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Find out what all the paddleboard fuss is about for $179.40

This inflatable stand-up board normally sells for $300. Plus: How to get an Echo Dot for $5 and save 60% on NordVPN.

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Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
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An inflatable SUP for $179 is quite the bargain.


A few years ago, Mrs. Cheapskate and I purchased stand-up paddleboards, also known as SUPs. Because we wanted them to be easily transportable, we opted for inflatable models -- and have never looked back. The ones we bought continue to perform beautifully to this day, and we don't need a truck, trailer or even a van to move them around. (We also don't need a huge swath of storage space in the garage.)

I am not, however, going to tell you what we paid for them. I'll just say it was way, way more than this: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the DVSPORT Inflatable 10-foot Stand-Up Paddleboard for $179.40 when you apply promo code 9TVBIZU9 at checkout. It normally sells for $299 -- also way more than we paid for ours (sob). Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.

These boards are 5 inches thick when inflated and constructed with dual-layer PVC. They come with a removable main fin, an air pump, an adjustable paddle (which breaks down into three pieces for easier transport) and a carrying case.

As noted, I own a different brand (Tower, if you're curious), so I can't say how these compare with what I'm used to. I can say that inflating them by hand is not fun, though it's definitely a good warm-up activity. There are electric pumps available, and you can also get adapters that'll fit any existing blower you might already own.

Beyond that, I can point only to the customers reviews, which number just eight in total and average out to 4.8 stars. Oddly, Fakespot doesn't like any of those reviews, but ReviewMeta gives them all a passing grade. My $.02: The reviews are legit. Many of them have accompanying photos or video, and the others don't strike me as fishy in the least.

I was surprised to discover how many more inflatable SUPs are available these days, and how prices have plummeted into $150 to $300 range. So if this one sells out or you find the reviews to be questionable, there are lots of other options.

That's good news, because now you can find out what all the fuss is about without spending a small fortune. Paddleboarding is a really pleasant, really zen activity, something I recommend everyone try at least once.

Your thoughts?

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