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The 7 Best Inflatable SUP Kayak Hybrid Of 2024 Helpful Guide

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Updated May 20th, 2024

Best inflatable SUP Kayak hybrid

Stand up paddle boards and kayaks are both really fun. They offer different challenges and different ways to enjoy the water. Are you tight on space and have nowhere to store a full size paddle board or kayak? An inflatable SUP kayak hybrid might be the perfect thing for you.

The top 7 best inflatable SUP kayak hybrids of 2024

1 – ISLE Surf & SUP Switch

☆ Top Pick
ISLE Switch Product Image

Specifications

  • Size – 11’6″ x 35.5″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 425 lbs
  • Board Weight – 19 lbs
  • Construction – Woven PVC
  • Paddle – Carbon Convertible
  • Pump – Double Action Hand Pump

What we liked:

  • Very light weight board that is easy to carry around
  • Comfortable inflatable seat
  • Webbing loop ISLE-Link system that makes it easy to adjust seat position and attach accessories
  • Carbon convertible paddle with extra blade
  • Foot rest for more efficient kayak paddling
  • Wide large board is very stable
  • Works as a single or tandem kayak

What we didn’t like:

  • For the price we would like to see a triple action pump
  • Bag doesn’t have wheels

Summary

The Switch is the latest offering from ISLE Surf and SUP. It is a lightweight paddleboard with an inflatable seat and footrest. The Switch not only gives you kayak functionality but makes it comfortable too.

The board is 11’6″ x 35″ making it a very stable and beginner friendly stand up paddleboard. This stability helps make the board feel stable with the inflatable seat. The seat raises you a couple inches higher than the typical thin foam seat which can make narrow boards feel out of balance. With a 35.5 inch width this boards feels great. With this size it can also easily be used as a tandem with a second seat attached.

My biggest complaint about many kayak/SUP combos is the seat. The generic thin foam seat just isn’t that comfortable. It’s nice seeing a company other than BOTE take notice and offering an inflatable seat cushion.

A convertible carbon paddle is included allowing you to use the board both as a kayak and stand up paddleboard.


2 – BOTE Deus Aero Inflatable Kayak & Stand Up Paddle Board

☆ Top Pick
Bote Deus Aero Product Image

Specifications

  • Size – 11′ x 33″ x 14″
  • Weight Capacity – 300 lbs
  • Board Weight – 41 lbs
  • Construction – Double Layer PVC
  • Paddle – Not included
  • Pump – Double Action Hand Pump

What we liked:

  • Excellent performance on the water
  • Very comfortable to sit on
  • Stiff construction that feels like a rigid kayak
  • Stable and easy to paddle
  • Lots of room for gear, coolers, and accessories
  • Very versatile. Can be used as a kayak or SUP

What we didn’t like:

  • The bag is too small and needs more handles.
  • It is very difficult to put back into its carry bag
  • High cost
  • No paddle included

Summary

The BOTE Deus Aero is a unique kayak hybrid. It comes from BOTE which makes a wide variety of innovative kayaks, paddleboards, and watercraft. The Deus features full drop stitch construction. It has a removable seat which lets it change from a kayak to stand up paddle board.

The board/hull is 11′ x 33″ and 14″ tall. It is made of 3 air chambers giving it a 3 dimensional hull shape. It has a rubber keel molding giving it more shape that runs from the nose to half way back the board.

It feels and acts more like a rigid kayak than any other inflatable we have tried. It is stable and solid feeling. It does a great job cutting through chop.

It does not come with either a kayak or SUP paddle. You will have to choose which one you want or a convertible paddle that can do both.

We really enjoy our Deus and recommend it to anyone looking for an inflatable kayak.

See our review of the BOTE Deus to learn more.

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3 – Bluefin Cruise Carbon SUP Stand Up Inflatable Paddle Board

☆ Best Value
Bluefin Carbon Cruise product image

Specifications

  • Size – 10′ 8″ x 32″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 386 lbs
  • Board Weight – 29 lbs
  • Construction – 2 Layer PVC
  • Paddle – 3 piece fiberglass convertible
  • Pump – Double Action Hand Pump

What we liked:

  • Bluefin offers a 5 year warranty on their inflatable paddleboards
  • The board is very stiff for an inflatable paddleboard allowing for hard and aggressive paddling
  • Good on water performance for heavier over 300 lb paddlers
  • Comes with a kayak seat and extra paddle blade
  • The backpack straps can be stowed away on the bag.

What we didn’t like:

  • The clamps on the paddle need to be tightened before using
  • The bag doesn’t have a handle on both sides
  • The kick pad is too far rearward on the board to be useful
  • The board is on the heavier side at almost 35 lbs

Summary

The BlueFin Cruise Carbon is a great hybrid paddleboard that comes as a complete package. It has several nice upgrades over the typical inflatable SUP board. The carbon version of the cruise has dual air chambers for even more stiffness and safety for open water use.

It has a 3 piece paddle with a carbon shaft. It has 2 blades so can be assembled SUP or kayak style. The paddle is stiff enough and performs well on the water with a good feel. It includes a hybrid kayak seat that attaches to the D-Rings on the board.

The board is very stiff when inflated. Bluefin claims a higher thread density drop-stitch than any other iSUP maker. This produces a much stiffer board for similar weight. They use a heavy 2 layer laminate and carbon reinforced rails that also makes the board stiff and durable.

See our review of the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 12 to learn more.


4 – Freein Stand-Up Paddle Board Kayak SUP

☆ Best Cheap SUP Kayak Combo
Freein SUP Kayak product image

Specifications

  • Size – 10′ 6″ x 31″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 286 lbs
  • Board Weight – 18 lbs
  • Construction – Single Layer PVC with carbon reinforced sides
  • Paddle – 4 Piece aluminum convertible
  • Pump – Double Action Hand Pump

What we liked:

  • Convertible paddle has drip rings
  • Low cost for a complete package
  • Carbon reinforced rails make board stiffer than most single layer PVC boards

What we didn’t like:

  • Seat could use a little more support
  • Not as stable as wider 32-34″ boards

Summary

The Freein Stand Up Paddle Board Kayak SUP is a great value complete package. It includes a seat and convertible paddle that actually has drip rings. You won’t get water all over yourself on every paddle stroke. The board is a single layer PVC board with carbon fiber reinforced rails. This makes it a little stiffer than the average single layer board.

The board is 10’6″ x 31″ x 6″. It’s not as stable while standing as a 33 or 34 board. It helps it glide through the water a little faster. The included seat works well but could use a little more back support. It is fine for spending a couple hours on the water.

Get $30 off using coupon code FS30 at Freeinsup.com


5 – BOTE Rackham Aero 12′4″

BOTE Rackham Aero Apex Product Image

Specifications

  • Size – 12′ 4″ x 38″ x 7″
  • Weight Capacity – 400 lbs
  • Board Weight – 45 lbs
  • Construction – Double Layer PVC
  • Paddle – 3 piece composite 
  • Pump – Double Action Hand Pump

What we liked:

  • Super versatile board that can do anything.
  • Optional APEX pedal drive that gives you one more option for paddling
  • High quality heavyduty construction

What we didn’t like:

  • High cost
  • The board is 45 lbs making it one of the heaviest paddleboards or kayaks out there

Summary

The BOTE Rackham Aero 12’4″ is all new and features the optional APEX Pedal drive system. The Rackham Aero might be the ultimate paddle board and kayak combo. You can paddleboard, sit down and kayak or sit down and use the pedal drive. It is has so many available accessories it will make your head spin. This is the hands down winner for paddleboard kayak hybrid. No other product really comes close right now.

The board is 12’4″ and 38″ wide making it one of the most stable inflatable paddle boards out there. It can carry up to 400 lbs. It will be great for kayak fishing, SUP yoga, or touring. It has good glide thanks to it’s length. You may have to work to push it over chop and waves thanks to it’s length.

The most unique feature of this board is the optional APEX pedal drive. It is inserted into the board and lets you sit down and pedal it instead of paddling with your hands. There is an optional rudder steering system available to go with it. No other inflatable has this feature.


6 – Tahe 10’6″ x 34″ Beach SUP-Yak & Kayak Package

Tahe SUP Yak product image

Specifications

  • Size – 10′ 6″ x 34″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 300 lbs
  • Board Weight – 23 lbs
  • Construction – Single layer PVC with stiffening stringers
  • Paddle – 3 Piece Aluminum Convertible
  • Pump – Double Action Hand Pump

What we liked:

  • Daisy chain attachment system gives lots of flexibility for mounting seat and accessories
  • Extra thick padded upgraded kayak seat
  • Stringer design gives board added stiffness

What we didn’t like:

  • 1L construction
  • Extra wide board takes a little more effort to paddle into chop and waves

Summary

The Tahe 10’6″ x 34″ Beach SUP-Yak is a great complete package for those wanting a good all around SUP they can kayak too. Tahe Outdoors took over the Bic brand in 2017 and the new combined company is known as Tahe. Bic was a very popular producer of windsurfing boards and later kayaks and SUPs. Bic products have always been known for great performance at an affordable price. I had a lot of fun windsurfing days on a Bit Techno 160. Tahe continues that tradition with the 10’6″ Beach SUP-Yak.

This board has a couple of unique features that set it apart from other SUP boards or hybrids. The most noticeable is the daisy chain attachment system that runs down the 2 sides of the board. It is a series of webbing loops that you can use to attach the seat or other accessories. It gives you a lot of options for placing the seat. It has 3 fixed fins so you don’t have to worry about attaching a fin when setting it up.


7 – Sea Eagle LB11 SUP Deluxe Package

Sea Eagle LB11 Product Image

Specifications

  • Size – 11′ x 30″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 200 lbs
  • Board Weight – 25 lbs
  • Construction – 3 Layer PVC
  • Paddle – Includes 2 Aluminum Paddles
  • Pump – Double Action Hand Pump

What we liked:

  • Board has built in rocker with rise at the bow and stern for easier maneuverability
  • Great performance in waves or flat water
  • Very durable 3 layer PVC laminate construction

What we didn’t like:

  • No ankle leash included
  • Narrow 30 inch width makes board less stable than 32 or 33 inch width boards. Not for beginner paddleboarders

Summary

The Sea Eagle LB11 Deluxe package comes with a high quality board, 2 paddles and an inflatable seat. Sea Eagle specializes in inflatable boats including several versions of their popular sit inside kayak and whitewater kayak. They are known for producing high quality durable products. Their kayak paddleboard combo has typical Sea Eagle construction and quality.

This board is 11 feet long and 30 inches wide. It will not be as stable as a 32 or 33 inch board. It has a rockered shape to it with rise in the tip and tail. It will turn easier than most 11 foot boards making is more suitable for SUP surfing in waves. It still tracks very well for distance paddling. The weight capacity is 200 lbs which is light for an 11 foot board but reasonable given it’s not as wide.

The Sea Eagle LB11 is a great choice for those who want board performance and durability. You’ll pay a bit more for this board but you won’t be disappointed. It is available from Sea Eagle in several other packages. If you are more interested in a fishing kayak or rowing, there is an LB11 package for you.


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Ryan Craig
Co-Founder & Chief Editor

I am a total gear nerd and love learning how things work and thinking about how they could be improved. Nothing excites me more than trying out new gear. I’d rather spend 3 hours taking my bike apart and learning how to change something than go to a bike shop. These days, I reside in Michigan by the Great Lakes and go skiing, biking, and boating as much as possible. Visit our About Us page and learn more.

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