Blackfin Model XL

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

Blackfin Model XL: Your Most Versatile Stand-Up Paddleboard

The iROCKER SUP is a well-known manufacturer of high-quality inflatable paddleboards. The Company is based in Jacksonville, Florida. You’ll get a SUP that is worth your money and will last a lifetime with a variety of price points, features, and paddling accessories. The iROCKER brand has grown in popularity around the world, and the company continues to develop new products.

The iROCKER paddle boards are at the core of the company’s lineup and include some of their best-selling models that offer excellent value for money. The iROCKER is the manufacturer of all iRocker and Blackfin boards, in case you didn’t know. The Blackfin is their high-end iSUPS line.

In this post, I’ll be reviewing the Blackfin Model XL, which has received a lot of positive feedback and has also intrigued me. This Blackfin Model XL paddleboard is a high-performance and high-end inflatable paddleboard that is suitable for paddlers of all skill levels. This board is great for fishing, yoga, touring, and surfing.

In a variety of water conditions, the Blackfin Model XL provides superior stability and maneuverability. With a variety of action mounts and D-rings for attaching equipment, this is an extremely versatile board. Paddlers will never have to be concerned about its high-quality accessories, which will help them have the best paddling experience possible!

We’ll learn more about this Blackfin Model XL and see if they’re deserving of the spotlight. However, iROCKER is one of my favorite stand-up paddleboarding brand company brands. They have never failed to impress me with their durability and high-quality materials. I’m excited to write this review for you and see what it has to offer!

Pro’s

  • A well-balanced design.
  • You can do a lot of activities with this paddleboard
  • Several color options are available.
  • Accessories of the highest quality
  • The Blackfin Model XL is a well-engineered iSUP.
  • It has an innovative Carbon Rail that provides maximum rigidity and durability.
  • Complete package that includes high-quality items such as a roller travel backpack.
  • There are two tie-down systems on it.
  • The paddle floats in the water.
  • One of the best EVA deck pads.

Cons

  • It’s quite large and can be difficult to control for smaller riders.
  • Expensive paddleboard

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The Blackfin Model XL in action

The Blackfin Model XL is most suitable for:

What can I say, this paddleboard wowed me in a variety of ways! Let’s start with the great design, which comes in three color options with the Blackfin Model XL! It will provide you with the best high-quality paddleboard due to the board’s triple-layer PVC construction, which ensures durability and stability. Looking for a burst of speed?

Even though speed isn’t the board’s main focus, it glides and tracks smoothly in the water. It has 8 multi-use mounts for your camera and other accessories. The three detachable fins make racking, packing, and storage a breeze. The Blackfin Model XL is also suitable for children, as it features movable safety handles at the nose and tail, ensuring that they remain safe while using this paddleboard.

What I liked about it with Blackfin Model XL paddleboard it has two bungee storage areas, so you can bring all of your essentials with you while you’re out on the water. It also has 6 D-rings for attaching accessories. And of course, it almost completed the accessories that they included in the package. Finally, it has a responsive customer service department, so you won’t have any trouble getting in touch with them, and the Blackfin Model XL comes with a three-year warranty.

length
Length
11'6"
width
Width
34"
thickness
Thickness
6"
weight
Weight
29 lbs
rider weight
Max Rider Weight
485 lbs
air pressure
Max Air Pressure
15-18 PSI
colour options
Board type
All-Around
skill
Skill
Beginner/Advanced

Blackfin Model XL 1

Primary use
The Blackfin Model XL can be used for a variety of activities, making it a multipurpose paddleboard. It’s an all-around paddleboard that can be used for flat water paddling (lakes, bays, and other bodies of water), river SUPing, fishing, ocean paddling, touring, and yoga.

Blackfin Model XL 2

Speed on the water
This Blackfin Model XL is not designed for speed, but it is surprisingly rigid, stable, and faster on the water than the Blackfin Model X, it glides well, and will provide you with a lot of enjoyment on the water.

Blackfin Model XL 3

Transport
The Blackfin Model XL makes transporting your board a breeze. Whether you’ll be carrying the blackfin travel bag on your back or rolling it behind you is up to you. This paddle board is sturdy and well-designed, with grab handles that come in handy when pulling the bag into or out of your car. Given the size of the board and the fact that it weighs 29 pounds, making it easy to carry and comfortable is quite impressive.

Blackfin Model XL 4

Stability
Because of its wider profile, the Blackfin Model XL has more stability. This is where the paddleboard shines and what most paddlers are looking for. It is, without a doubt, a fantastic choice for both new and experienced paddlers! While out on the water, you can bring a lot of stuff with you. As a result, this Blackfin Model XL should provide excellent stability.

My own experience

The Blackfin Model XL 2022 is, in my opinion, one of the best paddleboards for the money! This paddleboard, which comes in a variety of colors, stands out because of its new look and features. This board, in my opinion, is jam-packed with all the accessories you’ll need, including useful gears right out of the box. Because this paddleboard is multi-purpose, it will provide you with the stability you require regardless of the water conditions.

This paddleboard is easy to maneuver and comes with a carbon fiber paddle to make your paddling experience even better! This is an excellent choice for both experienced and novice paddlers! With its high-quality material that ensures safety and durability, this board is an excellent choice for a long-lasting ISUP. This Blackfin Model XL comes highly recommended! It will provide you with the best paddle boarding experience possible!

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The Blackfin Model XL in the beautiful nature

Paddling this iROCKER Blackfin Model XL feels like a dream! As I mentioned earlier, I was a big fan of the board. Who wouldn’t want a paddleboard with all of the features you’ll need? This is a versatile paddleboard that you should not overlook! This board has exceeded my expectations in almost every way, from solo paddling on long adventures to carrying kids and pets on adventures where everyone can enjoy themselves!

This board has incredible stability and does not drop when weight is added to it in the form of equipment or additional passengers. This makes the Blackfin XL an excellent choice for families, larger riders, and even paddlers who want to do fishing from their board.

heck out this extreme short inflation movie 🙂

Furthermore, the deck traction pad is large, ensuring that riders are comfortable and that the paddle board’s surface is gripped. A high-quality EVA foam traction pad covers the top deck of the BLACKFIN Model XL, providing excellent grip and comfort. This traction pad is extremely comfortable on the hands and feet, making it ideal for SUP workouts.

The tri-fin set up provides excellent traction, and small adjustments to the board’s direction are simple. Due to the length, making fast and aggressive turns can be difficult, and fluid execution will require a little more core strength.

Because of its solid stability and increased capacity, this board is ideal for activities like fishing and yoga. The board also has a variety of action mounts and D-rings for attaching gear and equipment, making it ideal for touring.

A soft neoprene-covered grab handle, a D-ring for attaching the included leash, and a high-quality Halkey-Roberts style inflation valve are all found on the tail of the BLACKFIN Model XL iSUP. The rear grab handle is the one we reach for the most because it allows you to elevate the fins and avoid damage from rocky beaches.

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The Blackfin Model XL

Inflate the Blackfin Model XL SUP board to a pressure of 15 to 18 PSI. With an electric pump, the Blackfin Model XL Inflatable SUP board can be inflated in 12 minutes or 15 minutes with the included twin-chamber hand pump. To save time and energy, I recommend that you purchase an electric SUP pump. But if you have no difficulties with pumping, that would not be an issue. This board is made of high-quality materials, and the accessories are just as valuable. The package provides a high-quality paddleboarding experience, and as a result, it is a good value.

You’ll be impressed by how dedicated iRocker is to their customers because, in addition to the accessories they provide, they deliver the best customer service in case you need them soon!

Blackfin Model VBlackfin Model XLBlackfin Model X 10’6″ Review
ProductBlackfin Model VBlackfin Model XLBlackfin Model X 10’6″ Review
BuildInflatableInflatableInflatable
SkillBeginners / AdvancedBeginner/AdvancedBeginner / Advanced
Price $999.99 $999.99 Price unknown
Score99.29.2
All-round
Touring
Surfing
Yoga

Important features

Blackfin Model XL 5

Setup

  • The soft EVA traction pad on the deck of the board, with lined grooving that extends past the back valve, provides grip and comfort to the rider while also aiding maneuverability.
  • The three flip-lock fins in a tri-fin setup provide intuitive traction in a variety of water conditions while also improving stability and control.
  • For attaching equipment and gear, there is a large 6-point bungee system at the front and back of the paddleboard.
  • For easy transportation and portability, the board has comfortable carry handles at the nose, tail, and center.
  • 20 action mounts for cameras, speakers, and whatever else you want to bring on the water with you.
  • Points where the fishing rack can be attached to the paddleboard.
  • 19 D-rings allow you to bring your gear on the water and convert your SUP into a kayak.
Blackfin Model XL 6

Fins
The tri-fin set up on the Blackfin Model XL uses three flip-lock fins to provide traction in a variety of water conditions. It will increase the stability and control of the paddleboard, making it more enjoyable to do activities on the water with this SUP!

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Material
The Blackfin Model XL is constructed of three layers of composite PVC with a drop-stitched inner core layer. This paddle board is made of high-quality materials and will give you the paddleboarding experience you desire! Rest assured that this Blackfin Model XL will provide you with the most enjoyable water activity possible!

Blackfin Model XL 8

Inflate / deflate
A dual-chamber, triple action hand pump is included with this paddleboard. For added convenience and to save time and energy, I recommend investing in a good electric SUP Pump. With a maximum pressure of 15-18 psi, inflation with the electric SUP Pump would take 13-15 minutes.

Blackfin Model XL 9

Warranty
This Blackfin Model XL comes with a 2-year warranty! With excellent customer service, high-quality paddleboards, and, of course, the most essential accessories, you can see how valuable this paddleboard is once purchased. Worth your Money!

Blackfin Model XL 10

Design
This year, the Blackfin Model XL has a new look! The Blackfin Model XL impresses us with its meticulous attention to detail and well-thought-out design. The deck pads colors are also appealing, and they were well integrated into the board’s design. It’s well-made and will provide you with hours of fun! The Blackfin Model XL is a multi-purpose paddleboard, so expect it to be designed for that!


In the package

Paddle

The 3 Piece Travel paddle carbon matte shaft with nylon blade that is included in the package when you purchase this Blackfin Model XL has nothing to dislike. Let me remind you that some high-end paddleboards don’t come with a paddle. However, with the Blackfin Model XL, you will have a great time paddling with this great paddle!

Check out my guide for the Best SUP paddles for 2022

Pump

In comparison to other pumps, the Blackfin Model XL has a dual chamber and triple action pump that works exceptionally well. It would be preferable if iROCKER equipped the pump with a deflation valve or setting. Blackfin pumps in the past allowed you to both pump up and out air from the board.

This would make it easier to roll the board. However, if you want to save time and energy, I would still recommend purchasing an electric pump. Once you have one, you will appreciate the convenience.

Read my full guide on the Best SUP Pumps for 2022 or the Best Electric SUP Pumps.

Leash

The Blackfin Model XL comes with a coil ankle leash as well as a small pocket to keep your keys secure. It is both comfortable and durable to use. It can be fully extended for up to 10′. It’s a good thing Blackfin included this accessory because the Blackfin Model XL paddleboard can handle a lot of activity. Before anything else, put your safety first.

Backpack

A nice backpack is included in the Blackfin Model XL package. The padding is pleasant, making it easy to carry. There are also numerous pockets, bungees, and straps to keep your belongings organized and stored. The wheels on the outside of the bag are one feature that I like. Because it has so many pockets, you won’t have to worry about where you’ll put your other accessories.

Also need a small dry bag to take some of your things along? Read more about dry bags here.

Repair kit

A valve wrench, PVC patches, and a few replacement flip locks for the fins are included in the Blackfin Model XL Repair Kit, which is neatly packaged in a screw-top plastic canister. If your board is damaged, simply follow these simple steps:

  • Deflate your board and use rubbing alcohol to clean the damaged area.
  • Apply the adhesive to the board’s surface with care. Don’t forget about the PVC repair patch’s matte side.
  • To ensure an airtight seal, apply only a thin layer of adhesive around the patch’s edge.
  • Wait 24 hours for it to dry before using it.

Looking for a wetsuit for paddle boarding? Read everything you need to know about wetsuits here.

Optional accessories (not included)

Restube Classic

Restube classic
Because extra safety measures never hurt anyone!

Blackfin Model XL 11

Bluefin 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

Advantages 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

Optional Accessories

Electric SUP Pump

The electric paddleboard pump is another popular add-on accessory. While the included Full Throttle Pump does a fantastic job of pumping up the Model XL, an electric iSUP pump offers hands-free convenience. So, if you want to save time, energy, and breath, I strongly advise you to purchase one!

Dog Life Jacket

With its size, you can bring your pet with you on this paddleboard. Since the Blackfin Model XL is such a large board, you may want to consider investing in a dog life jacket to ensure their safety in case they get caught in the waves. This will keep them floating regardless of the situation.

Infant Life Jacket

Water is a favorite among children. And they can enjoy the water with the Blackfin Model XL paddleboard. Invest in a good infant life jacket to keep them safe and secure. Once they’re out on the water, this is also an important protocol to follow. When choosing a lifejacket, make sure it is comfortable and allows them to move freely.

Kayak Conversion Kit and Seat Cushion

This kit includes everything you’ll need to convert your BLACKFIN Model XL paddleboard into a kayak, and it all folds up neatly for easy transportation and storage. A padded seat, zippered storage pouch, and matching carbon shaft paddle attachment are included with the seated kayak conversion kit.

Fishing Rack

The iROCKER has a new Fishing Rack system that converts the Blackfin Model XL into a fishing rig with ease. If you want to go fishing on your paddleboard, this is a must-have!

Hard Cooler

As an additional accessory, you might want to consider a hard-side cooler. Because you’ll be out on the water for so long, you’ll be able to easily store your drinks and keep them insulated. The storage capacity of a hard side cooler is greater than that of a soft side cooler.

Waterproof Speaker

Paddleboarding is such a fun and exciting activity, why not add a waterproof speaker to your paddleboard while out on the water? Make your activities more joyful by listening to your favorite music! Investing in a waterproof speaker is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your weekend paddleboarding experience. It also aids yoga practitioners and recreational paddlers in significantly reducing stress.

Other reviews of the Blackfin Model XL Paddle Board online

The Blackfin Model XL is a great Stand Up Paddle board, which means it has a lot of reviews online.

A short overview of some of these reviews below:

inflatableboarder.com: “As with the 10’6″ Model X, we were extremely impressed by this year’s BLACKFIN Model XL. It’s an incredibly well-built board that is super fun, feature-rich, and surprisingly affordable. In terms of overall quality, features, and included accessories, the new BLACKFIN Model XL rivals boards costing twice as much, yet it’s priced only slightly higher than the regular iROCKER SUP models. If you’re looking for a versatile, top-shelf board that won’t break the bank, this is it.”

supboardguide.com: “As we’ve said, this board is our top-rated all-around iSUP for 2022 for good reason – it’s the one board we grab if we have to only choose one and want to do everything. It has enough attachment points and available accessories to change its function drastically. It’s well built and will last you through years of adventures. And it performs well on the water. Whether your goals be fishing, touring, carrying family members, pets, or drinks, this board has got you covered.”

inflatablepaddler.com: “We are thoroughly impressed with this new line of premium-grade inflatable SUPs from iROCKER. The BLACKFIN Model XL features outstanding attention to detail, top-shelf build quality, and a very nice bundle of included accessories. We’re also extremely surprised at how affordable this board is priced — all things considered, this board is one of the best values on the market.”

boardersguide.com: “Out of all of the Blackfin models, the model XL is our favorite because of how it is truly an all-purpose board. The shorter Model X seems to be built for fishing or fitness activities at the expense of the writing experience, while the Model V is meant for speed and doesn’t allow you to use as many features as easily.”

Frequently Asked Questions about the Blackfin Model XL Paddle Board

How long does it take to inflate the Blackfin Model XL inflatable SUP board?

With an electric pump, the Blackfin Model XL can be inflated in 12 minutes or 15 minutes using the twin chamber hand pump included.

What pressure can the Blackfin Model XL inflatable SUP board be inflated to?

The pressure of 15 to 18 PSI.

What are the accessories included in the Blackfin Model XL SUP board?

A paddle, three fins, a leash, a pump, and a backpack are included with the Blackfin XL Inflatable SUP board.

What is the maximum weight capacity for the Blackfin Model XL SUP board?

The maximum capacity for this paddleboard is 485 lbs.

Is there a warranty on the Blackfin Model XL inflatable SUP board?

The Blackfin XL Inflatable SUP board comes with a two-year warranty.

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

Board Dimensions for Blackfin XL is Length 11’6” x Width 34” x Thickness 6”

What is the weight of the Blackfin Model XL Paddle Board?

The board weighs 29 lbs

How many fins does the Blackfin Model XL Paddle Board have?

It has 3 flip-lock fins in a tri-fin setup

How many D-rings does the Blackfin Model XL Paddle Board have?

It has a total of 19 D-rings, allowing you to take your gear out on the water and convert your SUP into a kayak.

Does the Blackfin Model XL Paddle Board have an action-camera mount?

20 action mounts for cameras, speakers, and whatever else you want to bring on the water with you.

How many handles does the Blackfin Model XL Paddle Board have?

For easy and quick transportation, the board has comfortable carry handles at the nose, tail, and center.

Conclusion – Should I buy the Blackfin Model XL

This concludes my review of the Blackfin Model XL paddleboard. To be honest, this paddleboard has overwhelmed me! This paddleboard comes highly recommended to anyone who wants to do a variety of activities with just one board! If you’ve read the entire review, you’ll notice that this paddleboard serves multiple purposes.

It can be used for fishing, touring, paddling, and yoga, among other activities. This is a premium board made of high-quality materials for long-term durability and stability! Paddling, fishing, touring, and even yoga are all possible with this Blackfin Model XL. It’s a versatile paddleboard that sets it apart from the competition.

To summarize, the Blackfin Model XL is ideal for everyone, whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro. What is it about this paddleboard that makes it so popular among others? It’s the features and multiple functions it provides for paddlers! With a quad-layer of PVC construction, you’ll never have to worry about this paddleboard’s stability.

This board’s fit and finish are outstanding! The BLACKFIN Model XL’s tail has some nice features as well. There’s also a second bungee storage area with four D-rings, allowing you to store even more items on deck. Another grab handle is included, as well as a nice inflatable valve and a D-ring for attaching the included SUP leash.

The Blackfin Model XL comes with a top-of-the-line accessory package. A super-efficient dual-chamber triple-action pump, carbon fiber shaft travel paddle, iSUP repair kit, premium wheeled roller backpack, and 10′ coiled SUP leash are all included with the Blackfin Model XL. This paddleboard also comes with a two-year warranty, so you’ll be able to get a lot of use out of it.

Overall, this paddleboard has wowed and impressed me! Some of the complaints about this board are that it is pricey. But, let’s face it, having a board that can be used for a variety of activities, the great accessories that come with the package, and the performance of the Black Fin Model XL are all worth it! It’s no surprise that, despite its high price, this paddleboard is one of the most popular.

Will you be purchasing this Paddleboard? or do you already own one? If so, please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as any additional questions you may have about the Blackfin Model XL paddleboard. You can also keep up with our latest posts and discount coupon codes by following us on Instagram and Facebook! I hope to see you there!

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Comparison

Blackfin Model V Blackfin Model XL Blackfin Model X 10’6″ Review
Product Blackfin Model V Blackfin Model XL Blackfin Model X 10’6″ Review
Build Inflatable Inflatable Inflatable
Skill Beginners / Advanced Beginner/Advanced Beginner / Advanced
Price $999.99 $999.99 Unknown price
Score 9 9.2 9.2
All-round
Touring
Surfing
Yoga

Specifications

length
Length
11'6"
width
Width
34"
thickness
Thickness
6"
weight
Weight
29 lbs
rider weight
Max Rider Weight
485 lbs
air pressure
Max Air Pressure
15-18 PSI
colour options
Board type
All-Around
skill
Skill
Beginner/Advanced

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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 :)