BLACKFIN Model XL Review

An incredibly well-built inflatable SUP that offers a nice blend of versatility, stability, and speed.

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BLACKFIN Model XL Inflatable SUP
BLACKFIN Model XL iSUP Nose
BLACKFIN Model XL Tail
BLACKFIN Model XL Traction Pad
BLACKFIN Model X Features
BLACKFIN Model XL Inflatable Paddle Board
BLACKFIN Model XL Paddling
Carrying BLACKFIN Model X
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 Summary

  • The largest model in iROCKER’s premium iSUP line, the BLACKFIN Model XL is a versatile inflatable paddle board that offers outstanding stability, respectable speed, and top-shelf build quality.
  • An all-around model that performs well in a wide variety of conditions and activities, the Model XL can be used for everything from SUP fitness to fishing to paddling around small children or your dog.
  • This board includes a top-notch accessory bundle that is as nice or nicer than many boards costing nearly twice as much.
  • In addition to the board’s ultra-durable construction and tough carbon rails, it’s backed by an outstanding 2-year warranty and 30-day money back guarantee for added peace of mind.

Reviews by our Readers

Incredible board. Super heavy-duty…

5.0 rating
December 27, 2018

Incredible board. Super heavy-duty and paddles great in the water. The design is also really nice looking in my opinion and one of the best looking inflatable SUPs out there right now.

Doug

Introduction

MAKE:
BLACKFIN (by iROCKER)
MODEL:
Model XL
TYPE:
Inflatable
MSRP PRICE:
$849
RECOMMENDED FOR:
Flatwater, rivers, ocean, touring, SUP fishing, paddling kids or a dog, all-around, yoga/SUP fitness
WARRANTY:
2-year, 30-day money back guarantee
MODEL YEAR:
2018
WHERE TO BUY IT:
iROCKER’s website

Board Details

LENGTH:
11’6″
WIDTH:
34″
THICKNESS:
6″
WEIGHT:
32 pounds
VOLUME:
259 L
RECOMMENDED PRESSURE:
14-18 psi
MAX CAPACITY:
485 pounds

Written Review

In March of 2018, iROCKER SUP introduced their brand new BLACKFIN premium iSUP line which built upon the solid foundation of their regular production lineup of inflatables. The new BLACKFIN SUP line adds a variety of premium features, improved durability and rigidity, and an upgraded paddle, backpack, and pump.

The big brother of the smaller BLACKFIN Model X, the Model XL is a great choice for larger paddlers and those who want a bit more speed (we also recommend checking out the new BLACKFIN Model V which is even faster). The flagship BLACKFIN Model XL measures 11’6″ x 34″ x 6″ and weighs 32 pounds.

The board’s 34″ width gives it outstanding stability on the water, making it an excellent option for beginners (although advanced paddlers are also sure to appreciate the board’s design and performance). A durable iSUP that can truly do it all, the Model XL is a solid choice for activities like SUP fitness workouts, fishing, paddling with pets and children, multi-day excursions, and more.

While it’s certainly not the lightest inflatable paddle board on the market, the Model XL’s weight is not unmanageable by any stretch and the beefed-up quad-layer PVC construction provides above average durability — a tradeoff that is worthwhile in our opinion.

The top deck of iROCKER’s BLACKFIN Model XL is covered by an extremely nice EVA foam traction pad. Unlike mass-produced inflatables on the market which use generic traction pads, the Model XL’s deck pad is neatly stamped with the BLACKFIN logo and is incredibly comfortable to stand on. If SUP fitness is something that you’re into, you’ll also be pleased to know that the deck pad is very easy on the hands and knees.

Located near the middle of the board is a padded carry handle which makes it easy to carry the Model XL around when it’s fully inflated. iROCKER also offers a comfortable shoulder carry strap (available as an add-on upgrade) which attaches securely to the D-rings along the rail, giving you another convenient way to carry the board around.

In addition to the optional shoulder strap, the D-rings along the rails can also be used to attach iROCKER’s BLACKFIN kayak seat or as additional tie-down points for securing gear.

There are handy grab handles at the nose and tail of the board — we always reach for these when pulling the board in and out of the water as they’re so convenient. While it’s nice to have a handle at both ends of the board, the one located at the tail definitely sees more action as it allows you to lift the fin up off the beach.

Also located at both the nose and the tail of the Model XL are bungee cord storage areas which are perfect for stashing a dry bag, PFD, flip-flops, and other gear. iROCKER also incorporated safety grab handles into the bungee cord area at the board’s nose — a feature that is ideal for those times when you’re paddling around small children or another passenger.

The Model XL’s inflation valve is high-quality and located at the tail of the board. iROCKER uses the popular Halkey-Roberts style valve so you’ll be able to use a variety of electric pumps to inflate the board in addition to the included manual pump. The recommended inflation pressure for the Model XL is 14-18 psi, and the board is incredibly stiff at 15 psi.

As mentioned, one of the things that separates iROCKER’s regular boards from the BLACKFIN SUP line is the addition of carbon reinforced rails. iROCKER incorporated carbon strips along both rails of the Model XL to increase stiffness and overall durability.

Lastly, the bottom of the Model XL features a D-ring at the nose which can be used for tethering or towing the board. The fin configuration is a triple fin setup which helps the board to track well — there are two fixed side fins and a large fin in the middle which is removable. iROCKER uses an upgraded universal fin box on their BLACKFIN paddle boards which allows you to easily swap out fins.

 What’s Included

iROCKER has always been known for their value-packed accessory package, and they’ve taken things a bit further with their BLACKFIN boards. The Model XL comes with everything you need to start paddling, and the quality of the accessories is even nicer than those packaged with iROCKER’s regular line. In the box, you’ll receive:

  • Upgraded wheeled roller backpack
  • Ultra-efficient dual-chamber triple-action SUP pump
  • 3-piece carbon shaft paddle
  • Coiled leash
  • Repair kit
  • User manual
  • BLACKFIN SUP sticker pack

 Warranty

iROCKER SUP also has a well-deserved reputation for standing behind their gear and the company includes a rock-solid warranty with all of their boards. The Model XL comes with a 2-year warranty which covers you in the event of any manufacturing defects, and the company also includes a 30-day money back guarantee for added peace of mind.

In addition to their excellent warranty coverage, iROCKER also offers excellent customer support and they’re available after the sale to help out with any issues that arise. This is an important thing to consider before buying a board, as many companies are difficult to contact and slow to address customer problems.

Pros:

  • Beautiful design
  • Great stability
  • Glides well
  • Super fun to paddle
  • Top-notch durability
  • Very versatile
  • Good tracking
  • Stiff
  • Carbon fiber rails
  • Grab handles for children at the nose
  • Dual bungee storage areas
  • Handy grab handles at nose and tail
  • Premium grade traction pad
  • Outstanding SUP accessory bundle
  • Excellent overall value
  • Solid 2-year warranty
  • 30-day money back guarantee

Cons:

  • Heavy

 Final Thoughts

In our opinion, the BLACKFIN Model XL is one of the best inflatable paddle boards on the market if you’re looking for versatility, all-around performance, and durability. iROCKER has loaded this board with premium features and a first-rate accessory bundle while managing to keep the price at a surprisingly affordable level — something that is not easily accomplished. Although the Model XL is obviously not the cheapest iSUP on the market, it does offer one of the best overall values.

Last but not least, iROCKER is currently running a special promotion on their entire inflatable paddle board line which gives you a chance to get the Model XL at an even better price. Just buy any two iROCKER SUPs and you’ll automatically see a discount applied to your shopping cart when checking out…

Click Here to Buy the BLACKFIN Model XL

2 COMMENTS

    • Hi Amy, at the moment the Model XL is only $50 more than iROCKER’s ALL-AROUND 11′ and I would say that the price difference is more than justified considering the BLACKFIN board’s premium features, upgraded carbon fiber paddle, and wheeled roller backpack.

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