Inflatable SUP Boards

  • Holiday Return Policy

    The holiday shopping season has arrived!

    Our return policy for the holidays is similar to our already generous return policy. This year, for your convenience we have made it even longer. Anything purchased from our site from November 1st, 2016 to December 31st, 2016 can be returned through January 31st, 2017.

    If you purchase an item that requires assembly (like a bicycle), we encourage you to put it together before the holidays. And let us know if you need anything! We have an extensive online knowledgebase full of handy assembly videos, helpful maintenance tips, and informative articles. Our customer service and tech departments will work hard to be sure you are pleased. Call us at 855-762-3245 or email customercare@roadbikeoutlet.com if you need anything.

    A gift from RoadBikeOutlet! A gift from RoadBikeOutlet!

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    We love the outdoors and staying active. Check out our  fantastic selection of inflatable stand up paddle boards, fitness equipment, cycling trainers and outdoor games. They all make wonderful gifts for the sports enthusiast in your life.

    Do you know the history of Black Friday (at least in regards to the holiday shopping season)? The term has been used for over fifty years!

    Whether you want get an early jump on it or wait until the last minute, remember RoadBikeOutlet.com is here to make it easy to shop from the comfort of your home.

    Vilano EDGE Fixed Gear / Single Speed Bike Vilano EDGE Fixed Gear / Single Speed Bike
  • We Can Help You Hydrate!

    Record hot temperatures all over the country don't have us worried! The good folks at Conquer have brought on board two brand new hydration options to RoadBikeOutlet.com.

    Conquer 3L Hydration Backpack Conquer 3L Hydration Backpack

    Conquer 2L Hydration Backpack w/ BPA Free Bladder Conquer 2L Hydration Pack

    The Conquer 2L Hydration Pack is the perfect size for a bike ride or run. The 2 liter BPA free bladder holds plenty of water, and this pack has adjustable shoulder and chest straps. A handy front pocket will keep your keys and mobile phone secure.

    The Conquer 3L Hydration Backpack is an amazing day pack, suitable for an all day hike in the mountains, a long rail trail ride, or a fun stand up paddle board excursion!

    This pack has zippered front pockets to hold your wallet, keys and phone, and two front compartments will hold maps, guidebooks and a ton of granola bars. Even more gear will fit under the bungee!

    Conquer 3L pack, rear view Conquer 3L pack, rear view

    The 3 liter BPA free bladder is easy to fill and clean, and the no kink tube has a leak-free and simple to use bite valve. The tube can position on either the right or the left padded shoulder strap. There are plenty of loops for hanging gear or storing the pack.

    Learn the signs of dehydration. Drink plenty of fluids before and after exercise.

    Fling that sweat off your brow and conquer the dog days of summer with one of these awesome hydration packs.

  • How to Stand Up Paddleboard - SUP Beginner Tips

     

    Whether you have an inflatable SUP or a hard SUP board, paddling season is here! Here are some great tips for the beginning stand up paddle boarder.

    Vilano Navigator Good form on a Vilano Navigator

    Face the correct way. Fins help the board “track” in the water and keep it in a straight line as you go. Make sure the fin(s) on the underside of the SUP board are behind you as you paddle.

    Consider a leash. A SUP leash will keep the board tethered to your leg and within reach if you happen to <ahem> “dismount” the board for any reason.

    Start on your knees. Take the board into a few feet of flat, calm water and mount the board on your knees.  Paddle on the right side to move to the left, and vice versa. Get used to the way your weight feels on the board while kneeling. Paddle around a little. Ready to get up?

    Stand up. Keep your feet parallel and shoulder width apart, positioned about in the middle of the SUP board (straddle the handle). Stand up straight and with good posture, but not stiff. Grip the top of the paddle’s handle with one hand, the center of the shaft with the other. It is easier to stand if the board has forward momentum. Start paddling!

    Use your whole body. Bend your knees a little, push the paddle into the water, and twist your torso using your stronger core muscles rather than just your arms. Note: If your paddle has an angled or sloped blade, hold it so the blade slopes away from you. Holding it the other way will cause drag and slow your progress!

    Keep your head up. Your body will follow your eyes/head’s lead, so if you are constantly looking down, you may wind up in the drink! Head up, back straight, and body weight slightly over your toes as you paddle are good habits for the SUP board beginner.

    Vilano Journey Paddling is fun on a Vilano Journey!

    Be aware of conditions. Check tides and wind and weather forecasts before you head out to paddle. Weather can change quickly and you do not want to be caught unaware.

    Fall gracefully. Away from your board and fins! Go ahead and practice so you are ready for the first time it happens spontaneously.

    Mind your equipment. Most “accidents” with the board happen on land, or in too-shallow water. Don't run aground or drop onto a hard surface, the fin will suffer. Pump your inflatable SUP board to the recommended PSI for best performance. If you find yourself in the surf lineup, stay away from other wave riders until you are comfortable. Waves can tumble you and the board over, and damage your gear or theirs.

    HAVE FUN! Relax, glide through the water and enjoy nature. Or turn it into a workout and paddle hard. With practice you’ll go from newbie to pro in no time!

  • SUP Camping – Getting Started

    Following is a guest post from Scott Lynch.

    SUP Camping – Getting Started

    Yes! You’re reading those two words together: SUP + Camping. We’ve all heard of canoe camping and kayak camping, so why not stand up paddle board camping? It’s easier than you think, and more fun than you can possibly imagine.

    Vilano Voyager SUP Vilano Voyager on shore

    SUP camping is as easy as strapping camping gear to your SUP, hitting the water, and paddling to a unique destination from anywhere to an overnight camp trip, to a weekend excursion, or multi-week expedition. Imagine waking up on a beach or island that you paddled to with your SUP – the sunset, sunrise, solitude and fresh air are worth the effort. In order to have a safe, fun and comfortable SUP camping trip, here are a few essentials to get you started:

    1. An appropriate SUP: Just about any SUP can be used for camping, however, there are a few things to keep in mind. First is weight capacity. All boards have specified weight capacities for different skill levels. Because of the items required for a camping trip (discussed later in this article), add a minimum of 30 lbs. to your weight when considering a board’s weight limits. The next thing to consider is stability. Since you’re going to be strapping your provisions to your SUP, you need a board that is very stable. Usually greater stability is found in thicker and wider boards. A couple great boards for SUP Camping are the Vilano Voyager 11’ and the Vilano Navigator 10’ boards. Both of these have the necessary weight capacity, stability and there’s plenty of room to strap your gear.

    SUP Paddle SUP Paddle, sunset

    2. Basic camping gear: This is your shelter, sleep and eat systems. For shelter, you can use a tent, hammock, tarp, or bivy. For sleep, you’ll need a sleeping pad, sleeping bag or blanket, and small pillow. And for food, unless you’re planning on eating PB&J for days, you need some way to heat a pot or pan. Whatever you decide on for your gear, remember lighter/smaller is better! There’s no way getting around having to place your gear in a waterproof bag and strapping it to your SUP. This is not going to work with your 12lb. backyard, multi-room, family, car camping tent. Consult a professional outfitter for light weight “backpacking”-style gear choices.

    3. Waterproof bags: If there’s one rule to remember from this article it’s that everything not in a waterproof bag will get completely soaked! Ideally, these bags must be submersible-rated, roll-down, and heavy-duty. All your camping gear, food, clothing and electronics must be protected from water. This often takes as much consideration and care as camping gear selection and packing.

    4. Strapping gear to your SUP: Vilano SUPs have D-rings and bungees for strapping gear on the front and back of the board. This makes things easy. But there’s no need to fret if your SUP doesn’t have these. You can either glue or suction-cup attach D-rings to just about any SUP. If D-rings aren’t your style, and you’re just paddling on flat water, a couple webbing cinch straps around your board and over your gear will get you to your camping destination.

    Vilano Voyager SUP Vilano Voyager Inflatable SUP, great choice for camping
  • Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga, is it for you?

    Want to shake up your yoga routine? If you are bored of your indoor yoga studio with its recorded nature sounds, hardwood floors and closed door it may be time to bust out of those confining walls and try a stand up paddle (SUP) board yoga class. Get outside and get on the water!

    SUP yoga is an awesome way to strengthen your core and improve flexibility while you enjoy being outdoors, floating blissfully on the water. Experience the beauty of the open sky and the feel of waves gently lapping the side of your SUP board.

    Considered more of a workout than “inside” yoga, when you hold a pose on the SUP board, you must actively engage your core in order to maintain balance.

    An inflatable SUP is the way to go for a SUP yoga class. It’s more comfortable than a hard board when you are stretching, lying on your back or holding a posture.

    The Vilano Navigator, Vilano Voyager, Aqua Marina SPK-3 are all fantastic choices for your next SUP yoga class.

    FLOW Yoga Inflatable SUP FLOW Yoga Inflatable SUP

    The Flow Yoga Inflatable SUP board was made by Aqua Marina specifically with yoga buffs in mind. The deck pad runs edge to edge, and the front and tail of the board are squared off, just like your favorite yoga mat. The 9’9” length board is easy to tote to the water (while inflated or deflated) for your next class. The 31” width along with 6” thickness provide superior stability as you move from posture to posture.

    Not convinced yet? Here are some reasons you should try yoga on a SUP board.

    If your area has a body of water, there is likely a SUP yoga class being held there. Grab an inflatable SUP board and go for it!

  • Inflatable SUP Boards--Tips & Tricks for the Beginner

    Whether you are thinking about purchasing an Inflatable SUP Board or recently purchased your first one, we have a few tips for the beginning paddler!

    Enjoying the SPK-1 inflatable SUP board Enjoying the SPK-1 inflatable SUP board

    Consider a leash. A SUP leash will keep the board tethered to your leg and within reach if you so happen to <ahem> “dismount” the board for any reason.

    Be sure to face the right way. Before you begin, check where the fin(s) on the underside of the SUP board are. The fin(s) should be behind you as you paddle. Fins help the board “track” in the water and keep it in a straight line.

    Start on your knees. Take the board into a few feet of flat, calm water and mount the board on your knees. Get used to the way your weight feels on the board while kneeling. Paddling on the right side of the board will move you to the left, and vice versa.  Paddle around a little. Think you’re ready to get up?

    Stand up on the board. Keep your feet parallel and shoulder width apart, positioned about in the middle of the SUP board (straddle the handle). Stand up straight and with good posture, but not stiff. Grip the top of the paddle’s handle with one hand, the center of the shaft with the other, and start paddling!

    Use your body to paddle, not only your arms. Bend your knees a little, push the paddle into the water, and twist your torso using your stronger core muscles rather than just your arms. Note: If you have a paddle that has an angled or sloped blade, be sure to hold it so the blade slopes away from you. Holding it the other way will cause drag and slow your progress!

    Keep your head up. Your body will follow your eyes/head’s lead, so if you are constantly looking down, you may wind up in the drink! Head up, back straight, and body weight slightly over your toes as you paddle are good habits for the SUP board beginner.

    Be aware of conditions. Check tides and wind and weather forecasts before you head out to paddle. Weather can change quickly and you do not want to be caught unaware.

    Fall gracefully. Away from your board and fins! Go ahead and practice so you are ready for the first time it happens spontaneously.

    Mind your equipment. Most “accidents” with the board will happen out of the water, or in too-shallow water. The fin is not meant to run aground or be dropped onto a hard surface from any height. For optimal performance, be sure your inflatable SUP board is pumped to the recommended PSI.  Also, if you find yourself in the surf lineup, steer clear of other wave riders until you are comfortable. A wave can tumble you and the board over, and damage your gear or theirs.

    Have fun! Stand up paddle boarding is fun and relaxing as you glide through the water under your own power. Know that with practice you’ll improve quickly, and soon will be showing others the right way to SUP.

  • The All New Vilano Inflatable SUP Boards Have Arrived!

    Are you ready to try the latest and greatest water sports craze? Vilano Bikes has expanded its inflatable stand up paddle (SUP) board line with three brand new models, and we have them all here at RoadBikeOutlet. Inflatable SUP boards are the perfect choice for simple storage and portability.

    The Vilano Navigator inflatable SUP board The Vilano Navigator inflatable SUP board

    No car rack? No problem! These SUP boards roll up to a compact size and fit into the included backpack style carry bag. They are lightweight and easy to take on your next water adventure.

    The Vilano Journey is 10 feet long, 31 inches wide and 4 inches thick. The Vilano Navigator is also 10 feet long and 31 inches wide, but it is 6 inches thick. And the Vilano Voyager comes in at 11 feet in length, 31 inches wide and 6 inches thick.

    The Vilano Journey inflatable SUP board The Vilano Journey inflatable SUP board

    All three models have a detachable single fin, and come with a paddle, pump and patch kit. The diamond grooved deck pad will help keep you on your feet and the drop stitch construction is durable. There’s a handy bungee for stowing cargo on board, and D ring hooks for attaching a SUP leash, kayak seat and anything else you need as you head out for a fun day of paddling.

    Vilano SUP boards are great for fun and fitness, leisurely outings and all day touring.

    As always, we offer free shipping to the continental US on SUP boards and accessories, and every other item in the store.

    Now is the time to explore a fresh water spring in Florida or Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes, the Jersey shore Atlantic or the Huntington Beach Pacific! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned paddler, RoadBikeOutlet has the Vilano Inflatable SUP board for you.

    Vilano Voyager inflatable SUP board Vilano Voyager inflatable SUP board
  • What's SUP with Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards?

    With stand up paddle boarding riding an epic wave of popularity, sales of inflatable stand up paddle (SUP) boards are blowing up as well!

    RoadBikeOutlet now carries three different SUP boards. The Aqua Marina SPK-1, SPK-2 and SPK-3 are rigid when inflated and have a similar feel to a hard board, but are considerably more portable and easier to store.

    These inflatable SUP boards are made from commercial grade PVC material with drop-stitch construction. All three boards have a D rings for cargo, a leash, or even convert the SPK-1 and -2 boards to a sit down kayak by adding the handy Kayak Seat! The three fin set up (one large fin in the center, two smaller fins on each side is perfect for tracking on flat water, while the anti-slip deck pad will keep you on your feet. Included with each package are the SUP board, 3 piece paddle, starter pump, three fins, a patch/repair kit and a carry bag.

    The origins of modern stand-up paddling (and many other water sports) are most likely Hawaiian. The “beach boys” of Waikiki combined their skills at surfing and outrigger canoe paddling, eventually using the stand-up boards to keep a bird’s eye view of their students taking surf lessons. In more recent times, surfers would resort to standing up on large boards on small surf days while waiting for the next big swell.

    Folks from St. Augustine to Seattle, from the Great Lakes to backyard ponds (and beyond!) are enjoying inflatable SUP boards for flat water paddling fun.

    Stand up paddle boarder using an Aqua Marina SPK-1 on the calm Atlantic Ocean Stand up paddle boarder using an Aqua Marina SPK-1 on the calm Atlantic Ocean

    A SUP board is considered by the Coast Guard a vessel when used “beyond the narrow limits of a swimming, surfing or bathing area.” If this is the case, one must wear a lifejacket and carry a whistle. If a stand up paddle board is used within a designated “swimming, surfing or bathing area,” the Coast Guard does not consider it to be a vessel.

    Think about an inflatable stand up paddle board as a durable, lighter and versatile alternative to traditional hard SUP boards. Whether you live in a landlocked area or have a vacation coming up by the sea, all you need is some water and a sense of adventure to enjoy the latest water sport craze of stand up paddle boarding.

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