Over the past year we have seen the interested and participation of yoga on a paddle board grow exponentially. And because of this, various manufacturer's have also started to take notice. Most, if not all, of the major board brands now produce their own yoga specific boards. The market has become competitive which is great for the consumer. Now yogis have a much wider range of choice when it comes to purchasing a board. And it is our responsibility as a retailer of these boards to provide the best, and most up to date information.
With that in mind, we will be discussing the top 5 yoga boards of 2018. Let's begin!
5. Surftech Cocomat Lotus 10'2''
Coming in at number 5 is the Surftech Cocomat Lotus. A relatively newcomer to Walk on Water the Surftech provides a sleek design, interesting colors, and a cocomat finish to create one of the most unique boards on the market today. Surftech describes it as being lightweight and strong which makes it ideal for the petite paddler or those who have a hard time being gentle with their boards. The wide, flat deck combined with the full EVA foam pad makes it perfect for performing various yoga poses with comfort and ease. It is always necessary to find a yoga board that provides a larger than normal pad in order to perform poses with ease. Without it, often times paddlers will perform certain stretches, such as downward dog, on the hard glossy portion of the board which can cause them to slip in certain situations. The Lotus provides a pad that will mitigate any slipping and provide yogis with a great surface to practice on.
The one negative of the Lotus, and this is why you will find it on our number 5 spot is the size. The 10'2'' length is relatively shorter than any of the other boards on our list besides the Boardworks Flow. This reduction in length minimizes the glide when paddling the board in flat water, which, often times, will demotivate paddlers from going long distances with this board. With that in mind, it is great to use just as a SUP yoga board, and not as great as a cruising board for going long distances. The niche factor of the board lands it at number 5!
Our number four board is the Evolve Roots Inflatable!! It is no secret that Evolve makes one of the best yoga boards on the market (you'll see another appearance later on in the list) but they also produce one of the best inflatable yoga boards on the market as well! The rugged material combined with the full pad and the spacious design make practicing yoga on the water a breeze! Combine this with the ability to roll it up and take it wherever you want to go, this makes the Roots one of the best boards as well as the most convenient ones on our list. Added benefits are the solid D-rings on the front or the back to provide yogis with an easy place to attach a sand bag or anchor in order to keep from drifting out of your favorite spots. Much like the previous board on our list, the Evolve Roots also comes with a full EVA foam mat that will not slip when wet or dry.
The reason why it lands at number 4 is because of the downfall of every inflatable board. While inflatables provide paddlers who don't have storage space or an easy way to transport boards more convenience, they don't provide the feel or the exceptional glide of a hard board. Which, for some, is not a big deal. Especially if you are going to only paddle a short distance to a familiar spot to practice yoga. So, much like anything else in life, there are pros and cons. The paddler then must decide what outweighs the other. Regardless, this is a great board to get on the water with and practice underneath the sun!
Coming in at number 3: the Boardworks Flow!
This little board packs a lot of function and fun!
This board features a pop-out handle for easy carrying, a rounded nose, a small amount of rocker, single fin setup, places for tie-downs on the front as well as the back, a uniquely styled foam mat which reaches almost the length of the board.
For its smaller size the Flow paddles decent in flat water. Most short boards lose a lot of glide the smaller they get (see number 5 Surftech Lotus) but for the petite paddler it works great.
Now, speaking in obvious terms, small female yogis looking to get out on the water will have a great time on this board. The pad is just big enough, and the easy to grip handle combined with the shorter/lighter construction of the board make it ideal for the petite paddler not looking for a huge hulking board to use and store.
Unfortunately, the materials used in the construction of the mat are of the foam variety- and more specifically the hard foam variety- much more rigid than the previous 2 boards. Now to be fair, when the mat is wet, it works well. It sticks and doesn't slide. However, it is missing that 'softness' factor. When laying down on the board as well as paddling under your feet the mat tends to be not be very forgiving. Normally this would not bother us but given this is a yoga board, the mat is very important. Which makes it land at our number 3 spot!
And while the length is comparable to the Surftech, which means paddling it long distances will not be that fun, the added benefit of the upgraded handle for the smaller paddler make it much easier to carry on the land and to put on top of your car after a good practice on the water.
The Rachel Brathen special comes in at our #2 spot. The Boga board offers a large deck pad combined with a wide, flat deck creating the feel of a floating yoga mat in the water. This combination allows for the practice of much more difficult poses with a more forgiving style than the other boards mentioned here. If you are into doing head stands, scorpion pose or any other balancing pose, this may be the board for you!
The board also performs quite well in the flat water. Given its larger size, it paddles well, tracks straight, and can take a head wind on easily during those days where Mother Nature does not want to cooperate.
The style is fresh as Boga has redesigned the exterior of the board to match the growing popularity of the yoga style. What sets Boga apart is the fact that they offer options- providing paddlers with their standard Blue Yoga board with paddle included, their new Bamboo Board, and an inflatable board as well! The gender neutral colors make it ideal for both men and women.
Given the size and the shallow handle though, it can be tough to maneuver outside of the water, carrying it to and fro, as well as storing it in either the garage, outdoors, or trying to heave it up onto a roof rack. Because of this, we glide it into our #2 spot.
Coming in first on our Top 5 list is the aptly named Evolve "Roots" board.
This 10'6''x32'' board offers a flatter, thicker deck to increased balance, interchangeable nose plug for holding a go-pro or anchor- whichever you desire, smooth styling, and a personal touch logo of a yogi in tree-pose. Comes in pink/lime, blue/lime, and a fresh white/bamboo for men and women.
Evolve comes in first with their model for various reasons but to put it in one word terms: functionality- this board has it. It's a paddle board which happens to be great for yoga as well. It's smooth in the water, glides easy, and tracks really well. Not only that, but the shape of the board, not being too long and wide, combined with the added bit of rocker, makes this board a blast in the surf on a small day as well.
But how does it perform for yoga?
Great! As mentioned earlier, the flat deck gives it the added stability and feel of practicing on a platform instead of a rounded board. The mat reaches farther up the board than most other brands which makes practicing sitting postures and downward dog a lot easier as you are able to remain centered. Not to mention the added benefit of the Yoloha Yoga cork mat option. The cork adds grip when wet, is anti-microbial, anti-fungal, is a natural product- meaning it isn't filled with chemicals and harmful by-products found in foam, is completely sustainable, and looks awesome on the board!! The Yoloha mat definitely gives the Evolve a unique touch which sets it apart from the other competitors.
Added benefits include a tri-fin setup and a spot for bungee ties on the front of the board. "W" style deep handle makes carrying to and from your secret spot easy.