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iRocker All-Around 11 Review

The Inflatable by iRocker is a high-performing model that testers loved.
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Price:  $749 List | $679.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Stable, sturdy, fin arrangement optimizes glide
Cons:  Lacks dual cargo system, not super fast
Manufacturer:   iRocker
By Shey Kiester ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 4, 2018
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RANKED
#4 of 10
  • Stability - 30% 8
  • Glide Performance - 25% 8
  • Maneuverability - 25% 7
  • Ease of Transport - 10% 8
  • Ease of inflation - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The iRocker 11 was immediately a favorite among our testers, as its quality and performance were apparent out of the box. This model took on each metric relatively well, putting up solid scores across the board and demonstrating durability superior to some more expensive models in this review. The iRocker was stable and glided well, with admirable packability and inflation.

If you're looking for more performance, the Isle Explorer offers a bit more, while the PEAK is similar to the iRocker at a much lower price.

Product Update - 2018
iRocker has given this board a few updates this year. See the info on the latest version below!


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Pros Stable, sturdy, fin arrangement optimizes glideTechnical design, quality construction, multi-level friendlyStable, sturdy, thick, dual cargo system, handles on both endsGlides nicely, dual cargo system, stable for such a long narrow board, dual chamber pumpGlides well, stable
Cons Lacks dual cargo system, not super fastExpensiveNot super fastCan feel unstable to beginnersHumongus, not super easy to transport or pump up
Bottom Line The Inflatable by iRocker is a high-performing model that testers loved.This is a fantastic board for anyone looking for high performance on a multitude of adventures.Top scores in nearly every metric combined with a reasonable price for such a high quality board, the Explorer is our Best High Performance Buy.The Red Paddle Co Voyager packs a serious performance punch for longer missions.Excellent stability and maneuverability make the Xplorer a standout performer.
Rating Categories iRocker All-Around 11 Hala Carbon Straight Up Isle Explorer Red Paddle Co Voyager+ MSL Tower Xplorer
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Specs iRocker All-Around... Hala Carbon... Isle Explorer Red Paddle Co... Tower Xplorer
Weight Capacity (lbs) 435 lbs 350 lbs 275 lbs 330 lbs 800 lbs
Weight (lbs) 24 lbs 23.5 lbs 22 lbs 25 lbs 36 lbs
Dimensions inflated 11' x 32" x 6" 10'6" x 32' x 6" 11' x 32" x 6" 13'2" x 30" x 5.9" 14' x 32" x 8"
Dimensions folded up (feet, inches) 1' x 33" 32" x 18" x 12" 1' x 33" 32" x 19" x 9" 36" x 18"
Paddle Included? Yes No No No Yes
Time to inflate (minutes) 4-7 10-15 4-7 4-6 5-10
Pump included? Yes Yes Yes Yes, high-pressure, dual chamber Yes
Fin configuration 2+1 plastic fins, with large detachable center fin 2 removable side fins, 8" center flex fin 2+1 plastic fins, with large detachable center fin FCS Connect Fin Large detachable center fin
Bungee cargo system Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Comes with backpack Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Warranty 2 years 3 years 1 year 1 year 2 years

Our Analysis and Test Results

The New iRocker All-Around 11' vs. the Old Inflatable 11'


iRocker gave this board a new name and a few new features this year. It is now called the All-Around 11' and features new quad-layer construction, a redesigned deck pad, added safety handles, and a new pump. See the new All-Around 11' below on the left followed by its predecessor, the Inflatable 11', on the right.

iRocker Inflatable 11
  • Quad Layer Construction — iRocker developed a Quad-Layer PVC material for this SUP, which is designed to maximize durability and rigidity.
  • Safety Handles — The new board features 2 safety handles by the cargo area, which are visible in the comparison photo above (left).
  • Redesigned Deck Pad — The deck pad's shape had changed slightly.
  • Updated Pump — The pump included with the All-Around 11' is dual chamber for speedier inflation, and now includes a pressure gauge.

The new board retails for $749, around $200 cheaper than the old version! We're very happy to see that SUPs are becoming more affordable. We haven't actually hit the water with the latest incarnation of the iRocker though, so all the text from here on out pertains to the old version from our initial review.

Hands-On Review of the iRocker Inflatable 11'


The iRocker model's quality is apparent in its construction, with a well-designed deck and admirable performance across the board. Although this model lacked some features, like a dual cargo system, that other favorite boards boasted, its materials and silhouette made up for it.

Calm seas while paddling with KIALOA Insanity on the iRocker Inflatable.
Calm seas while paddling with KIALOA Insanity on the iRocker Inflatable.

Stability


The iRocker performed well in this metric but was beaten out by the Isle Explorer and NRS Mayra. With dimensions of 11' x 32" x 6", this model actually has the exact same measurements as the Isle Explorer, but its slightly bulkier weight and slightly different profile made it a bit more unwieldy. However, testers were thoroughly satisfied with this model in open water and chop from boat wakes. It also handled furry passengers well, and its fin configuration added stability. If you are looking for a model with a bit more stability, consider the lighter Isle Explorer. And if you're anticipating activities that require a high level of stability from your board, like SUP yoga, try the NRS Mayra, which is specifically built for this.

Glide Performance


This model performed as well as our Editors' Choice-winning Isle Explorer in glide, moving along nicely on flat water but not moving nearly as fast as a non-inflatable model, which is to be expected. With a weight capacity of 385 pounds, which was on the upper end of the spectrum in this test, the iRocker still performed even with two riders. For a higher performing model at a higher price, consider the Red Paddle Co Voyager, and for a similar model, check out the PEAK Inflatable.

This board features two small, hard fins, with a larger removable center fin. Testers felt that this was an optimal design, as it allowed for increased glide and stability in open water, and it could be customized in shallower water when the center fin needed to be removed while the two hard fins maintained some glide and stability. However, this arrangement does hinder a tight roll (although this model still has excellent packability).

The iRocker  runner up for our Best Buy award  was one of the easiest contenders to inflate.
The iRocker, runner up for our Best Buy award, was one of the easiest contenders to inflate.

Ease of Transport


The iRocker performed well in packability, with a well-designed backpack included. The board and all of the needed accessories easily fit inside, with room to spare and comfortable straps. However, this model does lack a front handle, which makes carrying with two people more difficult. It does, however, have an excellent middle handle. For a board that is easier to carry and a bit lighter, consider the Isle Explorer or the PEAK Inflatable for a lighter option.

Ease of Inflation


As with many of the boards in this review, the iRocker's inflation was nothing to write home about, in either a good or bad way. The pump gets the job done well and is both easy and relatively quick to use. The nozzle is universal, which means that it fits any board with this same universal nozzle. If you really care about how quickly your board inflates, consider buying an electric pump (or purchasing the Red Paddle Co Voyager's pump from their website).

Durability


Although not quite as bomber as the Editor's Choice award-winning Isle Explorer (mostly because of a lacking rear handle, which sets the board up to see more abuse when dragged across rocks) the iRocker board still brings solid construction and materials to the table. This model is well-designed, with low-profile seams and solid materials that handled multiple creek descents with shallow sections and mandatory portages. For a model that is less durable (and a little less expensive), you can look at the PEAK Inflatable.

Best Applications


The iRocker is a versatile board that tackles open water and creeks with ease. Quality materials and admirable glide and stability make this board an excellent choice for beginners and intermediate paddlers who want to get out on the water.

Pictured here is the iRocker  along with a slew of other contenders in our fleet.
Pictured here is the iRocker, along with a slew of other contenders in our fleet.

Value


The iRocker was a bit more expensive than our Editors' Choice Isle Explorer. The differences between the two boards are largely subject to personal preference, but we recommend this board for beginning and intermediate users or those who are looking for a versatile SUP.

Conclusion


The iRocker continually impressed testers, with a solid performance across the board. This model came with us on open water, longer missions, and down rowdy creeks and rivers. It's a solid model that can go nearly anywhere with you.


Shey Kiester