Hala Gear Makes Travel + Leisure's Best Board of the Year List

Travel + Leisure just published its list of Best Inflatable Paddle Boards of 2024 and Hala Gear made an appearance. In fact, Travel + Leisure named our Straight Up Inflatable SUP Kit the best splurge of the year.

We couldn't be more pleased!

Travel + Leisure is the top travel media brand in the world with over 50 years of publications. In other words, it is an honor to be featured in one of their review articles. Read on to learn more about the T+L review process and why they chose Hala Gear.

SUP Board at sunset

Why Hala Gear?

T+L has been researching and reviewing products for decades, and they follow a time-tested process to decide who’s best. For their Inflatable Paddle board review, they used a variety of metrics, including the following:

  • Performance
  • Quality
  • Portability

Hala Gear Stand-Up Paddle Boards scored high on all of the above. To be honest, we’re not surprised. After all, we pride ourselves on designing and creating high-quality boards that will take you anywhere and last forever. Let’s take a closer look. 


Performance is a critical factor for stand-up paddle boards. You should feel confident on your feet in flat water, whitewater, or out on the ocean. With this in mind, we intentionally design every board series to provide stability and precision for the paddler. From the overall width to the deck pad design, Hala Gear boards are meant to perform.

The best part is, a high-performance board is a versatile board. Use your SUP to explore more, from the stunning North Caroline coast to the must-see lakes of Acadia National Park.


Travel and Leisure valued quality for its Paddle Board review, and we couldn’t agree more. Through years of thorough testing, we have created inflatable paddle boards that withstand time, rocks, roof racks, and drops. 

First, our boards use patented Carbon Stringers + Woven Drop Stitch material. Then we glue and weld our seams to provide longevity and durability to the trickiest part of the board. This process ensures that Hala SUP Boards can pass any durability test. But don’t take our word for it. We offer a 5-year warranty on every board, which speaks for itself.  


Where will your SUP board take you? If it weighs a ton, not very far. That’s why we use high-end, multi-coated Fusion Drop Stitch that is as light as it is tough. What spoke to T + L is the convenience of folding your board and carrying it in our backcountry rolling backpack.

With the rolling backpack, you can hike your board to secluded alpine lakes, remote rivers, and seldom-explored ponds for once-in-a-lifetime adventures.

Long boarding with paddle board backpack

See For Yourself

We are truly honored to be included in Travel + Leisures Best Inflatable Paddle Boards of 2024 list. When running and promoting a small local business, acknowledgment from a powerhouse like T + L means everything.

Their recognition confirms what we have always embodied: A passion for adventure and a commitment to performance, durability, innovation, and quality.

See you on the water!

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