Are you planning a long adventure on your stand up paddle board? If so, you'll want to add a deck bag to your SUP to stow away everything that you'll need for the day-long or multi-day excursion. For instance, if you plan on paddle boarding through the Grand Canyon for a few days, then you can stow your tent and other gear in your deck bag. It's definitely a better option than your standard dry bag or waterproof backpack.
Why Use A Deck Bag On Your Paddle Board?
When you're going out on your SUP for more than just a few hours, you're going to need a place to store snacks, water, and other gear - maybe even a tent. That leaves you with three options: a deck bag, a normal dry bag, or a waterproof backpack. The waterproof backpack isn't a good choice for a lot of gear because it will weigh you down and cause fatigue.
A dry bag is a decent option, but not ideally designed for long excursions since dry bags don't have much variation in them. However, with a SUP deck bag you get the waterproof benefits of a dry bag with the addition of separated compartments, mesh pocks, bungee systems and more (depending on the bag you buy). Some dry bags even come with self adhesive straps, which means you don't need to worry about having free D-rings.
Things To Keep In Mind
Many SUP deck bags require four open D-rings on the nose of your board for secure installation. If you don't have any available, you can also find a SUP deck attachment kit. However, there is at least one model that attaches to the nose of the board via some self-adhesive straps. And yes, those work on inflatables as well as foam boards.
As you shop for one of these, pay attention that you're not getting a bag designed only for kayaks. While some of them can still work on a stand up paddle board, not all of them will. So, before you buy a bag, double check that it will work on a paddle board. Rest assured that the models you see on this page all are designed to work on stand up paddle boards.
SUP Deck Bag Reviews
We've compared all of the available stand up paddle board deck bags on the market, and below we share our thoughts with you. So, if you're trying to decide on which model best meets your needs, use our reviews for help.
Sea to Summit SUP Deck Bag Review
Available in both a 12-liter and 24-liter option, the Sea to Summit model gets our vote as the best SUP deck bag for the money right now. As you may already know, Sea to Summit makes some of the best outdoor gear in the industry and this bag is no exception to that.
What's really unique about this one is that it has self-adhesive lash points so you can place the bag exactly where you want it.
This bag is designed to fit stand up paddle boards, but it can also be used on kayaks, rafts, and boats.
It is made of 420-denier nylon, so it is durable and rugged enough for most any paddling adventure. And the hypalon roll-top closure is watertight.
We think this is the perfect deck bag choice for those overnight paddling excursions.
NRS Taj M'Haul Deck Bag Review
If you're looking for a bag with a larger opening and overall different shape than the Sea to Summit model above, then this NRS deck bag is our next best choice for you.
What's cool about this one is that you can adjust it's size by tapering from 13" to 11" in width to get the perfect fit on the nose of your paddle board. And we really like how roomy it is.
This one is also ultra durable as it's made from 400-denier nylon. And the inner dry bag is made of NRS' bomber polyurethane Infinity float bag material, with the waterproof HydroLock™ zip-seal closure that keeps your gear totally dry.
The stretchy mesh outer pockets and adjustable bungee lacing are some really nice extra features that you get with this one. Additionally, the easy carry handle doubles as a convenient place to attach a carabiner or paddle leash.
Tough hook-and-loop straps lash to deck rigging, and the reflective tape increases visibility - an awesome feature.
There's even a clip on the front flap allows you to attach a cup/can holder.
Overall, this is a solid choice for the paddler with a lot of gear to stash on board.
CWB Connelly SUP Mesh Deck Bag Review
If you're looking for a simple mesh bag, or just another bag to put your smaller dry bag into, then this 10-liter bag from Connelly is exactly what you need to consider.
Since it's made of mesh, it's not as durable as the bags listed above, however this might be all that you need for a long day excursion. It's perfect for storing your surf hat, sunscreen and other items.
This bag has 4-plastic swivel gate clips for attaching/lashing to boat deck and daisy chain loops for accessory item attachment.
And if you're looking for an easy way to keep your beverages cool, just put them in the bag and submerge the hole thing in the water off the side of the board.
While this bag isn't the right choice for everyone, it is a cheap deck bags that can meet some paddler's needs.
BIC Sport Stand Up Paddleboard Deck Bag Review
Though this is made by a paddle board manufacturer, we really feel that this bag ranks last after the models we've reviewed up above.
The main reason we rank this one last is because it is only water resistant and not waterproof. That means you still need a dry bag to put your stuff in that you don't want to get wet.
Additionally, the small opening of this bag is not designed for the easy insertion of your larger gear. Basically, it seems more difficult to get stuff like a beach towel into it than it needs to be.
However, if you can get past those things, it is a decent bag. We just wish that it was designed a bit better and at least had a waterproof pocket.