Tower Paddle Boards Review

Tower Paddle BoardsSan Diego-based Tower Paddle Boards is a company that offers direct-to-consumer sales on a wide range of beach lifestyle products. Headed by founder and CEO Stephan Aarstol, Tower's popular line of inflatable paddle boards initially became well-known through exposure on ABC's popular Shark Tank television program and funding by billionaire entrepreneur, Mark Cuban. In addition to Tower's inflatable SUP line, the company also sells several hard boards.

Currently, Tower has four basic inflatable paddle board models and a few special edition spinoffs with specialized designs and features. In this review of Tower's inflatable SUPs, we'll include a handy comparison chart and then quickly discuss each model's specs, design, special edition variants, and the type of paddling it's best suited for.

2018 Tower SUP Comparison Chart

MODELLENGTHWIDTHTHICKNESSVOLUMEWEIGHTCAPACITY
Tower Adventurer 1Tower Adventurer 19'10"32"6"300 L24 lbs300 lbs
Tower Adventurer 2Tower Adventurer 210'4"32"6"300 L25 lbs350 lbs
Tower iRace 12'6"Tower iRace 12'6"12'6"30"6"350 L27 lbs400 lbs
Tower Xplorer 14'Tower Xplorer 14'14'32"8"600 L42 lbs700 lbs

Tower Inflatable Paddle Board Reviews

Tower Adventurer (9'10”)

Tower Adventurer 1 iSUPMeasuring 9'10” x 32″ x 6″ and weighing 24 pounds, the Tower Adventurer 1 is a popular all-around model and the smallest of the company's inflatable paddle boards. This is a basic, entry-level model that is a good choice for smaller paddlers who need a no-frills iSUP at an affordable price. It's available in white and a special Kawasaki edition.

For more information on this top-seller, read our Tower Adventurer 1 review.


Tower Adventurer 2 (10'4″)

Tower Adventurer 2 iSUPA bit larger and more feature-rich than the Adventurer 1, the Tower Adventurer 2 is a versatile model that adds grab handles and a bungee storage area. The Adventurer 2 measures 10'4″ x 32″ x 6″, and it's available in white, blue, turquoise, and a special Chris Craft edition.

Check out our Tower Adventurer 2 review for more details on this board.


Tower iRace 12'6″

Tower iRace 12'6" iSUPA longer, sleeker board that is built for speed, Tower iRace 12'6″ iSUP is a fast paddling inflatable SUP that glides well on the water and is fun for paddling longer distances. The Tower iRace measures 12'6″ x 30″ x 6″ and currently comes in two colors: black, and red.

To learn more about this model, read our Tower iRace review.


Tower Xplorer 14′

Tower Xplorer 14 iSUPLast but not least, the Tower Xplorer 14′ is currently the largest iSUP in the company's lineup. Perfect for larger paddlers and multi-person paddling, the Xplorer measures 14′ x 32″ x 8″ and is capable of supporting an impressive max weight of 700 pounds.

Check out our Tower Xplorer 14′ review for more info on this big SUP.


Warranty

Tower backs all of their inflatable paddle boards up with a 2-year warranty which covers manufacturing defects.

Accessories Included with all Tower Paddle Boards

The included accessory bundle is one area where we feel Tower can make some big improvements. Unlike other iSUP packages such as those offered by iROCKER which come with everything you need to start paddling, Tower only includes a paddle, pump, and repair kit with their boards.

We'd love to see a SUP backpack and safety leash included with Tower's paddle boards in the future as this would really improve the overall value of their line. While there was a time when Tower's inflatable SUPs were a good option, there are too many similarly-priced boards on the market now which offer far more in terms of overall value — for this reason, we can't really recommend Tower's iSUPs at the moment.