Roc 10′ Alliance HD Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Review (2022)
The Roc 10′ Alliance HD iSUP Board is an relatively affordable, good quality lightweight (18lbs) inflatable cruising oriented wide all-around inflatable stand up paddleboard. The max weight limit is up to around 350lbs and is thus suitable for even the bigger paddlers. Construction is solid, comes with a 1 year warranty.
Paddle boarding didn’t strike me as something super enjoyable until I gave it a try myself way back when. Compared to kayaking or the like, I didn’t feel so confined on one of these boards and it just added to the pleasurable experience. Here’s to saying that this stuff feels better in person than it looks from the outside.
You can check its price here: Roc 10′ Alliance HD iSUP package.
A Quick Overview For the Hasty
The Roc 10′ Alliance HD Inflatable Stand Up Paddle board measures: 10’ x 32″ x 6″ (length× width× thickness) and weighs 18 pounds. It has a max weight capacity of 350 pounds and comes with everything you need to get on the water.
If it wasn’t for the width (32″), then I’d even dare to call it a speed oriented stable all-around, but because of the width I’d just call it a cruising oriented all-around. It’s mainly the fin design that gives this board the extra speed (the width and side fins give it the stability) which is sort of canceled by the other elements and vice versa. Suitable for lakes, rivers, ocean, and the like, primarily an entry level board for beginners, but also for the experienced paddlers for casual recreational paddling on a stable platform. The package includes an adjustable paddle, hand pump, travel backpack, ankle leash, waterproof bag, and a detachable fin.
Who and What Is the Roc 10′ Alliance HD Inflatable SUP Board Designed For?
Who: average to heavy paddlers weighing up to 350 pounds (more realistically, up to around 300lbs).
What: cruising oriented all-around (recreational paddling, cruising, fitness, fishing, etc, on lakes, rivers, seas, etc).
The Roc 10′ Alliance HD iSUP is suitable for paddlers weighing up to 350 pounds. The weight capacity together with the 32″ width allows for extra gear and/or passengers on board along with you.
It is designed to be an all-around type of inflatable SUP board, but given the length (10′) and width (32″) ratio along with the fin shape, I’d consider it more of a cruising oriented all-around that’s stable and thus can be used for, again, mainly cruising, but also fishing, fitness, recreational paddling in general on lakes, rivers and seas.
How Does the Roc 10′ Alliance HD Inflatable SUP Board Perform?
The Roc 10′ Premium iSUP is mainly:
- somewhat fast
Stability comes from the width (32 inches) and length (10 feet) ratio of the board leaning to the shorted but wider side. Significantly lighter than average paddler might however start to sway on it as then the board doesn’t sink enough to stop it from floating on top of the water like a balloon. Similar deal with a considerably taller of a paddler.
It’s got a relatively wide rounded nose which makes maneuverability an issue in very choppy waters going forward, and so I’d say it performs best on calmer waters. The tail of the board is also rounded which makes for a mix of stability and maneuverability whilst hindering tracking a little bit. So in case you were thinking of touring with it, perhaps very short distance trips might be bearable, but you won’t speed through it like you would with a dedicated cruising board.
Ultimately one could describe it as primarily having a faster than average cruising speed yet remaining plenty stable of a board which you can still maneuver with relative ease.
What Are the Specifications of the Roc 10′ Alliance HD iSUP Board?
Specifications of the Roc 10′ Premium Inflatable SUP board:
- Type – cruising oriented all-round
- Color – gray + white, sangria + white, etc
- Construction – Inflatable
- Length – 10’
- Width – 32”
- Thickness – 6”
- Weight – 18 pounds
- Weight Capacity – 350 pounds
- Materials: multi-layer construction
The Roc Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board is an all-around, cruising oriented, recreational iSUP board.
There are multiple color variations, e.g: gray + white, sangria + white, etc.
This paddle board is an inflatable. That means its filled with air using a pump. The package includes a manual dual action handpump with a pressure gauge on top. The recommended max PSI is 20. Ideally you want to stay between 15 and 20 PSI though.
As an all-around, the length of 10 feet long is not too short nor too long for an average sized paddler. However, the taller you are the longer board you might want to get to help with stability. Check with this SUP Buying Guide article for more insights on SUP length and weight correlation. Additionally, and generally speaking, longer boards tend to glide for longer and thus build up more speed.
Roc 10′ Alliance HD iSUP board is 32 inches wide. Given the width, as it’s only 10′ long, it’s a pretty stable board. Usually the wider the board the more stable it is.
When it comes to the thickness of the paddle board, it’s your typical 6 inches which makes the board plenty sturdy and stable. Most all-arounds are built that thick nowadays, although I’d say the ideal thickness would be 5 inches instead.
Roc 10′ Alliance HD iSUP board weighs 18 pounds only. This is surprisingly lightweight for such a well constructed and wide board. Although, as you can maybe imagine, if you were petite person, the weight won’t be much of an issue, but what might be an issue in such a case is when you’re trying to carry the board by your side using the carry handle as you might not reach to it too well given the width of the board when inflated.
The max weight capacity of this iSUP board is 350 pounds. The thing with paddle boards is that if the board sits too low in water due to weight, water friction hinders movement too much, but when the board floats on top of water because of a super light paddler, then it sways and feels unstable and might not track very well either. So… you don’t want to be too much lighter than 350 and too close to it, though there’s some leeway going over the reported max weight.
It’s a solid construction, much better than “average”. Around the drop-stitch core it’s got a double-layer PVC together with reinforcing extra layers, triple-layer PVC construction at rails (rails tend to be the weakest point of an iSUP board). So yeah, better than average means it’s good. I don’t see any problems here.
What Is Roc 10′ Alliance HD Inflatable Paddle Board Made of?
Roc 10′ Alliance HD iSUP board is made of:
- double layer PVC (triple-layer at rails)
A good, solid construction consisting of your typical drop-stitch core surrounded by 2 layers of PVC together with a few extra layers reinforcing it all. At rails it’s got 3 layers of PVC + a reinforcing coating, and given that the rails tend to be the weakest point in an inflatable SUP, it’s properly covered here.
Although it’s a solid construction, it never hurts to take care of your iSUP properly as there are ways for your unintentional ignorance to speed up its demise.
And you can learn even more from the following article: inflatable stand up paddle board construction (link opens in a new tab).
What Are the Features of the Roc 10′ Alliance HD iSUP Board?
Features of the Roc 10′ Alliance HD Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board:
- Bungee cord storage system
- Deck pad
- Carry handle
- D-ring (4)
- Inflation valve
- D-ring (1)
1 – bungee cord storage system
Located at the upper front part (nose) of the board, bungee tie-downs are elastic cords attached to (6) D-rings that can hold coolers, clothing, dry bags, etc.
2 – deck pad
A non-slip EVA foam (soft) material to stand on when paddling.
3 – carry handle
A soft handle at the center of the board makes it easy for you to transport the board conveniently especially when it’s inflated.
4 – D-rings (4)
Roc 10′ Alliance HD Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board has four additional D-rings to which you can attach additional accessory items (not included in the package and ought to be bought separately). You could, if you have one, attach a SUP hybrid kayak seat to them or a storage box to sit on while fishing, etc. You can learn more here: SUP accessory items.
5 – inflation valve
The high pressure premium inflation valve is where you pump air into the board. It’s located at the rear of the board. The recommended maximum air pressure of the board is 20 PSI. Ideally you want to stay between 15 and 20.
6 – D-ring (1)
Also located at the rear of the board just behind the valve is yet another D-ring. This one is primarily used for connecting your ankle leash to the board, sometimes for towing or attaching an anchor.
7 – fins (2+1)
Roc 10′ Alliance HD iSUP board, like most iSUP boards, has 3 fins of which the bigger center one is detachable whilst the 2 side fins are fixed to the board. They help with tracking and stability, but also maneuverability.
What Else Is Included In the Roc 10′ Alliance HD Inflatable SUP Package?
The Roc 10′ Alliance HD iSUP board comes with a paddle, pump, travel backpack, ankle leash, waterproof bag, and a detachable fin.
It’s an adjustable 3-piece aluminum paddle which doesn’t float, at least not for long once it falls into the water as it slowly fills up and then starts sinking. As it breaks down to 3 pieces, it fits in the storage bag along with everything else in this package. Aluminum is not the best material for a SUP paddle, but it’s not the worst either. As to why and whatnot, you can get more info on SUP paddles here (link opens in a new tab).
A relatively simple double action hand pump that gets the job done (max recommended PSI is 20). It does have a pressure gauge on top which starts to show the pressure.
Backpack carry bag
The Roc 10′ Alliance HD Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board and its accessory items all fit in this durable decent quality travel backpack.
A simple coiled safety leash which typically is attached to one’s ankle and the rearmost D-ring found on the board. This safety leash is most useful when the wind is strong or the water stream strong enough to carry the board away from you faster than you can swim to it. Note that a leash in rivers can be dangerous in some circumstances; you can learn more from this article: SUP Safety (link opens in a new tab).
A simple waterproof bag in which you can store a phone, keys, wallet, etc.
Most iSUPs tend to have this setup: 3 fins of which 2 are fixed side fins and the center fin detachable with a lock-in mechanic. It’s easier to roll up the deflated board without the bigger fin attached to it. Another use for it being detachable is in shallow waters where the fin might hit the bottom and break off.
So Is the Roc 10′ Alliance HD Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Package For You?
Some may say that all paddle boards in the market are pretty much the same. Perhaps so, but if you prefer a good paddling experience you’d probably want to try only the best. Well, the Roc 10′ Alliance HD iSUP is relatively affordable and plenty decent in that regard. It’s a friendly companion for some recreational paddling (very short distance touring, cruising, yoga, fishing, etc).
If you are an average or heavier paddler, it’ll suit you just fine as it’s got a 350-pound max weight capacity. The board is designed with quality materials and multi layer construction.
However, if you were really petite, this particular board might not be the best option for you due to the volume of the board, but you should be fine mostly fine even then, wouldn’t be ideal, but not disastrous either.
Best way to buy stand up paddle boards would be from physical shops. That way you could gain much needed info, advice and tips from the enthusiastic sellers there (assuming they were experts on the field…).
If purchasing from a physical store was not an option, there are still online stores to check out.
Check the price or buy here: Roc 10′ Alliance HD Inflatable SUP Package.
The Roc 10′ Alliance HD iSUP is, well, good when it comes to quality. The board is suitable even for the heavier paddlers weighing up to 350lbs, as it is its max weight capacity, or any1 looking for stability. However, for a considerably taller person this board is a tad bit short (you might want to find something 11′ or 12′ long in that case – refer to this SUP buying guide for more insights on that). Ultimately then… It’s a nice board.
Roc 10′ Alliance HD iSUP package includes all the accessories you need to get on the water: adjustable 3-piece aluminum SUP paddle, manual pump, backpack, ankle leash, waterproof bag, and a detachable center fin.
ROC SUP co. seems to provide this board with a 1 year warranty. They seem like a great bunch. Back when they came to the market they were fairly small, but they’ve grown into something bigger and more professional since then, so you can expect them to want to hold on to this reputation they’ve built along the way.
Where to Buy
It’s simple, buy here: Roc 10′ Alliance HD iSUP Package.
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