A Review Guide of ISLE Pioneer Paddleboard

Overview
All-round
Touring
Pets
8
8
Our score
Stability
7
Design
8
Performance
8
Price/Quality ratio
8
Supplied accessories
9

This board offers the ultimate multitasking SUP experience!

ISLE Paddleboards was founded in 2004 with a great mission! To make paddleboarding a popular activity that would help people’s health and well-being. They are well-known in the paddleboarding industry as one of the largest retailers.

If you’re looking for one of the top SUP boards that’s affordable and versatile, then the ISLE Pioneer Paddleboard is a best seller for a good reason. The Pioneer’s wide body creates an extra stable SUP, perfect for any paddler, including beginners. The sturdy structure, easy portability, additional storage space, and large traction pad offer paddlers of higher skill the ideal board to widen the scope of activities.

ISLE Pioneer
ISLE Pioneer

This paddle board is an excellent choice for beginners because of its large 35 inches wide deck pad, which gives it excellent stability on the water, necessary for anyone who thinks they may need a little help with their balance.

The accessories included in the new ISLE Pioneer package are also of high quality and extremely useful as the brand has learned the needs of paddlers and upgraded from their previous 2019 model.

The ISLE Pioneer is a perfect all-around board that comes at an affordable price for any paddler, especially if you’re just getting started and this is your first paddleboard.

The top deck of the ISLE Pioneer features front and rear bungee storage areas giving you plenty of onboard storage capacity for your gear. There’s also a convenient grab handle at the board’s nose, which helps pull the Pioneer in and out of the water. Lastly, the comfortable brushed EVA foam traction pad is comfortable on the hands and feet, a handy feature for yoga, which is excellent news for SUP fitness enthusiasts.

Most suitable for

Recreational activities, all-around and yoga paddlers.

ISLE Pioneer
ISLE Pioneer foot pad

In addition to the new colors, the 2.0 models feature webbing loops in front of the carry handle for attaching a kayak seat or other accessories. Also, our Air-Tech Fusion construction is further optimized to improve durability and rigidity without increasing weight. However, the shapes and designs are the same as the previous versions. 

Pro’s

  • Affordable and fair price for the full package
  • A paddle holder at the side
  • Great center fin (US fin box + removable)
  • Great for flat water and lakes
  • Lightweight
  • Paddles and tracks very well
  • Quality Paddle
  • Very stable
  • Very sturdy and tracks very sufficiently in the water

Cons

  • It only comes with a single-chamber pump
  • It tends to have some complications with waves and can stall – not very fast
  • No wheels on the bag
  • The paddle can fill up with water and potentially lose buoyancy
  • The screw for removing the fin is pretty small and can easily be lost
ISLE Pioneer
ISLE Pioneer

What Makes The ISLE Pioneer Paddleboard Stand out?

The ISLE Pioneer 10’6″ SUP board measures 10’6″ x 34″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness), weighs 24 pounds, and has a volume of 326 liters, wherein the recommended max paddler weight capacity for optimal performance is 285 pounds, though it can handle more.

The package includes premium quality accessories and everything you need to get on the water. Other notable features include a Velcro paddle holder, two bungee storage areas, and easy-carry handles on the board’s tail, nose, and center.

This paddleboard is an excellent choice for beginners because of its large 34 inches wide deck pad, giving it excellent water stability.

It has two primary functions on a single board! It has extra bungees for extra storage and any other accessories you want to attach. Because of its pointed nose, this paddleboard easily cuts through calm waters. It is very stable and easy to glide.

Let’s learn more about this paddleboard in the sections below!

Specifications

length
Length
10'
width
Width
34"
thickness
Thickness
6"
weight
Weight
24 lbs/10kg
rider weight
Max Rider Weight
285 lbs / 129kg
air pressure
Max Air Pressure
17PSI
colour options
Board type
All-around - Inflatable
skill
Skill
Beginner/Advanced

Some additional key features include a huge brushed traction pad in the center of the board, which allows you to do more activities, including yoga, bungee cords on the front and rear for securing your belongings, carry handles in the center, nose, and tail, and two velcro straps to hold your paddle while not in motion.

The board also has enough volume to support a dog, child, or an additional rider. No matter your experience level, or intended use (lake, river, ocean), you can’t go wrong with this stand-up paddle board.


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Primary use
An all-around board that includes all the necessary accessories and equipment, this is an excellent quality board package.

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Speed on the water
The board also features a convenient center carry handle, making it easy to transport from your car to the water. 

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Transport
The board also features a convenient center carry handle, making it easy to transport from your car to the water.

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Stability
One of the best ways to tell a board’s stability is its width — the more wide the SUP, the more stable it is.

Professionals’ Experience

ISLE Pioneer
ISLE Pioneer

The Pioneer inflatable SUP is a well-constructed board made from military-grade PVC and put together with drop-stitch technology. This SUP makes it virtually indestructible, so you don’t need to worry about scratching or scraping it.

At 10’6 in length and with a 34″ wide deck, it has a large surface area, making it a stable, steady board that is easy to balance and ideal for beginners. Some additional key features include a huge brushed traction pad in the center of the board, which allows you to do more activities, including yoga, bungee cords on the front and rear for securing your belongings, carry handles in the center, nose, and tail, and two velcro straps to hold your paddle while not in motion.

ISLE Pioneer
ISLE Pioneer bungee cords

The Pioneer is an all-around inflatable paddle board that can be used for various paddling activities and conditions.

I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to paddle around the lake, calm river, or ocean, and even try your paddle at surfing some small waves.

ISLE Pioneer
ISLE Pioneer

It’s great for everyone, including beginners. The only person we would not recommend the Pioneer would be a larger person, above the weight capacity, with no experience on a stand-up paddleboard. This board has more float than your standard hardboard, but there are a few other boards that ISLE offers with higher weight capacities you should check out if you fit in that category, such as the Explorer or Megalodon.

ISLE Pioneer
ISLE Pioneer
ISLE Explorer Paddleboard: Your Best Hybrid SUP!A Review Guide of ISLE Pioneer PaddleboardBluefin Cruise 10’8″ Review
ProductISLE Explorer Paddleboard: Your Best Hybrid SUP!A Review Guide of ISLE Pioneer PaddleboardBluefin Cruise 10’8″ Review
BuildInflatableInflatableInflatable
SkillBeginner/advancedBeginner/AdvancedBeginner
Price $695.00 $495.00 €499.00
Score8.4810
All-round
Touring
Surfing
Yoga

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Setup

  • 2 carry handles
  • An additional D-ring is on the board’s tail for safety leash attachment.
  • Collapsible design makes it easy and convenient to store when not in use.
  • Features a lightweight material that makes it easy to carry.
  • Large bungee system on the front and back of the paddle for attaching more gear.
  • The paddle holder comprises velcro straps on the board’s rail for equipping your paddle.
  • Traction pad that covers half the board’s back; it’s thick and soft with a real grip that will keep you balanced on the board. It also looks terrific if you ask me.
  • The navigation system consists of 3 fins; one is large, removable, and central, while the other two are smaller and fixed. Those fins are something; the board delivers excellent tracking in flat water.
  • The rounded handles are perfect for transporting the board once inflated and can be found at the board’s nose, tail, and center.
  • You can easily carry the inflated board using the main handle, while the other will allow someone to help you carry it.
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Fins
Since this board has a 3-fin setup and it’s on the shorter side, it maneuvers quite well. Even if you decide to take off the large center fin for shallow waters, you’ll find that you can make quick turns without too much effort. Of course, the total weight on the board can also play a part in this.

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Material
The Pioneer also has a high-pressure inflation valve rated up to 17 PSI. This is slightly lower than other fusion boards with pressure ratings up to 20 PSI, but that doesn’t matter much for most activities. 

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Inflate / deflate
If you are using an electric pump, it will take about 5-7 minutes. If you are using a manual pump, it will take around 12-15 to inflate it fully. 

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Warranty
ISLE Pioneer Paddleboard comes with a two-year warranty. Additionally, if you open the package and find damage, you have three days to contact them. ISLE gives you a 60-day return policy (from the date of purchase) wherein you can try their products, and if you aren’t satisfied – for any reason – you may return it for a full refund. 

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Design
With its versatile design, the ISLE Pioneer Paddle Board is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a day on the water. The large deck area and extra-wide stance make it stable and comfortable for beginners, while the nose and tail kick make it perfect for more advanced riders who want to surf or do SUP yoga.


In the Package

SUP Bag

The ISLE travel bag is perfect if you want to take this inflatable paddle board with you on holiday. It is made of high-quality materials and is very comfortable to carry. It is very spacious, has pockets, and fits all the accessories provided in the package.

Fins

The ISLE Pioneer paddleboard comes with a removable nylon touring center fin. This is also why the board provides excellent stability because it improves tracking on flat water. The two fixed side fins are also small, making it easy to roll up your paddleboard.

Leash

Included is an ISLE 8′ Coil Leash. The strap is very comfortable and provides a velcro holder for a small valuable item such as your key.

ISLE Pioneer
ISLE Pioneer

Paddle

The included ISLE Hybrid 3 Piece Adjustable SUP is the perfect travel paddle and is of excellent quality for an affordable price. It provides the paddler with efficient strokes that do not lose energy due to twists and turns. That said, it doesn’t float indefinitely, and the screws supplied for the anti-twist locks can become loose and need to be tightened every several uses.

Manual Pump

The provided pump is an upgrade from the single-action 2019 model. The ISLE Manual iSUP Hand Pump is a dual-action pump that allows you to inflate your board in just under 10 mins.

Optional accessories (my must-haves – not included)

Here are two of my favorite accessories for this year. One for safety and one because I like to use my time wisely (like take pictures while my board inflates itself) 😋

outdoormaster-sup-pump

Outdoormaster Shark 2
My favorite Electric SUP pump among all. Buy it here and save 35% with code TOM35 today.

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Restube classic
Because extra safety measures never hurt anyone! Buy it here and save 10% with code SUPWORLD10 today.


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

Other Reviews of The ISLE Pioneer Paddleboard Online

“I bought this as my very first SUP in April 2016 when I moved to an area where I would have easy access to a river for paddleboarding. I have used this many times in the 4 years since that purchase and have loved every minute of it. This is an EXCELLENT board. Because I can inflate/deflate it, I have taken it many places I never could have with a rigid board. I do leave it inflated in my garage most of the time and it surprisingly doesn’t seem to lose air at all. I love that the thickness allows me to sit above the water for those early spring/fall trips where the water is a bit too cold to want my feet standing in it the entire time. It is extremely stable. In 4 years I managed only once to fall off (my fault for being distracted, no fault of the board). It is a chore to inflate this with the included hand-pump, but that will be true for any inflatable that needs to be brought to a high pressure to be rigid, so that’s not a fault at all, just something to be aware of. I do try to take care of it, but it has certainly had a few run-ins with rocks and whatnot over the years yet doesn’t show a bit of wear. Honestly, it’s probably one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. I highly recommend this board and this company.”

amazon.com

“Best thing I ever did was buy this board. Super sturdy and easy balance on, easy to inflate, deflate, and transport anywhere. Absolutely love it!”

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Frequently Asked Questions For the ISLE Pioneer SUP

Where is the best place to buy an ISLE Pioneer SUP board?

You can purchase any of ISLE’s inflatable SUPs from their official online store. You can find offers and discounts through our links on this page.

How much should I inflate my ISLE Pioneer board?

You should inflate your ISLE Pioneer from 13 to 17 PSI

Can I use an electric pump to inflate my ISLE Pioneer board?

Yes, you can use an electric pump to inflate your ISLE board. However, we recommend using a pump designed explicitly for paddle boards.

How do I clean my ISLE Pioneer board?

We recommend you clean your board with mild soap and a soft cloth. You can also purchase special paddle board cleaners from most sporting goods stores.

What is the best way to store an ISLE Pioneer board?

We recommend that you store your board in a cool, dry place. You can also purchase a storage rack to keep your board off the ground and out of the way. Slightly deflate your board when not in use.

Do I need to wax my ISLE Pioneer board?

No, you do not need to wax your ISLE Pioneer board. However, we recommend you regularly inspect your board for any wear or damage. If you notice any damage, we recommend contacting a professional for repairs.

What size pump nozzle fits an ISLE Pioneer SUP? 

All ISLE inflatable SUPs use the popular Halkey-Roberts H3 valve and are compatible with most pumps on the market.

How many handles does the ISLE Pioneer paddleboard have?

This paddleboard has three grab handles that are easy to hold and grip. One can be found on the SUP board’s nose, tail, and middle.

Can I use my ISLE Pioneer board in salt water?

Yes, you can use your ISLE Pioneer board in salt water. I recommend that you rinse your board off with fresh water after each use.

ISLE Pioneer
ISLE Pioneer

Conclusion – Should I buy this board?

The ISLE Pioneer is a decent iSUP for someone looking to get into a mid-range SUP without breaking the bank. Across the board, ISLE offers excellent accessories that make you’re paddling a lot easier, except for the air pump. But in their defense, the optional electric air pumps they offer are one of the best on the market — good news if you don’t mind paying a little extra.

Although not the most portable paddle board on the market, the ISLE Pioneer does fold efficiently into the travel bag provided along with all of the included accessories. This allows you to transport the board easily to and from the water, and due to the board’s relatively lightweight, it isn’t too tricky. This board is pretty standard for an inflatable paddle board in its category. 

I hope I’ve given you all of the information you require! If you already own an ISLE Pioneer paddleboard, please share your experience and how it went for you. We’d love to hear your story! Follow our Facebook and Instagram accounts to stay up to date. Have fun SUPing!


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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 :)

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ISLE Explorer Paddleboard: Your Best Hybrid SUP! A Review Guide of ISLE Pioneer Paddleboard Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ Review
Product ISLE Explorer Paddleboard: Your Best Hybrid SUP! A Review Guide of ISLE Pioneer Paddleboard Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ Review
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Skill Beginner/advanced Beginner/Advanced Beginner
Price $695.00 $495.00 €499.00
Score 8.4 8 10
All-round
Touring
Surfing
Yoga

Specifications

length
Length
10'
width
Width
34"
thickness
Thickness
6"
weight
Weight
24 lbs/10kg
rider weight
Max Rider Weight
285 lbs / 129kg
air pressure
Max Air Pressure
17PSI
colour options
Board type
All-around - Inflatable
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 :)