The Red Paddle Company Explorer 13’2.
By Far My Favorite Inflatable Paddle Board!
Between my body weight and gear, I needed a paddle board that could pack some serious weight and still perform. Red Paddle Company’s Explorer does not disappoint! The large cargo space with strap points both front and rear is a huge perk! I’ve had no problems packing a cooler on the back with enough meals and drinks to last me the day, while using the front cargo area for all my extra camera gear and a change of clothes & shoes for hiking once we reach our destination.
While it’s certainly not as fast on the water as my Bark Dominator race board, it’s easily comparable to any of the other fiberglass touring boards in my fleet. The board is very responsive in the water and glides along with minimal effort. I’ve taken this board on long all day paddle trips I never would have considered an inflatable board as an option prior to my Red Paddle inflatable SUP.
This board has proven to be extremely durable and tough, and has held up through literally dozens of trips across the harsh lava rock bottom lakes surrounding Bend Oregon. Red Paddle truly thought of every last detail in their inflatable board packages, including an emergency patch kit! Even after 2 years of constant use & abuse, I have yet to need the patch kit.
Currently, our entire fleet of inflatable paddle boards at Northwest Sup & Fitness consists of Red Paddle Company inflatable boards. For our fleet of rental boards, Red Paddle was the obvious choice. The extremely stable design allows for any skill level to feel comfortable on the water, and the proven durability means we don’t have to worry as much about damages to our fleet, especially compared to a traditional fiberglass board. They’ve been great for our yoga on the water classes, beginner’s group paddle events, and our longer group expeditions across the water.
I’ve paddled nearly every brand and type of board on the market. If I could only own 1 board, the versatility & performance makes the Red Paddle Co inflatable an easy choice.
Whether you’re new to the sport or a fiberglass veteran and are considering an inflatable SUP, Red Paddle Co will not disappoint!