Tower Adventurer Inflatable SUP Review

I get really excited to try out new boards. They are all a little different and it’s a lot of fun to test and compare.

The Tower Adventurer was one that I wasn’t all that familiar with until visitors to ISUPworld.com started asking about it.

So when I was lucky enough to get one to test out I couldn’t wait to get it out on the water so I could post a review.

My initial impressions were all good. This board is affordable, solid, and paddles quite well considering it is fairly short and wide.

The 6” thickness makes it very stable which is nice for a board less than 10 feet long, as they can be a little tippier.

Although a shorter board is not always ideal for touring or lake paddling, the extra large removable center fin really helps it to track straight and glide smoothly.

Quick Stats

Specs:

  • 9 feet 10 inches long
  • 32 inches wide
  • 6 inches thick
  • weighs 24 lbs.
  • can hold up to 400 lbs.
  • has 1 large removable center skeg
  • has two smaller attached side skegs
  • 2-year warranty

Material: Rugged drop-stitch PVC material

Pros: Compact & easy to carry, very rigid, inflates quickly, comfortable traction pad to stand on, good tracking, 3 fins – one large removable fin for flat water paddling and 2 smaller attached side fins, affordable

Cons: No carry bag, no bungee cords or D-rings to tie down gear

More In-Depth Info

In my opinion the Tower Adventurer is a great little inflatable SUP.

I think that when it is inflated it looks kind of basic but in truth it has some really nice design features and covers all the necessities without adding any expensive extras… which is why the price is kept fairly low.

At 9’ 10” long it is extremely compact and convenient to bring anywhere. There is not a lot of extra room on this board but I found it ample for my small dog and myself and could hold a ton of weight with no flex at all.

The main features of the Adventurer are:

  • Diamond grooved deck pad that provides good comfort and grip for your feet
  • 1 large removable skeg that is ideal for flat water paddling
  • 2 small attached side skegs for rivers or surf
  • Hand hold strap in the center of the board
  • D-ring at the back for your leash
  • Roll-up carrying strap

Setup

Setup is very easy. There is one valve for inflation and because this board is not that long, I found it took only a few minutes to get it fully inflated.

The hand pump works fine buy my first time out I used my electric pump and set the PSI level to 11. 11 PSI is the recommended air pressure for this board.

11 PSI might not sound that high compared to some other inflatable SUP’s that are able to inflate to 15 to 17 PSI but I can tell you in all honesty that at 11 PSI this board is totally rigid and strong and able to support a very large amount of weight with zero flex.

If you will be paddling in flat water then you will need to attach the center fin.

I’m not that fond of the fin attachment on the Adventurer. It works just fine but compared to other fin attachments that I have seen, this is not my favorite.

The reason is because you have to use a hex screw to attach it. Although this makes for a very secure fin, it is also a little part that is easy to lose.

When not in use you might want to put the fin and the hex screw in a ziplock bag for safekeeping.

I would recommend reading the instructions before attaching the fin just to make sure you do it properly.

It does take a bit of effort to get it placed properly but once attached it is extremely solid.

Performance

In truth I wasn’t expecting a super great performance from this board. It’s not a real expensive stand-up paddle board and the size made me think it would probably slug along.

However I was quite impressed. Although it is quite wide and not that long, the Adventurer tracks nicely and even though it wasn’t that fast, it glided quite smoothly.

After taking it out a few times in different weather conditions, I was satisfied with the performance.

Myself and two of my male friends spent a fair amount of time on the Adventurer and all agreed that it’s not the fanciest board, it’s not the fastest board but it is a good ISUP… and perfectly fine for cruising around.

The other thing I was impressed with was the stability. Shorter boards are known to be highly maneuverable but also a lot tippier.

The 6” thickness and 32” width makes it very stable. I felt totally comfortable even with my little dog moving around.

The 6” thickness also means that your feet stay well above the water, which is a nice thing if the water is cold.

If you are looking for a faster touring SUP, Tower has another model called the Xplorer that is longer and sleeker and better suited for touring and speed.

Convenient and Compact

Inflatable SUP’s are pretty much convenient right across the board. They roll up into a little package that you can store in a small space.

They can be brought traveling, transported in the trunk of your car, taken on an airplane, stored in your RV or boat and are light enough to carry by yourself.

The Tower Adventurer is no different. This board is compact and light enough to easily take anywhere.

The Down Side

There are a couple of downsides to this board worth noting.

The most obvious one is that it does not come with a carry bag. It does have a strap that keeps it together when rolled up but I still personally really like having a bag to carry it in and store it in.

No bag does keep the cost a little lower and if you wanted one you could always invest in a large duffel bag.

The other thing it does not have is any extra D-rings for attaching gear or bungee cords. This one is not a big deal, as many smaller boards do not include these accessories but thought it was still worth mentioning.

My Pics

Click here to view more pics of the Tower Adventurer SUP on our Flickr page.

Final Thoughts

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.

Where To Buy

I found the price for the Adventurer varied depending on if the store was including the pump and paddle in the price. Be sure to check the description to find out what is included.

Click Here For Current Prices On The Tower Adventurer SUP at TowerPaddleBoards.com

Click Here For Current Prices On The Tower Adventurer SUP At Amazon.com. – price includes paddle & pump

Did You Know?
By clicking on any of the above seller links you can help keep ISUPworld.com growing. When you make a purchase after clicking on our links, the retailer will contribute a portion of the sale to help support this site. It won’t cost you anything extra and it’s a simple way to help us fund our gear reviews. Thanks!

Summary
Reviewer
A. Mac
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Tower Adventurer Inflatable SUP Review
Author Rating
3

Comments

  1. Kirk says:

    I noticed that you inflated the Tower with an electric pump. I was curious as to which one you have as I am in the market for one. I own a SUPATX inflatable 10′. Any information is greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Kirk

    • admin says:

      Hi Kirk, I use the BTP Electric Turbo pump from SeaEagle.com. I have the one that comes with the battery which is kind of pricey but I really like it. They also have the same pump without the battery that hooks up to a 12V power supply which costs a little less. It works great and inflates the boards really fast.

  2. Chizanne says:

    Hi there I’m interested in buying an inflatable SUP but I’m a bot concerned about the durability, and how easterly it can get damaged. How many people can go on 1 board? 2max?

    Any advice would be great thanks,
    Also do you by any chance know the shipping cost to Thailand Bangkok.

    Thanks :)

    • admin says:

      Hi Chizanne, the majority of inflatable SUP’s are extremely durable and can take a fair amount of abuse. I find most people are very pleasantly surprised with just how strong they are when they try them out. Some tips to keeping the board strong are to store it out of direct sunlight and be conscious of not dragging it over rocks and gravel when not necessary. I’ve personally never had a single issue with any of my boards. The weight capacity will vary by board but as a general rule it will paddle best with one person but I would say could easily handle two people or one adult and a couple kids. Unfortunately I don’t know the shipping rates to Thailand however most online retailers are able to provide that info. Cheers.

  3. Christopher Aretz says:

    I’m new to SUP in general and looking to purchase two iSUPs. Right now I’m leaning toward the Airis SUV11, but had also considered the Tower board. Do you have a preference between the two? Is there another great board that I should consider? The board will be used in lakes and deeper rivers around PA and OH. I appreciate your advice and any other thoughts you may have…

    • admin says:

      Hi Christopher, The Airis SUP and the Tower board are quite different. Both very solid, both 6 inches thick and very stable. However the Airis SUP is far more advanced in my opinion. It will paddle further with less effort and track straighter. It also has added features such as D-rings and bungee cords to secure gear which is nice and it comes with a carry backpack whereas the Tower board has no bag. Nothing against the Tower SUP as I believe it’s a great little board for the money but the Airis SUP is in a different class. I greatly prefer paddling the Airis SUV11 over the Tower board. Another couple of options would be the 6″ thick Sea Eagle Needlenose or the NRS SUP’s. NRS has a few 6″ thick boards which are really nice and would work great for lakes and rivers. Hope that helps, good luck! Allison

  4. Marlon Hackbarth says:

    Hi! Is this isup suitable for surfing small waves?

    • admin says:

      Hi, yes the Tower Adventurer is perfectly fine for small waves. It is actually very stable in waves and easy to maneuver.

  5. Jeff Strong says:

    I am looking to justify the purchase of two ISUP for some upcoming trips. My use will range from surfing on smaller ocean waves to deeper river and also include cruising lakes and ponds. I would appreciate a recommendation on size for the best all around board. I would also like to purchase a package including pump, carry bag, etc for less the $500/ea. I have seen a few Solstice models online that fit the bill but I thought I would look for an informed opinion.

    Thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Jeff, A board anywhere from 9′ to 11′ would work best for you. My personal favorite size for an all around board is roughly 11 feet long. Your options are limited for under $500 but I think that Soltice board is your best bet. I’m not overly fond of the Soltice brand, they aren’t known to hold up as well as many of the others. However the 10’8″ Soltice ISUP consistently has great reviews by those who have bought it and the price on Amazon is great.

  6. Scott says:

    I have been doing research and i am worried about how much the board will flex with my 6′ 270 lbs.
    Alot of other inflatable boards only hold up to 250lbs. All other aspects of the board seem to be great.

    • admin says:

      Hi Scott, I have tested out the Tower Adventurer with several guys around your height and weight and some even heavier and there was no flex with the Tower board.. it is extremely rigid. I don’t think you’ll have any issues as long as you stick to a board that is 6″ thick such as this one. My boyfriend weighs about 180 and finds that there is a little flex under his weight with 4″ thick boards but all the 6″ ISUP’s we’ve tried have supported him really well with no flex at all. Hope that helps, good luck!

  7. Greg says:

    I live on a lake and would like to leave my Tower SUP stored in my garage in a fully inflated state, instead of blowing it up every weekend when we are there during the summer. Is this okay to do or should I partially or fully deflate it each time to relieve the pressure?

    • admin says:

      Hi Greg, It shouldn’t be a problem as long as it’s stored away from the elements. I’ve just left my Tower board inflated all winter. I don’t see any reason to relieve any pressure… Normally they will lose a little air pressure over time anyway. My Tower board however kept the majority of its air pressure over a period of a few months, which is extremely impressive. Just check the air pressure before taking it out again, it may need a few pumps to top it off after awhile.

      • Kati Smith says:

        I live on the Lake as well and looking for something to paddle around on, also I can’t stand for long periods I was wondering if the inflatable would be better for me. Also I am 5’4″ do you think the board would be ok for me or Should I get a 11′ one.

        • admin says:

          I personally like an 11 foot board, I find it more versatile for different people and I like how it glides through the water. At 5’4″ you could go either way with a shorter board or an 11 footer. In my experience however the 11′ SUP’s are usually very popular. Inflatable’s are great because they are comfortable to sit or kneel on if you need to take a break from standing.

  8. Tom says:

    Great site. I’m interested in my 1st iSUP and your site has some of the best information. I’m actually looking to purchase 2 iSUP to be used by the family. We’re all newbies. Big range in sizes with the kids being 11 and 13 and I’m 6’2″ 225. Since I was purchasing 2 and we’re very new to SUPs I wanted to keep prices in check so was considering the Tower or the Saturn SOT330 11′ board. I think for 2014 Saturn has released it as a xLight at 17 lbs. Primary use will be Lake Michigan which can have some small waves. Maybe a Florida beach once in a while. I’m leaning towards the Saturn primarily because of price for at least 1 of them. Since at 225 I’m at the limit of the Saturn 11 I’m considering a Saturn 12 or a Airis or a Fishbone for the 2nd one. What would you recommend. Thanks.

    • Allison says:

      Thanks Tom! Glad you are finding the site helpful. I really like the Tower board for kids to use. It’s extremely easy to paddle and maneuver and it’s ultra stable. It’s great for adults too but it’s my favourite to take out with kids. The Saturn is good too, it’s a nice board but I think the Tower is a little easier for kids to paddle. For the second board, you can’t really go wrong either way with the Saturn 12, the Airis or the Fishbone. I’ve just spent the last few weeks on the Fishbone and I have to say I like that one a lot. It’s a nice board and it paddles really well, especially in small waves. That would probably be my pick. Hope that helps!

      • debbie says:

        I have been reading reviews on a variety of SUP. I am looking for lightweight to lift but durable. I will be using it for bay and lake use. Please advise best for this use. I am 5’6 140 lbs.
        Thanks

        • Allison says:

          My two favourite boards right now are the Sea Eagle Needlenose (23 lbs.) and the Starboard Astro Whopper Fun (22 lbs.). They are both very lightweight and easy to carry. The Needlenose paddles faster and straighter and takes less work to go further. The Whopper however is extremely easy to maneuver and very versatile. Both are awesome boards and a lot of fun to paddle. The Needlenose is a little better suited for flat water whereas the Whopper will perform better in light surf or chop. However both could be used for bay or lake use. Both are stable… the Needlenose is 6″ thick and the Whopper is only 4″ thick but is a little wider. One more option would be the Sea Eagle Longboard (22 lbs.) which is also a very cool board and quite versatile… just not quite as stable as the other two.

        • Allison says:

          My two favourite boards right now are the Sea Eagle Needlenose (23 lbs.) and the Starboard Astro Whopper Fun (22 lbs.). Both are lightweight and very easy to carry. The Needlenose will paddle faster and straighter taking less effort to go further. The Whopper is very easy to maneuver and fun to paddle. Both are good for bay and lake use. The Needlenose will perform better in flat water and the Whopper will excel in light surf or chop. Both very stable. The Tower Adventurer is also a great board, it’s basic but super stable and very easy to carry. It won’t perform quite as well as the other two but for the price it’s a good buy. Hope that helps.

  9. Alice says:

    Hi Allison,
    I have a question. Since I learned of the Tower Adventurer a few weeks ago, I’ve been on the verge of pulling the trigger and buying one. I’ve been a couple of times before (on hard boards) and I don’t think either one was really big enough for me (I’m 5’11″, 260 lbs), so it was less enjoyable as I struggled to stay balanced. Fun on my knees or sitting though! So my biggest concerns are volume and stability. I don’t want to be struggling as that obviously takes away from the enjoyment.
    I realize the Tower Adventurer will hold my weight, but I’m really feeling like 9’6″ is pretty short. As I looked I was looking at boards in the 11′-12′ range. So my question….. do you think the 9’6″ is fine, or am I right to think I need a longer board? I just wish they had something between 9’6″ and 14′. That’s a big jump!
    That worry is the only thing that’s keeping me from ordering. I just discovered your site and have found it extremely useful, thank you. So I would appreciate your insight.
    Thank you!!

    • Allison says:

      Hi Alice, The Tower board is super stable and it can definitely hold a lot of weight with no trouble. However I agree with you that a longer board would probably suit you better. The Adventurer is quite short and I really feel you’d be happier with a longer board. It is too bad that they don’t have an 11 or 12 footer but but even though the 14′ Tower board is quite a bit longer it still rolls up into a compact package. It’s a nice board and would paddle quite well… much better than the 9’10″ board in flat water in fact. I think you’d be okay with the shorter board but probably happier with the 14′ board. I always thought that the 14 foot long isup’s would be a bit of a pain until I tried one and really quite liked it. Although a little heavier they glide nicely and provide a great platform. Hope that helps.

  10. Alice says:

    It does, thank you for your answer. That’s what I was afraid of…lol Not sure what I’m going to do yet, I want to make sure I get a board that will be enjoyable, but I also need to keep costs down.
    I actually contacted Tower to ask if they had any lengths between those two in the works (they don’t). And they said the same thing about the 14′. Good to hear it from you too though.
    Thanks so much!

Speak Your Mind

*