9 Best SUP Backpacks in 2020
Stand Up Paddling is a sport whose popularity has increased dramatically in recent years. An important reason for this are the inflatable SUP Boards, which are constantly being further developed. Instead of carrying a more than 3 meter long board around in a SUP board bag, the air can simply be let out of one of the so-called inflatables after use.
The inflatable cover is then simply rolled up and stored in a SUP backpack. The loaded rucksack then weighs about 10 to 13 kilograms and can be carried without any problems, at least on shorter distances of less than one kilometre.
SUP backpacks are a practical way to store and transport SUP boards. Many inflatable boards come with a carrying bag or a backpack. However, they are only rarely really high-quality models.
The choice of available SUP backpacks is considerably large at common online marketplaces. Above all, many SUP backpacks are also available with wheels. The wheels are a luxury that you don’t want to do without once you get used to them.
If you want to buy a SUP backpack and are still unsure about the brand and model, you should take a look at our best list. Here we have listed some really good backpacks. This is a really good start for your research.
The high number of available SUP backpacks makes it difficult, especially for beginners, to get an overview. In the following we will therefore go into more detail about the boards presented from our best list.
The best SUP backpacks
|Retrospec Rambler Rucksack iSup|
|Driftsun ISUP Travel Carry Bag -|
|Newport Vessels Stand up|
|ULI Inflatable Board Bag with|
|Piscifun Waterproof Dry Bag|
|Skog Å Kust BackSåk Waterproof|
|SUP-Now Inflatable Paddleboard|
|Floating Waterproof Dry Bag|
|Oak Creek Canyon Falls 30L Dry Bag|
Guide: Buying a SUP backpack
Anyone who spends a lot of money on a SUP Board does not want to be fobbed off with inferior SUP backpacks. A good backpack is both light and robustly built. After all, the bag should be durable and be able to withstand the weight of the board and the weather.
Choosing the right size also plays a small role. After all, the SUP backpack should offer enough volume for the rolled-up board, paddle, change of clothes, provisions and other SUP equipment.
The dimensions of your SUP board also determine the right size for your SUP backpack. Usually you know the width and length of your board. If this is not the case, you can find this information on the manufacturer’s website or in various online shops.
The width plays the most important role. Since the SUP is rolled up and the bulge is stored in the backpack, the width of the board determines how high the backpack has to be. It is best to choose a backpack that is at least 5 to 10 cm higher than the SUP board width. For most Inflatables this should not be a problem. Only with the extra wide Yoga SUP Boards this makes the search a bit difficult.
In general it is better if there is additional space available. The extra space is practical for storing an air pump, paddle, leash, change of clothes, food & drinking and other accessories. So if in doubt, it is better to have a backpack that is too big rather than too small.
The SUP board stored in the backpack should be protected from shocks. Usually SUP backpacks are therefore (lightly) padded. However, if you bump into an obstacle with your backpack on the way from the water to the parking lot, the board will usually not be damaged.
The modern inflatable SUP boards are very robust and can withstand collisions, especially when empty of air. The inflatables are more sensitive to sharp objects, but the rucksack protects them from these.
There are also SUP backpacks with a thicker inner padding. However, more padding also means more weight and higher costs. Here it is important to find a good balance between the thickness of the padding, price and weight.
For transporting the board in the backpack, good padding of the shoulder straps is especially important. If the weight exceeds 10 kilograms, the straps will otherwise cut in quickly. The rucksacks on our best list all have this kind of padding. However, with many cheap SUP backpacks that already come with an inflatable board, the situation is different.
Many SUP backpacks offer additional pockets in which the remaining accessories and other equipment can be stowed. These bags are especially handy if your SUP has one or more removable fins.
FAQ: Frequently asked questions about SUP backpacks answered
Can you take a backpack with you on a SUP tour?
During a SUP trip you should take some small things with you. The wallet, the smartphone ( in a waterproof mobile phone cover), house and car keys are included anyway, but also some provisions, possibly a change of clothes and e.g. sunscreen should not be missing.
The common practice is that paddlers buy a Drybag and strap it under the luggage net. Depending on its size, a drybag offers enough space for all kinds of things. Another possibility is to get a waterproof backpack.
These are not the same backpacks as the models on our best list, which have room for a SUP. The much smaller waterproof backpacks have a volume of 15 litres or less and therefore offer enough space for the listed items.
This type of backpack can either be carried on the back or, like the drybags, clamped under the luggage net or attached to a D-ring. An advantage is that the small waterproof backpacks have several compartments, so that the contents can be sorted better than is possible with a drybag.
How big must a SUP backpack be?
The SUP backpack must be adapted to the board. When choosing a suitable model, the width of the SUP must be taken into account. Finally, the Inflatable is rolled up and stored in the backpack for a long time. The backpack must therefore be higher than the board is wide. As a rule, the backpack should measure at least 5 to 10 cm more in height than the inflatable SUP board in width.
Is it okay if the backpack lies on the beach all day long?
No. We advise against it. If the backpack is in the sun all day, a lot of heat will build up, which is harmful for the inflatable board. Acute damage does not occur, but the heat can shorten the life of the SUP backpack considerably.
The same applies to storage. A storage location without direct sunlight is required. Furthermore, the air in a good place for storing an Inflatable must be neither too hot nor too cool, nor too humid. Storage in living areas is therefore ideal and can be made space-saving with the help of SUP wall brackets.
A SUP backpack is the best way to transport a SUP board, but also provides a safe environment to store the board. The presented backpacks are made of high quality materials that effectively protect the board, but are also comfortable to carry.
If you spend hundreds to several thousand Euros for a top SUP board, you better choose one of these models. When buying a SUP board, more and more often a SUP backpack is included, but usually these are inferior backpacks, which either do not last long due to poor quality or do not have any padding of the shoulder straps and therefore cut heavily when worn.