Blackfin Model X 10’6″ Review

Overview
Yoga
All-round
Touring
Pets
Family
9.2
9.2
Our score
Stability
9
Design
9
Performance
9
Price/Quality ratio
9
Supplied accessories
10

The Blackfin Model X offers a top notch complete package

The Blackfin Model X lives up to the high expectations. It is one of the most sold inflatable paddle boards and this is justified. The paddle board is great on the water and is very sturdy.

Pro’s

  • New lighter weight design
  • Upon purchase you get a complete package so you do not have to incur extra costs to start
  • Suitable for both quiet and slightly wilder water
  • Extra safety handles for kids
  • Carrying capacity up to 204 kg
  • Possible to attach an action camera with the supplied mount

Cons

  • Quite expensive, a big investment for beginners
  • The board is not fast enough for the advanced SUP boarder (5+ years experience)
     

Most suitable for:

The BLACKFIN Model X 10’6″ iSUP performs great in all water conditions and is suitable for all skill levels. It works great for more than one person on board. With a multitude of added accessories it is the perfect board for anyone looking for extra activities like yoga or fishing.

LengthWidthThickMax. capacityWeight board
10’6″35″6″450 lbs / 204 kg11 kg / 24.3 lbs

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Primary use
All Round / Relaxing / Touring / Yoga

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Speed on the water
The board has a nice glide, but is not meant for racing due to its shape. For touring it has a great combination of a good glide and high stability.

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Transport
With a weight of 11 kg this board is easy to carry. The very comfortable backpack that is supplied also has wheels, so you can roll it until you actually reach the beach.

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Stability
The board is 35″ wide and 10’6″ long, which in combination with the used material and EVA-deck make it easy to keep your balance and not fall off.

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Picture by @ miriamcarmonera

My own experience

When I got on the Blackfin Model X I was right away pleasantly surprised by the very high quality of the board and the completeness and quality of the package that comes along with it. Where you usually receive a standard aluminum paddle with your purchase, Blackfin offers a fiberglass paddle with carbon shaft.

The high pressure pump was also of great quality and got the job done quickly. Everything about this board shows quality, which makes it obvious why the price is quite a bit higher than with a standard budget Stand Up Paddle Board.


Important features

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Setup

  • Multi-Use Action Mount at the front of the board for your cameras, rod holders, speakers, phone mounts, etc.
  • Additional D rings to the rear of the board and a wider front cargo area made for even more storage space
  • 25” triple action dual chamber hand pump
  • Blackfin paddle, adjustable from 72 to 85 inches, fiberglass paddle with carbon shaft
  • Comfortable coiled leash
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Fins
In the new version the fins are now removable. That means two things. First, it makes it easier to roll up and second, it gives you more control over the board’s performance. A tri-fin set up is more stable and it is easier to turn, while the one-fin set up makes it glide faster.

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Material
By using a new tougher Triple-Layer composite PVC construction the Blackfin Model X 10’6’’ is now 20% lighter but still as strong as the Quad Layer boards. The extra carbon fiber rail adds to the toughness of the board. 

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Inflate / deflate
SUP is inflated in nearly 7 mins with the supplied pump

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Warranty
A 2 year warranty that covers all workmanship and materials. It does not apply to the included accessories. 

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Design
Stylish and bold. Two color options (teal and blue).


Included in the package

Paddle

The Blackfin paddle is adjustable from 72 to 85 inches. It is extremely portable since it can break down into 3 pieces and the best part is that it floats! Its carbon fiber shaft means it’s lightweight and durable plus it won’t tire your arms as quickly.

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Leash

A comfortable coiled leash that attaches to the end of your board will give you the reassurance you need when in open water. Beautiful design with the Blackfin logo and also a nice extra velcro stash spot for your keys.

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High pressure pump

With the new 25” triple action dual chamber hand pump you can fully inflate your Blackfin in 5-8 minutes. It is quite a lot faster than the previous dual chamber pump.  Deflating is quite easy too. Just push the pin and twist it off to let the air out. Removing the fins will make it easier to roll up too.

Optional accessoires (not included)

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Blackfin kayak seat
Transform your paddle board into a kayak, sit down and relax!

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Electric SUP pump
For those who don’t want the exercise before getting on the board.


Difference between an Inflatable board and a Hard board

Advantages Inflatable board

  • Easy to take on holiday (even on the plane)
  • Easy to store in the winter days
  • Much cheaper
  • Technology has improved greatly over the past 10 years. For this reason, these boards are now almost hard to distinguish from hard boards

Advantage Hardboard

  • More speed, which is important if you are a professional
  • Easier to make sharp turns on the water because the board is thinner
  • No inflation needed, you can get on the water right away

Frequently Asked Questions about the Blackfin Model X

What is the size of the Blackfin Model X Paddle Board?

10’6″ x 35″ x 6″

What is the maximum carrying capacity of the Blackfin Model X Paddle Board?

204 kg / 450 lbs

Which paddle is included with the Blackfin Model X?

The Blackfin ultra-light, adjustable travel paddle made of carbon compound

Which pump is included with the Blackfin Model X?

Full throttle hand pump with double chamber triple action

How long is the warranty on the Blackfin Model X?

A 2-year warranty covering all workmanship and materials

How many handles does the Blackfin Model X have?

5 handles in the middle, on the back, front and sides of the board

How many fins does the Blackfin Model X have?

2 small fins and 1 large removable middle fin

What material is the Blackfin Model X made of?

BLACKFIN uses a three-layer PVC composite construction, which makes the boards 20% lighter for the same durability

What is the air pressure of the Blackfin Model X?

15 PSI

Other reviews of the Blackfin Model X online

The Blackfin Model X is a very popular Stand Up Paddle Board and has thus been reviewed by many different websites online.

A short overview of these reviews below:

Supboardguide.com: Rating 9.8/10. “If you will be on your own more than others, the Model X should be your choice.”

Inflatableboarder.com: “The Model X is an extremely stable board that offers amazing versatility and it’s a SUP that’s been designed for serious use.”

Sunsetpaddler.com: “You’ve found the right board when you were after an extremely good quality, verstile wide and stable board that goes a little faster than you’d expect due to its width. Good one for flatwater paddling, yoga, fishing or even some whitewater.”

Paddlelove.com: Rating 4.7/5. “The Blackfin Model X is a highly versatile iSUP that cover plenty of water activities without failing at any.”

Supinsider.com: “The fun part is the versatility of Blackfin Model X, which makes it suitable for any water activities.”


Conclusion – Should you buy?

If you want to start paddle boarding and you have the budget to purchase a high quality board right away, the Blackfin Model X is definitely a great option for you. Because of the complete package there is nothing else you need to get started right away.

You can be sure all the supplied accessories are of very high quality and should not need replacement any time soon. Highly recommended for people with a higher than average budget.



Review written by: Tom

Hi! My name is Tom. During the year I try to be on a paddle board as much as possible. By reading this blog you'll stay updated on everything I test on the water :)

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Review written by: Tom

Hi! My name is Tom. During the year I try to be on a paddle board as much as possible. By reading this blog you'll stay updated on everything I test on the water :)