Aqua Marina Vapor iSUP Review

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Aqua Marina Vapor iSUP Review
8 Total Score
  • Ideal for first timers
  • Paddles great on small waves
  • Great design and aesthetics
Update - 2017.03.02This iSUP was updated in 2017 to reflect the 2017 Aqua Marina Vapor model. Enjoy!

If you’re a frequent stand up paddle boarder, you’ve probably noticed by now that Aqua Marina stand up paddle boards are becoming increasingly popular. Aqua Marina offers a wide variety of iSUP’s at very affordable price points. One of their most popular, the Aqua Marina Vapor inflatable stand up paddle board, is no exception.

If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one (they are often sold out on Amazon), you’ll realize quickly why people consider it one of the best inflatable stand up paddle boards on the market. The dimensions of the Aqua Marina Vapor make it a very steady board, ideal for riders with all kinds of experience levels, but especially for first-time paddlers. You’ll find it is very easy to paddle on lakes and rivers or even in small surf. The Aqua Marina Vapor is a wider board than most so you’ll find it very stable. The surface texture feels comfortable against your feet and the heat embossed deck with honeycomb grooves provides great traction.

Before we get into the details on the Aqua Marina Vapor, the chart below shows you what you can expect performance-wise from this iSUP:

Aqua Marina Vapor iSUP Specs

Aqua Marina Vapor iSUP Specs. Image courtesy of http://www.aquamarina.com

Key Aqua Marina Vapor Specs

  • Fully inflated, the Aqua Marina Vapor measures 10′ 10″ long, 30″ wide, and 4″ thick.
  • Unique “thruster” or 3-fin setup which helps improve paddling performance.
  • Large deck pad with honeycomb groves for maximum traction.
  • Customers report fantastic customer service

The Board

Like most quality iSUPs, the Aqua Marina Vapor is made with double-wall drop stitch PVC technology, which makes it super durable. It can endure a little bit of rough handling, and unlike hard boards, you don’t have to worry about chipping and dings. This board can support a paddlers up to 250lbs. The Aqua Marina Vapor comes equipped with a 20 PSI hand pressure pump, a 3-piece sport paddle and 3 detachable fins (called a “thruster” setup). It also comes with a bag perfect for keeping your equipment together in one place so you can hit the water right away!

Transport and Storage

The Aqua Marina Vapor is great for paddlers with limited storage. If you have used a hard board in the past you know they can be difficult to store. When rolled up, the Vapor iSUP takes up very little space and weighs less than 20 points! You’ll find storage is absolutely no problem. Being so lightweight, the Aqua Marina Vapor is easy to carry and gives you the freedom to go just about anywhere. Use it at the beach or in a river.

aqua marina vapor isup specs

Setting up the Aqua Marina Vapor iSUP

This Vapor iSUP is great for adventuring, getting a good core workout or fishing, whether you are solo, with a pet or with friends and family. Once you get to your
destination, setting up the Aqua Marina Vapor takes only a few steps:

  1. Lay the board flat
  2. Install the fins
  3. Connect the pump and inflate.

It’s that easy! As you’re pumping, make sure you monitor the pressure gauge. You’ll want to inflate to around 15 PSI. Some paddlers prefer inflating to around 20 PSI to help increase the hardness of the board.

Next, assemble the paddle and you are ready to go. If you’re a beginner, we recommend using all three fins. Three fins can make it easier to paddle. However, if you’re more experienced, you can safely omit the two side fins.

The deck of the Aqua Marina Vapor comes equipped with stainless steel D-rings and bungie cords. You can use these to carry sunscreen, a cooler, your glasses, or whatever else you might need for the paddle. There is also a clip on the tail of this iSUP for you to attach your leash.

All finished? Go ahead and rinse off the Vapor, deflate and roll up your board, put everything back in the bag and you’re done.

Conclusion

Easy to store and carry, light, stable yet fast for its size, the Aqua Marina Vapor is a great inflatable SUP board to use in flat water or small waves. The one major drawback is the limited carrying capacity (~250lbs). If you’re a larger paddler, this might not be the board for you. Otherwise, the Aqua Marina Vapor has a great mix of stability, good performance, convenience and durability, not to mention it looks great! It’s a great value at an affordable price.


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Check out the video below to see the Aqua Marina Vapor iSUP in action!

8 Total Score
Fantastic value!

The Aqua Marina Vapor offers value and performance at an affordable price point. This iSUP is great for lighter paddlers who are looking for a cost effective paddle board. If you live in a windy place or you're a heavier paddler, this board might not be for you.

PROS
  • Ideal for first timers
  • Paddles great on small waves
  • Great design and aesthetics
CONS
  • Stability with heavier paddlers
  • Wind can pose a challenge
User Rating: 2.89 (5 votes)