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iROCKER ULTRA RANGE includes the BLACKFIN CX and CRUISER iSUPS which are great for paddle board touring on lakes

iROCKER ULTRA iSUP Range Review | 4 Compact Paddleboards

While solid SUPs were the first evolution of the sport. iSUPs came next, allowing ease of portability and opening the market to many more people who wanted to try paddleboarding. Like everything else, nothing stays the same, and evolution is always in the works. 

So what’s the next stage of the evolution in this process? The iRocker Ultra series

An inflatable paddleboard that, when deflated, can be folded in half for an even more compact experience allowing you to take your paddleboard to pretty much anywhere. Packed in the bag, the ULTRA boards will fit as carry-on baggage

Just so you know, it won’t be an alternative to an airplane life jacket, but at least you won’t have to worry about it getting damaged by airport baggage handlers.

Has iRocker nailed this corner of the market of adventure paddleboarders, or is this a one-off fad? 

Find out more below as we evaluate the iROCKER iSUP series to determine if it fits the purpose and is suitable for your needs.

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iROCKER ULTRA Series Inflatable SUP Features  

The ULTRA series comes in 4 models that vary in features, price, and performance. These four include:

BLACKFIN CX 10’6″ (intermediate and advanced) CHECK PRICE

ALL AROUND 10′ (intermediate) CHECK PRICE

ALL AROUND 11′ (intermediate and advanced) CHECK PRICE

CRUISER 10’6″ (beginner and intermediate) CHECK PRICE

Common fetures accross all 4 boards

All four come with the same accessories, which we will detail further in the review.

The main exciting feature of the ULTRA range is your ability to make it more compact than your standard iSUP. While most inflatable boards are deflated and rolled up, the ULTRA range can be folded in half (from left to right or right to left), thus halving its storage space requirements once rolled up

iROCKER ULTRA inflatable range folded in half for storage

To see a live visual demonstration, head to the iROCKER store here, scroll along the page, and watch their 3 part video demonstration.  

An upturned nose helps with speed and glide, while the construction of this board makes it a rigid inflatable, ensuring the rear stays flat for better stability and less drag.

iROCKER ULTRA inflatable paddle boards are very rigid with an upturned nose for better glide on waterways

Two removable fins are included instead of the three you would normally see on iROCKER SUPs. This is to accommodate the center folding function. The fins have been redesigned with new locking mechanisms, so they don’t get lost. They also have a tether strap.

An adjustable paddle that breaks down to 5 pieces allows for more compact packaging, and if you are of shorter stature leaving out one of the pieces will allow for a better length to body ratio. The max paddle length, when put together, is 86 inches. 

iROCKER ULTRA iSUPS have a 5 peice paddle board paddle which is easy to transport on SUP adventures

These days, any decent paddleboard has a storage area, and the ULTRA range is no diffrent. It comes with front and back bungee cord storage equipment locations. You’ll be able to remove the cord as each one comes with a clip. 

For ease of transportation in and out of the water, all four SUPs come with 3 carry handles. One at the front, one at the back, and one in the middle that could also be used as an assist handle to help you get on in case you fall off. 

Each bungee cord area has a padded handle on each side. Your children can use this to hang on if they are sitting down or for other purposes.

iROCKER ULTRA 10 foot and the rest of the range have easy carry handles for SUP transportation for women

If you love having accessories that require action mounts, then the ULTRA range has you covered with 3 action mounts in total. 2 at the front on the left and right just behind the bungee cord storage area, and one at the back right-hand side behind the rear bungee cord storage area.

15 D-rings: in the following locations, 6 at the front and 4 at the back are used for the bungee cords. 2 in the middle left and 2 in the right middle section, are evenly spaced apart and can be used to secure additional accessories, and finally 1 at the rear for attaching your safety leash.

An electric pump comes standard on each of these iSUPs with a car cigarette lighter power plug and alligator clips if you prefer a direct connection to a battery. However, a battery is not included. It’s worth noting that no hand pump is included due to space-saving requirements. However, if you have an iROCKER hand pump, the nozzle will fit in the inflation valve.

iROCKER Electric iSUP Pump comes included with every ULTRA blow up paddle board

A carry bag to fit everything in with a few extra pockets with the biggest plus being you’ll be able to fit it as a carry-on, and in addition, the bag can expand to hold more stuff if you don’t need it to be so compact.

iROCKER ULTRA inflatable paddle boards fit in a compact bag so you can go anywhere with them and they are light to carry

Different features between the boards 

You can compare the boards and their specifications in the section below, but in general, the main and obvious difference between the boards is their actual size which ranges from a length of 10 feet to 11 feet, with board widths ranging from 32in – 33in and carrying capacity ranging from 260lbs-320lbs. With the Blackfin CX having the higher carrying capacity as it’s not only made from Woven drop-stitch construction like the others, but it also has an added carbon rail. Interestingly, even though it has the highest carrying capacity, its weight is the same as the ALL AROUND 10′ at 19.8lbs. The latter has a carrying capacity of 260lbs.

BLACKFIN CX 10’6″ – Made for speed and higher carrying capacity

ALL AROUND 10′ – Made for agility 

ALL AROUND 11′ – Made for smooth tracking and speed

CRUISER 10’6″ – Made for stability and newer paddlers

Main Advantages

  • Four diffrent board options
  • Compact
  • Heaps of color options
  • Plenty of storage area
  • Light 
  • 12V Electric pump included
  • 3-year warranty

Main Drawbacks

  • Requires electrical source for inflation as no hand pump
  • Battery not included

iRocker ULTRA Range Specifications

BLACKFIN CX

  • Brand: iROCKER – BLACKFIN
  • Length: 10’6″ (3.2m)
  • Width: 32.5″ (82.6cm)
  • Thickness: 6″ (15.4cm)
  • Tail width: 14.25″ (36.2cm)
  • Carrying capacity: 320 lbs (145kg)
  • Board weight: 19.8 lbs (9kg)
  • Color options: Blue-Green / ULTRA Teal 
  • Construction: Woven drop-stitch with carbon rail 
  • Suitable For: Recreational paddleboarding, flat water, light surf

ALL AROUND 10′

  • Brand: iROCKER
  • Length: 10’ (3m)
  • Width: 32″ (81.3cm)
  • Thickness: 6″ (15.4cm)
  • Tail width: 18.5″ (47cm)
  • Carrying capacity: 260 lbs (118kg)
  • Board weight: 19.8 lbs (9kg)
  • Color options: Gray-Pink-Aqua / Aqua – Peach / Teal – Lime 
  • Construction: Woven drop-stitch 
  • Suitable For: Recreational paddleboarding, flat water, light surf

ALL AROUND 11′

  • Brand: iROCKER
  • Length: 11’ (3.35m)
  • Width: 32″ (81.3cm)
  • Thickness: 6″ (15.4cm)
  • Tail width: 18.25″ (46.36cm)
  • Carrying capacity: 290 lbs (131kg)
  • Board weight: 21.4 lbs (9.7kg)
  • Color options: 5 diffrent color combentations
  • Construction: Woven drop-stitch
  • Suitable For: Recreational paddleboarding, flat water, light surf

CRUISER 10’6″

  • Brand: iROCKER
  • Length: 10’6″ (3.2m)
  • Width: 33″ (83.8cm)
  • Thickness: 6″ (15.4cm)
  • Tail width: 20.25″ (51.4cm)
  • Carrying capacity: 300 lbs (136kg)
  • Board weight: 21 lbs (9.5kg)
  • Color options: 4 diffrent color options
  • Construction: Woven drop-stitch with carbon rail 
  • Suitable For: Recreational paddleboarding, flat water, light surf, SUP yoga

Who Is iROCKER ULTRA iSUP Range Best Suited For?

The ULTRA range is suitable for beginners and experts alike, with four diffrent board options to cover the whole range of skills, abilities, and personal preferences.

It’s made for those who like to travel and take their paddleboard with them. 

If you’ve ever thought of going for a paddling session and you just can’t be bothered carrying a big bag and pumping your SUP up. The ULTRA range is right up your alley.

If you have kids and taking the board to the beach with all the extra stuff you have to carry puts you off. 

Then this range may be an ideal choice. 

Plus, with the included electrical pump and the purchase of a battery, you can watch the kids having fun while the pump does the hard work for you.

It’s touted as a go-anywhere board on any waterway, but if you don’t have an electrical source such as a battery from a car or your own, then you’ll be limited to how you inflate it. You can purchase an AC adaptor, and that way, you have other options for electrical inflation. Or, If you are going completely off-grid, you could buy an iROCKER hand pump.

iROCKER ULTRA iSUPs are pumped up with a 12V electric pump for paddle boards that can go anywhere

The higher-end BLACKFIN CX gives the most versatility for long-distance touring due to its extra carrying capacity, and it comes in as one of the lightest. However, it is more expensive than the other three.

Due to its extra width, The CRUISER would be the most suitable for those who have kids or want to take their pet dog on board or those wishing to participate in paddleboard yoga.

Customer Feedback For The iROCKER ULTRA Paddle Board Range

At the time of writing, the board had only been in the market for just over a month, but those who have purchased boards from the ULTRA range were extremely satisfied and happy with the construction quality and the board’s rigidity when inflated.

Those who left feedback and reviews on the web mentioned that having a lighter, more compact board was a game-changer. Although apprehensive of only having an electric pump, they were thrilled once they started using it to inflate the board.

We will update this section as more customer feedback comes in.

If you’ve bought this board after reading this review, feel free to tell us what you think of it through our contact form.

ULTRA Inflatable Paddle Board Range FAQ

What accessories are included with each ULTRA iSUP package?

iROCKER ULTRA paddle board range included items in the SUP packageThe following are included with each paddleboard in the ULTRA range.

Backpack: Everything required to get out and go is in the backpack.

The backpack itself has plenty of storage compartments, and every accessory has its own storage area

12V Electric Pump & Accessories: Every SUP in the ULTRA range comes with an electric pump and a set of alligator clips for battery connection, and a connection plug to use the power from your car’s cigarette lighter. The cord length is 9’5″.

Paddle: A 5-piece paddle with an adjustable length range of 77-86 inches.

The paddle shaft is made from carbon material, and the blade is made from nylon. 

Safety leash: To keep you connected to your SUP in case you fall off, iROCKER provides a 10′ leash.

Fins: Each SUP comes with 2 removable fins that can be locked into place. The fins also have a tether line as an extra measure to stop them from getting lost.

What optional accessories are recommended For the 4 paddleboards?

iROCKER ULTRA Paddle Board recommended optional accessories to make your life easier when using this range12V battery: to free yourself from the constraints of fixed power sources, buying a battery will allow you to go anywhere and not be close to a car or power outlet. Just make sure you charge before use, and if you are traveling on a plane, you’ll probably have to take it as a carry-on. iROCKER claims the battery will inflate 2 SUPs to 15 PSI, and you can also use it to charge up your phone if not needed for the SUP. (Check the current battery price here).

Electric pump wall adapter: There are many locations in parks and recreational areas that have fixed power outlets, so having this accessory will free you from the need to carry a battery or have a car. (Check current wall adapter price here).

Waterproof Backpack: This is always a good investment, but especially in this case, If you can’t leave your accessories on the shore or you’re not coming back to the exact location being able to carry the electric pump in a waterproof bag is a must. (Check current waterproof backpack price here).

What is the recommended Inflation PSI for the iROCKER ULTRA Paddleboard range?

The recommended inflation pressure is 12-16 PSI, with 15 PSI generally being recommended as an ideal inflation pressure.

How long will it take the electric pump to inflate the iSUP?

According to iROCKER the pump will inflate the board to its ideal pressure within 12 minutes.

Comparable Paddleboards

Currently, no other manufacturer has used this type of compact design.

There are plenty of other inflatable boards on the market, but none are as easy to transport as those from the ULTRA range. The included items on each board and included accessories are on par or better than other major paddleboard manufacturers, and the price point is very reasonable for what you get.

Our Verdict For The Of The iROCKER ULTRA iSUP Range.

Innovation and new product development are inevitable. Finding new ways to meet market needs and demands is what will raise one manufacturer above others. 

iROCKER has made a bold move, and early signs show that customers love the new compact go-anywhere paddleboards. 

It’s yet to be seen if the practicality of only electric inflation will meet market demands without an included battery. 

We think iROCKER has come up with a good compromise and a quality SUP range at a great price point for all the included items and the carrying capacity available across the whole ULTRA iSUP range. 

To top it off, these inflatable paddleboards are backed by a 3-year warranty and a company that has good customer support. 

Our rating at the bottom will be based on the entire ULTRA range and the flexibility for multiple paddle boarding uses and needs.

We hope we have given you the information required to figure out if these boards will fit your individual needs and enable you to make an informed buying decision.

Guru Rating: 9.1/10

Steve Frankland

Steve Frankland

Steve Frankland loves the outdoor life and getting out in nature. He loves writing and sharing knowledge. He's part of the team at thesupguru.com
He’ll find any excuse he can to get out on the water and can often be seen on a SUP with his kids and dogs.