There has been lots of interest in inflatable boards, and the companies that make them are growing in number. The pros of inflatables are that, when deflated, they can be easily stored and transported. Take them on a plane, stow them in your camper or houseboat, put them in the basement or a closet for the winter. These qualities apply to pretty much all the inflatable boards out there.
There are other advantages of inflatables but the following definitely do not apply to all of them on the market. The best inflatable boards inflate to at least 20 pounds of PSI. This is where much of the performance comes from. Folks come into the kayak shop and poke and prod the inflatables we have here and cannot believe they are inflatables. One guy knew it was an inflatable but wanted to know how the “shell” fit into the back pack carrier. He thought it was an actual hard shell. Red Paddleboard Company has set the standard for others to meet. They inflate to 20 to 25 pounds PSI and their boards are great rides. There are several models to chose from depending on how you want to use the board. The Ride series is very user friendly; the Sport models are narrower and more efficient; and the Explorer series can handle paddlers up to 330 pounds.
Jobe inflatables include a Yoga board with side lashes that can be hooked to other yoga boards, and the AERO SUP in 3 different lengths that include a paddle holder, a leash, paddle, bag and repair kit all in one package price. They inflate to 20 PSI and the center handle has a velcro strap to hold the paddle if you want to stop and raft up or do some yoga.
The Jobe and Red boards come with hand pumps but once you have them inflated you would just leave them inflated for the season, unless you need to take it somewhere on vacation. An electric pump will be out soon and there is an adaptor for air compressors that can be utilized for easier inflation, but you still have to do some final pumps by hand to ensure full inflation. Always buy from a dealer you trust.