The Old Inflatable 11' vs. the New iRocker All-Around 11'
Since our testing round with the iRocker, it's undergone some transformations. The board is now called the All-Around 11 instead of the Inflatable 11. We outline some of the differences in the bullet points below, and below you can compare the model we tested (first photo) to the overhauled version (second photo).
- Triple Layer Construction — iRocker developed a Triple Layer Composite PVC for this board, which is designed to maximize durability and rigidity while providing a 20% weight savings over the previous Quad Layer construction.
- Included Backpack — The included backpack/carrying case has more storage in the form of new pockets and extra bungee and velcro lash points.
- Safety Handles — The new board features 2 safety handles by the cargo area. There is also a new front grab handle.
- Redesigned Deck Pad — The deck pad's shape has changed slightly, and is now larger. The rear cargo storage area is also larger.
- Updated Pump — The pump included with the All-Around 11' is dual chamber for speedier inflation.
- Additional Action Mounts Added — This version has 17 action mounts, which are strategically placed on the board for use with cameras, fishing rods, speakers, etc.
- New Paddle — The previous paddle was fiberglass, but the updated one is a carbon blend shaft, which is designed to be lighter weight and stronger.
That's a lot of exciting updates! We're linking to the new model above, though be advised that as we haven't actually hit the water with the latest incarnation of the iRocker, all the text from here on out pertains to the older model.
Calm seas while paddling with KIALOA Insanity on the iRocker Inflatable.
The iRocker's quality is apparent in its construction, with a well-designed deck and admirable performance across the board. Although this model lacks some features that other top-scoring boards boast, like a dual cargo system, its high-quality materials and silhouette make up for it.
The iRocker performs well in this metric and is only beaten out by a few other high-end boards. With dimensions of 11' long x 32" wide x 6" tall, this model actually has the exact same measurements as some other high-ranking models, but its slightly heavier weight and slightly different profile make it a bit more unwieldy. However, our testers were thoroughly satisfied with this model in open water and chop from boat wakes. It also handles furry passengers well, and its fin configuration adds additional stability.
This model performs as many other top-ranked boards in our glide metric, 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 performs well even with two riders.
The iRocker, runner up for our Best Buy award, was one of the easiest contenders to inflate.
This board features two small, hard fixed fins, with a larger removable center fin. Our testers feel that this is an optimal design, as it allows for increased glide and stability in open water, and it can be customized in shallower water when the center fin needs to be removed, but the two hard outer fins can still maintain some glide and stability. However, this arrangement does hinder a tight roll (although this model still has excellent packability).
The iRocker does a good job of balancing stability, gliding performance, and maneuverability. While maneuverability is largely dependent on paddler abilities, the shape and size of this board make it easy enough to turn and move in the direction that you intend to go.
Ease of Transport
The iRocker performs 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.
Ease of Inflation
As with many of the boards in this review, the iRocker's inflation time is 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 a higher-volume dual-chamber hand pump with a universal attachment.
Pictured here is the iRocker, along with a slew of other contenders in our fleet.
The iRocker is a bit more expensive than some less-expensive high-performing boards, but is not as pricey as some of the top-end boards in our lineup. The differences between many of the boards are largely subject to personal preference and paddling style, but we recommend this board for beginning and intermediate users or those who are looking for a versatile SUP. Its balance of price and performance make it a solid value.
continually impressed our 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.