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iRocker Inflatable 11 Review

iRocker Inflatable 11
Price:  $965 List | $649.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Stable, Sturdy, Fin arrangement optimizes glide, handles on both ends
Cons:  Lacks dual cargo system, not super fast
Bottom line:  The Inflatable by iRocker is a high-performing model that testers loved.
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Weight Capacity (lbs):  385 lbs
Weight (lbs):  24 lbs
Dimensions inflated:  11' x 32" x 6"
Manufacturer:   iRocker

Our Verdict

The iRocker Inflatable 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 a 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 Inflatable has a similar level of performance as the iRocker at a much lower price.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Shey Kiester

Last Updated:
Monday
July 10, 2017

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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.

Performance Comparison


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 wake. 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 a 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

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