In this iRocker All-Around 11 Review I will be giving my honest impressions about this ever popular SUP.
I have spent several hours testing this board out, setting it up and packing it down. I also have had the chance to paddle it in calm coastal conditions as well as observe it’s handling characteristics in a variety of different waters.
I also use this popular SUP as a point of comparison for other boards I test. I do this to properly judge the On-Water characteristics of the SUP as well as how well it handles compared to other brands.
We also consider what other SUP owners say to give you a completely unbiased perspective on if this SUP is right for you.
This review focuses on the All-Around 11 2020 version. The 2021 version only has a few more adaptations like different coloring, added wheels on the bag and a slight improvement on the paddle.
Ready? Let’s get into the review!
My iRocker All-Around 11 Review Ratings
Total Score: 8.4 /10 (Average of Below)
- On-Water Performance: 8.5
- Stability: 8.5
- Tracking: 8.5
- Speed: 8.5
- Maneuverability: 8
- SUP Construction: 8.5
- Board Features: 9
- Deck Pad: 9
- D-Ring Placements: 9.5
- Deck Bungee Space: 9
- Action Mounts: 8
- Handles: 9
- Accessories: 7.5
- Backpack: 7
- Paddle: 8
- Pump (Electric): 8
- Fins: 7
- Set-Up/ Take Down: 8.5
- Tracks well in a variety of conditions
- Has a Lot of different accessories you can add to it
- Board can be used for longer paddling/ All day trips
- You can really load this board up with gear
- Family friendly, child or furry companion actually encouraged
- One of the easier boards to set-up
- Comes with above average accessories
- Electric Pump is a great addition to this package
- Can be a decent board for fishing
- Comes with a 3 year warranty
- Opinions on Customer service are polarizing one way or the other
- Fins mark up because they are white
- Some reported issues with the fin system
- More effort needed when it comes to maneuverability
- The materials of the bag is just okay
Who Should be Using the iRocker All-Around 11 Board?
The iRocker 11 is a solid board for those people who want something that is a level up from your entry on Amazon boards.The All Around 11 features above-average deck storage space that can fit an ample amount of gear. In Fact we have a video of that in our On-Water Performance Section.
It’s a great board that has above-average stability for an All-Around Board. Meaning it’s a great board to get your water legs under you while you learn. The narrower long-board style also gives it some light all-day touring capability.
This is boosted by the array of accessories available to truly make this SUP more personal to your tastes and preferences. The iRocker store offers a bigger array of compatible ISUP accessories compared to almost any other SUP manufacturer out there.
These accessories include a cup holder, rod holder, action camera, phone holder, kayak conversion kit. Cooler and waterproof speaker capabilities! WHew that was a mouthful!
Who isn’t the iRocker All-Around for?
If you are looking for the highest quality SUP it’s best to upgrade to either the Blackfin XL series or look elsewhere like Red Paddle, NRS or Hala. This is not to say the All-Around 11 would be a bad choice. But because it’s an all around board its capabilities are a bit limited by being a Jack of All Trades board.
What SUP Activities can the iRocker All-Around 11 Be used for?
The All-Around 11 is one of the more versatile of the All Around SUP’s thanks to its shape and its compatible attachments.
The vast majority of you will probably use this board for this reason. And it’s a great choice for this type of activity! Of the All Around boards, it’s one of the more stable SUP’s I’ve tested.
In fact my friend who had knee surgery a few years back was able to stand on it the first time, having never even stood on a SUP before. When I tried it out for the first time I felt it was far more stable compared to my old no name hybrid touring SUP.Editors Note
The iRocker All-Around 11 is also a fantastic board for light touring purposes. You can go paddling all day thanks to its spacious deck room that has 3 rows of D rings for both the front and the back of the SUP. This means you can carry cargo such as a small cooler, dry bag. The 4 Action Mounts also save you further room by having the ability to mount rods, speakers and cup holders.
One of the best features of the All-Around 11 is the fact that it is one of the more stable All Around options when it comes to different water conditions. This SUP can navigate through small waves and chop efficiently all while giving you the confidence to ride them while standing.
If you really wanted to you could probably even use this board for longer excursions. But SUP’s like the Blackfin XL or Red Paddle would be better choices in that more extreme area,
If you are a casual fisherman who wants a vessel to have a rod or two hanging off the board, the All Around 11 certainly can fit the profile. Its 435-pound weight limit ensures that you can pack on a handy amount of gear to boot.
While the All-Around 11 would be ample for a few hours of fishing, you would probably want to opt for the Blackfin XL to be your ultimate fishing buddy. The Blackfin XL features more action mounts as well as the capability to add a fishing rack to the SUP.
The All Around 11 would be recommended for the casual fisherman while the Blackfin XL would be more useful for the serious anglers out there due to its onboard capabilities and its bigger length and width (11’6” and 34” compared to the All-Arounds 11’ length and 32” width).
If you want to kick up the pace of your kayak while sitting in comfort iRocker offers its Kayak Conversion Kit. This combo includes the kayak seat and a kayak paddle attachment that can go with your existing iRocker paddle.
This is my friend’s favorite accessory that he bought with his board. How can I not notice the smug look he gives me as he turns his board into a kayak!
Jokes aside this is a really useful kit to have, especially if you are paddling a long while and want to switch up your positions. It’s also incredibly handy if you get into rougher conditions and you don’t want to risk taking a spill into the drink!
iRocker All-Around 11 Specifications Deconstructed
- Type of Board: All Around
- Length: 11’
- Width: 32”
- Thickness: 6”
- Volume: 246L
- Weight: 26 Lbs
- Maximum Capacity: 435 Lbs
The iRocker 11 is constructed of triple-layer PVC drop stitch material. While this does provide an ample level of protection it makes the board a bit heavier to carry.
My personal preference is a SUP like the Nixy Newport that comes with fusion-welded layered technology. Fusion layer technology is two layers of PVC fused together in a single shot process. This material is equally as durable, easier to fold and is a few pounds lighter per SUP. Other top SUP manufacturers like Red Paddle use this technology as well.
Many SUP experts prefer the fusion layered technology. But this is a bit nit-picky from my end as both double, triple and fusion layered SUP’s are much better compared to single-layered PVC brands like many Amazon and big-box SUP brands.
All Around 11 SUP Board Profile
The All-Around 11 features a longboard type of profile that is more specialized for tracking while its wider birthed tail gives the SUP some extra stability while paddling. If tracking and stability are your main goals then this is an excellent board that can tour more open waters.
The fins mixed with the boards narrower profile allows it to track well in a variety of different conditions including some coastal waves and chop.
Where you may have a bit more trouble with this board is in tighter waterways. This is because the wider tail and longer stature of the board are a bit harder to maneuver in tighter quarters. Pivot turns are also a bit harder with this SUP because of the bigger tail but it is more than possible to do.
The board is also one of the better All Around models to have additional passengers on like two small to medium passengers (probably best if you both sit), kids and dogs. The All Around 11 has a couple of neat features that helps keep passengers on even in trickier conditions.
What’s on Deck
The All-Around 11 is one of the more feature-rich boards that excels in providing ample cargo space and accessibility for a variety of different items.
The Set-Up my friend likes to put on his board is:
iRocker Deck Pad
The Deckpad on the All-Around 11 board is one of the better ones in terms of grip comfort and design. The deckpad has little branded divets that help water properly flow off the pad so that you get more grip.
iRocker All-Around 11 D Rings
The All-Around 11 board sports 20 D Rings that All serve different purposes. 12 of those D Rings are designated to the boards’ bungee deck lacing. iRocker has
- 2 D rings on the front and bottom of the nose for towing purposes
- 6 D Rings on the front for bungee deck lacing and two designated handles
- 6 D Rings on the Middle of the Board for Kayak seats and rotomolded coolers
- 6 D Rings on the Tail for more bungee deck lacing
- 1 D Ring for Ankle Leahs at the rear
The All-Around 11 features two handles at the front of the board. These handles act as support for kids who want to hang on while you may be going through more turbulent waters.
They can also act as a bit of a barrier for more loose ends like water bottles that ensure that they can’t fall off if they come loose from the straps.
Ontop of this iRocker also has carry handles located at the front, rear and middle of the board. The middle handle comes with a neoprene handle that is non-removable but nice on the hands.
Thanks to the placement of the 5 handles the All-Around 11 is an easy enough board to haul yourself back onto should you fall.
iRocker Deck Bungees
One of the best selling points with the All-Around 11 is the cargo room of the SUP. It features the most cargo room out of most of the All-Around boards available. This of course opens the doors to paddling with more gear.
Some ideas of things you can bring with you include:
- Waterproof drybag/ backpack
- Soft-shelled cooler (Snacks,drinks etc)
- Water bottles
- Extra Paddle or Kayak Paddle attachment
- iRocker Bag
- Manual Pump
- Spare clothing
iRocker Action Mounts
The All-Around 11 features 4 action mounts that are compatible for most things from the iRocker store. You got 4 of them so use them wisely! To get your creative set-up juices going you can mount:
I do think that iRocker can brainstorm more things that can be compatible with the action mounts so let’s see what they come up with!
iRocker All-Around 11 Accessories Explained
The biggest difference between the 2020 iRocker that you see here and the 2021 version is the upgrade in accessories. The 2020 model features a bag that does not include any wheels while the 2021 version does. The paddle’s design is also slightly different.
As mentioned above the iRocker bag got an upgrade for 2021 with a set of wheels. I found the bag to be pretty good but nothing amazing. The iRocker bag was an inbetween on the spectrum of packaging.
The Nixy Newport bag I found to be the best as it gave you more than enough room to bring accessories and it was also well thought out compartment-wise. I also thought their bag was better made with a stronger more resilient material.
That said the iRocker bag was miles better than the frustratingly simple “bag” you got from Serenelife. Both materials and packaging-wise.
Some features of the newer bag include:
- One main pocket
- 2 mesh pockets on each side
- Side handle
- 2 straps on each side
- Bungee lacing at the front for bigger items
- Front pocket
- Top pocket compartment for the electric pump (New for 2021 onwards)
- Backpack chest and waist straps
Thankfully even with the 2020 bag, you did not have to put too much effort into fitting everything in the bag. In Fact I could even clip on the kayak seat, and fit the spare paddle and cooler inside the bag.
I do think they could make the font pocket bigger though.
The iRocker paddle is pretty well made. The 2021 version comes in at 1.78 pounds (808 grams) while the 2020 version that you see here in the pictures is a tad bit heavier than that.
The feeling of the paddle was nice as the shaft contoured my hand well. One feature I did appreciate about the paddle is the fact that there are divet clips where the paddle can only go in one way.
I actually like this because sometimes if you are paddling for a long enough period the handle/ measurement portion of the paddle can start to move which can be a tad annoying to have to adjust on the fly. Or when you are putting your paddle together and you think you did it right only for it to feel off while you paddle (definitely the main offender here!)
On the paddle I tried out you could actually see the foam part so you know the paddle can float should it fall in the water.
The one issue I had with the paddle was the fact that it marks up pretty easily, especially if it gets accidentally hit on a rock or the shore (which is bound to happen). Apparently, for 2021 this is an issue too. Hopefully, they fix this in future years.
iRocker Electric Pump
Truthfully I did not get a chance to use the manual pump. If I’m completely honest this was the last SUP I had reviewed and I had just about enough of manually pumping all the boards. If you’ve read a few of my articles you will detect a theme here :P.
Instead, I saved my back some effort and tried the iRocker 12 V electric pump. I will go on about my dealings with it below as well as in a separate post.
If you are planning to make paddle boarding a weekly or even bi-weekly thing it is well worth the investment to get an iRocker electric pump!
You will him and haw about it now but after a few weeks, you will be sick of manual pumps. Trust meEditors Note
The iRocker electric pump is well worth the money. We’ve used it countless times on multiple SUP’s (sometimes 3 in a row) and it for the most part gets the job done. A couple of things though..
- If you are pumping multiple SUP’s up in a row ALWAYS use the crocodile clips instead of the car lighter attachment. We made that mistake and broke the cigarette lighter fuse of my friend’s car.
- I would not recommend trying to pump up more than 3 SUP’s in a row with this pump as the pump can overheat.
The good thing about this pump is that it uses a universal Halkey Roberts valve so it is compatible with most SUPs. Although it may take a bit of force at first.
We usually set the PSI to to 15 as this is usually within the recommended range of most SUP manufacturers. BUT DOUBLE-CHECK THIS! I don’t want to hear you coming back and telling me you broke your SUP! 😛
If you want to check out how the electric pump works in real life check out the All Around 11 Set-Up Video below.
Ok I’m going to air out my grievances on these fins first.
- Why did they make them white!? No matter what material you have white shows stains. Considering that the fin portion is in the water the entire time you would think that iRocker would have thought of that.
- The scratches that the fins get (no matter how careful you are you will eventually get them) are more noticeable because it’s… You guessed it white!
So despite those observations, the fins are actually pretty good quality and they help the board track well. I’m so-so about the snap-in fin system.
I personally have not had any problems with them and I believe they are faster to install than other Fins. But I have heard of people losing their fins due to problems with the snap-in fin mechanism.
I personally prefer the built in screw-in FCS fin system that the Nixy Newport provides. Yes, they may take a tad bit longer to install but they give you more possibilities of experimenting with different fin setups. Instead of being stuck with only being able to use iRocker fins.
As far as I can tell the iRocker only is compatible with the fins it has and a 4.6” river fin. Although the river rin is not bendable. This is typically a feature river fins have.
iRocker SUP Leash
The leash is pretty standard as with most SUP leashes. It’s 7mm thick, is swiveled and coiled. One cool thing that iRocker does is color code their leashes to match their boards. Just make sure your friends don’t copy your color!
iRocker All Around 11 On-Water Performance
The iRocker All-Around 11 was pretty solid from an on-water performance perspective. Above we have a video of us testing the board in calm coastal waters. In the beginning, you can also get some ideas as to what to load cargo-wise for a day trip.
Stability was one of the board’s strong suits as the first time I stood on the board it felt very stable. There was also less play on the board which gives beginners more primary stability from those first few moments of standing.
When I rocked the board back and forth there were no unsteady moments. The same could be said for when I was using a sweep stroke to make turns as well.
One of the biggest differences you will notice going from an Amazon/ big box retailer board to the All-Around 11 is the tracking ability.
You will notice that the board is on a mission to go straight. It does not wobble from side to side when paddling. This is thanks to its slender frame and fin set-up. Particularly the length of the side fins. They protrude out longer than those plastic molded fins you see so they keep the board on a more steady course.
Compared to boards more to its price range it tracked only slightly better than the Nixy Newport SUP but the difference was not particularly noticeable.
The All-Around 11 has fairly decent speed although it’s not necessarily the iRocker board to get if this is important to you. The iRocker 11 Sport would be the Speed pick for those wanting to haul some board (Did I just invent a new saying?).
Still, the All-Around 11 does an ample job at gliding through the water with relatively little drag. It’s a good pick for those who want to cover a fair amount of distance without having to pay for a $1000 + board.
This is where the iRocker All-Around 11 trailed off compared to other All Around boards. But you can’t entirely blame it. Because the iRocker All Around 11 is focused on going in a straight line it has to give up some maneuverability.
When I did a sweep stroke on it I had to put a bit more effort into that stroke as compared to other boards I have tested.
This is for a few reasons:
- The board was loaded up with gear so more effort needs to be expended to turn it
- The board is 11 feet long so you have more “mass” to maneuver
Despite this concern, it is more than manageable, especially when you have less gear on it. If you are looking to take this board in shorter waterways you may want to consider something like the iRocker Cruise or All-Around 10 board.
iRocker All-Around 11 Set-up/ Take Down
The iRocker All-Around 11 is probably one of the quicker boards to set up. In this case, I used the electric pump to fill it up. I had a few takes where I had to figure out why the electric pump was not running but after some trial and error, I got it started.
After the electric pump did its job, you just had to load the board up with whatever gear you wanted and install the fins.
The fin installation was the quickest of the ISUP boards I’ve tested so far. A year in and the fin boxes still do an ample job of keeping the fins in place. Although like I said above there have been reported issues in the past.
Despite being triple layered PVC, I found that you could roll the board up pretty tightly up until you get the fins. From there you will have a bit of uneven folding space. But despite this, as long as you have your board strap to keep it tight it’s a relatively easy fit back into the bag.
When I was packing the bag away I also had room to put in the soft-shelled cooler, paddle as well as the kayak blade attachment.
About the iRocker Company
The All-Around 11 is one of 9 other boards available by the iRocker company/ The brand is made of 3 tiers of inflatable SUP’s.
Of course, if you are a beginner you can jump onto any of the boards and feel relatively comfortable but the rating is more for the price tag. With Nautical being the cheapest to the Blackfin boards being the most expensive.
iRocker Warranty and Returns
The All-Around SUP and all other iRocker and Blackfin boards come with a 3 year warranty. The Nautical comes with a 1 year warranty. The 3 year warranty is slightly above average compared to other SUP Brands. The ones that feature longer warranties include Red Paddle and Bluefin SUP.
The return period for the All-Around 11 is 60 days although it must be noted that the purchaser must pay for return shipping.
What Customers Think
Customers seem to have a very polarizing view of the iRocker brand. People either love them or they have problems with customer service. In Fact, there’s a Facebook group designated to iRocker manufacturing and customer service issues.
We must remember that iRocker is one of the bigger SUP brands out there with a big worldwide distribution so complaints will be more than smaller more focused SUP brands.Editors Note
In terms of reviews of the All-Around 11 SUPs, most people who buy them tend to be happy with what they’ve got. An interesting Reddit thread I came across had lots of people like their All-Around boards. There was one experienced paddle boarder who pointed out that although the All-Around 11 is not a bad board by any means, he thought their fin system was “infuriating”.
We are going to be testing this in the Spring!
Where to Buy the iRocker All-Around 11
You can purchase the All-Around 11 board from the iRocker website. Below are all the countries that you can get local distribution from.
- iRocker US
- iRocker Canada
- iRocker Australia
- iRocker UK
- iRocker Italy
- iRocker Spain
- iRocker Germany
- iRocker EU (Same as in Germany)
You can also purchase them on Amazon although I haven’t seen them sold on that platform in a little while.
Below are boards from other manufacturers that are comparable to the All-Around 11 board.
Gili Adventure 11
The Gili Adventure 11 has a similar shape, use, and specifications as the iRocker All-Around 11 board. Where it differs is that is about 3 pounds less (uses fusion welding material as opposed to triple drop stitch).
However, if you are planning to load your board with cargo you are best to stick to the All-Around 11 as it has almost 100 more pounds maximum capacity rating.
If you look at Reddit you will often find people asking what’s better? Atoll or the iRocker All-Around 11? Atoll has a very loyal fan base and their board shares similar stats to the All-Around 11. Except it is 5 pounds lighter and it’s maximum capacity is rated a bit less. Although on the Atoll website they state that skilled riders can be loaded up to 550 lbs with multiple riders.
I will be doing a test on this board and will be directly comparing it to the All-Around 11 board so keep an eye on this space!
Should You Get the iRocker All-Around 11 Board?
I believe the All-Around 11 board is a solid board if…
- You are a beginner/ intermediate paddler
- Want a board with some light touring capability
- Want a board you can paddle a kid or dog around
- Want a board with some customizability and ability to add various different accessories
In my tests, I found that the 2020 iRocker All-Around board was worth it and it definitely performed well in the water. It was also one of the quicker boards to set up. With the 2021 and onward changes to the accessories, it’s a solid package for most casual paddlers to get onto the water with.
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