Tri (fixed side fins)

What we like:

A complete SUP package for under $300.

What we don’t:

Only comes in one size and features are limited.

We don’t write on the internet about all kinds of “budget” paddle boards however the ROC is a worthy inclusion in our top 10 list because of its surprising combination of value and quality. This board is lightweight at just 18 pounds, and sturdy enough for a variety of paddlers (it can handle a maximum weight of 350 pounds. ) The Explorer is available in 12 different colors at the time of publication. As with other models available it comes with a lifetime warranty. Explorer is ready to go out on the waves using an aluminum paddle and hand pump, a backpack, leash and even a bags that are waterproof to help keep your belongings dry. There are SUPs available on Amazon at a lower price however the Explorer is an excellent combination between value and quality and ROC comes with the assurance of a committed customer service team as well as a one-year warranty.

There’s no doubt that the ROC Explorer is one-third the price of of our top choices, however, a budget-friendly design comes with many compromises. It’s not surprising that you have a few D-rings just one grip handle and small 10 feet length (with no other sizes available). At the same cost the iRocker Nautical is a great choice, offering more versatility, with the addition of more handles and lash points and comes with side fins that can be removed as well as an elongated fiberglass paddle (the ROC’s is an more robust aluminum design). It is also a little heavier, which results in more stability in general. The Explorer is a great bargain for penny pinchers starting out and it’s the main reason that we regularly encounter it on the water.


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