Our favorite board was the inflatable Boardworks ShuBu, and it’s our favorite for selfish reasons as well as practical ones. SHUBU stands for “show up and blow up,” which is exactly what you can do with it. The board deflates, rolls up, and packs into a backpack you can easily hike with (or toss in the trunk of your car—who needs a rack?), and a pump fits right into the backpack with the board. We had reservations about spending half our day inflating the sucker, but it inflated in four minutes flat, and once it was ready, it felt impressively solid. Boardworks gave the ShuBu a good all-around design, since versatility is its main selling point. It’s moderately wide and not overly long, with three molded keels, making it a good jack-of-all-trades. It turns easily and cruises reasonably well, and its military-grade rubber keels feel bombproof and sustained nary a scuff, even after we dragged it over the reservoir’s rocky shore. But hey, we were already sold on this one as soon as we realized you could throw it in the back of a Subaru or check it on an airplane.