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Tower Adventurer 9’10″…just a good construction is not enough
The Tower Adventurer 9’10” paddle board is the most popular board by this brand, that got famous on the American TV show Shark Tank. This inflatable paddle board has a pretty basic design, but is misses too many of basic functionalities and extras.
- Very solid board that is generally well received
- Includes 3-piece fiberglass paddle
- Great for beginners on calmer waters
- Easy to carry with a weight of only 24 lbs / 10.9 kg
- No D-rings to tie down luggage
- No bungee cord
- No leash is included
- No bag included
- Not available everywhere
Most suitable for:
The Tower Adventurer paddle board can be used by both beginners and more advanced paddlers, but most advanced paddlers would prefer a more sporty and faster board to go out on the water. The board is stable with the thickness of 6″ and the width of 32″, which makes it a nice stable platform for starting paddlers.
Tower Paddle Boards themselves say this board is also ideal for SUP Yoga, but I must disagree with that. The grip pad that covers half the board is not the most comfortable to lean on with Yoga positions. If it is the best platform to take pets along I am not sure, since the front does have some grip but in my opinion it is not safe enough to keep pets from gliding off.
This is a pretty basic board without any of the extras you usually get when purchasing a Stand Up Paddle Board. Tower claims it is because the extras are unnecessary and they have a whole listen of reasons that make no sense to me at all. They don’t even include a backpack for the SUP because “nobody uses them”. Sure guys, I’ll carry the SUP on my bike with just a strap!
This board does not have bungee cords to stow away any items you might to bring, neither are there D-rings to tie your items down yourself. This makes it almost impossible to carry along stuff and I would not recommend this board to go on longer tours. The Adventurer 2 board that Tower brought out does have a 4-D ring bungee cord for luggage, so they know it was missing here.
|Length||Width||Thickness||Max weight load||Weight board|
|9’10”||32″||6″||300 LBS / 136 kg||24 LBS / 10.9 kg|
All Round / Relaxing
Speed on the water
The board is designed for beginners with an all-around purpose, speed is not what it is aimed at. It is alright as far as speed goes, but nothing special here.
The board is at a medium weight for an inflatable one. The board weighs 10.9 kg / 24 lbs, this makes it easy to carry along everywhere.
The 32″ width makes the board more stable than your average 30″ width board, which is good for beginners to start on.
My own experience
The board was already known to be very sturdy and reliable, so it was no surprise that this was indeed the case when I tested it. As I have tested 6″ thick boards most of the time and I’m used to them, it felt very comfortable paddling around on this board with the included paddle.
However, I was already getting a bit annoyed when I had to departure with this board. Usually I also take a bottle of water with me, some snacks and my phone/keys in a dry bag. This board is the first board that has nowhere to put my stuff! I ended up leaving my stuff in the car (which I had to take because the board includes no backpack to take it on my bike!) and shortening my tour.
Needless to say that was not the best start and it didn’t give me a great feeling about this board. So you offer a stable and rigid board, but all the other things do not matter because they are “not important”? On the Adventurer 2 version of the board they have a bungee cord included but still no backpack, the brand is learning slowly.
Anyway, the board does offer that stability and it is to control. The big fin and the two small fins make sure you can also stay on a straight line well. This is a good board to relax and paddle around on in terms of rigidity and relaxation, but like other all-around boards this is not the best board to reach high speeds.
The board is of good quality, comparable to other boards in this price range like Blackfin and iRocker. Tower claims to have military grade PVC in a drop-stitch construction, which is a very common thing to read on inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards.
This board was nice on the slow river and the nearby lake, it doesn’t bend through and it is easy to maneuver around on the water. I would not recommend this for going against bigger waves and riding the wilder ocean, but that is also a given for most all-around board (with some exceptions).
• 6” Thick Military-Grade PVC material and Drop-Stitch construction
• Soft deck pad that covers about half the board
• Comfortable grip handle in the middle of the board
This board has 2 small fins and one big fin, of which the big fin is removable.
The boards are constructed with 6” Thick Military-Grade PVC material and Drop-Stitch construction. This makes the board rather light, but veryrigid.
Inflate / deflate
The Tower Adventurer Paddle Board is inflated in about 10 mins with the supplied single chamber pump.
Tower Paddle Boards offers a 2 year warranty on all of their boards.
Basic black and white design, with grey strip and a big black grip pad. But all the missing features are a big miss in the design.
In the package
The Tower 3-piece fiberglass paddle is of good quality and is adjustable from 65″ to 85″ and it only weighs 2 lbs. This will make sure you paddle through the water easily without getting tired too quick.
The Tower Paddle Board pump is a typical one chamber pump. In the end this will do the job and get the right pressure in your board, but it will be a lot of hard work! If you do not mind the work out that is fine, but if you are looking for a better (double chamber) paddle board pump or even a cheap electric one you might want to check out my Best SUP Pumps guide.
Optional accessories (not included)
Because extra safety measures never hurt anyone!
Electric SUP pump
For those who don’t want the exercise before getting on the board.
Difference between an Inflatable board and a Hard board
Advantages Inflatable board
- Easy to take on holiday (even on the plane)
- Easy to store in the winter days
- Much cheaper
- Technology has improved greatly over the past 10 years. For this reason, these boards are now almost hard to distinguish from hard boards
- More speed, which is important if you are a professional
- Easier to make sharp turns on the water because the board is thinner
- No inflation needed, you can get on the water right away
Other reviews of the Tower Adventurer Board online
The Tower Adventurer Paddle Board is a very popular paddle board all over the internet, where it has gathered thousands of reviews.
A short overview of some of these reviews below:
Inflatableboarder.com: “We think the 9’10” Tower Adventurer is a good choice for anyone in the market for a durable inflatable SUP that is priced well below $1,000.”
iSupworld.com: “Overall the Adventurer is a great SUP. It is extremely rigid, seems to be quite well made and performs better than one would expect for a shorter and wider board. This would make a great entry level SUP for anyone who wants an easy way to get out and explore some new waterways. “
Inflatablepaddler.com: Rating: 3.2/5 “Overall, this is a decent board but it leaves us somewhat unimpressed when it comes to features and overall value. We’d love to see Tower add a backpack and leash in the future, as well as some additional features which would improve the board’s overall usability and versatility.”
Amazon.com: Rating 4.4/5. “LOVE! you can’t even tell it’s inflatable. I kinda wish I had gotten the longer one, as this one is difficult to keep straight. After about 4 paddles on one side I’m off course. The smaller size does make it more portable, so it’s a trade off.” – Based on 560 customer reviews as on 3rd of April 2020.
Conclusion – Should I buy this board?
The Tower Adventurer Paddle Board overall just lacks too many features and extras to be considered a best buy for a paddle board of this price. You miss a backpack, luggage storage and a leash for a price that is almost equal to a Blackfin or iRocker board that contain a lot more features and accessories and where the quality of the board is atleast equal to the Tower Adventurer.
I do not understand why a board would only be produced to have rigidity and toughness. A big chunk of the inflatable paddle boards these days have “military grade drop-stitch PVC”, but these boards contains all the extras and often for even less money.
Even compared to the ROC Paddle Board, I would not prefer this Tower Paddle Board over that, even though the price is twice that! Yes granted, the paddle that is included is good, but that does barely make up for anything.
So I would not recommend you to purchase this board in any situation, but do not expect the same quality as a board that is double the price. Again, for a beginner this board is lacking too many features and extras to start paddleboarding.
What do you think about the Tower Adventurer Paddle Board? Do you think it is justified to create a board that lacks so many basic features and still ask for a premium price?
Am I the crazy one and do you think it is indeed correct to deliver a board without backpack and bungee cord / luggage D-rings? Let me know in the comments or tell me that I’m not crazy 😉
What is the size of the Tower Adventurer Paddle Board?
Length: 9’10”, Width: 32″, Thickness: 6″
What is the maximum carrying capacity of the Tower Adventurer Paddle Board?
300 lbs / 136 kg
What is included when purchasing the Tower Adventurer Paddle Board?
3-piece fiberglass paddle, Tower single chamber pump
What is the weight of the Tower Adventurer Paddle Board?
24 lbs / 10.9 kg
How many fins does the Tower Adventurer Paddle Board have?
3 fins, 2 small fins and one big detachable fin
How many D-rings does the Tower Adventurer Paddle Board have?
2 D-rings. 1 to attach your leash, 1 in the front for towing the board. None for storing luggage.