13’2” X 30” X 5.9”(350 LITE RS) $1,649 RED PAD­DLE CO.COM

SUP Magazine - - Boards -


In­flat­able tour­ing boards are crit­i­cal to mak­ing SUP Mag­a­zine. These ver­sa­tile, sta­ble de­signs make the best pho­tog­ra­phy, fi­fish­ing, tour­ing and free-div­ing plat­forms, mean­ing we can al­ways get on the water, no mat­ter the con­di­tions. The Red Pad­dle Co. Voyager checked all our boxes.

We loved the am­ple bungee lash­ings, six points in front and four in back. Glued onto the deck are three screw-in at­tach­ment points com­pat­i­ble with Rail­blaza and Ram Mount prod­ucts, en­abling you to se­curely at­tach ex­tra gear like an ac­tion cam­era or fi­fish­ing rod hold­ers.

The deck also came equipped with fi­five han­dles, a huge help get­ting the loaded board in and out of the water. A one-inch rub­ber fifin built un­der the nose—along with two in the back—min­i­mized wind drift and kept the board on track.

The Voyager pad­dled well in rough water, track­ing while blast­ing up­wind into chop, al­though it did feel a bit nar­row in rough ocean con­di­tions. The board sta­bi­lized when it was fully loaded, mak­ing it eas­ier to pad­dle. Turn­ing it re­quired a cou­ple steps to the tail and this is where you feel the in­evitable in­flflat­able flflex. How­ever, with Red’s patented RSS sys­tem (fi­fiber­glass rods in­serted along the rails for added sta­bil­ity), the over­all rigid­ity of the board is greater than other in­flflat­a­bles of a sim­i­lar shape.

Red’s All-ter­rain bag is a tough, hy­brid roller bag/back­pack, built with qual­ity ma­te­rial to with­stand bat­tles with bag­gage han­dlers. The bag was a bit small for the large Voyager, so there was less room for pack­ing other items in the bag. The in­cluded Ti­tan pump, with its dual cham­ber pump­ing sys­tem, quickly in­flflates your board, but also takes up con­sid­er­able space in the bag. If you need a ver­sa­tile, pack­able work­horse, take a trip with the Voyager. —A A R O N B L AC K- S C H M I DT

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