Soft top SUP’s are an excellent investment for the whole family who’s looking to add some fitness and fun while out on the water.
The price for a soft top SUP? It’s literally half the price of a hard top! If that doesn’t have you hooked, just wait for the rest!
The Isle Classic paddle board we reviewed is no longer available – check out possible alternatives below:
ISLE Cruiser 10’5″ Stand Up Paddle Board Bundle
GLIDE O2 Retro 10’6″ Inflatable Paddle Board Bundle
ISLE Classic Soft Top SUP Features
The Classic has a soft top deck that’s constructed with an EPS core embedded with triple wood stringers for the rigidity and firmness you need to stay afloat.
But, lending to its soft top build, the deck has been topped off with polyurethane foam for ultimate comfort and underfoot cushioning.
Who would want a top soft top paddle board? It would be a huge benefit for beginners and families just getting into paddle boarding. For the same reasons that rental SUP shops typically lend these out are the same reasons you’ll want one.
They’re generally wider than most hard tops. The 9’6″ board is 33″ wide and the 10’8″ SUP is 31″ wide. The extra width makes it easier for beginners to maintain balance and for fitness gurus to practice some sun salutations on the lake.
Another benefit of the soft top deck is that it’s extremely durable. It’s not going to be affected like a hard top board when you hit those rocky shores. You’ll also be left bump and pain-free when you take a fall and your board smacks you in the face – it’s soft!
The Isle Classic is budget-friendly, family-friendly, and even four-legged pal friendly! We did say the whole family could enjoy it, that includes your furry friends too!
- Soft top
- Lightweight and durable
- Soft top
Who is the Isle Classic SUP Best Suited For?
The Classic SUP is a great board for anyone looking for an all-round board. It’s perfect for recreational use on flat water and light waves.
While beginners benefit the most from the soft top SUP, experienced paddle boarders will be able to exceed the weight limits and get maximum use from the board because of their, well, experience.
Classic Soft Top Paddle Board Reviews
The Isle Classic Soft Top SUP is loved by families! They love the price, the stability, and the all-round functionality that can support the skill levels of every paddle boarder.
It’s super lightweight to tote around, and on water, there’s plenty of room to get up and down, change out shoes and swim gear, and oh yeah, paddle!
However, some negative reviews revealed that they weren’t impressed with the soft top design. It does make us wonder did they have any clue as to what they were buying in the first place?
Ignorance aside, when buying a SUP, the soft top is prone to indentations when strapping down the board. That may very well be a legitimate drawback from the soft top deck.
Isle Classic Soft Top FAQ’s
Is the Classic Soft Top Protected in any way from Abuse?
While the deck is topped with a polyurethane foam top, the underside of the SUP is layered in sleek vinyl to support flow, speed, and protection from underwater obstacles.
What are the Maximum Weight Limits of the Isle Classic SUP Boards?
The 9’6″ Soft Top has a weight limit of 225 pounds. The 10’8″ Soft Top has a weight limit of 275 pounds. These weight limits can be exceeded by experienced users.
How Much do the SUP Boards Weigh?
Because of their construction, the SUP boards are not only durable but they’re also very lightweight. The 9’6″ board weighs 24 pounds, and the 10’8″ board weighs 27 pounds.
Does the Isle Classic SUP come with any Accessories?
Yes! This is a package purchase that includes the SUP, aluminum adjustable paddle, and a removable 9″ flat water fin.
Is there a Shoulder Strap for the SUP Board?
It doesn’t come with a shoulder strap in the purchase. However, the board does feature a center carry handle for easy and convenient portability.
Is there any On-Board Storage?
Unfortunately, the SUP isn’t outfitted with any d-rings or bungee attachments for on-board storage or mounting seats and accessories.
Can the Board be Secured in a Public Place?
Your SUP board is prone to being stolen just like any asset that you value. You can use a chain and lock through the leash mount on the tail of the board to secure to a pole or rack like you would a bicycle.
Does the Isle Paddle Float?
The aluminum paddle does float! It’s also adjustable to a maximum height of 83 inches/7 feet for tall riders up to 6’4″. The paddle is also very lightweight and weighs only 1.5 pounds.
Brand/Model: Isle Classic Soft Top
Length: 9’6″, 10’8″
Type: Soft Top
Color Options: Blue Rail Logo, Light Wood
Suitable For: All-Round, Flat Water, Light Surf, SUP Yoga
Guru Rating: 8.8/10
Comparable Boards to the Classic Soft Top SUP
The most comparable board to the Isle Classic is the Raystreak 10′ Soft Top SUP. It’s priced around the same range with very similar dimension specs. For extra protection from abuse, it features tail and nose bumpers.
It also comes with a bungee for on-board storage and even a carry bag, but it doesn’t throw in the paddle like the Isle Classic does. So, you’ll have to weigh up the features you want the most.
If you’re willing to consider an inflatable SUP the GLIDE O2 Retro is 10.6 ft long and 33.5 inches wide, is solid as a plank of wood and has a full length deck pad. Plus it comes with everything you need to get on the water. and lets not forget its 400lbs carrying capacity
However, if budget is not an issue and you want the very best soft top SUP, then the BIC Sport SOFT-TEC Performer SUP is a win-win situation. Although it’s pricey, its soft top construction is flawless.
They also offer three sizes in the SOFT-TEC Performer series to suit any member of the family. While there’s some neat features of the BIC SUP, it doesn’t come with any accessories whatsoever, despite that you’re spending over a thousand bucks for it!
- Center handle
- Includes paddle
Our Verdict on the Isle Classic Soft Top SUP!
To sum it up, the Isle Classic Soft Top SUP is a great value buy for the entire family. If the kids are adventurous enough, the board is spacious enough for them to double up and enjoy paddling together. Or, you could kick them off and get your 30 minutes of peace and quiet out in the middle of the lake alone.
Whether it’s for the kids or for yourself, it’s versatile enough for every member of the family!