Hands-on Gear Review

PEAK Inflatable Review

PEAK Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
Best Buy Award
Price:  $595 List | $489.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Light, stable, cool color schemes
Cons:  Lacks rear handle, no dual cargo system
Bottom line:  The Inflatable from PEAK is a flashy SUP that has admirable stability and glide for beginner users.
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Weight Capacity (lbs):  300 lbs
Weight (lbs):  23 lbs
Dimensions inflated:  10'6" x 31" x 6"
Manufacturer:   ISLE Surf & SUP

Our Verdict

The PEAK Inflatable is among the most affordable in our test and also the flashiest board we reviewed, two features that set it apart from the pack and earned it our Best Buy award. This board is wide enough to be stable in windy and choppy conditions, and its materials are burly enough for shallow creek trips. With a well-designed backpack and included paddle, this model is ready to go out of the box. Plus, the flashy color and top sheet design are serious attention grabbers—we received multiple compliments when out on this model.

Most inflatables will run you a bit more than this board, but if you're willing to spend more and looking for a faster ride, it might be worth it. For a sleeker silhouette and materials that are a bit more durable, consider looking at the higher-scoring Isle Explorer. If you're dedicated to speed but want the versatility of an inflatable board, we recommend the Top Pick Red Paddle Co Voyager+ MSL, which will give you the highest glide performance of any board we tested.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Shey Kiester

Last Updated:
Tuesday
July 11, 2017

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For the price, this board packs a serious punch. It's got it all, with a well-designed, no-frills backpack, three-piece paddle, and a middle-of-the-road pump. Although this model lacked the three-fin design that boards with higher stability ratings sported, its profile helped it maintain stability. Plus, it was significantly cheaper than many other boards in our review. If you're looking for a craft for your family or just getting into the sport, this model may be an excellent option for you.

Performance Comparison


Stuck in paradise while testing our fleet of flops.
Stuck in paradise while testing our fleet of flops.

Stability


At 10' 6" x 31" x 6" this contender is slightly shorter and narrower than other boards, like the Isle Explorer, which scored well in stability.


However, because of a wider nose, this model performed well in this category. Most beginning testers felt plenty comfortable on this board once they got used to the shorter length and slightly narrower width. Plus, this model features a 6-inch thickness, which had all of our testers feeling comfortable and steady when piloting it. This model performed well despite choppy conditions, largely because its wider nose allowed it to absorb the flow.

The rounded nose of the PEAK makes it a bit less speedy  but also adds stability.
The rounded nose of the PEAK makes it a bit less speedy, but also adds stability.

However, if you're looking for a super fast board, the wider nose of this model severely cuts down on its speediness. For a board with less stability and a lot more performance, look at the Red Paddle Co Voyager.

Glide Performance


Because of its blunt nose and fin design, the PEAK model was out-performed by several other models in the glide metric. With a rounded nose, this model did not slice through the water as well as contenders like the iRocker Inflatable or the Red Paddle Co Voyager.


Its wider silhouette makes it feel a bit bulky when going for distance across the lake, but beginning testers did not feel that it was a deal-breaker and most were happy to cruise around at a more mellow pace. If you aren't going for speed, then this may still be a great board for you.

A single fin means that this board doesn't track as well as models with three fins  but a wide silhouette makes it one of the more stable boards.
A single fin means that this board doesn't track as well as models with three fins, but a wide silhouette makes it one of the more stable boards.

This model features just one, long removable fin, while other models, like the Isle Explorer, features a removable fin and two hard fins. This configuration means that the PEAK does not perform as well in choppy water, as it is more likely to have a wider tracking range across the water. However, if you're not worried about your speed and you're just out to have a good time, this model will perform well enough.

Ease of Transport


The PEAK scored well in the transport category, mostly because of its lightweight construction and well-designed backpack. While not the burliest of bags in this test, the backpack is comfortable to carry and lacks extra-thick, bulky material, so you don't have to lug extra weight when hauling the bag around.


Plus, this pack features a waistbelt that is comfortable and helps spread the board's weight. It also features a full zip, making loading and unloading the bag easier.

The well-designed middle handle of the PEAK model adds transportability.
The well-designed middle handle of the PEAK model adds transportability.

A study middle strap on this board makes carrying with one person easy, but a missing rear handle makes sharing the load more difficult. We found that when boards lack a front or rear strap, it is more likely that users will end up dragging them when entering or exiting the water, which can have an impact on the board's longevity. For other options that are equal to or better than this model in transport, look at the Isle Explorer or iRocker Inflatable.

Ease of Inflation


As with many of the crafts in this review, the PEAK model did not stand out for inflation (which is both a good and a bad thing). This model was not as quick to inflate as the Red Paddle Co Voyager, but it was not as slow as the lower scoring models, like the Airis HardTop. This board had an average inflation time. This model does feature a universal nozzle port, so if you want to use another board's pump or purchase an after-market pump, you can.


Durability


The PEAK featured good construction and thoughtful features. However, the materials seemed just slightly more prone to wear than other more expensive like the iRocker Inflatable or Isle Explorer. Also lacking a rear handle, this model is set up for abuse when carrying it to and from the water, as some users resorted to dragging it by the front handle. With that said, for the price, this model is sure to last several seasons.



Best Applications


This board is a good board for beginning users who are looking to spend time on the water and are not expecting to get into any races with their friends. With a rounded nose, this model was one of the slowest boards, but it remained versatile and stable for most applications. At a low price and with an included, three-piece paddle, this model is good for families.

Value


At $595, this model has an incredible value. If you're new to the sport and looking for a good way to get started, this is a good option for you. However, if you're interested in higher performance and need a board that is a bit more speedy, we recommend the Isle Explorer or iRocker Inflatable. These boards are more expensive, but they also have a more competitive silhouette.

Conclusion


The PEAK blew away our expectations and turned heads on the beach. Plus, if we would have had a style metric, this model certainly would have won the category. An excellent model for beginners who don't plan on speeding around the water, the PEAK won't break the bank either.
Shey Kiester

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