Vilano Journey 9’9″ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Review

vilano journey isupBrand/Model: Vilano Journey

Length: 9’9″

Thickness: 5″

Type: PVC (Inflatable)

Color Options: White/Gray

Suitable For: All-Round, Flat Water

Guru Rating: 8.6/10

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Vilano Journey iSUP Review

If a leisurely excursion in any type of water anywhere across the world sounds like luxury to you, it can be yours! You don’t have to make special packing arrangements or rent any off-brand water vessels to paddle in luxury. All you need is the Vilano Journey iSUP!

The PVC inflatable SUP has Korean drop-stitch construction to stay rigid, afloat, and durable no matter what water condition you plan on cruising.

If traveling the nation or overseas to find the perfect water source is on your Summer agenda, then don’t hesitate to buy an iSUP! Deflated and rolled up for travel, the Journey is a small 1 foot and 36 inch package that can easily fit into a backpack into the trunk of your car or cabinet in an airplane.

The 9’9″ x 30″ x 5″ iSUP is a lightweight 23 pounds, but it can hold over 10 times its own weight. Do you plan on sharing your ride? If multiple riders can stay close to the 240 pound weight limit, you’ll have company to tour the open waters in Vilano style!

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Speaking of style, the iSUP is a stunning white and gray color that’s sure to attract classic attention while on-board. The dark gray diamond groove traction pad is comfortable and stylishly sleek to perfectly match the skin.

You won’t be without sustenance while you paddle either. The board is loaded with d-rings all over the place for ultimate storage convenience while you seek for adventure!

Main Advantages

  • Price
  • Ultra portable
  • Complete package

Main Drawbacks

  • New company

Best Suited For

The Vilano Journey iSUP will function at its best on flat water as a recreational SUP for all-round use. Its dimensions can handle a little bit of surf but the shape is designed for calm water. Beginners will learn quick on this board and pro SUPpers will have zero complaints.

Customer Reviews

No joke, everyone loves this board! It’s a five star iSUP across the board! Buyers love the value, the skin design, and especially the rigidity that feels like a hard board on water.

vilano isup carry strapWhile Vilano is new to dabbling in SUPs, since 2013, it’s still no good reason to forgo them. They have been proving to be a cheaper brand with just as high quality products as the big name brands. It’s evident by the raving reviews of the happy masses.

However, the only complaints on this iSUP have been due to user error in not getting it up to the correct PSI. If you don’t get it to max PSI, you’re going to experience flex and unstable paddling. The pressure gauge doesn’t move until you reach a certain PSI, between 7-10 PSI before it will start to show results.

While very few buyers might blame the company or the product for these misunderstandings, it’s actually a true concept for all inflatable paddle boards!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Comparable Boards

If you’re looking to spend even less than this newer Vilano model, you might be interested in the Vilano Navigator iSUP that’s 10′ long, 31 inches wide, and 6 inches thick. It’s slightly larger than the Journey, but it comes with all the same accessories for a lower price. It sports two colors: gray and blue or gray and orange! It’s your pick! For more on this awesome iSUP, check out our full review on it here!

However, if you’d rather consider an already best seller iSUP that’s rooted in the SUP community, you might prefer to see how the Peak 10’6″ iSUP holds up! It’s longer, wider, and thicker than the Journey and can hold up to 300 pounds! The larger dimensions allows for even taller, heavier, and multiple riders to enjoy the sport of paddling. It even maintains a light weight of 23 pounds! Oh, the joys of options right? How do you pick? To help make the process of elimination easier, read our full review on it here!

vilano isup carry bagNoteworthy Features

  • Lightweight
  • Competitive price
  • Single center fin

SUP it Up!

To SUP (sum) it up, the Vilano Journey iSUP is an incredible buy! For everything Vilano throws in for the purchase, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth. This newer version will get your paddling journey off to an extraordinary start!