When I first discovered inflatable standup paddle boards which are known for iSUPs, I didn’t even know what the abbreviation stands for. But now, after having my first personal iSUP board and after trying many others, I really can’t help but appreciate the facilities and easiness of use these boards can offer.
One of the best qualities about inflatable stand up paddle boards is their extreme level of transportability. Also, you’ll find that one stand up paddle board can open the doors of different activities for you to try and enjoy. Add to that the fact that they come in all sizes and designs; it’s almost impossible to not find what you’d be looking for.
A great example of what I’m talking about is the Tower Paddle Boards brand which is widely known for the good quality of their products and the diversity they put into their line of inflatable SUP boards.
10'4" long x 32" wide x 6" thick
Military-grade PVC and drop-stitch
Up to 400 lbs
Number of D-rings
Tested safe to 25 PSI, but only 10-11 PSI is necessary for optimal performance
This review is going to be about the Adventurer 2 which comes in an all-inclusive package. This inflatable stand up paddle board is 10.4 feet tall, 32 inches wide and 6 inches thick; if you do a little research you’ll find that most of the Tower’s iSUP boards do not go anywhere bellow that 32 inches wideness because they know that the wider the iSUP is the more stable and rigid it is. An example of that is the smaller version of the Adventurer 2 which is only 9.10 feet tall; yet, it’s given the 32 inches width and the 6 inches thickness to maximize its stability.
The Adventurer 2 is an all-white board with an extremely comfortable black diamond grooved deck pad with a rear kick-tail which is a total plus; any board that is meant to knife through the water smoothly but also adventurously will need a kick-tail because it’ll make maneuvering the waves or white waters more controlled. I didn’t mention maneuvers and white waters randomly; the Adventurer 2 is designed with a pointy nose which will serve you well when it comes to riding running rivers or flat water; yet, if you did want to go surfing on this board, just keep to small-medium waves because even though it’s made to simulate a natural board with a simple traditional design, it stays a little different and we all know it.
Now, while getting ourselves an iSUP board we worry a lot about how strong its body is; the Adventurer 2 is built with military-grade PVC material and drop-stitch construction which make it nearly indestructible. You can inflate this board up to 20 PSI to maximize its stiffness, thus, you’ll witness how hard it is to get it damaged.
Moreover, the Adventurer 2 can take up to 400 lbs which means 2 people of average weight can comfortably get on top on it. However, if you like to paddle on your own but you need to carry extra cargo with you, you’ll find 4 D-rings that are connected with a bungee cord on the front to secure your tools and materials to the board; that way, you can definitely make use of that weight capacity. Speaking of which, the Tower Xplorer is almost the monster version of the Adventurer 2 and it can take up to 700 lbs if that’s what you’re looking for.
In addition to the previously mentioned 4 D-rings, there is a fifth one on the board’s tail which is meant for safety leash attachment. Further, you’ll find 3 carry handles on the Adventurer’s body to facilitate carrying it when fully inflated; they’re strong and covered with a rubbery texture for more comfort.
Another important aspect about any stand up paddle board is the set of fins; the Adventurer 2 is featured with one large and central removable fin and two smaller permanently attached ones on the sides. They enhance water tracking and contributes greatly to the stability of the board.
Furthermore, along with the pump which was mentioned ahead, you’ll find an adjustable 3-piece fiberglass paddle; it’s light, stiff and durable, and really functional. Also, the fact that it breaks down into 3 pieces adds to the transportability of the package as a whole.
Finally, neither a backpack nor a repair kit is featured with the Adventurer 2. It’s a little sad because those bags work fantastically when it comes to packing the deflated board or traveling. Nevertheless, the Tower will give you 2 years warranty to compensate for what’s missing.
All in all, the Adventurer 2 is one of the best inflatable stand up paddle boards to get if you’re seeking stability, strength and rigidity, as it’s great for beginners and skilled users alike.