbon Hoss (also priced at $1,499). The carbon stringer is an easy choice for those who are committed to paddle the boards are available in regular (non-carbon) versions at $1199. For fins they both Carbon Straight Up and Hoss have an 8-inch center skeg as well as two 4.5-inch Gummy side fins but they can all be altered with a variety of options to customize your experience. The price will be a fair amount however, this Carbon Straight Up is one of the top SUPs you can buy, and is a great option for those looking to make a commitment to paddling.