I’m exploring the idea to buy a touring type iSUP that I can use for both SUP and kayak. I’m looking at around 12-14’ length and around 30" width. I’ll go over small lakes, some calmer rivers and think it would have more utility than an IK. I have an IK (SE 370) with 3 main chambers.
The one thing that concerns me is that most iSUP have a single chamber and if I have a leak, I lose all flotation. I won’t be eons from shore and it likely isn’t the biggest deal. But 2 chambers would be fine. It turns out, dual-chamber actually exists.
- Starboard and they cost around $1,300. i estimate they have a 30/70 volume split between inner and outer chamber
- Aztron and they cost around $700 and varying models offer a 30/70 or even 50:50 volume split between inner and outer chamber.
They do advertise more rigidity due to the inner chamber. But I’m more interested in the added safety.
More known manufacturers don’t seem to offer double-chambers. I realize there is a price point, but since they are advertised for touring, I’m surprised it isn’t at least an option.
- does anyone have experience with the above iSUP or manufacturers?
- Are there other iSUP with dual-chambers or some other redundancy for flotation?
- Is a leak a big concern? I realize it is, but if a small hole appears, I imagine air escapes slowly and the iSUP will be like an air-mattress for quite a while.