Decathlon Paddle Board Review

Overview
  • Build: Inflatable
  • Skill: Beginner
  • Our score: 5.6 | Read our conclusion
  • This board can be used for:
All-round
Touring
5.6
5.6
Our score
Stability
7
Design
7
Performance
7
Price/Quality ratio
6
Supplied accessories
1

A Decathlon Paddle board is decent, but the company seems mostly interested in side purchases

The big known sports store Decathlon also has their own line of Stand Up Paddle Boards. As these are also quite popular (at least here in the Netherlands/Europe) it was time for me to also try out these boards.

I will review the 5 board that Decathlon has launched all over the world. As it is originally a French company the collection in Europe is bigger than for instance in the US. In Europe they have 10 boards in the collection, in the US and the rest of the world these are 5 boards.

Also in Europe these boards are named “Itiwit Paddle Board“, where the rest of the world has the brand used, but it is not specifically used in the name of the boards. Because of (probably) shipping and import costs prices are also a bit higher outside of Europe.

In general I can say the boards feels very light and floats well on the water. There are lots of sizes available which makes sure you can always find a nice board.

However, I think these boards also have a lot of downsides, too many actually. Inflating the board is really hard (after purchasing the extra pump), this took me 5,5 minutes on high speed, way more than for other boards on normal speed.

The boards do not have a kickpad and the EVA-deck sometimes almost has the same color as the nose of the board, which makes the design unattractive and plain. There is no D-ring to attach your SUP leash, only a leather strap, which is not at all convenient.

Last but certainly not least, these boards do not include a paddle or a pump and some of these do not even have a leash included. The ones that do just have a plain leash instead of a coiled leash. Only a backpack is always included, which does not even have padded straps.

So all in all there is enough to say about these Decathlon paddle boards, read my complete guide below to find out the difference between the boards and what they are suitable for.

Pro’s

  • Good quality boards for little money that are stable
  • Different model for kids, all-around and touring
  • Suitable for both quiet and slightly wilder water
  • All boards have a bungee cord on the front for carrying stuff
  • Lightweight product that is easy to carry and inflate

Cons

  • No paddle or pump included
  • The board is missing additional D-rings
  • No kick pad on the boards
  • It feels like they overestimate the maximum carrying weight by a lot
  • Simple leash included, no coiled leash

Decathlon paddle boards available worldwide

  1. Itiwit 10’0 All-Around Paddle Board for Beginnners
  2. Itiwit 11’0 All-Around Paddle Board for Beginnners
  3. Itiwit Beginner Paddle Board 8’9″
  4. Itiwit Touring 500 Paddle Board 12’6″ – 29″
  5. Itiwit Touring 500 Paddle Board 12’6″ – 32″

Note: On their website all 5 boards have “touring” in the name, which is completely ridiculous. I would surely not recommend 8’9″ board for touring , which gives me the first impression that they do not know a lot of what they are talking about.

Most suitable for:

The Decathlon paddle boards are clearly aimed at two groups: beginners and touring. As the 8’9″ is a very small board that is mostly suitable for children, I would also add this as a target group. As the target groups for these boards are different I will review them one by one below.

Decathlon Paddle Board Itiwit

Decathlon Itiwit 10’0 All-Around Paddle Board for Beginnners

The Decathlon Itiwit 10’0 All-Around Paddle Board for Beginnners 10’0″ long and 32″ wide  and suitable for people under 175 lbs. (Decathlon lists the maximum carrying capacity as 500 lbs, but I assume that is the load needed to sink it to the bottom of the lake..)

A small but stiff board, which is made for recreation and learning to Stand Up Paddle and due to its low length and high width it is not for use at higher speeds or racing.

The board has a thickness of 5″ which makes it a bit flimsy/wobbly and it weighs a total of 19.8 lbs, so it is easy to carry along on your trips. It can be inflated up to 15 PSI and has a bungee cord in the front.

In my opinion the board is not very stable, mostly because it is only 5″ thick and my feet got a bit wet (I weigh about 80 kg/176 lbs). So the maximum carrying capacity that is listed of 500 lbs makes no sense at all.

Looking for a good but cheap Stand Up Paddle Board? Check out my Best Cheap Paddle Boards Guide.

LengthWidthThicknessMax weight loadWeight board
10’0″32″5″175 LBS / 79 kg19.8 LBS / 9 kg

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 1

Primary use
All Round / Relaxing

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 2

Speed on the water
The speed on the water is rather low because the board is thin and wide and also bends a bit. Not suitable for higher speeds.

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 3

Transport
It is very easy to transport this SUP because it is inflatable and light. The board weighs 9 kg / 19.8 lbs.

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Stability
For beginners the 5.3″ thickness is not great and this board is rather wobbly. Do not use this board at all if you weigh over 176 lbs / 80 kg.

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The backpack is very light to carry around (am I not a great model ;-)?)

Decathlon Itiwit 11’0 All-Around Paddle Board for Beginnners

The Decathlon Paddle Board Itiwit 11’0 All-Around for Beginnners is 11’0″ long and 34.1″ wide  and suitable for people over 175 lbs. (Decathlon again lists the maximum carrying capacity as 705 lbs, I would not recommend anyone to test this out though!)

This board is the most sold Decathon paddle board and has a common size except for the size this is basically the same board as the 10′, with the same lack of accessories and also aimed at all-around paddle boarding and relaxing for beginners.

Decathlon-Itiwit-Paddle-Board
As you can see I can carry the Decathlon Paddle Board easily

The board is 5.9″ thick and is a lot more stable than the 10′ because of the thickness and size so this would be more recommended for beginners to start on if they insist to purchase a Decathlon paddle board.

Also be aware that this board is missing a kick pad and there is only one fin included, which is very fragile. The design is a bit strange with the deck that almost has the same color as the front.

If you insist on purchasing one of the Decathlon paddle boards this would be the first choice, so it is understandable that this model is sold the most. But still a price of $449 is a lot for a board this basic without a paddle or high pressure pump.

Looking for a better board in a complete package? Check out the Bluefin Cruise 10’8″

LengthWidthThicknessMax weight loadWeight board
11’0″34″5.9″225 LBS / 100 kg23.1 LBS / 10.5 kg
Decathlon-Itiwit-Paddle-Board-Woman
And my girlfriend can carry the board easily with one hand too
Decathlon Paddle Board Review 1

Primary use
All Round / Relaxing

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 2

Speed on the water
The speed on the water is rather low because of the width, not suitable for high speeds or racing.

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 3

Transport
It is very easy to transport this SUP because it is inflatable and light. The board weighs 10.5 kg / 23.1 lbs.

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Stability
This board is as stable as a regular Stand Up Paddle Board of this size and thickness and is just fine for beginners.

decathlon paddle board children

Decathlon Paddle Board Itiwit Beginner 8’9″

The Decathlon Paddle Board Itiwit Beginner 8’9″ is 8’9″ long and 30″ wide  and suitable for people under 130 lbs. This is why this board is mostly for children (although the lady above seems to manage), as most adults weigh slightly over 130 lbs 😉

This board does inclusive a coiled leash as the only one of the Decathlon paddle boards, so that is a nice addition. The board is currently very cheap with a price of only $200 (normally $299), but keep in mind that a Decathlon paddle and Double Action Pump will cost you at least $40 each.

The board is also 5.9″ thick, which makes me wonder why only the 10′ board is so thin if even the children’s board is thicker than that. As 130 lbs is quite a low limit it is probably better to purchase a Stand Up Paddle board for children that can take on a bit higher weights also, so it can be used even when the child got bigger.

Check out the Beste Paddle Boards for Children Guide

LengthWidthThicknessMax weight loadWeight board
8’9″30″5.9″130 LBS / 60 kg18 LBS / 8.2 kg

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 1

Primary use
All Round / Relaxing

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 2

Speed on the water
The speed on the water is rather low because of the small size, not suitable for high speeds or racing.

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 3

Transport
It is very easy to transport this SUP because it is inflatable and light. The board weighs 8.2 kg / 18 lbs.

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 4

Stability
This is a stable board for children up to 60 kg, but the bigger they get the less stable this board will be.


Decathlon paddle board touring

Decathlon Paddle Board Touring 500 12’6″ – 29″

Decathlon Paddle Board Touring 500 12’6″ – 29″ is 12’6″ long and 29″ wide  and suitable for people who want to achieve some higher speeds on their inflatable paddle board. The maximum weight limit of the board is 285 lbs / 130 kg, which is reasonable for this size.

This board does not include a leash, like the previous boards did, which is a miss as this is surely needed when racing/touring (one more upsell for them woohoo). The board is currently also on sale for a price of $500 (normally $699), which shows me mostly that usually it is way too expensive for a board with no accessories. I could purchase a Bluefin or Blackfin board for this price in a complete package and higher quality!

The board has a nice look and shape for racing and can help you reach higher speeds, where the 32″ wide version is more suitable for touring. If you want a Decathlon paddle board that is suitable for racing, this is your choice!

LengthWidthThicknessMax weight loadWeight board
12’6″29″5.9″285 LBS / 130 kg26 LBS / 11.8 kg

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 1

Primary use
Racing

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 2

Speed on the water
The speed on the water is high because of the shape. A long and not so wide board to glide quickly through the water.

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 3

Transport
It is very easy to transport this SUP because it is inflatable and light. The board weighs 11.8 kg / 26 lbs.

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 4

Stability
The board is not the most stable as it is only 29″, but when you reach higher speeds the board gets more stable.


Decathlon Paddle Board Touring 500 12’6″ – 32″

Decathlon Paddle Board Touring 500 12’6″-32″ is 12’6″ long and 32″ wide  and suitable for people who want to take longer tours on their Stand Up Paddle Board. The maximum weight limit of the board is 310 lbs / 140 kg, which is sometimes even enough for two people.

This board does not include a leash either, so that is something you will have to purchase next to the board, the paddle and the double action pump. The price is the same as for the 29″ wide, so $500 at this moment but normally it has a price of $699. So for that price I would still recommend you to look at the more known Stand Up Paddle Board brands.

The board has a nice look and shape for racing and can help you reach higher speeds, where the 32″ wide version is more suitable for touring. If you want a Decathlon paddle board that is suitable for touring, this is by far the best option!

Looking for a complete package for almost the same price? Check out my Best Stand Up Paddle Board Guide

LengthWidthThicknessMax weight loadWeight board
12’6″32″5.9″310 LBS / 140 kg29 LBS / 13.2 kg

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 1

Primary use
Touring

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 2

Speed on the water
The speed on the water is decent because of the shape and the longer board, but not as fast as the 29″ wide version.

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 3

Transport
It is very easy to transport this SUP because it is inflatable and light. The board weighs 13.2 kg / 29 lbs.

Decathlon Paddle Board Review 4

Stability
The board is more stable than the 29″ because of the extra width which makes it suitable for longer tours.

In the package

Leash

The Decathlon SUP Leash is unfortunately just a plain non-coiled leash that is always fully extracted. I would recommend purchasing a coiled leash, which they do offer in their assortment but just do not include with the boards. This makes sure the leash only extends when needed and that it wont get in your way or even get stuck on something.

With the 8’9″ there is a coiled leash included though, but with the two touring models no leash is supplied at all.

Decathlon SUP Leash

Backpack

The Decathlon paddle board bag is a very colorful and simple bag with 1 extra pocket with zipper inside the bag. The bag is colored like your board, which is a nice details. The straps are not very comfortable though and there are no extra pockets on the outside for your stuff, but it does what it is made for.

Optional accessories (not included)

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Decathlon SUP Paddle
Because it is hard to paddle with only your hands!

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Decathlon Double Action Pump
Since an inflated paddle board floats better than and empty one.


A video of me inflating the Decathlon 11′ Paddle Board

Frequently Asked Questions about the Decathlon Paddle Board

What is the best Decathlon Paddle Board for All-Around use?

The best Decathlon Paddle Board for All-Around use is the Decathlon Itiwit 11’0 All-Around Paddle Board for Beginnners

How many different Decathlon Paddle Boards are there?

Currently Decathlon has 10 boards in the collection in Europe, in the US and the rest of the world these are 5 boards.

Is there a Decathlon Paddle Board for children?

Yes, this is the Decathlon Paddle Board Itiwit Beginner 8’9″

What is the best Decathlon Paddle Board for touring?

The Decathlon Touring 500 12’6″ – 32″ Paddle Board

What is included when purchasing the Decathlon Itiwit 11’0 Paddle Board?

A backpack and a (plain, non-coiled) SUP leash

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

Conclusion – Should I buy a Decathlon Paddle Board?

After having looked at these boards and tested them, I honestly have the feeling that Decathlon is just a company that is too big and seems less focused on specific products. The boards they have created are decent, but feel like they are unfinished.

D-rings are missing, none of the boards has a kick pad and no paddle or even pump is included with any Decathlon paddle board. Besides that the technology that is used for the boards is outdated. Parts are glued together where every Stand Up Paddle Board focused brand uses fusion technology or something similar.

This can cause tearing and for the seams to come apart, which is not something you are looking forward to on the water! (Even the repair kit is sold separately!) It feels very much like the Decathlon paddle boards are still in a testing phase, where a brand like Aqua Marina was at quite some time ago (+- 5 years).

As Aqua Marina developed itself in its brand and started using better technology and now includes all accessories, I hope so will Decathlon in the future. In the end you will pay too much money for the complete package, where you could buy a complete package of way better quality for about the same price as you have seen on this site.

For these reasons, I recommend to wait a while before purchasing a Decathlon paddle board and instead to choose a complete package of higher quality with the same costs. In the future the Decathlon paddle boards might improve due to the larger production and research department that this large company has, certainly something to keep an eye on!

What do you think of the Decathlon paddle board or about the brand in general? Do you believe that a company that has its focus on so many different things could excel in a single market?

Personally I have more faith in companies that solely focus on Stand Up Paddling (and maybe other water sports) as they have proven to have high quality and will do their research on improving their boards for sure. Let me know in the comments and share your thoughts and experiences with me!



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 :)