Who's it for? An excellent touring board for the 90kg/200lb+ paddler
Extra stability and rigidity makes this board the ideal vessel for long-range outings. Increased thickness and capacity makes the Voyager 12’6″ super-stiff and stable, so it’s perfect for taller, larger paddlers and longer outings in a range of conditions. The durability of the boards offered by our MSL technology allows you to explore with confidence so any adventure is a possibility.
Extra length means it can easily handle a child on the front while you paddle, or if you’re going it alone, you can use the 6 point cargo tie-down system at the front and 4 point cargo tie down system at the back to take camping gear with you.
Multiple carry handles ensure that carrying around obstacles is a breeze, no matter how much gear you have on board. They now come with our Red Paddle Co logo embroidered onto the handle to be softer under foot and reduce the amount of plastics used in the manufacturing process.
RSS battens ensure the board remains stiff when loaded and slices through the water. Beneath is a removable fin from world leading surfboard fin creators FCS, They slot into the fin box easily by hand and are secured in place with a finger bolt. A nose runner fin has been added to aid tracking in side winds, whilst the two rear runner fins cancel out ‘tail drift’ when the board is loaded up.
The diamond cut deck pad has been finished with our Red logo embossed all over to provide additional grip whilst paddling and protect against wear and tear. The board is supplied with our Titan Pump which will get you up to pressure in half the time than other SUP pumps and once deflated the board fits nicely inside our All Terrain backpack to make accessing that next idyllic location hassle free.
I recently purchased the Voyager 12' 6". I have been paddle boarding for about 5 years. I also have a Coreban 10' X 34" board. I wanted a board that I could travel with and that is better for touring. I primarily paddle board on the ocean. The Voyager 12' 6" has been really an amazing board so far. I can get it inflated to 18 psi within around 8 to 10 minutes. On the water this board is very stable. I have not attempted to surf it, however, I can stand-up paddle this voyager on the ocean very well. Also, I have a 7 year old son that I have taken with me. The board is also very stable with my son sitting on the front of the board. I have not had any issue with water coming over the front of the board. In fact I can load the board with weight on the front, back and I can spent the day out on the ocean.
I love my Red Paddle Co. board and would recommend it to anyone for touring and all around use. The backpack and the pump are great. I do wish that a Red Paddle Company 3 piece paddle had been included with the board.
I'm writing this review for the big folks out there who can't find a SUP that works for them, and want something that is fun, stable and helps build confidence.
First off, to be absolutely clear, I'm super psyched on my 12'6 Voyager. It's perfect for me. At 6'3, 245 lbs, I'm built like a linebacker and not slim at all. I can't step on just any board. I was nervous it would be too small for me, but the volume on the board and length, and width make it just right for me. I'm not a complete first timer, but I hadn't been in a while and I had injured my knee so was feeling wobbly. I've ridden some other large boards previously and tried some other inflatable SUPs (Jimmy Styks, Solstice Bora Bora, Starboard Atlas) and rigids I own a Jimmy Lewis Searcher 12'6, 33.5"w and 350liters volume that I've ridden prolly 20 times or so . I really wanted something that felt as stable as the Searcher, but that was inflatable and portable.
I did a lot of research, I talked to Taviana on chat, I tried a few different inflatables at my local SUP shop and was bummed because I didn't think at my size I could find something that would work. Boy was I wrong. Enter the 12'6 Voyager and a great recommendation from Taviana at Red and I pulled the trigger crossing my fingers. At 10 PSI, the Voyager feels almost stiffer than any other inflatable SUP I tried that was fully inflated. It took a few minutes to get used to, but it didn't take long and I found the board stable, forgiving and with plenty of volume to keep me not just afloat, but cruising through the water. At 32" it's narrower than my Searcher and so I was able to pick up some speed from it being more streamlined than what I've grown accustomed to riding.
It's a beautiful board, extremely well made and just a joy to ride. If I had to nitpick, I'd say it is a little tough to pump up, and the outer straps get in the way a little bit, but those are super minor and a tradeoff I'll gladly accept for a board that rides so clean and glides so comfortably. I'm in love. I want another one and I want everyone to have a Red SUP. You won't be disappointed. Really. If you buy one and don't like it, call me I'll buy it from you.
Just stepped off the water for the initial launch of my new 12,6 Explorer, all smiles.
Let's start by saying I'm one big dude 290lbs. I've been paddling for 10 years and have suffered with board selection the whole time. I own a number of boards from my original 12x34 AST that has served nobly on the water but rips my arm off getting there, to my beautiful 12,6 x 30 displacement touring board which soars on the flat lakes but leaves me drinking salt water in the ocean.
I needed an all rounder that could get me there and back all grins. Red, first taste and I'm all smiles. I spent three months researching what might work and tried a bunch, a little coaching from @bowvalleySUP and I settled on the Explorer. I think we nailed it!
it's different than paddling a rigid board but the small compromise of flex is nothing to the pro of complete versatility.
To my size XXL friends try this board I think you'll like it.
Light, durable, supper firm, can haul a ton of weight and is a pleasure in the water. This board screams quality when compared to other inflatable board companies. I hope the next step is a displacement bow.
This is just an awesome board, I previously owned a RED 10'6" Ride (not MSL version). This Explorer is much lighter and it sits slightly higher out of the water because it is thicker than the Ride, which means a drier paddle in small chop. I also usually paddle with a dog onboard, and the difference between the 2 boards is that the dog is happier to lay down and settle due to the drier ride. It glides really nicely, is really stable and always a pleasure to use.