The Tower Adventurer is an inflatable SUP that represents a giant leap forward in iSUP design, compared to previous inflatables. This board is a legitimate alternative to traditional EPS and Epoxy paddleboards. Among its many features, the Tower Adventurer fixes the two biggest complaints people have about iSUPS: lack of rigidity, and lack of durability.
The Tower Adventurer provides rigidity comparable to a hard board while still maintaining its portability. In comparison to many other iSUPs, which are only 4” thick, the Adventurer is 6” thick. Providing it with superior stiffness and weight capacity, up to 350 lbs. When you’re done, you can deflate and roll up the board into a sleeping-bag size mass (1 foot diameter, 33” wide). Easy to transport in a backpack, or store during the offseason.
In terms of durability, the Tower Adventurer is top of its class. Constructed from military grade material (similar to an extreme river raft), it can resist piercing and puncturing, even in shallow or rocky conditions. That increased durability doesn’t cost you your feet though, as the board still feels soft to the touch, and can be bumped up against another board or even person with no damage sustained to either party.
- Superior Rigidity – The Tower Adventurer has similar rigidity to a hard board when inflated at 10 or 15 PSI. When fully inflated, it has a weight limit of up to 350 lbs in the water. Tested safe up to 25 PSI.
- High Durability – Thanks to the 6” thickness and high quality PVC material, this board will endure just about whatever you throw at it.
- Comes Bundled – The Tower Adventurer package comes with the board itself, a pump for inflation, and an adjustable fiberglass paddle. Everything you need to gear up and hit the water. In the event that something does happen to your board, it also includes a repair kit.
- 2+1 Fin Configuration – Comes with large detachable center fin and two side fins for use at your discretion.
- Lightweight – Only weighs 24 lbs. Comparable to your typical fiberglass paddleboard, with the added ability of being able to deflate into a compact form for easy transport.
- 2 Year Warranty – Covers everything outside of normal wear and tear.
What We Like About It
- Easy to store and move around – Rolls up like a sleeping bag to a manageable 1 foot diameter. Light enough to carry around in a pack.
- Simple to use – Operating the equipment is a breeze. There is only one inflation valve, making it easy to get the board blown up and ready to go. Deflation is also a piece of cake, and you can do it by yourself within two minutes.
- Stable in the water – Don’t let the size fool you. This board glides through the water with ease, and will stay feeling comfortable even is slightly choppier conditions.
What We Don’t Like About It
- Fin attachments are a bit of a hassle – They’re sturdy, but getting the fins in place is a bit of a chore. You can easily attach them improperly if you’re unfamiliar with the procedure, and the screws necessary to put the fins in place are easy to lose.
- Bundled paddle isn’t the greatest – It’s serviceable, but there are better paddles out there. It might serve you well as a backup, but you may be inclined to venture out and get a different paddle to go along with this SUP.
- No bag included – Though Tower themselves claim a “simple strap” works fine for storing and carrying the deflated board, there’s more than a fair percentage of folks who would prefer a nice backpack to tote this thing around in. Guess you’ll have to go find your own.
It’s A Good Choice For…
- Individuals that demand portability – In addition to being compact and easy to manage while inflated, as mentioned earlier the board compresses to a very small size deflated, making it perfect for those who need a board they can move around with ease.
- People who want a board that will last – This board can take a beating and come out looking fine. If you’re the type that pushes the limits, the Tower Adventurer can go right there with you.
- Customers looking for a good second board – It’s less expensive than most epoxy boards, but performs on the same level. This is ideal for folks who may be wanting an extra board for when they have buddies along on a trip.
It’s Not A Good Choice For…
- Those looking for a bigger board – This board is a bit on the smaller side. It’s pretty balanced, but if you’re the type that is used to using a bigger board, this might not be the choice for you.
Final Thoughts On It
This board is a lot different than other iSUPS you might have encountered that are saggier, tippier, and an all around less pleasurable experience. The rigidity and durability of this board stand up under all kinds of harsh conditions.
The price is great for those trying to get a slightly less expensive board without sacrificing anything in quality. It works well as both a main board and a backup. Overall, this board can be recommended to anyone short of a top-level hardcore surfer.