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Inflatable vs Rigid Paddleboards

Inflatable vs Rigid Paddleboards

Are Inflatable paddle boards are as good as solid boards? We’d like to set the record straight.

1) They Are Made From Cheap Materials

Inflatable paddle boards are made from strong, durable materials and can be ridden in most conditions. They are not made from cheap, poor-quality PVC like many rigid paddle boards. They can stand up to the elements and are durable enough to handle rough and tumble conditions.

Having said that, some inflatable paddle boards are made from materials of inferior quality. To make sure you’re getting a high-quality board, you should always check reviews and research the brand before you buy. You can often buy an inflatable paddle boards that have the same components an performance as one of its rigid counterparts without paying the same price.


2) They Aren't Durable

Many people believe that paddle boards are made of fragile materials and won’t stand up to the elements. This is far from the truth. In fact, inflatable paddle boards are designed to be ridden in many different conditions, including in the ocean!

CoreThird paddle boards are made with a military grade durable PVC material and have an internal reinforced design for extra protection. The materials are similar to those used in rigid paddle boards.


3) They Don't Work as Well as Hard Boards

Another common misconception is that inflatable paddle boards don’t work as well as rigid boards. This is not the case. In fact, many people believe that inflatable boards work better than rigid boards when used based on how you sit in the water and the overall stability.

Inflatable boards are more buoyant, making it easier to paddle. The board is also lighter and easier to maneuver, making it easier to get control the board.


4) It Takes a Long Time to Inflate

​It’s true that inflatable boards must be pumped-up.  However, what is often overlooked is how easy they are to travel with.  Inflatable boards can be checked as carry-on luggage on airplanes with no extra fees, fit in the trunk of small cars, and can easily be carried on your back to if you need to hike to an ocean, lake, or river.   

Still concerned?  Just pick-up a CoreThird Flow electric pump and you’ll never have to worry about inflation again. 

 The truth is that inflatable paddle boards are an excellent option if you’re looking for ease of use and travel compatibility. They are also a great choice for people who want to try paddle boarding without making a huge investment.


If you want to try the inflatable paddle board for yourself, CoreThird has everything you might need. Our durable boards will make surfing much easier for you.


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