The Ten Toes’ theWEEKENDER inflatable paddle board is a stylish, compact model that doesn’t immediately stand out as being an iSUP. The visual design of this board is what first catches your eye. In addition to the appealing rounded shape, the board comes in a range of colors, including seafoam, blue, green, and a red/black that surprisingly doesn’t overheat in the sun. If nothing else, you’ll remember theWEEKENDER as being one of the best looking iSUPs you’ve ever seen.
theWEEKENDER is a smaller board, measuring 10′ x 30” x 6”, and weighing 29 pounds. It’s durability is similar to most other mid-range paddle boards you can find, being constructed with the same dropstitch technology and a military-grade PVC that is all the rage now. The board supports up to 275 pounds. Not the most weight capacity, but good enough for most average sized individuals who are hitting the water. The board also rolls up to a easy-to-carry 11” x 36”, very convenient for those on the go.
theWEEKENDER isn’t the fastest board, nor is it the toughest or the most feature laden out there. Where this board stands out, however, is with it’s awesome control and stability. You may not think it at first glance, but this board is great for activities like yoga since it stays up straight and doesn’t wobble. The three fins help give this board superior tracking. While most boards have only a removable center fin, theWEEKENDER gives you the option of removing any of the three fins, which slide in place easily for simple customization depending on the kind of water you’re in.
- Center carry handle – For ease in moving the board around when inflated. Some boards have 2 carry handles, but this board is small and light enough that one is enough.
- Bungee cord system – Located on the front of the board for securing a pack, water bottle, or any other gear you may want to bring along with you.
- D-rings – This board has the essential d-rings for attaching a leash, and up front for the bungee cord. A bit basic, but functional enough to get the job done.
- Removable fins – With the uncommon option to remove all three fins. It’s a nice extra that adds to the board’s individuality.
- Rounded-nose shape – Designed to cut through waves with ease. It makes the board especially adept in rivers and choppy water.
- Comfortable traction pad – Not too coarse, but textured enough to keep your grip on the board in wet conditions where it might be easier to fall.
- 1 year warranty – In case anything crazy happens with the board. Doesn’t cover normal wear and tear, mind you.
What We Like About The Ten Toes theWEEKENDER iSUP
- It’s a balanced board – In more ways than one. Not only is this board superbly stable and capable of staying upright in even surfy water, it is adaptable enough to use in almost any water conditions.
- Small and easy to control – Larger boards can be especially cumbersome for newer riders, and this one handles well if you’re a pro or a novice.
- Great value – It’s low-middle in terms of price, but well above average in terms of functionality. Not the very best, but a lot of bang for your buck.
What We Don’t Like About The Ten Toes theWEEKENDER iSUP
- Removable fins are easier to lose – One fin is simple to keep track of. Three is a bit of challenge, especially if your organizational skills are wanting. They’re all easy to replace though, so this isn’t a huge gripe.
- Weight limit is a bit light – If you’re on the bigger side, it might not be the best board, but most average sized folks will be more than fine riding this board.
- More D-rings would have been nice – It’s got the basics, but more rings, perhaps one one the front and a few in the center would have been great for attaching more stuff.
This iSUP Is Best Suited For
- Anyone who wants a good all-around board – That’s stable in most every situation you’ll normally find yourself in. No glaring weaknesses on this board mean you can venture out with confidence.
- Yoga practitioners – Don’t let the small size fool you. The stability of this board makes it an excellent choice for your yoga exercises, regardless of skill level.
- Fans of stylish design – The visual appeal of this board is top of the line. Thanks to the carefully crafted minimalist designs and color schemes, you shan’t find a prettier board anywhere.
This iSUP Is Not So Great For
- Anyone looking to go fast – Speed demons beware, this board is not going to be winning you any races anytime soon. It’s great as a general board, but not if you’re trying to hit top speeds when you’re out on the water.
- Those who want something big – This is a shorter board, measuring only 10′ in length. If you’re a big board fan, you may want to look at an 11′ or 12′ model.
This jack-of-all-trades is a great board to use as an introduction to paddle boarding, a solid general use board, or a backup board for a more advanced paddler. It lacks glaring deficiencies, and can do an above average job in a number of situations. As long as you aren’t looking to race, this board should do you justice.