Let’s take a glance at Roc’s Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards with Free Premium SUP Accessories & Backpack
Measurements: Length 10'5” with a maximum width of 30” and height/thickness of 6”
Weight: Only the board itself weights about 19.6 .
Maximum Load: 275 Lbs.
As many boards now this board includes all the standard accessories that you need to get into the water. Paddle, pump, backpack and leash but it also has a bonus item a waterproof bag big enough for your cell phone and other belongings.
Who is this board best for: Beginners and older kids who have outgrown the kids specific made paddles boards.
Let’s unpack the Roc Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
With the Roc Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board, you have the choice of 3 different colors Black, Blue or Green the one we will be testing today is black. It's not the best looking board we have tested and we are not sure what mountains tops have to do with paddle boarding but we heard that this summer they will change their logo as it gets confused with the Prudential Insurance logo.
The board arrives well packaged in a big discreet brown box just be careful not to cut across the box without lifting it away from the goods as you will cut right through the bag. Inside everything was neatly and well packaged inside the backpack.
Like every other board we have tested this one is also made of military grade reinforced PVC with multilayer drop stitch core and with a 6” thickness to ensure firmness and stability.
Once unpacked and unrolled the Roc Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board we started with the inflation of the board with the use of the included foot pump. Our desired PS1 was 11 PSI but unfortunately we never made it, like other foot pumps we tested we thought that we had to get to a certain PSI before the gauge starts to give us a reading but the needle didn’t move at all and ended up ditching the manual pump and using our trusty set and forget Sevylor 2000014066 Air Pump Sup 12V 15 Psi electric pump by Coleman.
With the board now inflated let's look at the boards features. On top of the board the traction pad covers about 70% of the board with a practical carry handle in the middle of the board. The traction pad feel quite comfortable and gives you enough traction to maneuver around. At the front end of the Roc Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board there is a 6 way bungee system that give you plenty of space to secure your belongings. Just make sure you keep the heavier item closer to the center to avoid the nose from pointing downwards. The board comes with one D-ring in the back to attach you leash.
Flipping the board over you will find two small side molded in fins and in the center a fin box where you can easily slide in the large detachable fin and lock it with the use of the plastic clip attached to the fin.
During our first outing with board we unfortunately lost the detachable fin against a submerged log but were very happy on how responsive Roc’s Customer Service was and we were able to get a new fin for $15 and get it delivered in less than a week.
Packaged included is a three piece aluminum alloy paddle with an adjustable push pin system to secure your desired height. Depending how the paddle falls into the water it does float until it fills up with water so you may get enough time to retrieve before its sinks.
Next item is the coiled leash, which also has become standard with all boards now and we do appreciate that the standard is a coiled leash instead of the non-coiled which drags behind your board and can get snagged.
The last item in the backpack is the roll-up dry bag which is not a full size dry bag but large enough to put your cell phone ,wallet and other small belongings. Its not made to float so make sure you keep that in mind when you put your belongings in it and secure it on your board but a nice addition to the bundle.
All this was packed in the padded two strap backpack that come in matching colors with you the board. Everything fits nicely in the backpack when packed correctly. We suggest remembering how things are packed when you first receive the board so that you don’t have to figure it out yourself. The backpack is quite comfortable to carry around for short distance but after a couple packing and unpacking it we noticed the seams to loosen up.
Let's get paddling!
On the water the board tracked very well thanks to the 3 fins which kept the board pointing straight. The board was a bit wobbly and soft but that was our fault as we thought it was going to get a bit warmer and with my 220 lbs. we should of pumped it at least half a PSI more if not one more to 12 PSI. The shape and size of the board is more for cruising so don’t expect to beat and speed records.
We liked Roc’s Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards with Free Premium SUP Accessories & Backpack board and it performed well in the water for beginners but if paddle boarding becomes part of your weekly outings you will out grow this board quickly. The other things we have noticed in the market is the race of adding more and more accessories to attract customers instead of concentrating of creating quality core items.
Unfortunately this board falls into that category, many of the accessories will not last very long and will need to be replaced down the line.
The pricing is also something we struggle with being in the Mid $300 this makes it one of the more expensive entry boards on the market and we don’t see how this is justified. Our best rated board is about $15 cheaper and is a better overall purchase.
Tips & Tricks:
What we have suggested for every board allowing you to not lose any precious paddling time or get your workout prior to getting on your board is getting your self a set and forget electric pump that you can power using your cars outlets. This will allow you to save time both when inflating and deflating. We always recommend Sevylor 12V 15-PSI SUP and Water Sport Pump made by Coleman which gives you the biggest bang for your buck.