Brand/Model: Vilano Navigator
Type: PVC (Inflatable)
Color Options: Blue/Grey, Blue/Orange
Suitable For: Allround, Flat Water, Light Surf
Guru Rating: 9/10
Everything that you want in an inflatable paddle board is everything that the Navigator has! The best part about it? Its price! It’s not too cheap to not be taken seriously, and yet, it’s not outrageously expensive that most people will dismiss it in a heartbeat! It’s priced just right!
Now, we don’t need to convince you iSUP lovers about the benefits of an inflatable board. You should already know they’re light weight, easy to maintain, a breeze to pack, and the portability convenience is unmatched! All this, the Vilano Navigator has!
True to its name, it’s an all-round SUP that will have you navigating every nook and cranny of your local waterways. From the ponds, lakes, and even the Gulf, no sea span will be left inaccessible by you, except for class III rapids of course! For those types of irregular waves, you might want to spend triple the price!
Instead of spending extra cash on a solid-body SUP and a special rack for your car, you can simply deflate the board for easy stowing and towing. To help make that process easier, Vilano includes a hand pump, 3-piece paddle, removable fin, carry bag, and a shoulder strap!
It’s made with high-grade PVC with Korean drop-stitch construction – virtually indestructible! With 6 inch thickness, an over-sized diamond-groove traction pad, and a sporty design, you’ll be supping right through supper tonight!
- Korean drop-stitch
- High-grade PVC
- D-rings get in the way
Best Suited For
This is definitely priced and built for the recreational, all-round SUPper! If enjoying a day at the lake, whether you’re young or old, sounds like something you’re up to, then this is the board for you.
While it’s an excellent beginner board for smaller newbies, the 6 inch thickness makes it suitable for any adult who wants to hop on board and take it for a spin. Just don’t forget to avoid those class III rapids!
The Vilano Navigator is an extremely new iSUP! It’s barely seen the light of day in the market, but already it’s proving to be a home run with its buyers. The fair price might have something to do with that!
One of the most favorite advantages of this board is that it’s actually easy to inflate! While many iSUPs may tend to be difficult and laborious to get up to half PSI levels, it’s fair to say that you won’t break a sweat with this one. But, if you’re a beginner, you might want to work on some bicep strength to get used to it.
While there are literally no complaints about the Navigator, the included d-rings on the side for hooking the shoulder strap can get in the way when paddling. Seriously, when that’s the only complaint so far, you know you have a winner!
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re not quite ready to spend in this price range, the sibling to the Navigator might be more attractive. The Vilano Journey iSUP is a tad more affordable but you’d be compromising on the size. It’s a little smaller with only 5 inches of thickness and is just barely under 10 feet long. However, it still sports the same features and accessories as the Navigator but can only handle 240 pounds of maximum weight.
Neck and neck with price, build, and functionality is the Aqua Marina Fusion iSUP that sure looks like a breed of its own. It’s about the same build size as the Navigator and even has a 6 inch thickness, but it features double-wall drop-stitch core material. The heat-embossed EVA deck with honeycomb grooves sure looks “grippy”. However, complaints of air leaks in one form or another seems to be a not so popular, growing pattern. Check out the Fusion here.
- Extra accessories
- On-board bungee