Who's it for? Life’s adventurers – take all your kit on your next expedition
Calling all life’s adventurers… The 13’2” Voyager+ inflatable SUP was created with epic adventures in mind and is the board of choice of many extreme explorers around the world.
High sides, large volume and narrower width make it a high-speed cruiser, designed for competent paddlers. It’s got a 6 point cargo tie-down system at the front and 4 point cargo tie-down system at the back for all your gear, and an extra-grippy traction pad to help keep your kit in place at the rear.
Like the 12’6” Voyager, it has a RSS battens for increased stiffness and glide when loaded with gear, a removable fin from world leading surfboard fin creators FCS, which slots into the fin box easily by hand and are secured in place with a finger bolt. 5 embroidered carry handles on the board make portaging easy and comfortable whilst also being soft under foot. The Red embossed diamond cut deck pad offers unrivalled grip so you can focus on paddling.
The 13’2″ Voyager+ also features a nose runner fin on the underside of the board to aid tracking in side winds, as well as two rear runner fins to cancel out ‘tail drift’ when the board is loaded with gear. And of course, it comes in our easily transportable All Terrain backpack and our industry leading Titan pump as standard.
Having wanted to upgrade from my very first red paddle co board, a 10'6" I looked at various sizes and styles (and makes!). I finally settled on the Voyager 13'2" as it offered me everything I wanted for a new touring class board. There's a real stiffness when it's inflated and that helps provide a tremendous glide across the surface. One good stroke and I'm cruising nicely. The mounting points are a real boon, I can star mount my camera, paddle clip and even eye-hooks for strapping points.
Looks wise, the board stands out nicely on the water, and the build quality is top spec. With it's 9" box fin it tracks straighter than an arrow and it's pretty quick to turn to, even though it's 13' long. With 4 carry handles, it isn't difficult to negotiate portage on the many Thames River locks either.
All told a great all-around touring board which comfortably cruises at 7mph without any difficulty. I paired this with a QuickBlade Trifector 96 carbon paddle. Very pleased with my purchases.
This is the 5th SUP I've bought. Even after buying an expensive race board this board gets by far the most use. Works well everywhere from ocean swells to whitewater. Fast and stable usually contradict but Red managed to put both together in this board. So stable I carried a (large) kayaker I rescued and their boat alongside back to shore. I responded to a coast guard distress call too with it and got a boat off a rock which nobody else dared to go near. I would use this board in place of my proper sea kayak for an overnight camping trip. It easily keeps up with sea kayaks. Great from beginner to expert in all various SUP uses from quick fitness paddles on calm water to carrying heavy cargo in rough water and recently I've found myself doing freestyle tricks which I don't know if is a thing but it's fun and great exercise for agility, balance, and heart rate and being inflatable means I feel safer at the idea of face planting on it. No other board I've ever used is as versatile.
I've been using this board for about three months around the Devon coastline - I absolutely love it. Can fit loads of equipment on it and spend all day on the water, or even bring a friend. Really fast and tracks really well. Can't recommend it enough.
I used this board (2016 model) to paddle the longest navigable fjord in the world (Sognefjord) 204Km in 3 days carrying 30Kgs.
I have bought 10 explorers for my SUP expeditions for my business (SUPNorway.com) and I'm buying 2 x 2017 13'2" explorers more next week.
These are great boards. Ended up in a gnarly situation with 8 boards getting pounded on rocks by chest high waves from a tanker wake. If I'd had my carbon board it would have meant disaster. All boards hardly scratched.
I bought the 13ft2 Explorer as a progression from the 10ft6 Ride. Differences? The Ride is more manoeuvrable, the Explorer is more stable, glides and tracks much better. The Ride has fixed fins underneath which roll up with the board when you're done, the Explorer has a removable carbon fibre skeg which I will come to later.....
I usually go to Ross on Wye for my weekly session. Being a creature of habit I head upstream for 2 hours then have a leisurely drift back for an hour. This works very well, I am nice and relaxed at the end! When I used the Ride, it was a 3 hour trip, but with the Explorer it's about 30mins less and a lot less effort. When I get to my turning point, there are some shallow gravel beds. With the Explorer I take the skeg off and use the board like an air bed - it is extremely comfortable and I have nodded off several times on it. Think - slightly hard hotel bed and you'd not be far wrong.
I know we're all supposed to be racers and all that but lets be honest I'm a 55 year old bloke after some gentle exercise and relaxation and I am delighted with my Explorer. (I was delighted with my Ride, but that's progress!) I fitted the stiffening battens once, for me a non-essential item. I only blow the board up to 1 Bar after all I want a comfortable bed later on.
You can go in nearly all weathers with a decent wetsuit, you have to watch the water levels though. I went when it was 2degC and was fine, I have some 7mm neoprene mittens so my fingers don't fall off and a woolly hat.
The river is a fantastic place to be, sometimes it's like being in Avatar (the film) with the vibrant colours and the wildlife passing by. I can't think of a better way to enjoy it than on my paddle board.