The Tower Adventurer 9'10" Inflatable SUP Review


Inflatable SUPs have had a reputation of not being as good as normal fiberglass models, but this new model from Tower is set to take inflatable SUPs to the next level!
DIMENSIONS
The Tower Adventurer inflatable SUP measures in at nine foot, ten inches (9'10"). While it isn't really specifically long for a stand up paddle board, it more than makes up for it in width at thirty two inches (32"), and a thickness of six inches (6"). These dimensions will enable you to easily keep your balance, while having the ability to maneuver the board with minimal trouble.
This stand up paddle board is incredibly rigid,and has a weight limit of 400 lbs (181 kgs) on the water. When fully inflated, it feels very similar to a regular fibreglass board. It can be inflated up to 25 PSI, but can feel very stiff - 10-11 PSI is the manufacturer's recommendation.
The board has a nose rocker of 4 inches (4"), which means the curvature of the nose from the board deck angles up to this height, allowing you to glide easily across the water.
The boards volume is unknown, but is approx. 300 liters.
CONSTRUCTION
The Tower Adventurer inflatable SUP is manufactured from Military-grade PVC material, with heavy-duty drop-stitch construction through out. This paddle board should endure most knocks related to paddle boarding, whereas fibreglass boards are prone to dings and board cracks. Needless to say, care must be used around sharp objects. If you plan to take the dog for a paddle around the lake, take care to tape the board deck up so pooches claws don't go through the surface!
FEATURES
The most obvious feature about this stand up paddle board is that it is inflatable. As outlined above, those that don't have much space to store a full-sized paddle board will be very glad to know it can roll up into a duffel bag not much more than a foot long, and 33 inches wide.
The portability of the board is great - you could easily take this along with you on getaways, without taking much room in the car (or bus).
The Tower Inflatable SUP comes with a 2 year warranty, for peace of mind. This includes pretty much everything other than basic usage. Great for those that worrying an inflatable SUP could be likely to get punctures.
ACCESSORIES
The package also contains a manual hand pump, and a 3-piece aluminum paddle. The paddle will suit most conditions, however, many stand up paddle boarders upgrade to the better carbon fibre paddle. These are priced higher, but they are much stronger and will not bend or snap.
You also get a diamond grooved deck pad (with a rear kick tail, for all you hoping to try some surfing tricks!), removable center fin, a hand hold strap, a roll-up carrying strap, a towing ring on the nose, and a leash attachment ring on the tail, but you need to buy a leash to keep you and the board from drifting apart should you end up in the water.
PERFORMANCE
This board is designed for novice to intermediate level, although anyone can have fun with this inflatable SUP, if they require a board that doesn't take up too much space, as compared to an equivalent fibreglass model. Because of the width and height of this board, I wouldn't be expecting to do much beach surfing where the waves are more than a couple of feet.
BRAND INFORMATION
Tower is a stand up paddle board manufacturer located in San Diego. They provide direct pricing on their stand up paddle boards, inflatable SUPs and accessories, making their products cheaper in price, but not in quality. Customers can visit their store in San Diego, where they're able to take part in stand up paddle board lessons, or hire one of the many Tower paddle boards for a try.
PROS
The quality of Tower paddle board products is normally of a very high standard, and this product is not any different. If you want a stand up paddle board, but don't have the room for a fibreglass/EPS paddle board, then this inflatable SUP is possibly your answer!
This inflatable SUP rolls up to the size of a small duffle bag.
2 year warranty
CONS
The pressure gauge on the pump does not always register the proper psi. If you are using a pump other than the one supplied, you may need to be careful about over-inflating the board.
The paddle does not float. As stated previously, most people that own aluminum paddles eventually purchase the more popular carbon fibre paddle. Due to this paddle being metal, ensure that you rinse off after using in salt water to avoid corroding.
No leash
TOWER ADVENTURER 9'10" INFLATABLE SUP SUMMARY
The Tower Adventurer inflatable SUP is a great option for those wanting to get fitter - or to try a new activity - using a stand up paddle board. By being inflatable, it means much less space is needed to store or transport the board. While not really aimed toward the advanced paddle boarder, those wanting to learn to paddle board - or those wanting to keep a SUP at their holiday home - should take a closer look at the Tower inflatable SUP.

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