IRocker 11’30″6″ review
So, the day is here, we got a new board on our hands. The excitement is real! I just want that new board, every little detail from the moment of unpacking it to the exhilarated jumping on it like a madman who spent too many hours on the sea. So, if you are thinking about purchasing this board, make yourself comfortable, because I will tell you the quality of zippers on the side pockets of the backpack 🙂
Let’s get on to it. Chinese box, ever buzzing postman. The first thing I noticed is a backpack and small things like fin and pump. I always check for the errors on small things since I don’t want to come to an early conclusion that the board is performing outstanding to later find myself standing with the ripped handle of the board in one hand pulling it across the beach with another. Jokes aside, it happened with a Chinese manufacturer that tried to sell me a couple of boards prior to my inquiry to send me a test one. Luckily I’ve got a full refund for the faulty board.
It happened due to faulty stitches in the area where the handle meets the other end beneath the EVA foam, or better said, it should meet. On the other hand, it can be a broken fin or a pump not pulling the air through.
The iRocker fin is nice and long and not a standard US box.
It is actually a lot simpler than US box fin system, because it has a corded pin with a hole on the base placed on the board to fit in with the click-clack system. Simple as that.
I liked it, you can find similar system on Shark SUP boards if you ever tried them. I am looking to write a review on one of the shark boards as I found their 2017 models very intriguing. But, we will leave it for another time.
The downside of the standard US box is definitely the screw, that is, everlasting headache when you accidentally found yourself losing it on the beach. That’s why I always ware extra screw and the plate
in my pocket. Better safe than sorry. The pump is nice and it has a quality feel to it. What I like about the pump is the robust construction and you can feel the strength of the airflow.
- Robust paddle, hard to control (but I’ve heard that they actually changed the paddle for 2018!)
So, we came to the moment of unpacking the paddle and from the first look I didn’t like what I saw. First of all, some weird twisting system that was supposed to keep up the two upper parts bonded together from a 3-fold paddle. Hmm, I thought, I don’t like it at first, but I should give it a try. But, again, when I picked it up with both hands and the feel of my other hand, that is holding the support of the paddle is actually standing over that twisted robust system and it feels like you have a zero control of the direction of the paddle. Aiming is impossible and I can imagine the blisters one can get paddling through the choppy waters for even an hour. Well, I decided to bring an extra paddle just in case.
UNPACKING THE BOARD
So, the last thing left to unpack is the Stand Up Paddle inflatable board called iRocker. I wonder why they called it that name.
Well, one thing is for sure. It’s an American company specialized in manufacturing inflatable SUP boards and by the time of writing this, they had only one model in two different sizes! That has to mean something good. I don’t know about you, but I imagine it is like a Ferrari,
manufacturing only, well, Ferrari. Back to sups, I still think that inflatables have a long way until built to perfection.
There’s still enough room left for exploring and finding a way to design adequate sup boards for everyone, be it for sea adventurer, tourer on the lakes or racing and downwind.
SHAPE & DESIGN
- Nice Old-school design
- Very nice shape of the board
That’s why this board caught my eye at first, since they have only one model. I know they are working on others, but they are not making large productions. I found dimension of the board kinda odd, 11’30″6″. The length is fine, but 30 inches is for what? I hope I’m going to find that out as soon as we try it on the water, but the shape tells me it’s a natural lake touring board.
Design is literally basic and at first it was strange to see it in a big mass of other colorful sups, but I like it and I think it’s one of the best designed boards on the market. Simple and neat. They are produced in two colors, white with gray race lines and blue.
I actually ordered both and we are reviewing the white one with a gray design.
- ·High quality EVA
- High quality pump
- Military grade triple layer skin!
- Nice pressure to get to rigidness – 14PSI
- Light weight board – ideal to carry around
Eva foam is nice, seems like a high quality foam with nice 5mm diamond pattern. The handle is stiff, not clumsy like I’ve noticed in various boards. It gives your hand an ease of carrying. The material looks like it’s high quality, glued solid with no leaks. Seams are glued nicely as well from what I can see, but, only the time can tell the true quality of a material and since I am writing this in two time period breaks, I am able to give you a complete insight of the board over the six months of use. Their material is marketed as military grade skin, triple layer. I have to admit that I never came across something like that on a sup board market, but, I did not give too much credit to it because the whole board comes kind of cheap. Nothing to be said, time is to put it in the sea.
I rolled it again, put it in a nice backpack, and carried it with an ease to the beach. It is said on the declaration that it weights 10kg, what I think it is optimal for a sup board and suitable for any paddler to carry it with ease. I pumped it to full PSI within a matter of 5-6 minutes. Switching between the chambers of the pump was rather unnoticeable and it was rather effortless.
The board pumps on 14 psi pressure, which is kind off low compared with other products, but in the end, it all depends on a type of a material and other factors, such as stitching structure. I noticed on 10 psi, wow, this is going to be a solid board and on 14psi it is rigid, feels like a touching a stone. I couldn’t wait to put a fin grab a paddle and go for a ride. I went in my shoes since it is was still winter outside, but not every winter is freezing cold, especially here in Split, Croatia.
SURPRISE – THE RIGIDNESS
Well, this board, is a role model for a sturdiness. The rigidness, you surprise me! I have to say that I never came across an iSUP that is rigid like a hardboard and completely justifies the name of the board, at only 14 psi!
It is shaped more for a lake, then sea, but experienced riders won’t matter, because it gives all the speed and performance needed for an enjoyable ride. I actually jumped a couple of times on it to make sure it can handle it. Well, it is declared for a 380 pounds, whereas, most other boards provide only half of that. So, overall, highly recommended board for all kinds of activity on the water.
CONCLUSION – GREEN LIGHT!
Dimensions are suitable, not for beginners, but hey, if you purchase a beginner board, there is a high chance that you would be looking for one of these in a couple of weeks seeking for more speed that most beginner boards can’t deliver. Well, besides the paddle and its inability to paddle due to some weird twisting system that started to break 10 minutes into paddling, this board, six months later is a top quality board. Best part, I would say, undervalued price on a market. With its white color and military grade PVC, it is certainly the one that can be left in the sun for many hours without turning into a rug.
If I would pick a board for an adventure tour, even here in Split sea, it would be this board in my top 5 inflatable boards pick.
My grade: 88/100