Tower, one of the industry leaders, seems to want to take aim at the widest market possible with their 10’4″ Adventurer 2. This board is new for 2015 and a bit of an upgrade from the popular Tower Adventurer inflatable 9′ 10″ SUP.
Tower Adventurer 2 Review
The Tower Adventurer 2 is an easy to inflate and transport SUP that comes with a front bungee, carrying handles on the nose, an adjustable 3-piece fiberglass paddle and an air pump. For anyone looking for a SUP designed for beginners, the Adventurer 2 is certain to satisfy.
Features of the Board
The Adventurer 2 is designed to be as rigid as a hard board but still fully inflatable. It has a weight limit of 350lbs on the water, meaning it can support body frames of nearly any size – from children to large adults. For an inflatable model to have such a considerable load capacity is a feature once thought of as impossible. This durability is due to the many innovations that have risen from the SUP industry. The biggest one is the use of military-grade PVC material and drop stitch construction. This is a much more preferable process to fused PVC rather than drop stitch construction, as their lighter weight means you’ll have to sacrifice significant rigidity and durability.
This only only helps the Adventurer 2 not only sustain heavy loads on the water, but also to protect it from the various dings and board cracks that inevitably weaken other less durable inflatable boards. It’s so durable, in fact, that you could run over it with the tire on an SUV and not damage it in the slightest. It’s 4 times as rigid and most boards and has 2 times the load capacity. This added load capacity makes it even more stable on the water. This makes it an excellent choice for beginners as well as tandem board riders.
Just because this inflatable model is sturdy doesn’t mean that it’s uncomfortable to ride. It may be able to withstand a high load capacity and lots of punishment, but it’s still easy on your feet. The inflatable properties of this board’s construction means that it still cushions your feet on the whiel giving you enough stability to steer and paddle ahead without risking falling off. This feature is what sets the Adventurer 2 apart from other boards – it stable and sturdy while still being effortless to ride for extended periods of time without any soreness or foot discomfort.
The board itself features a front nose bungee that makes transport much easier while also acting as storage for your paddle as well as any other items you might want to take with you on the water. This is in addition to the carrying handles on the nose and tail, which only serve to facilitate easy transport even more.
Easy to setup
This video shows the ease of setting up the Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer 2.
The rigidity of the inflatable material that makes up this SUP doesn’t necessarily mean that this model is difficult to store or put away when done. When deflated, this paddle board is extremely easy to roll up and store under your arm when leaving the beach. This makes it easier to store as it takes up very little space when rolled up and therefore should be high on anyone’s list if they’re worried about where to put this one when not in use.
If you’re worried about the added durability and ease of transport and storage meaning that you’ll have to sacrifice stability and maneuverability on the water, fear not. Since the Adventurer 2 is 6″ thick rather than 4″ thick (which is common for inflatable SUPs), it’s still amazingly comfortable to ride and therefore keep your balance on while paddling. The more stable and relaxed you are while riding the water on a SUP, the easier it is to turn and maneuver while in the water.
Best of all, it’s very easy to maintain after you’ve finished riding in the water. Just rinse it after using it and wash away any excess dirt or grime with warm water and mild soap and it looks just as good as new.
Tower Adventurer Vs Tower Adventurer 2
The Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer 2 is the newer board, but how does it compare to the Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer I hear you ask! Well here is how:
|Tower Adventurer||Tower Adventurer 2|
|Weight||24 pounds||25 pounds|
|Max Weight||300 pounds||350 pounds|
|PSI||10-11 PSI||10-11 PSI|
|Deflated Dimensions||12" x 33"||12" x 33"|
Included SUP Accessories
The Tower Adventurer 2 comes with everything you need to get on the water.
- iSUP Board
- 3 Fins
- A 3-piece adjustable fiberglass paddle
- A hand-operated air-pump that inflates your SUP in minutes
- 2-year manufacturers warranty
My likes & Dislikes
Here are my good and bad points about the Tower Adventurer 2.
- Durable, sturdy material and construction
- Easy to store and transport
- Takes up little space when put away
- Comfortable cushion for your feet
- Stable enough for beginners and tandem paddle boarding
- High load capacity
- Great stability and durability for an inflatable model
- Included air pump makes it ready for the water in 5 minutes
- No carry bag or rucksack included
- When not fully inflated, some riders who are heavier than 250 lbs might have difficulty keeping this model as stable as possible.
There are some minor drawbacks to this model, to be sure. If you’re over 250 lbs, you might have some trouble maintaining stability, which means you’ll have to inflate it to a larger degree than normal – which could make it less cushioned for your feet. But the soft design of the Adventurer 2 somewhat mitigates this effect.
For beginners or larger riders this is a great board and very stable, for more advanced paddle boarders this is very robust and therefore affects performance, with that in mind other boards maybe better.
- Rated 4 stars
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Summary: For beginners or larger riders this is a great board and very stable, for more advanced paddle boarders this is very robust and therefore affects performance, with that in mind other boards maybe better.