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Atoll 11′ Paddle Board Review

A versatile and durable board, the Atoll 11 offers excellent stability and glide, making it ideal for both beginners and experienced paddlers in various water conditions.

Ratings by benchmark

  • Stability
  • Speed
  • Tracking
  • Maneuverability
  • Construction and Durability
  • Features and accessories

The Atoll 11′ paddle board is a great option for beginners and experienced paddlers. It is also suitable for people with heavier builds, families and yoga enthusiasts.

The Atoll is the highest-rated all-around paddle board and offers a good blend of speed and stability. The board is lightweight at just 21 lbs, making it easy to transport.

Atoll offers a package with a hand pump, travel bag, and a three-piece carbon fiber paddle. It has a two-year warranty and responsive customer service. However, it’s not the cheapest option and lacks attachment points for gear like rod holders or a camera.

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Reasons to buy

  • Easy to inflate and deflate with the included hand pump.
  • Very durable and rigid when inflated to 15 psi.
  • Lightweight and portable with the included backpack.
  • Two-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Atoll has a great customer service that responds quickly and helps with any issues.

Reasons to avoid

  • Sidefins are not removable
  • Not the cheapest iSUP

How We Tested the Atoll Paddleboard

The Atoll 11′ inflatable paddle board is one of the first boards tested by our team. We have used the board extensively and in multiple wind and water conditions.

We have used this board alone and with friends who were paddleboard beginners, as well as with two adults, and with an adult and child on board.

We compared the Atoll 11 with other all-around paddle boards using six key benchmarks: stability, speed, tracking, maneuverability, construction and durability, and features and accessories. And it came out on top.

Read on for our test results:

Atoll Paddle Board Specifications

BrandAtoll Boards
Size (length x width x height)11′ x 32″ x 6″
Weight21 lbs
Capacity500 lbs

Paddle Board Performance

Atoll Paddle Board Stability 9.0/10

The stability of a paddle board depends on four main factors: construction, length, width, and thickness.

A well-built board provides a sturdy base for your feet, while the board’s length and width help with balance and buoyancy. Additionally, the thickness of the board ensures that it remains afloat without bending or sagging.

Let’s now assess how the Atoll paddle board measures up against these criteria.

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Atoll paddle board is built with dual-layer PVC which makes it rigid and stable, even in choppy waters. With a width of 32 inches and a length of 11 feet, it provides a stable platform for paddling, balancing maneuverability with steadiness.

The Atoll paddle board has a height of 6 inches, which helps it remain rigid and prevents flexing under load. This added buoyancy also makes it more stable.

Stability rating
Gili Meno 11’6
Blackfin XL
Blackfin X
Atoll 11'
Bote HD Aero
iRocker All Around 11′
Bote Flood Aero
iRocker Cruiser
Bote Breeze Aero 10'8

The board can hold a single rider weighing up to 315 lbs, which shows its sturdy design. In fact, it has been successfully water-tested with a combined weight of 500 lbs from 3 riders.

I have personally used this board on multiple occasions, both alone and with my nine-year-old daughter and our pet dog. The board has consistently held up well, even with a combined weight of up to 300 lbs. It has handled everything from calm flatwater to choppy waves, maintaining stability throughout.

Atoll's Speed 9.0/10

The Atoll Paddle Board is a great option if you’re in the market for a stand-up paddle board that combines speed and stability. Having spent ample time with this board, I can vouch for its performance.

Its design plays a significant role in its speed. The Atoll paddle board features a pointed nose and a narrow tail, engineered to reduce drag and enhance glide. This results in a noticeably smoother and faster ride compared to all-around boards with rounded noses and wider tails.

Speed rating
Atoll 11'
Bote Flood Aero
iRocker All Around 11′
Gili Meno 11’6
iRocker Cruiser
Bote HD Aero
Blackfin XL
Blackfin X
Bote Breeze Aero 10'8

The Atoll board has a medium width of 32 inches, which strikes a good balance between speed and stability. This makes it appealing to paddlers who want a mix of both. Its 11-foot length is appropriate for light touring and cruising, offering a balanced blend of speed and maneuverability.

From my hands-on experience, I found the Atoll paddle board slightly faster than the popular iRocker All-Around 11. However, what stood out was the Atoll’s ability to retain stability while providing a decent speed. Whether I was on flat water or chop, the board was straightforward to paddle and offered a smooth gliding experience. That being said, it’s important to note that the Atoll isn’t as fast as dedicated touring boards with narrower widths and longer lengths.

Paddle Board Tracking 9.0/10

Tracking, in paddle boarding terms, is how well your board holds a straight line. It’s influenced by several factors including the board’s length, width, shape, and fin setup.

The Atoll paddle board, with its 11-foot length and 32-inch width, is well designed for good tracking. Its pointed nose and tail, typical of boards that track well, enhance this characteristic.

A standout feature of the Atoll paddle board is its tri-fin setup. This includes a central fin and two smaller side fins, allowing for customization according to your paddling style and water conditions. You can replace the central fin with a larger one for improved tracking.

Tracking rating
Atoll 11'
Blackfin XL
Bote HD Aero
Gili Meno 11’6
iRocker All Around 11′
iRocker Cruiser
Bote Flood Aero
Blackfin X
Bote Breeze Aero 10'8

From my personal experience, the Atoll paddle board maintains a straight line effectively, making paddling effortless. However, for even better control, particularly in rough waters or strong currents, you might want to consider replacing the stock center fin with a larger one.

The Atoll paddle board offers excellent tracking capabilities, making it a good choice for both beginners and experienced paddlers. Remember, though, that good tracking also depends on your paddling technique.

Board Maneuverability 9.0/10

Maneuverability is key in paddle boarding. Your board’s agility is determined by length, width, shape, and fin setup. This agility helps you handle waves, and currents, or dodge obstacles.

Let’s look at how the Atoll paddle board performs.

Maneuverability rating
Atoll 11'
iRocker All Around 11′
Blackfin X
iRocker Cruiser
Bote Flood Aero
Gili Meno 11’6
Bote Breeze Aero 10'8
Blackfin XL
Bote HD Aero

The Atoll measures 11 feet long and 32 inches wide. This combination of length and width caters to different users, providing responsive control and good balance. Its shape, featuring a pointed nose and sleek tail, enhances glide and speed, allowing smooth direction changes.

The Atoll board also boasts a tri-fin setup. This setup enhances steering, especially in wavy waters. The sizable central fin, removable, has a US fin box and matches most aftermarket fins, offering customization based on your needs.

I’ve found the Atoll paddle board to be highly maneuverable. I’ve paddled this board numerous times and have had no issues making turns or changing direction.

Construction & Durability 9.0/10

Let’s talk about construction and durability, two key factors when considering the Atoll paddle board. 

Atollboards designed this board with two layers of PVC. It is very rigid when inflated to 15 psi. 

The Atoll’s robustness isn’t all talk and no action. Imagine this – an Atoll board with a car parked on top of it, and yet, no damage. Mind-blowing, right?

See for yourself in the YouTube video:

This inflatable paddle board can support up to 315 pounds for solo riders and has been tested with over 500 pounds of combined weight for multiple riders.

From personal paddling trips with my daughter, I can vouch for its performance. Even with our combined weight of roughly 300 lbs, the Atoll didn’t break a sweat.

The Atoll is a relatively lightweight board, weighing only 21 lbs despite its strength. In comparison to other boards in its class, it is around 30% lighter.

Construction & Durability rating
Atoll 11'
Blackfin XL
Blackfin X
Bote HD Aero
Gili Meno 11’6
iRocker All Around 11′
iRocker Cruiser
Bote Flood Aero
Bote Breeze Aero 10'8

Features & Accessories 8.5/10

Stand up paddle boarding can significantly improve with the right equipment, and the Atoll paddle board package from Atollboardco is worth considering. Atoll’s stand-up paddle boards come as complete packages. The only thing you’ll need before you head out on the water is a PFD (personal flotation device) and sun screen.

It offers various features and accessories to enhance your time on the water.

The Atoll paddle board uses a tri-fin system: a large center fin and two smaller side fins. These fins improve tracking, maneuverability, and stability. The removable center fin has a universal fin box for easy aftermarket fin replacements. But it’s a bit more difficult to install than the snap-in fin boxes found in brands like Gili or iRocker.

The side fins, however, are not removable, which complicates board storage. Stacking multiple boards might cause the side fins to bend and potentially damage the inflatable board beneath them. Luckily, bent fins can be reshaped.

On the board’s surface, an EVA foam pad ensures a non-slip and comfortable experience. It’s an excellent feature for yoga sessions, pets, or children. The board has two neoprene-covered handles at the center and the tail for convenient carrying. But, it could use another handle on the nose to launch or pull it out of the water without getting wet.

The Atoll Paddle Board has 15 D-rings for attaching accessories. Six at the front secure luggage with a bungee cord, one near the rear carry handle at the tail holds a leash or anchor, and eight along the sides fasten a kayak seat or cooler. However, the design doesn’t include attachment points for extra gear like rod holders, a fishing rack, or an action camera.

The board comes with a paddle with a carbon fiberglass shaft and a nylon blade. It’s an adjustable three-piece paddle suitable for all heights and provides a comfortable grip. Compared to the previous aluminum version, this upgrade has a better grip and no clasp issues. The paddle is rigid, offering direct strokes and efficient energy transfer.

Safety is considered with a 10-foot coiled leash, keeping you connected to the board if you fall and preventing it from drifting away or hitting others.

The package includes a dual-action hand pump with a pressure gauge for monitoring PSI levels. While easy to use and store, an upgrade to dual-chamber, triple-action pumps would inflate the board faster and easier.

Finally, the board comes with a travel bag to carry the board and its accessories. The bag features padded waist and shoulder straps, a heavy-duty zipper, a compartment for the fins, and a plain black design with the Atoll logo.

Features & Accessories rating
Blackfin X
iRocker All Around 11′
iRocker Cruiser
Atoll 11'
Blackfin XL
Gili Meno 11’6
Bote HD Aero
Bote Flood Aero
Bote Breeze Aero 10'8

Compare the Atoll Paddle Board to Similar Boards

Atoll 11' iRocker All Around 11′ Blackfin X Gili Meno 11’6
Overall Rating
8.9
8.9
8.6
8.6
Sizes11′ x 32″ x 6″11′ x 32″ x 6″10’6 x 35″ x 6″11'6 x 35" x 6"
Weight21 lbs26 lbs27 lbs24 lbs
Capacity500 lbs400 lbs450 lbs485 lbs
Stability9.09.09.59.7
Speed9.08.57.58.0
Tracking9.09.08.09.0
Maneuverability9.09.08.57.5
Construction & Durability9.09.09.09.0
Features & Accessories8.59.09.08.5
Atoll 11' iRocker All Around 11′ Blackfin X Gili Meno 11’6

Should You Buy the Atoll 11' SUP Board?

The Atoll 11′ paddle board stands out as a versatile and reliable choice for both beginners and experienced paddlers. Its robust dual-layer PVC construction ensures rigidity and durability. 

The board is 32 inches wide and 11 feet long, providing a stable platform for users like families and yoga enthusiasts. It maintains its stability even in choppy waters, making it a great option for different water conditions.

Weighing just 21 lbs, the Atoll 11′ is lightweight and easy to transport, a significant advantage for those on the go. It supports up to 315 lbs for single riders, and has been tested with over 500 lbs for multiple riders. 

The board package includes a hand pump, travel bag, and a three-piece carbon fiber paddle, adding value to your purchase. Additionally, Atoll’s responsive customer service and a two-year warranty provide peace of mind and support.

Although the Atoll 11′ is a great choice, there are two other options worth considering: the iRocker All-Around 11 and Blackfin X. 

The iRocker All-Around 11 has an overall rating of 8.9, just like the Atoll 11′, for stability, speed, tracking, and construction & durability. However, it’s a bit heavier at 26 lbs and has a slightly lower capacity of 400 lbs. 

It stands out for its maneuverability and features & accessories, both of which are rated 9.0, making it an excellent choice for those who prioritize agility and additional functionalities.

The Blackfin X, scoring 8.6 overall, stands out with its impressive stability rating of 9.5, making it an excellent choice for those who prioritize a very stable ride, especially in varied water conditions. It’s slightly heavier at 27 lbs and has a capacity of 450 lbs. 

The Blackfin X’s features & accessories are also rated at 9.0, similar to the iRocker All-Around 11, offering a range of useful extras for a comfortable and convenient paddling experience.

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4 Questions & Answers about the Atoll 11'

  1. Are there shops in either the SF Bay area or the San Diego/Oceanside area where I can try out the Atoll 11′ ?

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    • Hey Matt,
      I’m about as tall as you and weigh about the same and personally I’d go for the Atoll. The Blackfin XL is wider and more stable, but I think that the Atoll is stable enough. A downside of the Blackfin is that, since it’s so wide, it has more resistance and takes more effort to paddle.
      Hope this helps,
      David

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