iRocker All-Around 11 Review
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iRocker All-Around 11
|Price||$799 List||$415.00 at Amazon|
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|Pros||Lightweight carbon paddle, plentiful storage, steady in boat waves||Affordable, lightweight, stable, maneuverable, easy to transport||Lightweight, affordable, playful design, includes a capable paddle||Lightweight, good all-around performance, excellent value||Inexpensive, easier to inflate than larger options|
|Cons||Heavy board, pack is uncomfortable to carry, sluggish glide, slow inflation||Attached side fins, leash sold separately, limited accessories||Not very fast, unstable in rougher water||Limited maneuverability, no dual cargo system||Slower and less stable, minimal cargo space, no front or back handles|
|Bottom Line||A stable board with a lightweight paddle designed for those seeking a longer board with cargo space||One of the best boards at a great price for paddlers who want to feel confident on flat water, chop or waves||A fun, lightweight board that provides an affordable way to get on the water||An affordable price tag and respectable performance highlight this fun and lightweight board||An affordable entry level board for families or lighter folks who are unsure of their commitment to the sport|
|Rating Categories||iRocker All-Around 11||Bote Breeze Aero||ROC Inflatable SUP||FunWater 11||SereneLife Inflatable|
|Glide Performance (25%)|
|Ease of Transport (10%)|
|Ease of inflation (10%)|
|Specs||iRocker All-Around 11||Bote Breeze Aero||ROC Inflatable SUP||FunWater 11||SereneLife Inflatable|
|Inflated Dimensions||11' x 32" x 6"||10'8" x 33" x 6"||10' x 32" x 6"||11' x 33" x 6"||10' x 30" x 6"|
|Weight (lbs)||25 lbs||20 lbs||17.8 lbs||18.9 lbs||25 lbs|
|Fin Configuration||2 flip lock nylon revmovable fins||2+1 plastic fins, with large detachable center fin||2+1 plastic fins, with large detachable center fin||2+1 plastic fins, with large detachable center fin||2+1 plastic fins, with large detachable center fin|
|Folded Dimensions (inches)||33" x 16" x 6''||38" 18" x 12"||34" x 12" x 14"||34" x 16" x 7"||33" x 12" x 12"|
|Weight Capacity (lbs)||435 lbs||250 lbs||300 lbs||330 lbs||275 lbs|
|Bungee Cargo System||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The iRocker All Around 11' has some features that make it stand out. The board itself is stable and sports multiple options for adjusting and adding gear. The addition of a carbon paddle makes paddling a pleasure. Unfortunately, the addition of wheels on the pack makes it less comfortable to carry. It felt heavy to transport and took longer to inflate in comparison.
At 11 feet in length, this longer and bulkier board is expectedly stable. It feels as though it is stuck to the water surface. In flatwater and boat waves, the iRocker All Around 11' remained stable. Although it falls short of a few other larger boards, it performs reasonably well in this metric. Feel free to bring a friend or pet with you on this board. Taller and heavier users will be able to develop their confidence paddling on the iRocker.
This board features three removable fins that click into place using a small plastic locking mechanism. The center fin proved to be difficult to attach, requiring significant pressure to pop it into place. iRocker claims that the removal of the two side fins increases speed. The fins keep the board tracking well, and a difference in speed was not felt. The length and lack of a significant rocker result in a slower overall glide.
As expected, turning the iRocker All Around 11' took some effort. After three to four strokes from front to back, it changed directions. We found that this board was easily taken by the current. It was difficult to get it to turn quickly to avoid underwater hazards or trees on the side of the river.
Ease of Transport
The included storage pack features wheels and the ability to adjust the straps for carrying on your back. The size of the pack is a bit bigger than others at 3 feet, by 16 inches, by 18 inches. Packed fully, it weighs around 36 pounds. Rolling it on asphalt, cement, or a boardwalk was relatively easy. The wheels sunk the minute we hit the sand. Transitioning to carry it on our backs was simple, but the solid bottom for the wheels hurt our hips as we walked. We appreciated the carbon paddle, which reduces the weight of the pack slightly.
Ease of Inflation
The pump for the iRocker All Around 11' is referred to as a "full-throttle pump." The dual chamber, triple action is designed to make inflating easy. Inexperienced paddlers using an inflatable for the first time struggled to figure this pump out.
At the mid-range of the pricing spectrum, this board has a lot of features that increase its value. It's a durable board at a longer length that is designed with extended duration paddles in mind. This board provides the ability to carry more gear, other paddlers, or furry friends. The carbon fiber paddle was a favorite among testers. A better bag design that feels more comfortable while on your back would be a major improvement for this board.
The biggest drawback for this board is the difficulty of transportation. Once on the water, we liked how sturdy it felt. Taking it on a long, mellow tour packed up with your gear, this board would shine. We recommend this board for a taller and heavier paddler who wants to improve their confidence on a board that feels supportive.
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