Tower Adventurer 9’10” Inflatable SUP Review


If you want a good affordable inflatable stand up paddleboard that comes with its own paddle, pump, accessories, and carrying bag, then look no further than the Tower Adventurer iSUP. The quality of this paddleboard is superb compared to other paddleboards on the market.

These paddleboards use a high-quality PVC stitching that makes the paddleboard very strong and durable. When you stand on the board, you are very stable in the water. Check out more reasons why you should own a tower adventurer inflatable paddleboard.

A lot of paddlers consider the Tower Adventurer to be one of the best iSUPs for the money based on the price and quality of this board. When you consider that you get the 3-piece adjustable paddle and the pump – plus the carrying pack- it does seem like the best value you can get for all the accessories and a quality ISUP.

This is an excellent iSUP for people who want to take their dog out paddleboarding, or even taking another person out on the SUP, or even doing a little bit of yoga on the standup paddleboard. It is overall a tremendous probable ISUP, and it is one of the best cheap inflatable stand up paddle boards that you can buy. It is a good inflatable stand up paddleboard for beginners.

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I love this almost 10-foot long inflatable stand up paddleboard as it is a high-quality SUP that boasts a thickness of 6-inches and is easy to keep afloat out in the water. It actually has a lot to offer a paddler.

Tower Adventurer iSUP Features

If you are considering buying the Tower Adventurer, then here is a quick glance at some of the top features that it can offer you.

  • EXTREMELY RIGID – Weight limit of up to 300 lbs on the water. When fully inflated, it feels very similar to a hard board (can be inflated up to 15 PSI -but is stiff and ready to ride at 10 PSI) This board will feel very stable on the water. When standing on the board, it will feel as if you are on a real hardboard instead of an inflatable one. 
  • HIGHLY DURABLE – This inflatable board is made of a high-quality military-grade PVC material and drop-stitch construction. Never worry again about dings and rips in your board.
  • PORTABLE – Easy to store and transport. It is 9’10” x 32″ x 6″ inflated and only 1 foot in diameter and 33″ wide when it is rolled up. The Tower Adventurer inflatable stand up paddleboard comes with a carrying strap that makes it super easy to carry from your car to the lake, river, or ocean.
  • PACKAGE DEAL – Includes board, pump, and 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle, detachable fin, and carrying straps that make it easy to carry from place to place.
  • 2-YEAR WARRANTY – 2-year manufacturers warranty which covers everything outside of normal wear & tear.

Bottom line: The Tower Adventurer is great for beginner paddlers or avid paddlers needing a convenient solution if you cannot have a hardboard. Not only is the Tower Adventurer inflatable stand up paddleboard one of, if not THE, best looking inflatable SUP on the market, at 6″ thick, but it also represents a giant leap forward in inflatable SUP rigidity.

This makes all the difference in the world when it comes to paddleboarding. Finally, with the introduction of the Tower Adventurer, an inflatable SUP is not only a viable option, but it may also be a better option than EPS/Epoxy boards for anyone that doesn’t live right by the surf.

What You Need To Know Before Buying

In regards to the included pump – The pressure gauge on the pump may not register right away. Unless you are using a pump other than the one that they have provided in the package, you do not have to worry about over-inflating the board at all.

In regards to the included 3-piece paddle – This SUP paddle does NOT float. So, if you drop it in the water, it will definitely sink to the bottom! For best results and longevity of the paddle, be sure to rinse off after using in saltwater to prevent corrosion.

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More About The Tower Adventurer

Before you make your final decision on whether or not to buy this iSUP, let me take a moment to answer some of the most common questions that you might have about the tower adventurer. Keep reading to learn more.

How heavy is this when inflated? Would an ocean wind/breeze blow this board away?

It’s right around 25-30 pounds. It might feel a little heavier though just because the weight is spread across almost 10 feet as opposed to being all in the center. The only people who would have a problem carrying this board would be children. Any adult can easily carry this board.

A decent breeze would most likely blow it away unless anchored to something. I have a few other boards and experience this with them as well too. I personally just pull mine up on the beach and then don’t have to worry about that happening.

How easy is the board to deflate and put into a bag to carry? When the board is deflated, will it fit into a small enough back to carry on a plane?

The ISUP is very easy to deflate, 2 minutes and it will pretty much do it by itself. The sup will roll up lengthwise, but it’s still about 32 inches wide. There is nothing you can do about that. Although the fabric is reasonably flexible, it’s not like a sleeping bag. It’s somewhat stiff, and there are the two permanent fins and the mount for the detachable fin at the rear that impede a really tight roll.

It will easily go in the trunk of a car. It might go in some overhead bins in a plane, but I personally haven’t tried it myself. It fits inside a large bag and weighs about thirty pounds. You can take your paddleboard on a plane, but you will probably have to pay an excess weight charge.

Can you add a seat to the Tower Adventurer iSUP?

Yes, you definitely can! A lot of paddlers separately buy seat attachments for their boards. You can buy d-rings if the seat doesn’t come with any, and install the d-rings on the sides of the board to easily attach and detach the seat. A lot of people use inflatable boards for fishing–because of their weight capacities–or for paddling like a kayak/canoe–because of the board’s stability.

Is this rated to be inflated to 11psi or 15psi? I don’t mean the pump, but the board itself. And normally, how many minutes to fully inflate to the max?

I’ve used it at 11 psi and works well. The board pumps up fast and only takes 60-90 seconds. I have used the board in ocean surf as well; it won’t carve like a rigid but still super fun, durable, and great all-around board. The pump gauge takes a while to register the pressure. It does get harder to pump towards the end. I’ve used it several times at our lake home without having to reinflate each time…it holds its air very well.

How stable does it feel? Does it cave-in at the center when on it? Does it feel like a solid SUP?

We inflated the board to 12 PSI, and it did not cave in at the center at all. The SUPs felt just as solid and stable when inflated as the hard boards are friends were using, but a whole lot easier to carry. We had a lot of fun on them.

The rubber grip/cushion on top of the board made it easy to grip with our feet while standing.  This is the closest you can get to a fiberglass or epoxy board while still bring inflatable. It is thick, so maneuverability is reduced. All around an excellent SUP.

How do I use the pump gauge? After I hook up the pump, the gauge points down, and the needle doesn’t move at all?

Start with the gauge pointed downward toward the ground and then twist it on so that it points upward; the needle will not move much until the board is almost completely inflated and then it starts to register as the pumping becomes more and more difficult.

Make sure the valve stem on the board is in the correct position. Just inflated it yesterday, 200 pumps before the gauge started moving, then 40 more to get to 10-12 psi.

How wide is the Tower Adventurer inflatable stand up paddleboard?

It’s about 32″ wide at its widest point. I took it to Hawaii and Florida last year on vacation. It was easy to travel with, And blown up, it’s as hard as my solid board. Here are the full specs on it:

Weight: 25 lbs – 30 lbs.
Dimensions: 9’10” length by 32″ width by 6″ thickness
Volume: Unknown exactly, but probably 300 Liters plus
Weight Capacity: Up to 400 lbs
Nose Rocker: 4 inches
Tail Rocker: No tail rocker
Fin Configuration: 2+1 plastic fins, with a large detachable center fin
Onboard Accessories: Carrying handle, front towing D-ring, rear surf leash D-ring
Included External Accessories: A detachable SUP center fin, a “Tower” branded deck pad
Construction: High-pressure inflatable to 12 PSI

Does anyone ever take pets on this board? Will it puncture? (~35 lb dog)

It’s made out of military-grade PVC, so it’s super tough and extremely durable. No dog claws (or teeth) should be an issue. I had my parents English lab on the board, and he didn’t puncture it. He weighs 75 lbs.

Is there a d ring on the back for a leash?

Yes, there is, but it does not come with a leash so you would have to purchase that separately.

What are the dimensions of the paddleboard rolled up?

About 3′ wide and a foot tall sausage.

Is there an option to buy a shorter center fin when riding in more shallow areas?

Yes, I bought their “river” replacement fin directly from Tower’s website, and it has made a significant difference on the river I paddle which has tons of rocks and can be very shallow. I haven’t noticed any stability issues, and I’m fine in very shallow water and have been able to get over some rocks that are very close to the surface (it has a bit more of a curve to it too).

Could a child sit on the front of this board while an adult paddles?

Yes. The person sitting actually stabilizes the board a bit and makes it easier to stand and paddle.

Are the fins included?

The fins are included. The side fins are permanently attached, and the center fin is removable, and you need to remove it when you are packing up your inflatable paddleboard.

What is the best way to deflate it and which way to roll it up?

I usually deflate it, leave the valve open, and start rolling from the end with the fins. This will push the air out very fast, and this method is entirely safe to do. It will not ruin the material in any way.

Can you attach a bungee to the board (to hold items for storage)?

Yes. There is a ring on the front top of the board. This is called a D-ring, and you can do many things with this. It can be used to add a leash on it to connect to you legs for extra safety of not losing you board, and it can also have bungee cords attached to it to store equipment if you are fishing.

Can you ride waves in the surf on the Tower Adventurer?

Yes, you can, but I had to practice a lot. It is a lot of fun. I would recommend purchasing a leash to attach to your D-ring that way you won’t lose your board out in the ocean.

What is the material used for a paddle? What is the actual paddle made of?

The shaft is aluminum. The paddle is plastic/nylon. More flexible than hard plastic. It adjusts to over 6 feet when fully extended.

What is the weight limit for the Tower Adventurer stand up paddleboard, how big of a guy can ride it?

The weight limit for the Tower Adventurer 9’10” is 300 lbs. that is the perfect size for one person, a person, and their dog, or even a person and a young child.

How much does the board weigh? And is this a good board for a beginner.

The board weighs ~25lbs to 30 lbs. It is designed specifically for beginner paddleboarders. It also serves as a great second board for intermediate-advanced riders who already have an advanced board but seek the portability and convenience of an inflatable board.

More Tower Adventurer iSUP Reviews

You do not have to take my word for it that this is a great inflatable stand up paddleboard. I have also reviewed other tower adventure products like the Tower Adventure 2, which is another super great inflatable paddleboard to consider.

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