iROCKER BLACKFIN Model XL Review

BLACKFIN Model XL SUPPart of a new lineup of top-shelf inflatable paddle boards by iROCKER SUP, the BLACKFIN Model XL is an ultra-durable, extremely versatile board that packs a ton of great features. The big brother to iROCKER's smaller BLACKFIN Model X, the Model XL's 485-pound max capacity rating makes it an excellent choice for larger paddlers.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, iROCKER has quickly established itself as an industry leader when it comes to producing super durable inflatable paddle boards at affordable price points. Currently, the lineup of iROCKER paddle boards consists of six models which range in size from 10′ to 11'6″.

In this review of the new BLACKFIN Model XL SUP, we'll cover the specs and features of this board, construction, included accessories, and warranty. We'll also share all currently available iROCKER coupon codes and promo discounts which will save you some money and help you to get the best deal.

BLACKFIN Model XL Review: Board Overview

2018 BLACKFIN Model XL iSUPMeasuring 11'6″ x 34″ x 6″ and weighing 32 pounds, the BLACKFIN Model XL is even more stable than the popular iROCKER CRUISER, iROCKER ALL-AROUND 10′, and iROCKER ALL-AROUND 11′ models. This is a versatile iSUP that can be used for a variety of paddling activities — whether you're into SUP fishing, fitness, recreational flatwater paddling, or whitewater, the Model XL is a tough and very capable board that can handle whatever you throw at it. For those who have a need for speed, the newly redesigned iROCKER SPORT 11′ is a great choice.

Construction

The BLACKFIN Model XL features quad-layer PVC construction for the ultimate in reliability and longterm durability. iROCKER has also incorporated a really nice carbon-reinforced rail into the board, further boosting durability and rigidity.

As you might expect on a premium-quality inflatable SUP, the fit and finish of this board is excellent. All of the included hardware is top-notch, and we really love the attention to detail and well-thought-out features.BLACKFIN Model XL Inflatable Paddle Board

Features

The top of the BLACKFIN Model XL features a very high-quality traction pad that is super comfy on the hands and feet. The deck pad is embossed with the BLACKFIN logo, and there's a heavy-duty carrying handle in the middle of the board which is covered by a soft neoprene cover. Located on both sides of the traction pad along the rails are four stainless steel D-rings which can be used to attach the optional BLACKFIN kayak seat.BLACKFIN Model XL Carrying Handle

At the nose of the board are six more D-rings along with an elastic bungee cord for securing bags and other gear. iROCKER also integrated dual safety grab handles into the bungee storage area, making this a fantastic board for paddling small children. Kids love to ride on the nose of SUPs, and these handles give them a safe and secure place to hold on to. Also located at the nose is an additional grab handle which is really convenient when it comes to pulling the board in and out of the water.BLACKFIN Model XL Bungee Cord Storage Area

The tail of the BLACKFIN Model XL also has some really nice features. There's a second bungee storage area with four D-rings, giving you even more on deck storage space. There's also another grab handle, as well as a very nice Halkey Roberts-style inflatable valve and a D-ring for attaching the included SUP leash.BLACKFIN Model XL Tail

The bottom of the board features another D-ring at the nose for towing, and there's also a tri-fin setup with two smaller fixed side fins and a large removable center fin. iROCKER used an upgraded U.S. fin box on the BLACKFIN line, giving you the ability to switch out fins.

BLACKFIN Model XL Rating
  • Construction
  • Stability
  • Features
  • Versatility
  • Speed
  • Warranty
4.8
User Rating 3.26 (34 votes)
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Specs

LENGTH11'6"
WIDTH34"
THICKNESS6"
WEIGHT32 lbs
VOLUME259 L
MAX CAPACITY485 lbs
PRICE

What's Included

BLACKFIN Model XL AccessoriesThe new BLACKFIN line comes with a top-shelf bundle of paddle board accessories. Included with the Model XL is a super-efficient dual-chamber triple-action pump, carbon fiber shaft travel paddle, iSUP repair kit, premium wheeled roller backpack, and 10′ coiled SUP leash.

Warranty

iROCKER BLACKFIN Model XL WarrantyAs with all other iROCKER SUPs, the BLACKFIN Model XL is covered by a 2-year warranty. For additional peace of mind, the company also includes a risk-free, 30-day money-back guarantee in the event that the board doesn't meet your expectations.

Where to Buy it + Coupon Codes & Discounts

The iROCKER Model XL can be purchased directly through the official iROCKER online store. In addition to their excellent customer service, iROCKER also offers fast, free shipping and they don't charge sales tax unless you're located in the state of Florida.

At the moment, the company is also running special promotions on their entire SUP lineup. Just click the link above to see the best deals they're currently offering.

Final Thoughts

We are thoroughly impressed with this new line of premium grade inflatable SUPs from iROCKER. The BLACKFIN Model XL features outstanding attention to detail, top-shelf build quality, and a very nice bundle of included accessories. We're also extremely surprised at how affordable this board is priced — all things considered, this board is one of the best values on the market.

A stable and confidence-inspiring board, the Model XL is a great choice for beginners through advanced paddlers who are looking for a super fun, versatile board that can go anywhere and do anything.

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